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Dr. Michael Earle
Executive GM Business Development Kumul Petroleum Holdings Ltd.
Michael is Executive General Manager Business Development & Research at Kumul Petroleum, with responsibility for commercial, new business and renewables projects. His association with Papua New Guinea began in the period 1981-85 with regional prospecting and geological fieldwork in the southern highlands for BP, including Mananda, Hides, Gobe and discovery of the Juha gas condensate field that is part of the PNG LNG Project. Michael returned to PNG in 1997-98 as consultant Economist in the Department of Petroleum & Energy at the time of Chevron’s Gas-to Queensland Project. He joined Kumul Petroleum from 2015-2018 and re-joined in 2021 after a sabbatical in England. Among other projects, Kumul Petroleum’s BDR team is carrying out research into CCS and CCUS for existing and potential new petroleum and energy projects in PNG, and developing a pilot solar energy installation in Kavieng, New Ireland Province.