Keppel Corp: (Jurong) Island life has its rewards

Keppel Corp: (Jurong) Island life has its rewards
(From left) Engineers Lim Tat Kuan, Angie Ang and Mark Lee at the Keppel Merlimau Cogen plant on Jurong Island. KMC is the first independent power project to enter the Singapore electricity market since the National Electricity Market of Singapore was launched in 2003.

Ms Angie Ang, 25, loves heavy metal and getting dirty. But it's not quite what you think.

The technical engineer at Keppel Merlimau Cogen (KMC) gets most animated when she talks about the annual shutdown of the 1,300MW gas fired combined-cycle gas turbine power plant in the Tembusu sector of Jurong Island for maintenance work.

That is when the air filters of the gas turbine are replaced, clearing it of dust particles to ensure they remain efficient.

"It is a very dusty environment and you're out there under the sun, but I enjoy it. When you first open up the compartment, it's shocking to see how dirty it is, but just four days later, it's like wow, completely clean," said the Nanyang Technological University graduate, who read chemical engineering.

While she concedes that she's not quite a "girly girl", the avid runner is quick to correct the misconception that engineering is more of a man's world.

"I have a lot of female friends who did chemical engineering. In fact, there was quite an even split in my faculty," she said.

Ms Ang joined Keppel Infrastructure as a management trainee 21/2 years ago, keen to be a part of the expansion of the plant. Until this year, the generation capacity of the plant was just 500MW.

KMC is the first independent power project to enter the Singapore electricity market since the National Electricity Market of Singapore began in January 2003.

Keppel Infrastructure trades electricity generated by KMC through the wholesale electricity market. It also retails electricity and sells gas directly to industrial and commercial customers.

"My job provides a good mix of analysing data at my desk and going out on the field to see how the process can be improved. It's really not as hard as people think, especially if you like what you are doing," Ms Ang explained.

She works in a two-man team with fellow technical engineer Lim Tat Kuan, 29, who joined four years ago. Together, they oversee the day-to-day running of the Jurong Island plant, which is manned by 50 people, some of whom work shifts.

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