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November 20-21, 2014

2013 Speakers


Michael Smith

Michael Smith
Freeport LNG Development, L.P.
Chairman, CEO & Founder

In May, Freeport LNG received 20-year approval to export up to 511 billion cubic feet per year (1.4 billion cubic feet per day), which will enable it to build two world-class trains initially. Michael Smith, founder, chairman and CEO, has been asked to describe the unique features of the project and timeline for completion, including the final investment decision.

Freeport LNG is developing a 2.1 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) LNG export plant adjacent to its existing import terminal that will be integrated into its current facilities to create a dual LNG export and import terminal. Three LNG Liquefaction trains, each capable of processing 0.7 bcfd, are planned. The third train is part of a pending application with DOE. The company expects to commence construction on the first two trains after FERC approval in the first quarter of 2014. The capital cost is estimated at $7.5 billion. For Train 1, Freeport LNG has signed 20-year tolling agreements with Osaka Gas and Chubu Electric, the second and fourth largest utilities in Japan. For Train 2, Freeport LNG has signed a 20-year Agreement with BP Energy. It expects to finalize the marketing of Train 3 and begin construction six to nine months after Trains 1 & 2 commence construction. Mr. Smith owns 50% of the liquefaction project.

Freeport LNG Development, L.P. is a partnership formed in the fall of 2002 to design, permit, build, own and operate a 1.5 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) LNG receiving terminal in Quintana, Texas. This billion dollar facility began commercial operations in June 2008. It has three customers: ConocoPhillips, The Dow Chemical Company and Mitsubishi Corporation, all of which have signed 15–25 year leases.

Michael Smith, Freeport LNG's founder, previously founded Basin Exploration, Inc. in 1981 and served as its chairman, CEO and president. Basin was a publicly traded oil and gas company active in the Gulf of Mexico and the Rocky Mountain Region. In 2001, it was sold to Stone Energy in a $410 million stock-for-stock merger.



Martin Houston

Martin Houston
BG Group
COO, Executive Director

In 2011, BG Group took the lead in a race to export LNG from North America by executing a landmark $8 billion liquefaction and export deal with Cheniere Energy. BG has interests in two other possible North American export projects: Prince Rupert, B.C., and Lake Charles, La., and two import terminals at Elba Is., Ga., and Lake Charles, La. Martin Houston has been asked to describe his vision for BG in the world's changing energy landscape. He is responsible for the operational performance of the Group's assets, as well as Group-wide business development. Martin joined British Gas in 1983 and became BG Group executive vice president in 2000. He has gained extensive international experience from a wide variety of technical, commercial and management roles and has played a leading role in developing the Group's LNG business. He is a fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Companion of the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers.


Mead Treadwell

Mead Treadwell
State of Alaska
Lieutenant Governor

The State of Alaska is working to support producers to monetize North Slope natural gas. BP, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Transcanada aim to transport as much as 4 bcfd some 800 miles south to the Nikiski area of the Kenai Peninsula to liquefy and export LNG to Asia.  Many engineering, technical, regulatory, fiscal, commercial and permitting issues have to be resolved before the site is finalized and financial commitment of US$45-65 billion is made. While Nikiski is the lead site, the project team continues to consider others. Pipeline routing definition work also continues based on fieldwork activities.

Mead Treadwell is one of the leading executives in state government working on the project.  He was elected as Alaska’s lieutenant governor in November 2010 and is committed to helping Governor Sean Parnell strengthen Alaska’s economy by filling the TransAlaska Pipeline, facilitating a gas pipeline, bringing affordable energy to Alaskans and standing up to the federal government to ensure access to natural resources. On a national level, he has been influential in bringing about a national missile defense system, in shaping U.S. Arctic policy and in establishing circumpolar cooperation.  A graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Business School, Treadwell brings a record of private and public sector success to his job as lieutenant governor.  He is a private entrepreneur and investor, having helped launch a series of technology, manufacturing and service companies including two publicly listed firms. He was a founding member of the Yukon Pacific Corporation, which started the Alaska gas pipeline project.

With his late wife Carol, he has three children. In her memory, he served as president of the Millennium Society, an international charity which raises scholarship funds and has established a series of scholarships in science education for young people in Alaska.


