NextDecade names COO

US LNG export plant developer NextDecade has appointed Ivan Van der Walt as the firm’s chief operating officer, effective July 1.

Van der Walt will continue to be responsible for all project management, engineering, construction, commissioning, and operations of the company’s LNG and carbon capture projects, NextDecade said on Monday.

He joined NextDecade in July 2018 serving as senior vice president, engineering and construction.

Van der Walt has nearly thirty years of experience in the global energy industry, including senior roles with Chicago Bridge & Iron Company, now McDermott, and Chevron, according to NextDecade.

Van der Walt also previously served as chief executive of the Australasian division of the KNM Group.

He has management experience on multiple LNG projects including Darwin LNG, Woodside LNG Train 5, Pluto LNG, Gorgon LNG but also Cameron LNG, the firm said.

In addition, NextDecade said it has also appointed Vera de Gyarfas as general counsel and corporate secretary, effective July 12.

She will replace Krysta De Lima, who will leave the company to pursue other interests, NextDecade said.

NextDecade said earlier this year it still expects to take a final investment decision on its proposed Rio Grande LNG export plant in Texas in 2021.

The company has also revealed plans for carbon capture from the LNG export plant.

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