Black & Veatch executive Jim Schnieders has been named to lead the US company’s global floating offshore solutions team, and the oil and gas team in Asia
As executive vice president and managing director, Asia & Floating Offshore Solutions – Oil & Gas, Mr Schnieders takes over the dual roles from Bob Germinder, who retired after a 33-year career at Black & Veatch.
Under Mr Germinder’s leadership, Black & Veatch marked some historic milestones in FLNG development. One was completing performance testing in Nantong, China on the world’s first barge-based floating liquefaction unit, now deployed as Tango FLNG producing LNG for export in Argentina. Another was converting Hilli Episeyo, an existing LNG carrier, into an FLNG vessel for commercial operation offshore Cameroon. Black & Veatch is working with Singapore’s Keppel Offshore & Marine on converting Gimi, a second LNG carrier, to an FLNG vessel for Phase 1 of BP’s Greater Tortue/Ahmeyim field, located offshore Senegal and Mauritania. All three FLNG vessels use Black & Veatch’s Prico liquefaction technology.
As a 29-year Black & Veatch veteran, Mr Schnieders spent 21 years working globally, three years in North Africa and Europe and 18 years in Asia. Since 2015, he has overseen Black & Veatch’s Power EPC Asia business, responsible for EPC project pursuit and execution for clients in Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.
“As countries seek alternatives to baseload feedstock for power generation and, in some instances the need to address heavily subsidised fuel oil-based generation, gas-fired generation offers a reliable alternative that helps create a more balanced energy portfolio,” said Mr Schnieders. “Floating liquefied natural gas technologies provide LNG exporters and importers flexible, mobile liquefaction and regasification infrastructure.”