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Top 100 : 2011
40 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2011 COVER STORY -- TOP 100 David Knox, 53 Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Santos, Adelaide Mechanical engineer, University of Edinburgh, UK Having run operations at Santos in Adelaide for the past three years, managing director David Knox said Santos is pursuing a transformational liquefied natural gas (LNG) strategy with interests in four major LNG projects that equate to 20Mt/a capacity LNG when all are operational. In January the company received final govern- ment approval for the $16 billion GLNG project in Queensland which alone will have production capac- ity of 7.8Mt/a. Knox said approval of GLNG was a significant milestone in Santos history. Santos has about 2400 employees across its opera- tions in Australia and Asia. The company recorded sales around $2.2 billion last financial year and is the largest producer of natural gas to the Australian domestic market, supplying 16% of the nation s gas needs. Marius Kloppers, 48 Chief Executive Officer, BHP Billiton, Melbourne Chemical engineer, University of Pretoria With some 39,570 employees working in over 100 operations through 25 countries, Dr Marius Kloppers is chief executive officer of one of the largest diversified natural resource companies in the world. In the 2010 financial year the company recorded revenue of nearly $53 billion and with profits circulating around $12 billion is enjoying the fruit of a resource- hungry world. In April, BHP Billiton bought back 147 million shares, representing 4.4% of the issued share capital of BHP Billiton, in a transaction worth $6.3 billion. It is part of a $10 billion repurchasing capital management program activated this past year. At the same time, BHP Billiton is continuing to expand operations through- out Australia. In March, the company approved three coal projects in the Bowen Basin, Queensland, together worth $7.5 billion (on 100% basis). It also approved a $400 million expansion project for Hunter Valley Energy Coal. The same month brought approval for $6.6 billion of investment in the com- pany s Western Australia Iron Ore operations. Grant King, 56 Managing Director of Origin Energy, Sydney Civil engineer, University of NSW Grant King is managing director of one of Australia s leading integrated energy companies. Listed in the ASX top 20 and with a market capitalisation of more than $17 billion, Origin s annual revenue last financial year was $8 billion. In the past year, King noted that Origin has grown its generation portfolio considerably with new develop- ments as well as the GenTrader arrangements with Eraring Energy as part of the NSW government s Energy Reform process. The company now has 5800MW of owned or contracted capacity across fuels including natural gas, wind and hydro. In addition, Origin continues to progress Australia Pacific LNG, its joint venture with ConocoPhillips to develop a CSG to LNG project in Queensland.