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New Director Appointed

9 June 2006

New Director Appointed

Australian-based mining and minerals expert, Alan Broome, has been appointed a director of coal producer and distributor, Solid Energy New Zealand Ltd by the Minister for State Owned Enterprises.

Solid Energy Chairman, Tim Saunders, comments: “We are delighted to welcome Alan to the board. His experience in the mining industry, both here and in Australia, will be invaluable to the company, both with our current operations and as we plan and develop new mines and new solutions for the production and use of coal in New Zealand.”

Alan, a metallurgist, had extensive experience in metal casting and steel production before joining the mining industry as managing director of a major Australian coal industry owned group in 1990.

He is currently Chairman of New Zealand consulting company, CRL Energy Ltd, Chairman or Deputy Chair of a number of Australian mining technology companies; Chairman of a listed Australian junior mining company and Chairman of a leading Australian wind farm project planning and management company. He is also a delegate to the International Committee for Coal Research; Chair of the Australian Government Action Agenda promoting mining technology; member of the minerals sector advisory council of Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and a director of the Coal Association of New Zealand.

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