Barry Smitherman

Barry Smitherman
Railroad Commission of Texas 

Texas leads the U.S. in oil and gas production due to its business-friendly economic climate, which has enabled development of the Barnett, Eagle Ford and Permian basins, among others. Last decade, two LNG import terminals: Freeport and Golden Pass, were constructed. Both propose now to add liquefaction and export capacity. As chairman of the Railroad Commission, Barry Smitherman is leading the energy policies that enable these projects to advance.

Barry Smitherman was elected to Railroad Commission of Texas, in a statewide election, with 74% of the vote, in November 2012. He was previously appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Commission in July 2011, and was selected Chairman by his colleagues in February 2012. The Commission regulates the oil, natural gas, surface coal mining, pipeline and gas distribution utilities in Texas. Since joining the Commission, more oil and gas drilling permits have been issued than any previous, 18-month period, (since 1985), and permit turnaround times have been reduced.

In 2004, Barry was appointed by Governor Perry to the Public Utility Commission. Barry was reappointed in 2007, and was promoted to Chairman later that same year. At the PUCT, Barry focused on quality and efficiency, ending unnecessary expenditures, prioritizing work, and eliminating programs. By the time Barry left the PUCT, electricity rates were their lowest in 10 years, customer satisfaction was high, billions in new infrastructure projects were underway, and he cut the PUCT budget and staffing levels. Barry previously had a 16–year career in public finance, holding leadership positions with a number of prominent U.S. financial institutions.

Barry currently serves as Chair of the NARUC Gas Committee, on the Southern States Energy Board, on the Texas Coastal Land Advisory Board, and on the Visiting Committee of the Bureau of Economic Geology at University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas School of Law Center for Global Energy. He previously served two terms on the U.S. Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Committee and as a member of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.

Barry earned his B.B.A. summa cum laude from Texas A&M University, his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law, and his M.P.A. from Harvard University. He is a frequent speaker in Texas and throughout America where he highlights the United States’ ability to soon be "energy independent." He is an outspoken critic of the Obama EPA and U.S. Fish and Wildlife's attempts to limit U.S. oil and gas exploration and domestic power generation. Barry is an unwavering defender of the 2nd Amendment, he is pro-life, and pro-free markets. He and his wife, Marijane, have been married for 26 years and are proud parents of four children. They attend Lake Hills Church in Austin.


Jamie Welch

Jamie Welch
Energy Transfer
Group CFO, Head of Bus. Dev.

On Oct. 1, Energy Transfer and BG Group announced that they have entered into an agreement to develop an LNG export project at the Trunkline import terminal in Lake Charles, La., following DOE authorization to export to non-free trade agreement nations. Jamie Welch is the Group CFO and head of business development for the Energy Transfer family, which among other assets owns and operates Trunkline. Earlier this year, the Office of Fossil Energy authorized the Group's application to export LNG to non-free-trade-agreement countries. The Group sought a long-term multi-contract authorization to export annually up to nine million tonnes of LNG.The authorization is for a 25-year period commencing on the date of first export, or 5 years from the date the authorization is issued, whichever is sooner.

Jamie also serves on the board of directors of Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. He has been asked to describe the Trunkline project and how MLPs can drive U.S. LNG export investment. Before joining Energy Transfer, Jamie led the EMEA Investment Banking Department and headed the global energy group at Credit Suisse. He was also a member of the IBD Global Management Committee and the EMEA Operating Committee. Jamie joined Credit Suisse First Boston in 1997 from Lehman Brothers Inc. in New York, where he was a senior VP in the global utilities & project finance group. Prior to that he was an attorney with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy (New York) and a barrister and solicitor with Minter Ellison in Melbourne Australia.


Ken Medlock

Ken Medlock
James A. Baker Institute
Sr. Dir., Energy, Resource Econ.

