LIQUIFIED Natural Gas’s subsidiary Magnolia LNG has appointed three experienced key management executives to join its project execution team.

Rafael Hernandez has been appointed vice president of engineering and construction, joining Magnolia after more than 20 years with Bechtel Corporation.

Prior to this appointment, Mr Hernandez was the construction manager on the Cheniere Sabine Pass LNG project in Louisiana. Hs experience comprises project, functional and construction management positions on LNG and other projects in Louisiana, Texas, Mexico, US Virgin Islands and Thailand.

Gregory Pilkinton has also joined the team as EPC commercial director having been employed as commercial manager on the Ichthys LNG project based in Darwin.

Mr Pilkinton has some 15 years’ experience in EPC and related commercial appointments with the majority of that time with the KBR Group of companies.

Lastly, Ron Hogan has been appointed the company’s EPC planning director. He has spent the last two years with CB&I as VP/executive project director on U- based LNG projects in the Gulf States.

From 2007 to 2012, Mr Hogan was based in Brisbane Australia as VP, project execution for Clough Limited on LNG and related projects, and from 1975 to 2007 with the KBR Group working on the Gorgon LNG, Malaysia Tiga LNG and Bontang Train H LNG projects as well as other petrochemical projects in Louisiana and international locations.

Magnolia LNG expects to announce further appointments shortly to complete its team through to mid-2015, at which time it will start the build‐up of its operations team in preparation for the start of operations and first LNG production in late 2018.