Dr. Geoff Covey

Curriculum Vitae

QUALIFICATIONS: B.Sc.(Chem.Eng.) University of Surrey
Ph.D. University of Melbourne
AFFILIATIONS: Institution of Chemical Engineers, Appita, TAPPI
  • Process Engineering – conceptualisation, development, design, problem solving.
  • Chemical recovery.
  • Pulp industry.
  • Applications of fluidised beds.
  • Effluent reduction by loss minimisation.
EMAIL: geoffcovey@coveyconsulting.com.au


2002 – Present Covey Consulting Principal Associate
1992 – 2002 University
of Melbourne
Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor Chemical Engineering
1990 – 1992 Covey Consulting Director
1986 – 1990 Associated Pulp
and Paper Mills
Section Leader – Process Technology
Senior Process Engineer – DARS Project
1977 – 1986 Australian Paper Manufacturers 1985 : Manager DARS Technology
1984 : Technical Superintendent
1983 : Process Engineer – Pulp Mill Project
1979 : Project Manager – DARS
1977 : Development Engineer
1976 – 1979 Swinburne Institute
of Technology
Part-time Lecturer in Chemical Engineering
1972 – 1974 Laporte Industries
Limited (U.K.)
Development Engineer


Covey Consulting

  • Kimberly-Clark Australia
  • PaperlinX
  • Alcoa
  • Wimmera Industrial Minerals Pty Ltd
  • Aluminates Pty Ltd
  • Botanical Resources Australia
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization / General Company for Paper Industry (Syria)
  • University of Melbourne
  • Municipality of Ulverstone
  • Waste Furnaces Pty Ltd (NZ)
  • Fluor
  • Australian Pulp and Paper Institute
  • Limahsoon
  • Amtrad
  • Powdertech
  • CSIRO Divisions of Forestry and Forest Products, and Land and Water
  • Allens Arthur Robinson
  • Minter Ellison
  • Gerling
  • Griffith Hack
  • Peerless JAL
  • Visy
  • Confidential clients as expert witness

University of Melbourne

Rolls Royce


Western Mining

Associated Pulp And Paper Mills

  • Burnie Mill
    • Commissioning and development of Direct Alkali Recovery System Installation.
    • Energy saving capital project.
    • Pulp mill effluent reduction.
    • Black and white liquor storage upgrade.
  • Shoalhaven Mill
    • Conceptual design of chemical recovery plant for cotton linter pulp mill using hydro-pyrolysis.

Australian Paper Manufacturers Ltd.

  • Direct Alkali Recovery System (DARS)
    • Laboratory and conceptual development of DARS from chemical concept.
    • Process design, specification, construction and operation of pilot plant.
    • Preliminary process designs for several full scale plants, including those subsequently built by APPM and Fredericia Cellulosefabrik (Denmark).
  • Maryvale Mill
    • Process refinement and commissioning of lime kiln, recausticizing plant and evaporators for a large expansion project. Also post commissioning of the plant, including: redesign of spills collection in recovery area, redesign of quench and chemical supply for sulphur dioxide recovery from foul-gas incinerator, water re-use system for recausticizing plant, problem rectification in pulp stock pumping and screw-press system.
    • Improving performance of brown stock washing, foul-gas / foul-condensate system, recausticizing plant.
  • Other
    • Audit of chemical safety standards for APM, Brown and Dureau and Containers Ltd.
    • Studies on mechanical pulping of softwood.

Laporte Industries Ltd

  • Plasma heating of process gases.
  • Process design and operation of pilot plants for the production of titanium dioxide and iron oxide pigments.
  • Preliminary design of a commercial plant for the production of iron oxide pigments.
  • Development work on fluid energy milling of titanium dioxide.