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Fedir Woskoboenko






Principal Consultant

Professional Background

  • >35 years experience in technical, leadership, and business management roles, with a major focus on theVictorian and Australian coal, energy and power sectors;
  • Technical expert in the following areas of brown coal technology: resource evaluation, drying, structure and properties, analysis, upgrading and utilisation, briquetting, combustion, gasification, carbonisation, rheology, handling & storage, fires, spontaneous combustion and dust explosions;
  • Company leadership and business management, including role as General Manager of HRL Technology. 17 years of Experience at General Manager Level;
  • Strong Written and Verbal Communication Skills;
  • Extensive networks in the coal, power, Government and university sectors;Ability to develop, manage and grow business;
  • Negotiation of contracts and agreements; and
  • Public speaking and formal presentations

Areas of Expertise

  • Technical expert in many areas relating to coal, energy and power;
  • Company leadership and business management;
  • Company directorships;
  • Management of major projects and work programs in coal, power and energy;
  • R&D program management

Relevant Project Experience 

  • Profitably managed the HRL Technology (HRLT) coal and power consulting and testing business for 14 years. HRLT services all the coal fired power stations in Australia and several international power plants.  This involved the leadership of up to 130 engineers,scientists, technicians and finance/administration staff;
    Examples of Contributions to the Coal Industry
  • Made a number of significant contributions to the development of the HRL Integrated Drying Gasification Combined Cycle (IDGCC) power generation technology. This has included management of Driffield coal mine development over these last 3 years;
  • Developed, raised funding for and managed several large R&D programs;
  • Performed and managed a wide variety of consulting, testing and project implementations in the coal and Power Industry.Participant and/or leader in dozens of brown coal fire and dust explosion investigations in all Victorian mines, power stations and coal processing plants;
  • Member of several coal conference organising committees such as the twoVictorian Low Rank coal Symposium organized by the Victorian Government;Participant and report review panel member for the Victorian Government "Low Rank Coal Roadmap";Member of the Coal 21 working group to develop the National Greenhouse Roadmap;
  • Co-authored chapter 4 in "The Science of Victorian Brown Coal Structure, Properties and Consequences for Utilization";Co-chair of the Australian Coal Industry Consortium, (ACIC) for the Australian membership of the IEA Clean Coal Centre;
  • Program manager of the Low Rank Coal Co-operative Research Centre;
  • Industry Supervisor for PhD studies at Universities;and
  • Participated in dozens of industry forums/think tanks organized by Governments


  • BSC (Chemistry)
  • PhD (Engineering)

What Our Clients Say

"We have utilised hrl: for many years and have found hrl: to retain and utilise the same personnel on our tasks providing a high degree of familiarity of the hrl: personnel to the work and our personnel.  Additionally, hrl: have some highly ex...

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Our Certifications


NATA accredited AtS/NZS ISO 17025, AS/NZS ISO 17020NATA Accredited Laboratories number 561

ISO 9001 Quality Management

ISO 9001 Quality Management certified by BSI under certificate number FS605116.