Coal veteran sparks new geology passion trailblazing ISG operations
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Coal veteran sparks new geology passion trailblazing ISG operations

LCK PEOPLE PROFILE: John Centofanti

John Centofanti knows coal.

Several decades working in the mining industry makes him the most experienced geologist and among the most important members of the team at Leigh Creek Energy (LCK).

He’s the Principal Geologist, managing Geology, GIS and Geotechnical aspects of LCK’s operations, and comes from humble beginnings on a rural South Australian property.

A geology degree from the University of South Australia set forward a career of expanding knowledge and industry influence through 16 years in Western Australia working in Iron Ore (BHP) and Mineral Sands (RGC), before moving to Central Queensland for 14 years at BHP’s coal mines.

John continues working with coal but instead utilises his vast experience trailblazing a path towards commercial operation of less conventional In-Situ Gasification (ISG) technologies.

“I had been following the Carbon Energy ISG trials from the beginning and the ISG field has always peaked my interest,” John said.

“Using this technology, it opens up the opportunity for most of the world’s deep coals to be utilised in a cost-effective way without damaging the landscape with open cut mines.”

John’s time in the industry has seen him contribute to large-scale projects through exploration, mine geology, structural geology, geotechnical and resource geology.

But the move to LCK and ISG is increasing John’s love for all things geological, and he says to be taking part in the pioneering development of ISG for major gas production in his home state makes working at LCK very exciting.

In his time at the company, John has overseen important operational elements of LCK’s successful Pre-Commercial Demonstration and underpins geological aspects of plans and strategy commercial production.

“The experienced team at LCK are great to work with and I am excited to have the opportunity to learn about and further develop this growing field of gas production,” John said.

“I hope to continue to my knowledge about ISG into practice and use some of my 14 years’ experience in coal to develop the field of ISG information even further.

“With the experienced team at LCK, I believe that LCK will become the world leader in ISG technology and operation.”


CAPTION: John Centofanti is Leigh Creek Energy’s Principal Geologist and most trusted coal expert.
CAPTION: John Centofanti is Leigh Creek Energy’s Principal Geologist and most trusted coal expert.

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