Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Former Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Fisheries; Electoral Affairs

    New executive to drive WA minerals research

    4/02/2013 12:00 AM
    • Resources industry stalwart to head new State research centre
    • WA Minerals Research Institute gears up to assist industry and promote WA

    Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore today announced a 35-year resources industry expert will be taking the helm at the State Government’s new Western Australian Minerals Research Institute (WAMRI).


    Mark Woffenden, the outgoing head of Curtin University’s Resources and Chemistry Precinct, has been appointed to the new CEO role at WAMRI.


    “Mr Woffenden is the ideal candidate, as not only does he have strong strategic and technical knowledge when it comes to the various challenges and opportunities of the contemporary WA mineral industry, he has also held positions with major resources’ players Rio Tinto, Hamersley Iron, Comalco Aluminium and KPMG Consulting,” Mr Moore said.


    “I am confident the institute will flourish under his stewardship, promoting the long-term international competitiveness of WA’s minerals industry.”


    WAMRI will develop new mineral discovery, extraction and recovery technologies, helping previously uneconomic deposits become attractive to industry.


    “We must all remember that the long-term sustainability of this industry is dependent upon the discovery of new resources and the development of new technologies,” the Minister said.


    Mr Woffenden’s appointment was endorsed by the institute’s board of directors, which includes BHP Billiton senior research and development manager, Peter Lilly; Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association chief operating officer for Western Region, Stedman Ellis; Rio Tinto Innovation general manager Andrew Shook; Resource Capital Funds managing partner James McClements and Phil Lockyer, director of Phil Lockyer and Associates.


              Fact File

    • The WA Minerals Research Institute is currently supported by $7.5m in State funding
    • Since 2009, $4.2million in State funding has been delivered to WA minerals and energy research, including $1.4million from Royalties for Regions

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