Professor Andrew Garnett

Director

UQ Centre for Natural Gas
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Affiliate Professor

School of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
a.garnett@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 67017

Overview

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.

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 is currently a non-executive Director for the National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), a reviewer for the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook (natural gas) and continues to contribute as an expert member on a range of government committees focussed on developing action plans and codes of practice for the oil and gas sector. This includes contributing to the development of the Queensland Gas Supply and Demand Action Plan and membership of the Petroleum & Gas Inspectorate – Safety & Health (upstream) Stakeholder Engagement Committee. And he is a member of the industry working group associated with the revisions of the Code of Practice for constructing and abandoning coal seam gas wells and associated bores in Queensland. In 2014, he also contributed to the Well Integrity Report for the Gas Fields Commission.

In terms of education, Andrew is one of the driving forces behind the UQ Master of Petroleum Engineering (MPE), contributing with broad industry experience and knowledge to the benefit of his students. The program was first offered to professionals in the gas and oil industry in 2013. Andrew has also formed an agreement with Fendley Skills Development to grant UQ master students access to internationally recognized well control training and certification.

Research Impacts

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.

Qualifications

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

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

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

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor