Steelhead LNG, the Vancouver-based LNG export project developer, named Randy Jespersen to its leadership team and the company’s board of directors.
Jespersen has been appointed the executive chairman, pipeline, bringing over 35 years of energy industry experience, including delivering major natural gas pipeline and LNG projects in British Columbia, Steelhead LNG’s statement reads.
Jespersen’s career began with Dome Petroleum followed by Amoco in Calgary and Houston, Texas. In 1996, he joined Terasen (now FortisBC), where he held various senior roles including vice president, gas supply.
He assumed the role of president and CEO of Terasen Gas in 2002 until his retirement in 2010. During this period, the British Columbia-based gas distribution company achieved growth through corporate acquisitions and major project developments, including construction of the Southern Crossing pipeline, Whistler natural gas extension and the Mt. Hayes liquefied natural gas storage project on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Steelhead LNG aims to source Canadian natural gas feedstock for the Kwispaa LNG facility from various producers in northeastern British Columbia and northwestern Alberta.
The company is currently assessing a proposed pipeline corridor that would extend from the Chetwynd area to Williams Lake area, southwest to Powell River, across the Strait of Georgia, terminating at the Kwispaa LNG site. Steelhead LNG anticipates making a route decision in mid-2018, following early discussions with potentially affected Indigenous communities to integrate feedback into the design.