Australia Pacific LNG names new CEO

Australia Pacific LNG, the operator of the 9 mtpa LNG export facility on Curtis Island near Gladstone, has appointed Dan Clark as its chief executive officer.

According to a statement by APLNG, outgoing CEO Khoa Dao, who took over the role in 2022, will return to the United States to take up a role as chief commercial officer, ConocoPhillips.

APLNG said Clark brings more than 30 years of industry expertise and leadership having
worked in Australia, Qatar, Indonesia, and the US.

Previously, Clark was the president of ConocoPhillips Australia and he will take over the role as APLNG’s CEO on May 1.

Clark said, “I am excited to lead an energy business of this scale that is playing a significant role in meeting demand for natural gas both in Australia and overseas.”

APLNG recently shipped its 1000th LNG cargo since it started operations in 2016.

The LNG terminal operator said in a statement issued on April 17 that the milestone LNG cargo was loaded onboard the 2016-built 174,000-cbm, Cesi Gladstone.

APLNG is a joint venture between US-based ConocoPhillips (47.5 percent), Australia’s Origin Energy (27.5 percent), and China’s Sinopec (25 percent) and shipped its first LNG cargo in January 2016 after nearly five years of development and construction.

Origin operates APLNG’s gas fields, upstream exploration, production and pipeline system, while ConocoPhillips operates the downstream LNG export facility and the LNG export sales business.

There are two export offtake agreements in place for the LNG produced by APLNG – 7.6 mtpa to JV partner Sinopec, and 1 mtpa to Japan’s Kansai Electric, both for 20 years.

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