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A New ERA of Collaboration for the Energy Resources Sector

Media Release

24 February 2016

The newly established National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), which is one of six Growth Centres that form part of the Australian Government’s $248 million Industry Growth Centres Initiative, is set to enable growth through industry-led collaboration, innovation and knowledge-sharing.

Key points:

  • National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) launched to take Growth Centre forward
  • New CEO appointed - Miranda Taylor, formerly with APPEA (see short resume below)
  • New senior management team and Board of industry leaders appointed
  • Headquarters co-located with the WA Energy Research Alliance at the Australian Resources Research Centre at Technology Park, Perth
  • Nodes in Brisbane and Adelaide planned for activation in 2016

Chair of the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Growth Centre, Ken Fitzpatrick, today announced a new name for the Growth Centre, appointment of its inaugural CEO and senior management team, and confirmed the Board of Directors made up of distinguished industry leaders.

The Growth Centre is an industry-led, government-funded initiative that forms part of the Federal Government’s Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda, under the Hon. Christopher Pyne, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science ministerial portfolio. Mr Fitzpatrick, who was appointed Chair by the Australian Government, addressed hundreds of industry delegates from 25 countries at the opening of the Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibitions & Conference in Perth.

“The vision for National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), as the Growth Centre will be known, sees collaboration as central to its purpose. NERA is intended to support the oil, gas, coal seam gas, coal, uranium and related service industries in Australia. NERA’s vision is that by 2025 the sector is a world leader, growing, sustainable, innovative, globally competitive and productive.

“Our mission is to improve competitiveness, collaboration and productivity by focussing on reducing costs, directing research to industry needs, improving work skills, facilitating partnerships and reducing regulatory burden.

“We want to enable growth through collaboration, innovation and knowledge sharing. And through a national focus, improve the competitiveness, collaboration and productivity of the Australian energy resources sector. The great opportunity that exists is for Australia is to find a way to drive down our project and operating costs, which remain among the highest in the world, and become best in class in operations and maintenance.

“International demand for Australian resources remains strong. Currently this sector is forecast to generate $66 billion worth of export earnings from approximately 1,200 companies, employing 120,000 people directly. By leveraging existing networks and initiatives to create opportunities for collaboration, innovation and knowledge-sharing we aim to help improve productivity and competitiveness for the sector as a whole.

“We want to create connections for growth to improve industry engagement, access, productivity and competitiveness. We have assembled a strong team to do that. I am very pleased to announce that Miranda Taylor will be our CEO and we have three key staff appointed to build our connections and networks with industry across Australia.

“The General Managers will promote industry and research collaboration, innovation in the supply chain and education and work skills development, and bring with them extensive networks. They will work nation-wide with participants across the sector to understand industry needs, facilitate collaboration and communicate NERA initiatives, and report on delivery against outcomes as we work towards unlocking new opportunities for growth.

“We have strong support from the Western Australian Government and the Western Australian Energy Research Alliance (WA:ERA). I would like to thank both the WA Government and WA:ERA partners CSIRO, Curtin University and The University of Western Australia for their positive support to the Growth Centre. Both are supporting our programs with office accommodation, services and organisational support. We have also received strong interest and support from the South Australian and Queensland Governments. NERA will also establish nodes Adelaide and Brisbane.”

About National Energy Resources Australia

The National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) enables growth in the oil, gas, coal and uranium sectors through industry-led collaboration, innovation and knowledge-sharing. NERA is one of six Growth Centres as part of the Australian Government’s $248 million Industry Growth Centres Initiative. NERA is headquartered in Perth, with nodes in Brisbane and Adelaide to come. The NERA headquarters is co-located with the Western Australian Energy Research Alliance (WA:ERA), and the National Resource Sciences Precinct (NRSP), at the Australian Resources Research Centre (ARRC) in Technology Park, Perth. NERA will work with the oil, gas, coal and uranium sectors to unlock commercial opportunities and drive innovation by building links between businesses and industry organisations, training providers and the science and research sector. Its role is one of facilitation, networking, activation not duplication.

About Miranda Taylor

Prior to appointment as CEO of National Energy Resources Australia, Miranda Taylor was the Director Environment, Safety & Operational Performance for APPEA. Miranda has more than 20 years’ experience in strategic policy, risk management and stakeholder engagement, working with various industries and with State and Federal governments. Miranda has participated in a number of taskforces and ministerial panels, and has presented at international oil and gas industry events. She facilitated APPEA's interaction with the global industry in response to the Gulf of Mexico well control integrity disaster and the Australian Montara incident. Miranda has an Honours Degree from The London School of Economics, London University in International Economics and Politics, and a Post Graduate Degree in Labour Relations.