Keld Knudsen on site at gas plant. Image courtesy of APPEA

The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) has announced its newest state director, who will ensure that Queensland continues to move towards the path to net zero. 

Keld Knudsen has joinedAPPEA’s Brisbane office as the new Queensland Director, after he previously served a decade with the organisation from 2011–2021. 

APPEA said that Mr Knudsen has extensive experience in energy policy, including three years as the APPEA’s Nothern Territory Director. Mr Knudsen has also previously 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 said he is “thrilled” to be working for APPEA. 

“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,” said Mr Knudsen. 

“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 McCullouch, said that Mr Knudsen brings extensive experience. 

“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,” Ms mcCullouch said. 

“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.

Featured image: Keld Knudsen on site at gas plant. Image courtesy of APPEA

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