Q. Your business plan is to retain ownership of power plants you design and build for clients. Wouldn’t companies prefer to have control of such important assets?
A. Most companies prefer to focus on their core activities. By retaining ownership of our plants we save our clients a substantial capital outlay and keep a depreciating asset off their balance sheets. Maintenance of the plant is handled by the people who designed every nut and bolt, and because take-up costs for energy are negotiated beforehand, close budgetary control can be applied.
Q. Does Zenith have any strong preferences when it comes to fuel selection?
A. No. Our selection is based purely on operational considerations, and our focus is on the bottom line. Sometimes circumstances dictate that a mix of fuel types will give the optimum result, and we are one of the few companies world-wide with the technology to design hybrid systems to accommodate this
Q. Does your experience with solar energy strategies make you look for every opportunity to incorporate renewable energy into your plants?
A. We have a strong environmental bias to incorporate renewables wherever it makes economic sense to do so. For example, at Independent Group’s Nova plant, the solar component will save literally millions of dollars, as well as reducing diesel consumption by 3m litres a year. We are also looking closely at other leading edge renewable technologies. Our approach is to assess every project on its merits – no preconceived ideas, no “off-the-shelf” solutions.