Vacant Positions at BioTherm Energy



BioTherm Energy is a leading African Independent Power Producer, focused on wind and solar renewable energy projects.  The company builds, owns and operates large scale generation facilities. We continue to identify, develop and evaluate projects on an ongoing basis, building out a robust pipeline throughout the continent.
Our team comprises a number of industry experts in a variety of disciplines including finance, engineering, project finance, structured finance, project management and asset management. The current headcount within the Group is 50 employees and will continue to increase for the next three years.
In October 2008 BioTherm Energy raised funding of US$150M from a US$8B Private Equity Firm called Denham Capital ( out of Boston, USA.  The funding is being used to develop projects and serve as equity injection into each project, which will allow us to build a pipeline of Projects.
In 2011, we were awarded three projects (two solar and one wind) by the Department of Energy under the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Program (REIPPP).  The construction of all three projects was successful and the projects reached Commercial Operations within budget and on time.  The two solar plants of 10MW each are located Northern Cape, while the 27MW wind project is located near Caledon in the Western Cape.
BioTherm Energy also developed and owns and operates a 4.2MW waste gas plant at PetroSA in Mosselbay that has been operating for a number of years.
Recently, BioTherm was appointed as a preferred bidder for three projects (283.5MW) in Round 4 of the South African Renewable Energy IPP programme. These include the 120MW Golden Valley Wind facility, 32.5MW Excelsior Wind Facility, 45MWp Aggeneys Solar PV and 86MWp Konkoonsies II Solar PV Facility.
In addition, to being appointed as preferred bidder for the wind and solar projects in South Africa, the company has also garnered success in the rest of Africa. It was successful on four solar power projects in Zambia and has secured two solar projects in Burkina Faso. BioTherm Energy was also finalist in the Ugandan GET FiT solar facility program and is actively developing Greenfield opportunities in East and West Africa. BioTherm will continue to expand its portfolio in both South Africa and the rest of Africa.

Health, Safety & Environmental Manager
Job Purpose:
Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Manager to join the Environmental team to assist in the development, implementation and maintenance of HSE management systems for BioTherm’s greenfield project developments and operational wind and solar energy facilities in order to ensure legal compliance to relevant legislation, codes and guidelines.
Greenfield project development
• Site selection and development of suitable greenfield solar and wind projects across Africa including permitting and licensing as required;
a) Perform desktop environmental assessment of new greenfield sites
b) Manage the EIA process from site selection
c) Selection and appointment of the EAP, which include the drafting of the request for proposal, scope of work and drafting of the consultancy agreement.
d) Co-ordinate EIA activities between consultants, landowners, governmental bodies, etc.
• Conduct site visits to collect HSE, topographical, geotechnical, and related site information for use in the design of power systems;
• Assessment of grid connection options in the form of feasibility studies, applications, process and costs from a HSE compliance perspective, working with the grid technical team; and
• Must be prepared to travel locally and into the African continent.
Preferred bidder projects
• Prepare and manage the submission of the bid book HSE section;
• Prepare the HSE and land permits for preferred bidder projects in preparation for financial close; and
• Selection and appointment of the ECO, which include the drafting of the request for proposal, scope of work and drafting of the consultancy agreement.
BioTherm facilities management (construction and operational)
• Take lead role in the design, implementation and maintenance of the ESMS as per ISO 14001 and IFC standards;
• Develop and maintain HSE management policies, procedures, and standards in line with all legislative requirements;
• Provide HSE support to the BioTherm projects, staff and contractors to identify and mitigate HSE risk including legislative and other compliance requirements;
• Manage the ECO and onsite HSE officer during project construction phase;
• Able to undertake incident management, investigations, identification of trends, sharing lessons learnt and implement precautionary measures to prevent re-occurrence;
• Able to conduct compliance audits, feedback reports and presentations to management. Manage independent compliance auditing;
• Monitor compliance with HSE procedures through review and auditing programs in line with the HSE Strategy;
• Ensure compliance with the EAs, EMPrs, ESMS, and permit conditions. Maintain permits;
• Assist on HSE and permitting related matters;
• Able to lead training sessions, develop training material;
• Managing crisis’s within HSE effectively and efficiently; and
• Timeous reporting of all HSE operations.
• BSc Degree in Environmental Science or a 3 year degree in a related field;
• ESMS Implementation and Auditing qualification at a recognized institution (ISO 14001); and
• SAMTRAC certificate.
Experience and skills
• 10 years working in the environmental, health and safety sector with a minimum of 4 years in the renewable energy sector where such experience has been obtained during the construction and operations phase is beneficial;
• Extensive knowledge of IFC Performance Standards and Equator Principals;
• Advanced competence in Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
• Must be able to work well under pressure;
• Good organisational skills (ability to plan and implement);
• Ability to multitask under challenging timescales;
• Must have excellent time management skills;
• Must have excellent people skills and be a team player;
• Report writing; and
• Driver’s license.
Required language
• Sound written and verbal communication skills in English are required; and
• Ability to speak French or an African language would be an advantage.

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Applicants who do not meet these requirements will not be considered.

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BioTherm Energy
Building 1,
Ground Floor Design Quarter District
Leslie Ave East, Fourways
South Africa
+27 (0) 11 367 4600