Australian Syngas Association (ASA) President Peter Bond said “Darrenn brings significant international experience and a fresh approach to assist organisational growth. Darrenn has an environmental honours degree and experience working with the oil and gas industry within the Middle East.

“Darrenn possesses extensive business development skills and a proven tenacity to reach goals ahead of schedule.”

The ASA and its members are investing in underground coal gasification, gas-to-liquid and coal-to-liquid technologies to deliver a proven, environmentally sustainable product that will help fuel the future of Australia and the world.

The syngas industry uses clean coal technologies to provide international rural communities with diesel, substitute natural gas, electricity and fertiliser. According to the ASA, rural communities throughout the world stand to gain immensely should the syngas industry be given the opportunity to expand and to be assessed on its potential rather than on politics.

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A recent report from the Australian Industry Group has warned that on the east coast there could be a rise up to eight times in the amount of cost for Australian households in their gas use if the current export trend continues. The ASA says that to date, no gas reserves have been set aside by the Queensland Government, despite a worsening domestic gas shortage and increasing prices.

“The ASA and its members are actively involved in Australia’s energy security, investing heavily in unconventional clean coal technology to produce cost-effective international and domestic energy supplies for the future,” said Mr Bond.