Philip Morkel has 28 years of experience in mining, oil and gas and power development. He studied Chemical Engineering at Cape Town University and an MBL at UNISA. He has working operations experience in gold mining, copper mining, pulp and paper. He has twenty years of experience in project management and project development in Africa, including oil refinery, oil and gas work and phosphate mining. He ran the Oil, Gas & Power business of Fluor Corporation in Sub-Saharan Africa, running a number of disaster recovery projects as well as a suite of CTL, GTL refinery and pipeline projects through a team of 15 project managers. He has experience of projects and business development in over 20 African countries.
Philip spent the last 8 years of development of the Lake Kivu gas development project with its technology development. He also undertook the deputy project director role during the engineering of a $3bn nuclear power project in South Africa. In 2005 he presented a paper on Lake Kivu gas extraction technology to World Congress of Chemical Engineering in Glasgow. He was appointed to the International Expert Advisory Group advising Rwanda and DRC on gas exploitation methodology and lake safety.