Malherbe will join in the newly created role of general manager for process development.
Most recently, Malherbe provided professional services to Santos (ASX:STO) as engineering superintendent.
He was tasked with management of front-line technical, engineering and reliability services to the Moomba Gas Plant in South Australia, being one of Australia’s largest natural gas and oil processing facilities.
Geoff Pocock, managing director, commented: “Hazer is extremely pleased to welcome Cobus to the Hazer senior management team, and see this appointment as a key part of our transition from laboratory based technical work to more substantial non-laboratory operations.
“We are delighted to have secured someone with Cobus’ experience and expertise, and we look forward to him bringing his significant commercial development expertise to bear on Hazer’s ongoing process development.”
Hazer Group is a technology development company undertaking the commercialisation of the Hazer process, a low-emission hydrogen and graphite production process.
The Hazer process enables the effective conversion of natural gas and similar feedstocks, into hydrogen and high quality graphite, using iron ore as a process catalyst.
Pre-pilot plant (PPP)
Hazer most recently completed the hot commissioning phase at its pre-pilot facility, which has seen successful production of hydrogen and graphite from natural gas feedstock.
Final commissioning of the PPP is ongoing, and the company anticipates it to be fully commissioned and operational by the end of April.
Once fully operational, the PPP will be used to generate validation and optimisation data that will be necessary for the design and construction of larger plants.
This milestone also confirms Hazer’s successful transition from laboratory-based standard equipment to a custom designed and constructed plant, and moves the company closer towards commercialisation of the Hazer Process.
On completion of final commissioning, Hazer intends to initially operate the system in semi-continuous mode; whereby graphite is ejected from the system during operation but the catalyst is inserted prior to operation.