Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

The longevity, reliability, and operational efficiency of any plant rely significantly on the mechanical and electrical systems. Plants that operate reliably in the long-term have gone through methodical and rigorous steps to ensure that the specifications are detailed, designs are sound, and care is taken during manufacturing, installation, and commissioning. Knight Piésold’s experienced team of mechanical and electrical engineers has a proven track record of providing our various clients with state-of-the-art solutions in both the power and mining industries.

Power

Knight Piésold’s mechanical and electrical expertise in the power industry is focused on the successful delivery of power generation machinery and other equipment on behalf of owners and developers. We oversee the procurement, design, manufacturing, installation, and commissioning for new plants as well as refurbishments of operating facilities. Specific expertise includes:

Mechanical

  • Turbine and generator sizing, selection, and specifications
  • Ancillary systems and equipment, such as gates, valves, cranes, hydraulic power systems, cooling, service water, fire protection, ventilation
  • Quality assurance of equipment design and manufacturing
  • Commissioning of equipment and systems
  • Condition assessment of operational facilities

Electrical

  • Generating equipment sizing, selection, and specifications
  • Quality assurance and factory acceptance testing of equipment
  • Station service power, plant grounding, protection, controls, instrumentation, and communications
  • Grid interconnection, including substations, switchyards, transformers, and switchgear
  • Transmission lines up to 500 kV and submarine power cables

Mining

In the mining industry, Knight Piésold has an extensive track record of providing water and tailings management systems (pump stations, pipelines and distribution) as well as electrical power supply and distribution. Our expertise is demonstrated on projects from feasibility studies through to detailed design, installation, and commissioning. Specific expertise includes:

Mechanical

  • Design of water and tailings pump stations
  • Design of water and tailings pipelines and distribution systems
  • Equipment specifications, procurement assistance, and quality assurance
  • Installation supervision and commissioning of pump stations and pipelines
  • Condition assessment of operational facilities

Electrical

  • Mine site power distribution
  • Design of pump station electrical, protection, and control systems
  • Grid interconnection, including substations, switchyards, transformers, and switchgear
  • Assessment and analysis of islanded power systems for remote mine sites
  • Transmission lines up to 500 kV