Bachelor of Engineering (Chem. Eng.) majoring in Fuel Technology,
University of New South Wales, 1977
of Engineering Science (Process System Engineering), University of
Dip. Management (Technology Management), Deakin University,
of the Australian Institute of Energy.
Managing Director - CoalTech Pty Ltd, 2017
Specialising in the evaluation of Value-In-Use of thermal, coking
and PCI coals.
Continues to have an involvement in research projects in the areas
of combustion and carbonisation. Has a strong interest in
understanding the blending of coking coals.
courses in the interpretation of coal quality for coking coals,
thermal coal and impact of PCI coal quality on blast furnace
Research Manager - ALS Coal (previously
known as ACIRL Ltd), 2007 to 2017
Primary responsibilities include:
and Development in the area of coal utilisation, with several
reports into the characterisation of coking coal in 2007, 2008,
2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, see list of research
with key research organisations in areas relating to coal
preparation, combustion and coking research.
Identification of new and existing evaluation procedures to
determine “Value-in-Use” of coals.
Evaluation of the combustion and carbonisation potential of client
the Coal Technology Group with new or revised tests and data
Mentoring of graduates in the importance of coal science in the
evaluation of coal.
Managing Director - CoalTech Pty Ltd, 1994
support documents covering Pulverized Coal Injection (PCI) into
blast furnaces, impact of thermal coal quality on power plant
operation, the use of low volatile coals for power generation,
future demand in PCI and thermal coal markets, impact of
steelmaking technology on coals markets, blending to meet the
requirements of the thermal coal market, prediction of coke
properties based on coal properties and changing requirements for
coke quality for high coal injection rates.
Reviewed the suitability of all Australian coals for use in the
COREX process for VAI,
Assisted with the evaluation of 24 potential coal suppliers for a
large IPP thermal power station in Asia,
research projects undertaken for the Australian coal industry in
the areas of PCI developments (1994,1997, 2007), reviewing
EPRI’s ‘Coal Quality Impact Model’ software for
thermal coals (1996), the blending of coal for power stations
(1997), modeling of NOx formation (2000), prediction of the milling
performance of coals (2004), milling of coal blends (2005) and coal
handleability (2006, 2007), see list of research
Training courses in the interpretation of coal quality, thermal
coal evaluation and impact of PCI coal quality on blast furnace
include ACARP, ACIRL, AMC, Anglo Coal, BHP, Jellinbah Resources,
MIM, Tomen, Voest-Apline, Queensland Government, Macarther Coal,
Foxleigh, NRG, Peabody CoalTrade Australia and Korean Power
Manager - Technical Services, Queensland
Coal Board 1988 to 1994
a small team that advised the Government on the competitive
position of the Queensland coal industry. In this team, he focused
on analysing market demand, fitting coal quality to existing and
new markets and on all aspects of coal utilisation research. He was
responsible for overseeing coal quality in the domestic market and
problem solving for industrial coal consumers within Queensland,
including coal contract negotiations for larger users.
Australian Coal Industry Research
Laboratories Ltd (ACIRL) 1977 to 1988
- Combustion Test Facility, 1986 to 1988: Responsible for the
construction, assisting in design & implementing of tests
procedures, operation of the facility, reporting results to
clients, supervising research projects and marketing the services
offered by the facility. The reporting of test work involved
evaluation of a thermal coal performance and matching the
performance to suitable applications. Trained by EER Corp.in USA in
the evaluation of thermal coals.
Chemical Engineer -1982 to 1986, Chemical Engineer - 1977 to 1982:
Research projects and consultancy in coal liquefaction,
carbonisation, combustion and preparation. These projects included
the modeling a pilot scale coke oven, reviewing coal breakage
processes in coal preparation and designing a coal liquefaction
bench scale continuous reactor with integrated distillation and
recycle of solvent oil.