Kenneth B. Medlock III, Ph.D., will moderate the panel to discuss what volume of LNG exports is in the public interest, as defined by the US Department of Energy (DOE). He is the James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the Rice University's Baker Institute and the senior director of the Center for Energy Studies, as well as an adjunct professor and lecturer in the Department of Economics at Rice University. A principal in the development of the Rice World Natural Gas Trade Model, aimed at assessing the future of international natural gas trade, Ken Medlock teaches courses in energy economics and supervises Ph.D. students in the energy economics field. He has published numerous scholarly articles in his primary areas of interest: natural gas markets, energy commodity price relationships, gasoline markets, transportation, national oil company behavior, economic development and energy demand, and energy use and the environment. He also teaches courses in energy economics and supervises Ph.D. students in the energy economics field.

Ken Medlock is currently the vice president for academic affairs for the U.S. Association for Energy Economics (USAEE). In 2001, he won (joint with Ron Soligo) the International Association for Energy Economics Award for Best Paper of the Year in the Energy Journal. In 2011, he was given the USAEE’s Senior Fellow Award. He is also an active member of the American Economic Association and the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and is an academic member of the National Petroleum Council (NPC). Medlock has served as an adviser to the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission in their respective energy modeling efforts. He was the lead modeler of the Modeling Subgroup of the 2003 NPC study of long-term natural gas markets in North America, and was a contributing author to the recent NPC study "North American Resource Development."

Ken Medlock received his Ph.D. in economics from Rice in 2000 and held the MD Anderson Fellowship at the Baker Institute from 2000 to 2001.


Mike Juden

Mike Juden
McKinsey & Company
Sr. Practice Expert, Natural Gas

A leading authority on natural gas and LNG markets, Mike Juden will review global LNG demand and supply, especially market dynamics in Asia and Europe as North American, Australian and African LNG export projects compete with pipelines and domestic shale production to capture market share.  Mike is a senior expert in McKinsey's Electric Power and Natural Gas Practice with 22 years of engagement experience. He serves clients, worldwide, across the natural gas value chain and has deep expertise in gas pipelines, LNG, NGL, trading and regulatory issues. He has served many North American, European and Asian natural gas and power clients as they have developed growth, regulatory, infrastructure, sourcing, LNG, and trading strategies. With McKinsey, Mike has been involved in LNG projects in more than 40 countries.


Tom Choi

Tom Choi
Deloitte MarketPoint
Nat'l Practice Leader, Nat. Gas

Last October, Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions and Deloitte MarketPoint LLC issued a report, entitled "Exporting the American Renaissance: Global impacts of LNG exports from the United States. Peter J. Robertson of the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions and Tom Choi of Deloitte MarketPoint, authored the report. Tom is national practice leader for natural gas at Deloitte MarketPoint, which is a decision support solutions company focused on fundamental market analysis and price forecasting. Tom joined Deloitte in 2011 when Deloitte acquired MarketPoint Incorporated and Altos Management Partners to form Deloitte MarketPoint LLC.


Keith Meyer

Keith Meyer
LNG Central
Founder & CEO

In June, LNG Central announced the commencement of its "LNG America Initiative," a platform designed to provide LNG to domestic markets as a clean and economical alternative to petroleum. The company has signed a letter of intent with Cheniere Energy, Inc. ("Cheniere"), setting the framework for Cheniere to arrange LNG supply and becoming an investor. LNG Central intends to develop infrastructure and obtain supply to provide LNG fuel to the maritime and other transportation and industrial consumers. Keith, an accomplished energy executive with over 30 years of natural gas and LNG experience, will direct LNG Central's efforts.


Peter Hansen

Peter Hansen
Oregon LNG

Oregon LNG proposes to build an LNG export terminal to liquefy and ship Canadian gas to Asian markets. CEO Peter Hansen believes the project will be a boon to Canada's "economically stranded" small and medium-sized producers, which are less likely to participate in major oil company export terminals.

Peter Hansen serves as Oregon LNG's Chief Executive Officer.  In this role Peter leads the development efforts for Oregon LNG's proposed terminal and pipeline project located in Warrenton, Oregon.

Peter has been working on the development of the Warrenton, Oregon project since 2004 when he as the Vice President of Business Development for Calpine Corporation, took the project through the highly political local permitting process. In early 2007, Peter, along with partners, purchased the project from Calpine Corporation.; Peter is now leading the efforts to move the project through the FERC permitting process.

