About us

Operating since 2003, CO2CRC is a world leader in carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) research
Vision

Vision

The world’s leading CO2 storage technology centre, globally recognised for innovative carbon capture and utilisation solutions.

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Mission

Add value to customers by testing, developing and demonstrating CCUS research, products and services as viable options for a lower emissions future.

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Values

Excellence | Integrity | Delivery

About us

Operating since 2003, CO2CRC is a world leader in carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) research. We own and operate the Otway International Test Centre in Nirranda South, South-West Victoria, Australia.

Our investors and members recognise the strategic importance of CO2CRC systematically progressing the science and engineering of CCUS to ensure an efficient and safe deployment of the technology.

As an incorporated not-for-profit research organisation (company limited by guarantee), we are funded through government grants, membership fees and direct investments from industry and research bodies.

Today, CO2CRC is Australia’s key designer, initiator, and manager of CCUS research. It is the only company in Australia to have demonstrated CCUS end-to-end.

Our work receives support from global industry, universities and government bodies – bringing together the world’s best scientists, engineers and industry leaders to deliver research, products and services to advance the implementation of CCUS technologies.

CO2CRC Board

Martin Ferguson AM

Martin Ferguson AM

Chairman

Martin Ferguson, Chairman, brings decades of experience working with the resource sector from a government and private sector perspective. Martin served as the Member for Batman from 1996 to 2013 and held a variety of Shadow Ministerial portfolios including Resources and Energy. Upon the Rudd Government’s election in December 2007, Martin was appointed Minister for Resources and Energy, and Minister for Tourism, positions he held until March 2013.

During his time as Minister he oversaw the largest ever investments in the oil and gas sector, and the rapid expansion of the mining sector. Post politics, Martin has accepted a number of positions in the oil and gas industry, including Group Executive in Natural Resources at Seven Group Holdings, Non-Executive Director of the BG Board, and Chairman to the APPEA Advisory Board.

Dr Matthias Raab

Dr Matthias Raab

Executive Director and CEO

Dr Raab is committed to Australia’s energy transition as a leader in the global scientific, engineering, energy and resources sectors.

Passionate about finding innovative solutions to energy, climate and resource challenges, Dr Raab’s 25+ year career has spanned academia, government, industry, and the not-for-profit sectors, and involved collaborating with international leaders and experts in their fields.

Mick Buffier

Mick Buffier

Director

Mick Buffier has 35 years’ experience in the coal mining industry in Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons) from Sydney University and a Master of Business Administration from Newcastle University.

Mick joined Glencore Coal in 2001 as the Director of Open Cut Operations in NSW. Subsequent to the Xstrata IPO in 2002 Mick held the role of Chief Operating Officer of Xstrata’s coal mining operations in NSW. In 2009 he was appointed Group Executive for Sustainable Development and Industry Relations, across the company’s global coal operations. Mick continues in this role following the merger of Glencore and Xstrata in May 2013.

Prior to this he held various positions including Mining Engineer, Senior Mining Engineer, Production Manager, Mine Manager and General Manager.

Mick is a former Chairman and a current Director and Deputy Chairman of the NSW Minerals Council, as well as a Ministerial appointee to the NSW Coal Innovation Council. He is a Director of ACALET (Australian Coal Association Low Emission Technologies Pty Ltd) and ANLEC R&D.

On an international level, Mick is the current Chairman of the World Coal Association, an Associate of the IEA Coal Industry Advisory Board and a peer reviewer of the IEA World Energy Outlook.

Fiona Hick

Fiona Hick

Director

Fiona has led Woodside’s operations division since 2019. As Executive Vice President of Operations, she is responsible for all of Woodside’s global health, safety and environment, operations, producing facilities, subsea and pipelines, logistics and reservoir management functions.

Fiona has been with Woodside since 2001, holding positions including Vice President Strategy Planning and Analysis and Vice President Health, Safety, Environment and Quality. Prior to joining Woodside, Fiona worked for several years with Rio Tinto living and working in their remote locations.

Currently President of The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers.

Fiona won the 2019 Chamber of Minerals and Energy Western Australia’s Outstanding Woman in Resources Award.

She is also a member of University of Western Australia’s Strategic Resources Committee.

Dr Andrew Heap

Dr Andrew Heap

Director

Dr Andrew Heap is the Chief of the Minerals, Energy and Groundwater Division at Geoscience Australia.

Andrew graduated 1st class Hons in Earth Sciences from the University of Auckland (New Zealand) in 1996 after which he completed his PhD at James Cook University in 2000.

Andrew has 20 years of professional experience in leading pre-competitive geoscience research within the Australian Government. This includes more than 17 years as a senior leader in Geoscience Australia, with responsibility for energy and mineral resources, carbon capture and storage, marine geoscience and groundwater programs. Andrew has published over 100 scientific and technical papers and is a member of 12 professional organisations.

Andrew has responsibility for building a national prospectus of energy and mineral groundwater resources across Australia through regional geological framework studies, and delivery of pre-competitive scientific data and information. A key outcome is to stimulate new exploration investment in frontier areas through an improved understanding of under-explored regions and sustainable water management.

As a member of the Australian Government’s Ocean Policy Science Advisory Group Andrew had a lead role in drafting A Marine Nation 2009 and Marine Nation 2025 as blueprints for coordinating investment in marine science in Australia. Andrew represents Australia in the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) as Council Member of the Australia–New Zealand IODP consortium and is the Federal Government’s representative on the COAG Energy Council Geoscience Working Group.

