Victor Ojeda is the new man for the job, having ample experience as the former head of LNG Canada and being “the most respected and experienced executives in the LNG industry”, according to Steelhead LNG.
Ojeda, whose LNG experience includes work on floating and land-based projects in Algeria, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Japan, New Zealand and Venezuela, says he welcomes the opportunity to return to B.C. and play a key role in developing the province’s LNG sector.
“I’m excited to return to B.C. to join such a well-respected and rapidly growing team,” Ojeda said in a written statement. “I find that projects like this require a unique combination of experience and patience, as well as a team and investors that understand the size, scope and longer term perspective. “
Ojeda adds, “I believe that Steelhead and its investor, Kern Partners, have it right, with a model that works. As part of Steelhead LNG, I look forward to working with the Province of B.C., First Nations and other partners so we can all realize the benefits of this once-in-a-generation opportunity.”
Ojeda has led numerous multi-billion dollar energy project developments across Africa, the Americas and Oceania.
His LNG experience in B.C. includes having originated and developed the LNG Canada project in Kitimat.
As Managing Director of LNG Canada, he led all aspects of the joint venture between Shell, PetroChina, Kogas and Mitsubishi from inception through to July 2013, at which point he returned to Shell’s global headquarters to head up a series of M&A projects.
CEO of Steelhead LNG, Nigel Kuzemko says he’s excited for Ojeda to strengthen local relationships and is welcoming him with open arms.
“Having a senior executive with Victor’s experience and expertise represents a significant step forward for our company,” said Kuzemko. “Our ability to attract someone of Victor’s stature is an indication of Steelhead LNG’s strong industry reputation. It’s also an example of how British Columbia is recognized by LNG experts worldwide as a jurisdiction that is well positioned to take advantage of Asia’s growing demand for clean energy. “
Kuzemka adds, “Of course, developing BC’s LNG sector will depend to a great extent on our ability to create and develop mutually beneficial partnerships with suppliers, customers, First Nations, government, local communities and other stakeholders. With industry-leading experience developing LNG projects in BC, Victor will greatly strengthen our ability to develop those partnerships.”
Steelhead LNG has a strong reputation of creating positive relationships many of those affected by their developments, including First Nations.
In July 2014, Steelhead LNG and the Huu-ay-aht First Nations announced an Opportunity Development Agreement that sees them exploring the development of one of B.C.’s largest proposed LNG projects, a 24 mtpa land-based facility on HFN-owned land at Sarita Bay at the southern end of Alberni Inlet on Vancouver Island.
For more information about Steelhead LNG, visit www.steelheadlng.com.