Noble Energy Inc has appointed Philip Costello as manager of its coal and coke operations in Europe.

Based from an expanding Noble Europe office in London, Costello brings more than 20 years of commercial and technical experience in the solid fuel business and will form the core of their European worldwide Coal and Coke division.

Formerly with Ruhrkohle Trading Corporation as vice-president at its New York office and later as president of Rheinbraun Thyssen Energy (RTE) in New York, his current duties will include marketing of coal and coke products to European businesses.