SINO Gas & Energy Holdings has appointed Mr Frank Fu to the position of chief operating officer (COO), commencing 1 June 2014.

Mr Fu has a 22 year career in oil, gas and coal bed methane, including over 14 years with ConocoPhillips both in China and the USA.

Mr Fu re-joins the company having previously held the position of COO with Sino Gas from 2010 to 2012.

Most recently, Mr Fu has been responsible for all operations, planning and technical activities in China for AIM-listed Leyshon Energy Limited.

Mr Fu has had extensive unconventional natural gas operational experience in Shanxi Province, including on Sino Gas’s acreage.

Mr Fu holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Exploration, and will play a key role in all of Sino Gas’s China operations, including partner liaison.

Sino Gas chairman Gavin Harper said he was delighted to welcome Mr Fu back to the fold.

“As we prepare for an imminent step-change in production activities, we are especially pleased to have back on board someone with the technical ability, international experience and cultural understanding that Frank will bring to the role.

Mr Fu said he was pleased to re-join the company at what he said was a “particularly exciting juncture.”

“This will be a transformational year for the Company as we ramp up exploration, production and gas sales,” he said.

Sino Gas continues to progress plans to appoint a new chief executive officer.