13 Jul 2023

Media Release: New APPEA Queensland Director to ensure state maintains gas momentum

Australia’s oil and gas industry has named its new Queensland Director to ensure the state continues to share in the benefits of the gas industry on the path to net zero.

Keld Knudsen joins the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) Brisbane office after previously serving a decade with the organisation from 2011 to 2021.

Mr Knudsen has extensive experience in energy policy, including 3 years as APPEA’s Northern Territory Director overseeing advocacy efforts during the regulatory processes that paved the way for onshore development approvals in the Beetaloo Basin.

He has worked in government relations for APPEA member Santos in Queensland, New South Wales, and the Northern Territory for the past two and a half years.

Mr Knudsen, pictured above and below, said: “I’m thrilled to be back working for APPEA members again in a region critical to Australia’s cleaner energy future.

“At a time when gas supply shortfalls are forecast in southern states, Queensland is keeping the lights on for millions of homes and businesses on the east coast because it understands the value of gas in so many different ways to the economy and its people.

“With over 30,000 jobs supported along the Queensland supply chain, the industry is also responsible for delivering $1.4 billion a year of royalties on average to the state Budget, helping fund important infrastructure like hospitals, schools and roads.

“The sector is strong here because of the positive collaboration between governments and industry, including the development of world-class LNG export projects at Gladstone, and I’m keen to keep the momentum going to get the best outcomes for Queensland.”

APPEA Chief Executive Samantha McCulloch said: “When Queensland is so pivotal to the east coast energy market, our Queensland members will be well served by Keld’s breadth of experience in our industry and I welcome his return to the team.

“Keld brings extensive experience across stakeholder engagement, policy development, government relations, and communications.

“He has worked collaboratively with industry stakeholders, government bodies and local communities to drive sustainable growth, foster innovation, and champion responsible resource development practices.

“He is a valuable addition to the team and will help secure a prosperous and sustainable future for Queensland’s energy industry.

“Natural gas will continue to play a vital role in lowering emissions and partnering with renewables for reliable electricity in Queensland and around the country.”

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