Peter brings significant experience to Oregon LNG. He began his career as a Project Engineer at a consulting firm in Copenhagen, Denmark. Over a 25 year period, this position developed into increasingly responsible positions involving the selection, development, design, construction and commissioning of energy projects of all sizes and types in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Peter has a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Danish Polytechnical Institute with emphasis on regional energy planning, energy efficiency, and energy conversion technologies. Also, Peter has a Master's Degree in Arctic (Civil) Engineering, emphasis on arctic utilities from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. He is fluent in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, and has a working knowledge of German and French. Peter is also an experienced pilot with a commercial/instrument license for fixed wing aircraft.


Allyn Risley

Allyn Risley
GTT North America

Among the infrastructure at LNG terminals, field-erected storage tanks commonly require the longest lead time to construct. GTT, which is known for LNG carrier membrane storage systems, offers land storage technology with basic modular-shaped components widely available by normal industrial processes, which may enable faster terminal development. Risley will describe the promise of this technology.

GTT, which is known for its membrane LNG storage systems for ships, offers land storage technology, which it has trademarked GST®. The company reports the technology provides safety levels equivalent to full-containment tanks. It is based on separation of three functions of land storage: tightness, thermal insulation and structural resistance. The separation allows for the optimization of each function and precludes simultaneous multiple failures. The GST® concept consists of a combination of modular basic shaped components, widely available by normal industrial processes.

Prior to joining GTT in 2011, Allyn Risley was vice president of global shipping for BG Group Ltd. and formerly general manager of LNG at ConocoPhillips. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas.


Robert Nussmeier

Robert Nussmeier
Kiewitt Oil, Gas & Chem. NA
Dir., Strategic Clients, Partners

Bob Nussmeier is vice president of business development with Kiewit Oil, Gas and Chemical. He is a strong catalyst in connecting oil, gas, and petrochemical companies with Kiewit's construction professionals to build world-class, high-performing energy facilities that are safe, efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally responsible. Bob has more than 22 years' experience in helping clients and contractors reach mutually beneficial terms for major projects.

In 2012, ENR ranked Kiewit as the United States' third largest overall contractor and a top ten contractor in the power, petroleum, transportation, and heavy construction industries. Kiewit was ranked as the fifth largest general contractor in Canada by Reed Construction Data in 2012. Kiewit's Houston-based OGC group supports nine construction districts across North America.

Bob came to Kiewit in early 2011 after ten years as executive director for Baker Concrete Construction, responsible for client development for major OGC projects. Prior to Baker, he worked for Master Builders and Scofield, specializing in concrete product technologies. Bob graduated from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana with a bachelor's degree in construction management. He is a founding and voting member of ACI 376, Concrete Structures for Refrigerated Liquefied Gas Containments.


Andrew Kunian

Andrew Kunian
EOS LNG and Barca LNG
Founder, CEO

On July 24, the Brownsville, Texas, Navigation District approved two leases to EOS LNG, LLC and Barca LNG for export projects. Shortly thereafter, EOS and Barca each filed a request for authorization to export up to 1.6 bcfd of LNG via terminals at the Port of Brownsville. Andrew Kunian will provide project details. He is the founder of Eos LNG and Barca LNG, graduating from Tulane University with BA in political science and the NYU Stern School of Business with a concentration in finance and marketing. Prior to his current venture, Andrew was a global macro portfolio manager, trading equities, bonds, commodities, futures and option for 20 years. He worked as an analyst with Quantech Research Group and was trained by its founder, Mark Minervini, bestselling author of "Trade like a Market Wizard."


Keith Bainbridge

Keith Bainbridge

Keith Bainbridge, a leading independent authority on LNG carrier markets, has been asked to provide his perspective on LNG transportation in light of current market trends, including North America's possible emergence as the world's largest LNG supplier.

He is one of the leading independent authorities on LNG carrier markets. After 15 years at sea with BP Shipping, he was recruited as shipping manager for Nigeria LNG. Since then, he has served major energy clients on LNG shipping matters through such firms as Barry Rogliano Salles. BRS, RS Platou, and Clarksons, where he was appointed managing director of the LNG Division.


