LIQUEFIED Natural Gas has appointed two executives to its Magnolia LNG subsidiary, which aims to develop the Magnolia LNG project in Lake Charles, Louisiana, from its Houston base.

John G Bauley will become chief operating officer of Magnolia after working as a project director with engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company KBR for the last 13 years, focusing on delivery of front end engineering design and EPC services for major liquefied natural gas plants and projects in Indonesia, Australia, Canada, China, Taiwan and Malaysia.

In addition to his project roles, John has also supported KBR in a corporate role as Vice President, LNG Development and is currently Vice President, Project Management in KBR’s Gas Monetisation Business Unit.

His earlier career experience with ethylene plant cold box system designs, ammonia plant NH3 refrigeration systems and combined cycle compressor drive facilities aligns with the OSMR process elements that will be used for the Magnolia LNG Project.

Magnolia also appointed former Atlantic LNG president and chief executive Rick R Cape as chief commercial officer of the company.

He has over 30 years of leadership experience in the oil and gas industry, with some 20 years with the BP group in the USA, UK, Australia and Caribbean, including a stint as managing director of the Kwinana Refinery in Western Australia for BP.

He currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for Evolve Partners in Houston, an operations consultancy serving energy and heavy process industry clients; and as an Industrial Advisor to EQT Partners, a private equity firm in New York City.

Magnolia LNG managing director Maurice Brand said the appointments provided his group with “outstanding executive leadership capabilities.”

“With the addition of their leadership, experience and expertise we are confident our MLNG team is well positioned to realise our vision of rapidly becoming a safe and reliable producer of LNG in response to the needs of our customers both domestically and globally.”