James S. Lamoureaux
Managing Director, Board Chairman
Mr. Lamoureaux is an entrepreneur, start-up company specialist, and alcohol fuel patent holder who has successfully brought new products and technologies to market over the past 30 years in the chemicals and building products industries. He has been active in business development in China for the past 11 years, and has established extensive contacts in the areas of methanol production and consumption. The China National Level Joint Venture that Mr. Lamoureaux was able to secure with the Yankuang Group (the largest methanol producer in China) to promote the commercialization of pollution-reducing petrochemicals, was one of the first National Level JVs to be established with a development stage company.
Mr. Raman has been engaged in structuring large scale energy and petrochemical transactions over the past 30 years. Initially working as a project finance lender, project finance advisor and developer, he completed debt financings in excess of $100 billion working for Sakura Bank (SMBC), Dresdner (now part of Commerzbank), Taylor DeJongh, a project finance advisory firm. During the past 14 years, Mr. Raman has performed the roles of senior advisor to governments in Africa, Caribbean and Middle East, working on privatization in Nigeria, and in privatization of geothermal power projects in Kenya, LNG import in Caribbean, and IWPP project planning in the MENA region. As a developer of institutionally-backed projects, ranging from $650 million to $2.5 billion in the U.S. and overseas markets, Mr. Raman led these organizations through a grassroots development programme, incorporating community relations, Front End Engineering, environmental permitting, and contract negotiations. Mr. Raman has a proven track record in managing the interface between engineering, EPC, permitting, community relations, and suppliers, and in bringing transactions to financial closing.
Chief Financial Officer
Rob Shaw joined us November 1. Based in Houston, he has extensive background in capital markets, fund raising and investor relations. He has raised close to $4 bn in equity and $10 bn in debt financing in the US, Europe and Asia over his career. He most recently took Ranger Energy Services public on the NYSE before joining IGP. He previously was Treasurer for Transocean and Air Liquide as well as leading investor relations for Transocean, Air Liquide, Alstom and EuroDisney. He has extensive experience managing and negotiating global business activities and M&As. For the past several years, he has been CFO of private equity-backed oilfield services companies based in Houston.
Keith N. Vidalin
Mr. Vidalin is one of the most experienced methanol plant developers and construction project managers, having spent the majority of his 32 years building, commissioning, staffing and operating some of the world’s largest methanol plants for Methanex, the largest methanol producer in the world. He has served as Project Director, Project Manager or Construction and Completions Manager for the following projects: the 1.1 MM TPA Geismar plant in southern Louisiana ($750 million), the 1.3 MM TPA Damietta plant in Egypt ($ 1 billion), the 1.8 MM TPA Atlas plant in Trinidad ($700 million), the 2.2 MM TPA Karratha plant in Australia, and the 0.65 MM TPA conversion of an existing ammonia plant into a methanol plant in Louisiana ($150 million). Mr. Vidalin also served as the Maintenance Manager for Methanex’s methanol and ammonia plants at Kitimat, Canada, and as Special Projects Manager for a 700 employee, 7 unit petrochemical facility in Louisiana.
Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Harris held a wide variety of roles during his tenure at the United States Department of Energy including: Regional Manager of the Office of Advanced Fuels, Senior Engineer/Advisor to the Director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory, and a Project Manager of the Los Alamos and the Oak Ridge National Laboratories. Following his 18 years working with various governmental agencies, he worked on a number of initiatives on coal conversion into chemicals, liquid fuels and electricity, partnering with many of the world’s largest technology and engineering firms.
Director, Partner Relations
Mr. Redeker has 39 years of experience in the energy industry. During his first 19 years with Amoco, he held a number of positions ranging from gas marketing representative, to Director of Business Development. In this later position, following the acquisition of Dome Petroleum, he was part of a small team that developed Amoco’s North American Natural Gas Strategy and established a new Natural Gas Business Unit. He also led the natural gas evaluation for the project team which won the bid for 50% of the Bolivian National Oil Company. During his 16 years with BP, Mr. Redeker became the company’s VP of Competency and Capability Management, following periods where he led the company’s implementation of a global strategy for Gas-to-Products technology. Additionally, he also led the Projects and Engineering Academy (a partnership with MIT) and the Projects and Engineering College where he was responsible for the maintenance and delivery of over 20 development programs delivered to 2,000-2,500 project management professionals annually.
President, IGP Methanol China
Having received a double major in Applied Chemistry and International Trade & Economics from Beijing Chemical University, Ms. Yuan has led the company’s business development and relationship management efforts in China over the past 7 years, after positions with international firms Randstad and Novo Nordisk. In this capacity she has developed key connections to senior management of China Top 100 chemical industry group. Ms. Yuan was the key leader to complete a national level joint venture company registration with one of the largest methanol and coal mining groups in China, and directly communicated with the National Development and Reform Committee.