Brian Kitney

Brian Kitney

Director

Brian Kitney is an independent Director with over 25 years industry experience in oil and gas in Australia and Asia. He has held senior industry positions including Vice President Commercial at Osaka Gas Australia, having spent nine years in the company. As head of the Commercial team, based in Perth, his primary responsibilities included managing the company’s upstream investments in Australia and Papua New Guinea, as well as evaluating new investment opportunities. Prior to joining Osaka Gas Australia he held the position of Vice President Commodities at JPMorgan Securities Japan, based in Tokyo. Brian has also held senior positions at Apache Energy Ltd and Mitsui & Co (Australia) Ltd.

Brian has obtained an MBA from Curtin University, a Master of Applied Japanese Linguistics and a Graduate Diploma in Diplomacy and Trade from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma from Swinburne University and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance from Kaplan. Brian is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was previously Director of a number of Osaka Gas subsidiaries.

Bill McKenzie

Bill McKenzie

Director

Bill McKenzie is the Vice President of Surat Developments and is a director of BG International (AUS) Pty Ltd, QGC Pty Limited and their subsidiary companies. He accountable for appraisal and development activities in the QCLNG Surat Asset including field development planning, subsurface and pre-sanction projects. Bill joined QGC in 2013 where he led operations assurance and development management for Phase II projects until 2015 when he was appointed VP of Surat Developments.

Bill is a chartered chemical engineer and RPEQ with significant experience in project development, process engineering, operations, process safety and management. After a 16 year career in BP primarily in refining, Bill joined Origin Energy’s oil & gas division in 2008 as the head of safety, then head of engineering and operations before becoming GM Technical. In 2011 Bill was appointed to GM Qld CSG, accountable for the APLNG Joint Venture’s Upstream assets. Bill holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering with 1st Class Honours from the University of Queensland.

Dr Graham Winkelman

Dr Graham Winkelman

Director

Graham Winkelman is Practice Lead Climate Change at BHP based in Melbourne, Australia, where his global role covers BHP’s response to climate change policy, including broad engagement across company executive leadership, federal and provincial governments, industry associations (including MCA, APPEA, BCA and CMI in Australia), peer companies, research institutes, think tanks and multilateral associations (e.g. IEA, UNFCCC). Graham’s role also includes leadership of BHP’s carbon capture and storage initiatives, with on-the-ground investment, research activity and policy engagement in various locations including Australia, the US, China, Canada, Japan and the UK.

Graham is Chair of the Board of the International Carbon Capture and Storage Knowledge Centre (Regina, Canada) and a Board Member of the Australian Industry Greenhouse Network and the Energy Policy Institute of Australia. Graham has a PhD in Materials Engineering from Monash University, and has been contributing to the resource sector’s response to climate change for 13 years in both direct and consulting roles.

Ernie Delfos

Ernie Delfos

Director

Ernie Delfos is the Managing Director of Eni Australia Limited, and is responsible for Upstream Oil & Gas and Renewable activity in Australia and Timor Leste.

Ernie has over 35 years of oil and gas industry experience ranging from Government entities, small independents to major international oil companies; Mobil and Eni. In the last 25 years, Ernie has been responsible for global exploration portfolios in addition to roles in production, planning, strategy and portfolio optimisation.

Ernie currently holds 6 board positions of Eni subsidiaries in Australia and Timor Leste, while previous board positions include CEO of EniRepSa Gas Ltd and a director of industry association APPEA.

Ernie has a Bachelor of Science Degree (Geology) from the University of Western Australia, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Master of Business Administration Degree from Bocconi University of Milan, Italy.

Distinguished scientists

Professor Peter Cook

Professor Peter Cook

CO2CRC Distinguished Scientist

Peter is one of Australia’s foremost scientists and technology leaders in the areas of energy, greenhouse technology and sustainability. He is a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, a company director, author, consultant and senior advisor to organisations and governments worldwide. His work on CCS with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), alongside Kelly Thambimuthu, made both contributors to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize to the IPCC, and prior to that in 2005, the adoption of CCS as a climate change mitigation technology under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Peter was CO2CRC’s chief executive from its inception until 2011.

Professor John Kaldi

Professor John Kaldi

CO2CRC Distinguished Scientist

John is CO2CRC’s former chief scientist as well as Emeritus Professor and SA State Chair of Carbon Capture and Storage at University of Adelaide. John’s career includes being the inaugural head of the Australian School of Petroleum (ASP) and earlier, Director of the National Centre for Petroleum Geology and Geophysics (NCPGG) at University of Adelaide. Prior to academia, John spent 18 years working in the petroleum industry. He has received numerous awards, is an accomplished lecturer and trainer and has been the author and presenter of over 150 journal articles and technical conference papers.

Professor Kelly Thambimuthu

Professor Kelly Thambimuthu

CO2CRC Distinguished Scientist

Kelly has over thirty years’ experience in low-emissions technology. For over two decades he has chaired the IEAGHG, a technology collaboration program of the International Energy Agency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He pioneered advances in cleaner fossil fuel technologies while heading the Centre for Low Emissions Technology in Queensland from 2004 – 2009. Kelly has been a scientist and program director at CANMET Energy, Natural Resources Canada and professorial fellow at the University of Queensland and has received many awards for his work.