CHINA focused coal seam gas developer Sino Gas & Energy Holdings has appointed Philip Bainbridge to its board as a Non-Executive Director.

Mr Bainbridge is currently a non-executive director of both Drillsearch Energy and the PNG Sustainable Development Program.

He brings a wealth of experience to the Sino Gas board, having spent 23 years with BP Group in a range of petroleum engineering, development, commercial and senior management roles in the UK, Australia and USA.

In addition, Mr Bainbridge has spent six years with Oil Search as chief operating officer responsible for safety, operational and financial performance of all company assets in PNG and overseas, before moving to become executive general manager LNG for the company, responsible for all aspects of Oil Search’s interests in the US$19 billion PNG LNG project.

Commenting on Mr Bainbridge’s appointment, Sino Gas chairman Gavin Harper said: “We are extremely pleased to welcome someone of his calibre as a Non-Executive Director. His deep experience across the international oil and gas sector will be invaluable to Sino Gas as we progress our plans to transform from explorer to producer during 2014”.

Sino Gas is continuing to progress its plans to appoint a new chief operating officer and chief executive officer.