Tom Valentine has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, both as a barrister and a solicitor. In 2002 and 2003, Mr. Valentine lived in Doha, Qatar, where he was senior counsel (projects) with Qatar Petroleum. While in Qatar, Mr. Valentine was responsible for a number of international gas and LNG projects, including projects in the United Kingdom (Qatargas II), India (RasGas) and Spain (Endesa Generacion).
Since returning to Canada in 2004, Mr Valentine’s work continues to focus on oil, gas (including LNG) and project development work, including fiscal regime analysis and negotiations, E&P work, joint venture structuring, joint operations issues, purchase and sale agreements, and decommissioning obligations.
Tom has continued his work on LNG projects around the globe. He has advised both governments and project sponsors on LNG projects in Canada (West and East coasts), the USA, the United Kingdom, Peru, Cyprus, Angola, Qatar, Australia, Uruguay, Nigeria, Yemen, the UAE, and Iran.
Tom also provides training seminars around the world on LNG Contract Law and LNG Project Structuring appearing regularly in Amsterdam, Doha, Dubai, London, Houston, Brazil and Singapore.
Tom obtained his B.A. from the University of British Columbia in 1983, his LL.B. from Dalhousie University in 1986, and his LL.M. from the London School of Economics in 1989. He received the Mabrouk Award from Qatar Petroleum in 2003 and is rated by Martindale & Hubbell’s Legal Counsel Rating System as “Very High to Pre-eminent”. He received the R.P. Bamford Award for Academics from Dalhousie University, and the Award of Excellence from the Canadian Petroleum Law Foundation.
Eduardo Perez Orue is the Owner and Principal Consultant at Small LNG Shipping Consultants, his consultancy specialized in small LNG shipping. Until March 2012, Mr. Perez Orue was a Business Development Manager at Lauritzen Kosan, a Denmark based firm specializing in ocean transport of gas cargoes: ethylene, propylene, butadiene and other gases. He has more than 24 years of experience in developing business, and managing logistics operations in the chemicals and marine transportation industry in Spain, Netherlands, Argentina, USA and Singapore. He also has experience in managing the merger process of Maersk Norgas Gas Carriers (MNGC). Prior, Mr. Perez was a Vice President of Commercial Global Operations at Norgas Carriers. Before that period, he worked for Dow Chemical in Chartering of gases for 14 years in 4 different countries.
During this time, he’s been familiar with the transportation and logistics of Petrochemicals like ethylene and propylene, small LNG and LPGs. He is fluent in English and Spanish. Mr. Perez
Orue is specialized in Small Scale LNG Shipping and has been giving presentations and workshops in several conferences regarding small LNG transportation
Andy Flower has been an independent consultant since May 2001 advising clients on the LNG business, where his areas of expertise include: strategy, marketing, project structures, LNG shipping, pricing, contracts, LNG supply & demand and project economics.
In his 35 years in the LNG industry, Andy has been involved in the development of LNG projects in Australia, Nigeria, Indonesia, Qatar, Trinidad & Tobago and the UAE and also in the planning of projects in Papua New Guinea, Egypt, Angola, Russia and Venezuela. Andy has marketed LNG in Asia, Europe and the USA, including leading the negotiation of major LNG contracts with buyers.
Before becoming an independent consultant, Andy spent 32 years with BP, 22 years of which were working in BP’s LNG business. In his final role in BP before retirement he was involved in the ordering of three LNG ships and BP’s participation in the Guangdong LNG terminal in China and establishing BP’s LNG trading business.
David Ledesma is an independent gas and LNG consultant focusing on gas and LNG strategy along the value chain including: the structuring of commercial arrangements, financing and markets for pipeline gas and LNG projects. He is an experienced commercial manager with hands-on experience of developing and closing commercial gas transactions as well as developing business strategy.
During thirty years in the energy and utility sector David has worked on the development of complex integrated energy projects, negotiations at government level, and in the management of joint ventures. David has also carried out LNG and gas consulting assignments around the world.
David is a Fellow of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and published several articles and chapters for books. He gives numerous commercial training courses on gas and LNG in the UK and overseas, writes on gas and LNG and presents regularly at conferences.
Pat Roberts is a consultant in the global LNG industry working across the LNG supply chain, actively advising and assisting with establishing and managing clients’ LNG businesses. Projects range from gas monetisation through to regasification terminals and marketing in the downstream.
Experience ranges from working with established industry players as well as new market entrants and financial institutions.
Additionally, Pat has 6 years of experience in Natural Gas divisions of Shell, where she gained specialist expertise in structuring and completing large complex commercial deals in LNG involving foreign governments and joint venture partners. She designed and implemented a portfolio of short and long-term LNG supply and demand contracts for the Atlantic Basin region (Middle East to East Coast of the Americas) and delivered robust commercial solutions for commercialising new gas streams for producers.
Previously, Pat worked for 18 years in Shell International’s Oil Trading and Shipping Division with secondments to Shell operating companies in Australia and Italy. Pat has a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Nottingham University.
Martin Hutchison is an independent consultant supplying strategic support to the global energy industry. He has over 40 years of international oil and gas industry leadership experience in technical, commercial and senior executive roles, encompassing Upstream and LNG across Europe, North and South America, Middle East and West Africa.
He began his career with Phillips Petroleum Company in London as a geophysicist, moving into international management positions in Commercial, ICT, Business Development and Corporate Risk Management. As President and General Manager for company operations in Venezuela he was also elected as chairman of the International Oil Committee, a body representing upstream investors, and served on the boards of the Venezuelan American Chamber of Commerce and Ameriven, a multibillion dollar integrated heavy oil project. He subsequently represented Phillips’
interests as President and General Manager in Core Venture 1, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia before taking up the position as the Managing Director and executive board member for Brass LNG Ltd, Nigeria.
Martin is a lecturer in several CWC School for Energy professional training courses as well as a regular chairman and Co-Chairman of CWC conferences.