This appointment follows Cougar’s announcement earlier this year of Dr Len Walker’s decision to step down from these roles to focus on the commercial development of underground coal gasification (UCG) technology in Asia.
Dr Walker will remain on the company’s board as Executive Director – Technology and Commercialisation.
Mr Neill has had a successful track record in management positions within the resources sector and has built an extensive network of commercial contacts in the Asia region.
In the UCG sector, he held the role of Senior Commercial Manager at Linc Energy where he worked across Linc’s divisions of UCG, gas-to-liquids, drilling, and mergers and acquisitions for more than two years.Article continues below…
Cougar Energy Chairman Malcolm McAully said “The Cougar Board is extremely enthusiastic about securing the services of an executive with Mr Neill’s broad resources industry background, strong understanding of UCG, and Asian business experience.
“This is another significant step forward in Cougar Energy’s Asian strategy following on from the establishment of a regional office in Beijing, extension of our UCG technology licence agreement with Ergo Exergy Technologies, Inc., and the progressive development of potentially commercial UCG projects in selected Asian countries.”