About us

Harvester Energy is a private energy company in Perth, Western Australia. Our aim is to identify small, undeveloped oil fields which can be rapidly and cost-effectively commercialised using Harvester’s patented ‘PivotreeTM/ Harvester’ small-field production system.

Thanks to our re-use/repurposing of existing oilfield infrastructure, and minimisation of emissions and impact on the environment, we produce in a much more sustainable way compared to traditional oil and gas development.

We consider our technology to be ideally suited to the North Sea where there are many small, undeveloped oil fields with currently no economic route to market. We operate in accordance with the laws, rules, and regulations in Australia. The Harvester Energy board works within the requirements of the Corporations Act (2001) and has defined policies that detail the high standards expected of everyone in the company.

Harvester Energy Board

Christopher Merrick

Managing Director

Chris has 20 years of experience in subsea engineering, project management, operations, asset integrity, and inspection maintenance & repair. He has experience across the entire lifecycle of offshore developments encompassing engineering, procurement, construction, installation, operations, and abandonment.

He is a specialist in subsea equipment technical reliability, ensuring that facilities meet the highest standards of safety, compliance, and production availability.

Chris has a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science, a Masters Degree in Oil and Gas Engineering, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia, is a Chartered Subsea Engineer, and Fellow of Engineers Australia.

Andy Jacob

Non-Executive Chairman

Proven executive with over 35 years international experience with oil & gas operators and service companies, extensive background and capability in upstream developments, operations, and integrated processes. Demonstrated track record of leading successful businesses and delivering outcomes from various organisations.

Most recent employment with an Oil & Gas operator as senior manager at PTTEP Australasia oversaw multiple aspects of the business including operations, sales, logistics, contracts, ICT, development, transition of the business whilst maintaining cost effective, safe production from the facilities.

Ernie Delfos

 Non-Executive Director

Ernie has an energetic, motivated, self-driven management style with attention to safety, excellent governance, and strong compliance.

He believes delivering a vision via key performance indicators gives clear direction for all to follow. His 30 years of executive management experience has taught him to support financial due diligence with technical accuracy to reflect the accountability of the role.

He has learned that success is delivered via a fully inclusive, diverse, and aligned team. His exposure to a variety of energy companies has delivered success in new ventures, exploration discoveries, production enhancement projects, solar renewables, and carbon sequestration.

Simon van den Berg

 Non-Executive Director

Simon has over 16 years’ experience in Institutional Equity Sales after joining the stockbroking industry in 2007.

A focus on small & mid-cap, WA based Resources, Energy and Mining Services companies, has generated deep relationships with both International and Domestic Institutional investors, as well as High Net Worth/Family Offices. Simon has facilitated raising ~$10B of equity capital for both emerging and established companies across all sectors.

Simon is a founding Director of Wallabi Group Pty Ltd, an independent Institutional Broking firm based in Perth, WA.

Harvester Energy Management Team

Christopher Merrick

Managing Director

Chris has 20 years of experience in subsea engineering, project management, operations, asset integrity, and inspection maintenance & repair. He has experience across the entire lifecycle of offshore developments encompassing engineering, procurement, construction, installation, operations, and abandonment.

He is a specialist in subsea equipment technical reliability, ensuring that facilities meet the highest standards of safety, compliance, and production availability.

Chris has a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science, a Masters Degree in Oil and Gas Engineering, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia, is a Chartered Subsea Engineer, and Fellow of Engineers Australia.

Steve Molyneux

Non-Executive Director

A highly qualified exploration and production petroleum geoscientist and new venture manager. Part of taking several smaller companies and making them successful. Oilexco was Canada based and went into the North Sea in 2003 and by 2008 had gone from a few million dollar company to be worth 4.5 billion$ during the pre GFC oil rise.

Currently consulting as a hands on Petroleum Geoscientist and New Venture Advisor part time at Beach, NZOG, Origin, 3DOil, Western Gas and other confidential companies attempting to identify new business opportunities in conventional and unconventional oil and gas but also gas storage, renewables and helium/hydrogen exploration across Australasia and SE Asia. Still able to work on technical projects from seismic to geology from prospect generation, volumetrics, risking and commercial matters in exploration and development.

Mission Statement

“To run safe and clean operations with a focus on generating outsized financial returns for our shareholders.”

Christopher Merrick, Managing Director, Harvester Energy

Our Value Proposition

Harvester Energy has assembled a team of highly experienced industry professionals, each boasting a vast network of contacts covering geology & geophysics, reservoir engineering, subsea engineering, facilities engineering, finance, and operations. With our core purpose being to safely, and effectively capture hydrocarbons from stranded oil and gas fields, we will run our operations with a focus on generating outsized financial returns for our shareholders, with the smallest environmental footprint possible.

Our Five-Year BHAG

In five years Harvester Energy will have produced 10 million barrels from its first field, be in production on its second field, will have paid dividends to shareholders and successfully implement flue gas CO2 capture and associated gas-to-liquids process systems.