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Announced: New APPEA Chairman and 2011-12 Board directors

The Board of the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) has announced the election of David Knox (pictured alongside) as chairman and Rob Cole of Woodside Energy as vice chairman.

Knox, CEO and managing director of Santos, succeeds Eric Streitberg, executive director of Buru Energy.

Knox said: “The Australian oil and gas industry is going through a period of unprecedented transformation and growth.

“Australia is playing host to enormous investments and opportunities and it is very exciting to be in a position to help maximise the benefit generated by our diverse sector. In its 51st year, APPEA’s role is as important as it has ever been. The industry offers Australia significant rewards but we also face many hurdles.

“The oil and gas industry can underpin major growth in national wealth, employment, emissions abatement and regional development. But the industry could also fall victim to its own success.

"Challenges are posed by increasing project costs, labour availability and the unpredictable nature of a minority Federal Government. Increasing public discussion regarding the industry’s activities provides APPEA an opportunity and an obligation to better inform that debate.

Members of the APPEA Board for 2011-12 are:
Chairman: D Knox, Santos
Vice Chairman: R Cole, Woodside Energy
J Dashwood, ExxonMobil Australia
A Baldassarre, ENI Australia, East Timor & PNG
P Home, BP Developments Australia
C Beckett, Chevron Australia
E Streitberg, Buru Energy
A Joy, Apache Energy
R Antrobus, ConocoPhillips Australia
M Kelly, BHPB Petroleum – Australia, BHP Billiton
G King, Origin Energy
M Carey, Shell Development (Australia)
M Sangster, Total E&P Australia
P Stickland, MEO Australia
B Lake, Vermilion Oil and Gas Australia
G Moseby, Beach Energy

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