Aust-June-2016-35FIRST Gas Limited appointed Paul Goodeve as its chief executive officer effective from mid-June, 2016.

Based in New Plymouth, Mr Goodeve takes over the role from interim chief executive, Richard Krogh.

Mr Krogh will stay on as a director on the board.

First Gas chair Pip Dunphy said Mr Goodeve had the mix of skills the company was looking for as it prepares for its next development phase.

Mr Goodeve has gained extensive gas and electricity network experience following more than 12 years working for Powerco across a broad spectrum of senior management roles, First Gas said.

“At Powerco, Paul was looking after a team of similar size and turnover to First Gas,” Ms Dunphy said.

“His experience at a gas and electricity network utility extends from information technology and regulation through to business development opportunities which will help us build on what is already a great operation.”

First Gas operates more than 2,200 kilometres of high pressure gas transmissionpipelines and stations that supply natural gas from Taranaki to industrial consumers throughout the North Island, New Zealand.

First Gas also operates gas distribution networks across the North Island.

First Gas is owned by First State Funds, which comprises two infrastructure funds managed by First State Investments.