Our team has a combined experience in the Geothermal Industry of over a Century


Dane Coppell, MSc

Director, founded the company in 2006 with business partner Paul Hewson.

Masters of Science, 10 years with Schlumberger before forming Western Energy Services.

  • Technical and support services.
  • Business relations and acquisition.
  Karl Spinks

Karl Spinks

General Manager of Western Energy for the past 3 years

  • 15 years experience geothermal industry
  • PhD from University Canterbury
  • Has worked in a variety of technical and management roles, including geologist, drilling engineer, project manager, business manager; across the exploration, development and
    operation phases of geothermal projects in NZ, USA & Chile.

Steven Slothouwer, MSc

Industrial Design Engineer, trained at the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands.

Bachelors in Geophysics, Utrecht, the Netherlands.

  • HSE, Quality and Innovation Manager
  • Site supervision
  • Well testing, Quenching and Well compression.

Josh Anderson

Coiled Tubing engineer. International experience with multiple companies and projects.

  • Coiled Tubing Supervisor.
  • Well testing supervisor.
  • Experience in all coil tubing related well completions including milling, case and open hole, electrical line coil tubing and directional completion workover.

Gabriel Petrar

Geothermal  Field  Engineer.

  • Monitoring geothermal features, sampling of natural features, geophysics techniques.
  • Groundwater monitoring and sampling. Water titration analysis.
  • Sensortran DTS fibre optic data collection.
  • Tracer Flow Tests sampling.
  • Reservoir Tracer Testing sampling.
  • N2 Recharge Techniques  for monitoring wells.