VP, Marketing & Communications
Mr. Benson is a specialist in creating and maintaining corporate identities and in internal/external communications. Over his 45-year career, he has worked for such national and multinational companies as 3M Company, Target Corp, Fuji, Ecolab, Porsche, Tennant, Polaris, NRG, Blue Cross, Medtronic, Carmichael Lynch, and as a contractor with classified security clearance for the U.S. Navy.
Lawrence J. Winter Jr.
Senior Construction Manager
Mr. Winter is a highly experienced Senior Construction Manager, having spent the majority of his 40+ years staffing, building and commissioning several methanol plants in North and South America. He has served as Construction Operations Manager and Senior Construction Manager for the following Methanol projects: the .65MM TPA Waggaman Plant, 1.1 MM TPA Geismar plant and 1.8 MM TPA Saint James plant located in southern Louisiana. He also served as Construction Director and Senior Construction Manager executing major capital projects in the oil, gas and chemical industry representing Shell, Motiva, Orion, Huntsman, ExxonMobil and Dow.
Eric C Champagne
BOP Project, E&I Engineering, and Business Manager
Eric comes to IGP Methanol with over 40 years of engineering and management experience in the Oil & Gas, and Petrochemical Industries. He holds two Bachelor of Science degrees from Nicholls State University and the University of New Orleans as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans specializing in macro-economics and finance. He is an award winning Project Manager who for over 30 years worked within the Shell Oil Company organization in over 10 Countries including North America, South America, Europe and Russia. He has significant technical expertise and management experience with a broad knowledge of: engineering disciplines; Health, Safety, Security and Sustainable Development (HSSE-SD) concepts and systems; Project Planning and Execution; Strategic Planning & Business Development, and Commercial Negotiations and Contracting. His many assignments included: Discipline Engineer, Project Lead Engineer; HSSE-SD MS and Case Development Lead; Technical Focal Point and Author; Engineering Manager; Construction Manager and Project Manager. In addition, Eric has held several Senior Executive Positions including: Senior Project Manager, Division Business Planning & Development Lead and Budget Coordinator, and a member of the Board of Directors-Shell Credit Union of New Orleans.
Process Engineering Manager
Neela joins the team with 21 years experience in the Energy Sector, having worked primarily in the downstream industry. She began her career as a Process Engineer at the Trinidad & Tobago Methanol Company Plants and then moved to Methanex Trinidad Limited where she contributed to the construction, commissioning and operation of the Atlas Methanol Plant (1.8 MM TPA – the world’s largest methanol plant at that time) and operation of the Titan Methanol Plant (0.9 MM TPA), progressing to Process Engineering Lead and Operations Manager for the Site. Subsequent to her 13 years at Methanex, Neela assumed the role of Process Engineering Manager for the greenfield Natgasoline Methanol Plant in Beaumont, Texas (1.8 MM TPA – the largest methanol plant in the USA as of 2018) and contributed to the development of the organization, conducted engineering/design reviews providing safety, reliability and operability improvements, and actively supported in the construction and commissioning.
Mr. Gilmore has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University and two decades of Shell Oil companies’ venture project management experience. Eric has held multiple leadership roles on numerous projects ranging in values from USD$2-10 billion, several of which were in Louisiana and Texas. His petrochemical project work for three Shell projects in excess of $10-billion dollars each included significant work for the Port Arthur Texas Crude Expansion Project, Mars B West Delta 143C and Stones Floating Production, Storage and Offloading facility. Eric also brings to the project extensive organizational process experience and domestic and international onshore and offshore modularized construction execution expertise.
Nelson R Juarbe
Instrumentation Control Safety Systems Lead Engineer
Nelson Joins IGP Methanol with more than 30 years of experience, primarily working as Instrumentation & Control System engineer with expertise in automation engineering, consulting for Oil/Gas, Upstream, Midstream and Downstream. The majority of this recent experience has been representing Oil & Gas Owner Operators in executing Large and Small Capital Greenfield and Brownfield projects, reviewing and endorsing EPC contractor’s deliverables in all project phases from Concept selection through commissioning, site acceptance test, Start-up and operations handover. Strengths also includes supporting Asset operational control systems in reviewing and updating maintenance Work Management Systems, identifying bad actors, conducting Root cause analysis investigations, production improvement plans and addressing I & CS obsolescence.
Rene is a professional engineer with an executive MBA from Texas A&M Mays Business School Class 2014, and with over twenty-nine (29) years combined experience in EPC covering project delivery, engineering management and construction management for various reimbursable and LSTK contracts, working for the owner or contractor. He also manages engineering workshare activities with various High Value Engineering Centers (HVECs) and had multiple international experiences in at least three continents – Asia, Europe and North America that broadens his understanding of the business, different cultures, regulations, and practices that are important in order to successfully execute projects.
