Ernie Thrasher has over forty (40) years’ experience in the coal industry.
His coal experience began in 1974 working for a family owned mining company with operations in Maryland. Thrasher held various positions in mine operations and mine management through 1981.
Prior to forming Xcoal Energy & Resources in 2003, Thrasher spent twenty-two (22) years in various global marketing positions at Primary Coal and AMCI.
Xcoal is the largest exporter of U.S. origin coal. In addition to marketing U.S. origin coal to customers throughout the world, Xcoal activities include the financing and development of mining projects and related infrastructure projects.
Thrasher founded XLNG Energy & Resources in 2015, which is marketing LNG originating from global sources with emphasis on natural gas reserves in the Marcellus and Utica Shale basins in the U.S., to customers in South America, Europe, and Asia.
Thrasher serves as a Director of Coronado Global Resources, on the President’s Leadership Council-Boy Scouts of America, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, serves as a Director on the National Committee on U.S. China Relations, and serves as a Director of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum.
To diversify India’s energy mix and develop a gas-based economy, India has set an ambitious target of increasing the share of natural gas in its primary energy mix from 6% to 15% by 2030. The government has launched targeted reforms for development of natural gas infrastructure, expansion of city distribution networks, market determined gas pricing, and increased domestic gas production. For LNG developers India therefore offers great potential. What role will LNG play in the mix and does it offer cost competitive supply? What needs to happen to further promote India’s LNG imports?
India is the world’s second-largest consumer of coal and has significant coal resources. In the past, availability of cost-effective coal gasification technology was a limiting factor to fully monetize these resources. Significant progress has been made on the technology front in the last decade. How will India attract foreign technology and capital for coal gasification in India? Indian coal is challenging; will coal gasification be economically viable? What global best practices can India adopt to shorten its learning curve and fast track industry development? What key infrastructure enablers are needed to create a coal gasification industry, and what role should the government play?