KETH appoints new CEO Simona Chady

January 25, 2023

The Kwinana Energy Transformation Hub (KETH) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Simona Chady as the new Chief Executive Officer effective 25 January 2023.

KETH Chair Tim Shanahan said Ms Chady will play a key role positioning Western Australia as a global leader in decarbonising the world’s LNG sector and advancing clean hydrogen technologies.

“We are excited to announce the appointment of Ms Chady who has deep knowledge of global energy and renewables issues as well as extensive commercial acumen and leadership experience,” he said.

Ms Chady has more than 20 years of experience across a range of senior commercial and business development positions within TotalEnergies and Shell and has worked in Singapore, UK, France, Portugal and Australia.

She has also worked on a number of major LNG capital projects including Ichthys (Australia), Prelude Floating LNG (Australia) and Sakhalin (Russia).

At TotalEnergies Ms Chady was also responsible for the creation of key partnerships with large global customers to implement solar solutions including the development of a 12 MW solar power project supplying Zeeland Refinery in the Netherlands.

Ms Chady said she is delighted to join the KETH team and embrace the opportunity to use her skills and experience spanning LNG and renewables to build on the KETH project’s momentum towards a Final Investment Decision.

“The KETH project is a practical solution to the energy transition from LNG to hydrogen and one that will undoubtedly bring valuable insight and learning to industry, researchers and regulators alike,” Ms Chady said.

Mr Shanahan also recognised the efforts of out-going CEO Reinoud Blok who is moving to the USA for family reasons.

About the KETH and FEnEx CRC

The Kwinana Energy Transformation Hub (KETH) is the trade name for Luth Eolas Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Future Energy Exports Cooperative Research Centre and was established in 2021.

The KETH is a small-scale LNG and hydrogen facility designed for research, demonstration and training, which will be located in Western Australia subject to a Final Investment Decision in 2023.

The KETH will be a multi-user, open-access facility that enables collaboration between industry, government, training and research organisations and will provide a unique low-risk live environment for demonstrating new technologies and processes as well as a training facility for the LNG and hydrogen sectors. More details can be found at

The Future Energy Exports Cooperative Research Centre (FEnEx CRC) is an Australian not-for-profit organisation striving to help decarbonise energy exports through industrial-scale research and innovation.  Through research and innovation targeting the decarbonisation of LNG production and growing the use and export of clean hydrogen, the FEnEx CRC will help Australia to remain at the forefront of energy provision internationally.

Established in 2020 as a research and education-driven charity, FEnEx CRC brings together industry Participants, governments, innovative research universities and international affiliates to collaborate on projects that address the key challenges now facing Australia’s energy exports. More detail can be found at

The KETH is the flagship project of the Future Energy Exports CRC.


MEDIA CONTACT: FEnEX CRC Communications Lead James Bowie on 0424 013 756 or [email protected]