Martin Hruska

Martin Hruska
Excelerate Energy
Director, Upstream Dev.

Excelerate Energy aims to develop the first U.S. floating liquefaction facility using its floating liquefaction storage offloading (FLSO™) vessel technology. The project will be located in Port Lavaca, situated between Galveston and Corpus Christi on the Texas Gulf Coast, interconnecting to the region's pipeline system. Martin Hruska will provide details.

Martin is director of upstream development at Excelerate Energy, which is a developer of LNG transportation and regasification infrastructure, a provider of LNG storage and regasification services as well as an importer of LNG. The company prides itself in the development of innovative, flexible and less capital-intensive floating LNG solutions.

At Port Lavaca, Texas, Excelerate is moving forward with the first U.S. floating liquefaction facility utilizing its floating liquefaction storage offloading vessel (FLSO™) technology. The facility will interconnect to the region's existing pipeline system to liquefy gas onboard the vessel. The project will consist initially of one permanently moored FLSO with multiple connections to the onshore natural gas grid in South Texas. Expansion is possible with the addition of a second FLSO for a total production capacity of up to 8 MTPA.


Richard Foley

Richard Foley
Office of Energy Projects, US FERC
Branch Chief, Program Mgr.

The FERC currently tracks 34 LNG import/export terminal projects. It is responsible for authorizing the siting and construction of onshore and near-shore import or export facilities, issuing certificates of public convenience and necessity for related interstate pipelines and preparing environmental assessments or impact statements. Foley has been asked to update the conference on the latest issues at the FERC as it relates to LNG exports.

Now serving the Office of Energy Projects, Rich has 35 years of experience at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In his current role, he makes recommendations to the Commission about new gas pipeline projects, LNG terminals, hydroelectric projects, and energy infrastructure needs and policies. He serves as branch chief and program manager for the office's staff, working on major gas industry proposals involving LNG, pipeline imports and exports, and the Alaskan Natural Gas Pipeline proposals. Richard earned an M.B.A. from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh and an engineering degree from Lafayette College, in Easton, Pennsylvania.


David Wochner

David Wochner
K&L Gates

DOE uses a "Public Interest Standard" to determine if demand is expected to exceed domestic supplies over the term of the export, and if so, can excess demand be met through other available energy sources. Wochner, a member of the Energy, Infrastructure and Resources Group at K&L Gates, is an authority on the policies that drive DOE's LNG decision-making. To kickoff the panel, he has been asked to provide the latest thinking in Washington as to what defines "public interest."

In March, David joined the Energy, Infrastructure and Resources Group at K&L Gates, focusing on regulatory, policy and transactional issues related to a broad range of energy and environmental matters, including natural gas, LNG and oil. Clients include natural gas and LNG marketers, importers, exporters and project developers; financial institutions; oil pipelines and shippers; large electric cooperatives, oil and gas drilling companies; and state and provincial government officials.

Prior to joining K&L Gates, David was a partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP where he was a member of the Energy and Environmental Practice Group, focusing on regulatory, policy and transactional issues related to a broad range of energy and environmental matters. His experience includes counseling and representing clients in matters concerning a variety of issues ranging from capacity and transportation rights and obligations at U.S. and European LNG regasification terminals and on downstream pipelines to coastal zone management issues. David's clients included natural gas importers, infrastructure developers, financial institutions, state and provincial government officials, and large industrial consumers of natural gas. He is a member of Sutherland's Energy Policy and Government Affairs Team, providing counsel in the representation of such interests as the advancement of policies and incentives for domestic natural gas producers, importers of LNG and offshore renewable energy developers. In addition, His practice included advising energy marketers and trading companies on state and local transaction taxes for natural gas and power transactions.


Bob Broxson

Bob Broxson
Charles River Associates
VP, Energy & Environ. Practice

In March, Charles River Associates (NASDAQ: CRAI), released the report, entitled "US Manufacturing and LNG Exports: Economic Contributions to the US Economy and Impacts on US Natural Gas Prices," which was sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company to examine the trade-offs between LNG exports and manufacturing in the US economy. Ken Ditzel, Jeff Plewes and Bob Broxson authored the report. With over 30 years experience in natural gas, Bob is a recognized authority on issues related to contracting and transactional practices. He provides commercial and strategic advice to clients in the natural gas, refining, and power trading sectors, evaluating risk and credit policies, among other services.


