Andrew Swanson

Executive Consultant

Andrew has a strong international reputation, with over 40 years’ experience in coal preparation and technology, and he makes important contributions to coal projects, both technically and strategically.
Hunter Valley, Australia

Andrew has extensive experience in the provision of consulting services in coal preparation, technology disciplines, coal quality evaluations, coal terminal operations, feasibility studies, plant designs, financial optimisation, minesite operating strategies, due diligence investigations and research and development. He believes in solution-oriented approaches to projects, and that the best outcomes are achieved by working with clients under a co-operative contract arrangement.

He has participated in the establishment of many CHPP EPCM projects. Projects have included a wide range of clients both in Australia and overseas, including companies such as Xstrata Coal, BHP Billiton, Anglo Coal and Rio Tinto Coal. Some recent projects include Mangoola, Ravensworth North, Drayton, and Mt Arthur.

QCC was recently acquired by Ausenco. Andrew spent 30 years with QCC Resources in a range of senior management roles, including Managing Director, General Manager, and EGM, overseeing the growth from a small consulting group to a major player in the delivery of CHPP facilities. For the last 5 years he has stepped back into an Executive Consulting role. Prior to QCC, he worked for Carbon Consulting International and BHP Central Research Laboratories.

Andrew has held a range of executive and committee positions with the Australian Coal Preparation Society, including the Chairman of the National Board and the NSW Branch. He is currently Australian representative on the International Organising Committee for International Coal Preparation Congresses.

More than 100 papers have been published or presented, mainly in relation to coal preparation and utilisation, and many hundreds of reports have been generated for clients.

Andrew holds a BE in Chemical Engineering from the University of Newcastle, and a ME in Mining Engineering (Mineral Processing) from University of NSW.