AGIG appoints new Chief Executive Officer
Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) has appointed Craig de Laine to the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), replacing Ben Wilson who is returning to the United Kingdom (UK).
Craig has been with AGIG and its predecessor companies for over 16 years and has wide experience across a range of key business functions. In particular, Craig has been responsible for our people, regulation, corporate affairs and business strategy. He has also been instrumental in AGIG’s leadership in hydrogen and the transition of the business to a low carbon future.
This background, together with his demonstrated leadership and focus on people, positions him well to lead AGIG into the future.
Craig said it was a great privilege to be selected by the Board to lead AGIG at such a critical time for the business and paid tribute to Mr Wilson's achievements as CEO.
"Ben has made a considerable contribution to positioning AGIG as one of Australia’s leading gas infrastructure businesses. AGIG is well placed to continue to deliver for our customers and grow through the low carbon transition," Craig said.
"He has undoubtedly been a leader in putting AGIG at the forefront of helping the country move to a renewable gas future.
"The Board and the AGIG team wish Ben all the best for the next stage of his career in the UK."
Craig currently holds the role of Executive General Manager Customer and Strategy at AGIG and will commence as CEO on 1 November 2021.
Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) owns and operates one of Australia’s largest gas infrastructure businesses with operations across every mainland state and the Northern Territory supplying approximately 2 million customers. Operations include 40,000km of distribution and transmission gas pipelines, 60 petajoules of gas storage capacity, gas processing facilities and remote power generation.
AGIG is taking active steps to sustainable gas delivery today, and tomorrow. AGIG officially opened its $14.5 million hydrogen production facility, Hydrogen Park South Australia (HyP SA), the largest in Australia at the Tonsley Innovation District south of Adelaide in May and commenced blending renewable hydrogen into its natural gas distribution network supplying renewable gas to over 700 residents to parts of the Adelaide suburb of Mitchell Park. AGIG is also developing a hydrogen plant in Gladstone, Queensland.
Additionally, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency awarded funding to AGIG as part of the Renewable Hydrogen Deployment Funding Round. Hydrogen Park Murray Valley (HyP Murray Valley) – partnering with ENGIE - in Wodonga, Victoria and the Clean Energy Innovation Park – partnering with ATCO Australia - in Warradarge, Western Australia.
AGIG’s vision is to be the leading gas infrastructure business in Australia - by delivering for customers, being a good employer, and being sustainably cost efficient.
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