Sherman Bryant

Sherman Bryant
Cambridge Energy

Cambridge Energy (CE) is proposing to develop a floating LNG project near Baptiste Collette Bayou in Plaquemines Parish, La., on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River. The project will require one or more purpose-built floating liquefaction vessels. In early 2012, CE requested that the U.S. DOE increase its export authority to 2 million metric tons of per year. Sherman Bryant will provide details.

Sherman is founder of Cambridge Energy and has been chairman and CEO since 2007. He has over 25 years of executive management and business strategy consulting experience across various industries, including LNG, natural gas, and utilities. Prior to his current venture, Sherman Bryant served as a senior manager with Andersen Consulting Utilities Practice.

He is a former executive with the Gartner Inc./Bain Strategic Sourcing Alliance, where he completed over $20 billion in strategic sourcing transactions. Sherman's expertise has been utilized by such clients as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). After leaving Gartner, he started TIBRA Group LP, a business strategy consulting firm. Mr. Bryant has completed the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business Executive Development Program in General Management. He holds a masters in engineering technology from Murray State University and a bachelor of arts from Fort Valley State University. He is a former United States Army Intelligence officer.


W. David Montgomery

W. David Montgomery
NERA Economic Consulting
Senior VP

As part of a broader effort to further inform decisions related to LNG exports, the U.S. Department of Energy commissioned NERA Economic Consulting to conduct a third-party study to gain better understanding of how U.S. LNG exports could affect the public interest, with emphasis on energy and manufacturing sectors. David Montgomery lead the team who conducted the study. His recent work includes studies of green jobs, the costs and benefits of Clean Air Act regulations and testimony on these issues before committees of the U.S. Congress. Prior to joining NERA, David was assistant director of the Congressional Budget Office, deputy assistant secretary in the Department of Energy, and an economics professor at CalTech and Stanford. He has a PhD in economics from Harvard and was a Fulbright Scholar at Cambridge. He received the AERE's 2005 award for a "Publication of Enduring Quality" for his work on emission trading.


Robert Baron


Robert Baron

As part of a broader effort to further inform decisions related to LNG exports, the U.S. Department of Energy commissioned NERA Economic Consulting to conduct a third-party study to gain better understanding of how U.S. LNG exports could affect the public interest, with emphasis on energy and manufacturing sectors.  Robert Baron coauthored the study.  He has 40 years of experience working on natural gas, petroleum and electric utility issues, as an employee at BP, SOHIO, and the MIT Energy Laboratory and more recently as a consultant.  Mr. Baron has analyzed the behavior of marketers during the California Energy Crisis of 2000-2001, the risks associated with acquiring an existing natural gas pipeline, the viability of building a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope of Alaska to the United States., and the market impact of various new gas storage projects.  He was co-author of NERA’s much-publicized study for DOE on the economic impacts resulting from LNG exports.  Mr. Baron has an MS in Chemical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.


Rick Smead

Rick Smead
RBN Energy
Managing Director

Rick Smead is Managing Director, Advisory Services, for RBN Energy LLC, where he specializes in the natural gas sector, offering expert policy analysis and advice, litigation support, and strategic advice with respect to gas pipelines, potential supplies, and market initiatives. His background includes over three decades in the natural gas industry, including nine years as a Director in the Energy Practice of Navigant Consulting Inc.., and over 20 years as the chief regulatory officer for major interstate pipeline systems, with multiple experiences advising non-U.S. governments in the creation of a regulatory structure. His practice has frequently concentrated on the downstream market and infrastructure issues affecting LNG import projects, working both for project developers and for a large national oil company as the importer. More recently, his practice has concentrated on the U.S. shale gas boom and its interaction with LNG, the pipeline industry, power generation, and other gas markets. In 2008, he co-authored and led the production of the pivotal North American Natural Gas Supply Assessment, the first major quantification of the U.S. shale potential.


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