Global Energy Ventures (GEV) – the Australia-based company which is looking to develop ships which both run on and transport compressed hydrogen through its C-H2 Ship project – has appointed Andrew Pickering, the founding CEO of Avenir LNG, as a non-executive director.
Pickering takes on his new role with effect from today (1 February), while Thomas Soderberg and Paul Garner have resigned from GEV to focus on their personal business interests.
Pickering recently returned to Australia after retiring from a career of 40 years in shipping and logistics across the globe, which included responsibility for Stolt-Nielsen’s global fleet of chemical tankers. London-based Avenir LNG – which was initially set up as a joint venture between Stolt-Nielsen, Golar LNG and Hoegh LNG before becoming a publicly listed company on the OTC exchange in Norway – provides LNG supply solutions for off-grid industry, power generation and marine bunkering. Pickering retired from his position as CEO of Avenir LNG in late 2019.
Commenting on his new role at GEV, Pickering said: ‘Over the last four months I have held discussions with GEV Management and reviewed the company’s plans for both CNG and hydrogen shipping. I am pleased to join the Board of GEV and add my shipping and logistics experience, in particular with the transition from development to construction and ultimately operations. GEV is at an exciting stage in its evolution with a competitive offering for gas and the excitement of hydrogen’s future for the marine energy transport market.’
Maurice Brand, GEV Executive Chairman & CEO, added: ‘Andrew is uniquely qualified to join GEV with both his gas and chemical shipping background and considerable experience in logistics and shipping, including an integral role in the establishment, listing and operations of Avenir LNG, a small-scale LNG supply company. Andrew is the ideal appointment for GEV at this stage of our development and we expect him to have a valuable impact and enhance our ability to add significant value for shareholders. Andrew’s appointment follows the resignation of Thomas Soderberg, who is based in Hong Kong and now focussed on a new shipping venture.’
As previously reported by ship.energy, on 20 January GEV announced that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Pacific Hydro to ‘explore opportunities regarding the production, storage, loading, ground and marine transportation of green hydrogen produced by Pacific Hydro’s Ord Hydrogen Project’. Located at Lake Argyle, Western Australia, the Ord Hydro Plant,has the capacity to supply 30MW of renewable power to the local market. The company has completed a feasibility study which looked at using electricity generated by the Ord Hydro Plant to produce green hydrogen via the process of electrolysis, and marketing offtake to domestic and future export markets.
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