Minor to Lead Ops at Far East Energy
Far East Energy Corp. announced Monday that the Company welcomes David J. Minor as Executive Director of Operations reporting directly to Michael R. McElwrath, CEO and President.
"We are very pleased to have Dave Minor join our team," said Michael McElwrath. He continued, "With his excellent credentials, Dave brings extensive coalbed methane experience to the table, with direct and comprehensive involvement in Alabama's Black Warrior Basin. As we move into the development stage of our operations at Shouyang, it is appropriate that we add advanced skill sets to our management capacity and Dave certainly advances our collective competencies for our CBM projects in China."
In his role as Executive Director of Operations for the Company, Minor will utilize his expertise to provide guidance and advice on all operational aspects of its Coalbed Methane Projects in China. His near term goals are to implement a series of operations objectives aimed at increasing the CBM production for currently existing wells and maximizing production for newly drilled wells.
With over thirty years of engineering and management experience, including project planning, drilling, completion and production, Minor has spent the majority of his career in management and technical supervisory roles; and most recently, a transition role as President and General Manager of Walter Black Warrior Basin LLC, a Walter Energy subsidiary, operator of approximately 1,400 coalbed methane wells in Alabama's Black Warrior Basin.
Minor served as Chairman of the Coalbed Methane Association of Alabama (CMAA) from 1996-1997 and again from 1999-2002. He has also served on the Environmental, Tax and Safety Committees. Minor is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and served on numerous Committees. Other professional affiliations include the National Society of Professional Engineers, The University of Alabama Capstone Engineering Society, and The Order of the Engineer. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. Minor graduated from the University of Alabama with a BS Biology; a BS Civil Engineering; and, a MS Mineral Engineering (Petroleum).
"We look forward to the technical focus that Dave will bring to Far East," said Donald A. Juckett, Chairman of Far East. "We anticipate excellent results from his tenure at Far East as he brings a wide range of technical experience to bear on the exciting Shouyang Block."
Based in Houston, Texas, with offices in Beijing, Kunming, and Taiyuan City, China, Far East Energy Corp. is focused on coalbed methane exploration and development in China.