Magnolia LNG boosts management team

LNG Limited boosts Magnolia LNG team

Liquefied Natural Gas Limited said that its unit Magnolia LNG has appointed three management executives to join the current Magnolia LNG project execution team.

Rafael Hernandez was appointed Vice President, Engineering and Construction. Rafael has joined Magnolia after more than 20 years with global EPC company Bechtel Corporation. Prior to this appointment, Rafael was the Construction Manager on the Cheniere Sabine Pass LNG Project in Louisiana. Rafael’s experience comprises project, functional and construction management positions on LNG and other projects in Louisiana, Texas, Mexico, US Virgin Islands and Thailand. Rafael has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Gregory Pilkinton was appointed EPC Commercial Director. Gregory has joined the Magnolia team from the role of Commercial Manager on the Ichthys LNG project based in Darwin, Australia. Gregory has some 15 years’ experience in EPC and related commercial appointments with the majority of that time with the KBR Group of Companies.

Ron Hogan was appointed EPC Planning Director. Ron spent the last two years with CB&I as VP/Executive Project Director on US based LNG Projects in the Gulf States. From 2007 to 2012, Ron was based in Brisbane Australia as VP, Project Execution for Clough Limited on LNG and related projects, and from 1975 to 2007 with the KBR Group working on the Gorgon LNG, Malaysia Tiga LNG and Bontang Train H LNG projects as well as other petrochemical projects in Louisiana and international locations.

Magnolia LNG Chief Operating Officer, John Baguley, said that he was delighted with the appointments of Rafael, Gregory and Ron and was looking forward to working with them on the delivery of all EPC related activities required for Financial Close of Magnolia LNG in mid 2015.

“These appointments are complementary to our current management team of Ernie Megginson (VP, Development); Jim Schultz (Engineering Manager) and Komi Hassan (Environmental, Health and Safety Manager). Magnolia LNG also expects to announce shortly the appointment of several additional personnel to complete our team through to mid 2015 at which time we will commence the build-up of our operations team to enable them to be ready for the commencement of operations and first LNG production in late 2018,” said Baguley.


Press Release, September 8, 2014; Image: Magnolia LNG

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