Professor Andrew Garnett


UQ Centre for Natural Gas
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
+61 7 334 67017


Gas and energy expert, Professor Andrew (Alf) Garnett is a former Shell and Schlumberger executive. He currently leads large multi-disciplinary research programs contributing to future energy transitions through natural gas and through carbon abatement at The University of Queensland. He was bought on board by UQ for his deep industry experience, having worked widely on oil and gas developments across the globe for the past 30 years, most notably, those with high greenhouse gas emission footprints.

Andrew heads up UQ’s Centre for Natural Gas, a centre formed in 2012 to drive world-class research in Queensland. The Centre is conducting high quality, independent scientific research in the natural gas sector to help improve stewardship of the State’s resources. The research spans the areas of petroleum engineering and geoscience, groundwater management and impacts, and community and social performance He was also charged by the university to lead research investigating the potential development of large-scale carbon capture and storage in Queensland, a technology which is flagged internationally as one of the key solutions to significantly reduce emissions. The broad-scale technical, environmental, social and economic scoping study will be used to inform public debate and policy makers. See Research Impact

Alf’s work focusses on research which focusses on the energy trilemma (energy security, energy affordability, environmental sustainability). The research seeks to assure supply, enable lower carbon baseload power and deliver significant benefits for regional communities (and even stimulate the hydrogen economy). His experience is drawn on by a number of high-profile energy boards, reference panels and government committees in this space. Andrew was non-executive Director for the National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) until late 2020 and has been reviewer for the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook (natural gas). Andrew is currently a non-executive Director of the Australian Gas IndustryTrust.. He is active on a number of external advisory bodies e.g. ESG Working Group Queensland Department of Resources; Cwlth Government, Technical Committee for the National CCUS Technology Emissions Abatement Strategy; Surat Stakeholder Advisory Group & Community Leader’s Council, Queensland GasFields Commission; NSW, Narrabri Greenhouse Gas Emissions Advisory Group; Standards Australia Standards development Committee: EE-002. Carbon dioxide capture, transportation and geological storage – meeting quarterly; Queensland Department of Resources, Bowen Basin Pipeline Feasibility Study.Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprises, Energy Advisory Group ... He is often asked to tale part in State and Commonwealth evaluation pannels.

The Centre is currently focussed on three main themes: [A] Energy Supply (especially complex predictive modelling for gas and groundwater interactions), [B] Sector Decarbonisation; and [C] Environmental, Social. Governance (ESG) in its broadest sense.

Research Impacts

Since taking the lead in 2012, Prof Garnett has been responsible for attracting >$28M external funding (industry and government ) for research in the Centre and (mostly) across UQ. Industry funds include $18.75M in membership attraction and renewals (now in a 3rd term): $7.0M in government grants, non-core research and consultancy (incl. Cwlh CCS project funding of $2.6M and $0.9M in NERA research); and, $4.0M in other industry/company non-core research and consultancy (incl. $2.5M in ACALET, CCS industry funding; and an Energi Simulation Chair $1.3M). These funds have enabled (mainly colleagues outside the Centre) to undertake multi-disicplinary research engaging>15 UQ schools and centres; including, for example, 4 Advance Queensland Fellows, oneAdvance Queensland Innovation Partnership and 4 ARC Linkage projects. To date, over 150 reserachers have been engaged on CNG projects with over 30 PhDs linked to them. More than 130 peer viewed articles have been produced (>450 conference papers and posters). Prof Garnett has made over 20 submissions to government equiries and consultantions and delivered several parliamentary or ministerial briefings. With his team he has engaged in a large number of community, science outreach events, mainly with communities in the gas fields areas. He has also been instrumental in attracting conference "firsts" to Brisbane including: - the International Energy Association, 5th International Energy Agency (IEA) Unconventional Gas Forum; and, high profile American Association of Petroleum Geologists & Society of Petroleum Engineer events

TheCentre delivers independent scientific energy and gas research which used by government, industry, analysts, policy makers, communities, international energy bodies and business. Specialising in research on:

  • Natural gas and coal seam gas - to help improve stewardship of the State’s resources (environmental performance, socio-economic performance and transparency, increased supply, reduced cost and reducing emissions)
  • Energy transition - what the energy mix will realistically need to look like to deliver a low emissions future in the next 20-years. The energy trilemma (energy security, energy affordability, environmental sustainability). Seeking solutions to assure supply, enable lower carbon baseload power and deliver significant benefits for regional communities (and even stimulate the hydrogen economy).
  • Carbon capture and storage (CCS) - to inform whether material carbon abatement is feasible through implementing industrial-scale CCS in southern Queensland.


  • Master of Business Administration, University of Bath
  • Master of Science, University of Leeds
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Bath


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Featured Publications


  • Andrew Garnett, Chris Greug and Martin Oettinger eds. (2014). ZeroGen IGCC with CCS: a case history. Brisbane, Qld Australia: The University of Queensland.

Book Chapter

  • Garnett, Andrew (2016). Regulating well integrity. Handbook of shale gas law and policy: economics, access, law, and regulations in key jurisdictions. (pp. 213-236) edited by Tina Hunter. Online: Intersentia.

  • Garnett, Andrew and Greig, Chris (2014). Investing in CCS: Key project gateways. IEA CCS 2014 – What lies in store for CCS?. (pp. 44-51) edited by Juho Lipponen. Online: IEA Publications.

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