Richard Cottee is an illustrious Australian gas industry veteran. He has worked in a wide range of roles within the industry, most notably being his tenure as Managing Director of QGC, which saw him take the company from an early stage explorer to a major unconventional gas supplier, and eventually selling the company to BG Group for $5.7 billion in 2008. Now the Managing Director of Central Petroleum, Gas Today spoke with Mr Cottee about his industry journey thus far, and his upcoming plans to develop the gas industry.

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