Having a solid background in multi-racial and multi-discipline engineering and construction management environment has significant advantages and has been proven in many successful completed projects for major clients such as: ExxonMobil, BP North America Delayed Coking Units, Cameron LNG, Sempra LNG, South Louisiana Methanol Pre-FID/FEED, YCI Methanol FEED, Saudi Aramco Onshore/Offshore Facilities, Schering Plough and Novartis Pharma Facilities & Valero Delayed Coking Units, Enterprise Products Ltd., Various Saudi Aramco Cross-Country Pipelines, Fabrications & others.
Project Controls Lead, Cost Manager
Debora Scott is a Project Controls Manager with 13 years senior project management team experience and 30+ years successfully managing EPC projects in the refining & chemicals industries.
Debora retired from Jacobs Engineering in 2017 with 28 years of service providing project controls management on large and small capital projects for various Oil & Gas clients in Cost, Estimating, and Planning/Scheduling in the roles of EPC contractor and owner’s representative. Her expertise includes change management, forecasting, variance analysis, subcontract management, cash flows & financial reporting as well as serving in leadership roles to develop and implement work processes & procedures, attaining business objectives, developing & mentoring junior project controls team members, coordination with India HVEC teams, developing and reviewing scope and commercials for proposals and contracts.
Debora has worked various projects for clients – ExxonMobil – Baton Rouge Refinery & Chemical, Beaumont, Baytown & Mont Belvieu Texas; BP Whiting and Cherry Point; Chevron Pascagoula, MS; Afton Chemicals; Motiva Enterprises, Convent, LA; Atofina Petrochemicals, Carville, LA; Honeywell, Geismar, LA.
Vice President, Risk & Administration
Mr. Dillard has over 30 years experience placing and administering complex insurance programs for companies in the Energy industry including Chemical and Petrochemical operations. In addition to domestic programs he has managed international programs with locations in Asia, North, Central and South America, Europe and the Middle East. Mr. Dillard has placed and administered insurance coverage for over $50 billion of commercial construction projects and managed the insurance due diligence for over $70 billion in M&A transactions. Mr. Dillard maintains licenses as a risk manager, all lines adjuster and general lines insurance agent in the State of Texas.
Board of Directors
Dr. Theo Fleisch
During his 30 year career with Amoco and BP, Dr. Fleisch became an internationally recognized expert in natural gas utilization, including gas conversion to liquid fuels and chemicals. He held numerous management and executive positions in energy technologies, clean fuels and renewables. He was the founder and director of BP’s Methane Conversion Consortium, a 20+ year partnership with universities in China and the US aimed at the development of gas to products technologies. He is well known for his recognition of methanol and DME as multi-source, multi-purpose clean fuels and chemical feedstocks. He also led the development of the then largest methanol park in the world, the Titan and Atlas plants in Trinidad. He was the CTO of the World GTL project in Trinidad and is now a consultant to the World Bank for the elimination of global gas flaring by 2030, especially through the application of mini-GTL technologies.
Mr. Simon is currently the President and COO of the Corval Group, a full service engineering, procurement and industrial construction contractor specializing in the food & beverage, power & energy, oil & gas and refining markets. Prior to this he served as the VP of Strategic Planning for Flint Hills Resource where he had profit and loss accountability for a $2 billion business unit. Later, as the Production Manager of Flint’s Corpus Christi Texas refinery, he managed operations of a +250 employee department with a $100 million operating budget, and $70-$150 million per year in capital spending.
Dr. Zach Chen
Dr. Chen has +30 years of experience in international technology and in the commercialization of new markets in China for international companies in a variety of market segments, including Petrochemical and Telecom. He has created new business models and markets, and his extensive high-level connections, strategy, analysis, planning, follow-up, relationships and network throughout China have formed the foundation of IGP’s activities in China.
General Richard L. Lawson (Director Emeritus)
General Lawson retired from the United States Air Force after a distinguished career spanning four decades. He achieved a four-star rank, received 22 military awards and decorations, and served in the White House as the Military Assistant to President Gerald R. Ford. In his final military assignment, he served as the deputy commander in chief of the U.S. European Command. With a degree in chemical engineering and deep interest in alternative fuels including coal gasification, General Lawson later served as president and CEO of the National Mining Association for 14 years. He continues to serve as vice chairman of the International Committee on Coal Research, on the board of directors of the U.S. Energy Association, and as vice chairman of the Atlantic Council with an emphasis on energy and environment and Asia. General Lawson has traveled extensively in China and India working with government officials and representatives on energy, transportation and environmental policy.
Mr. Chen is a Partner at TPG Capital Asia, where he is the head of TPG’s Beijing office, and co-leads investment opportunities for TPG in greater China. In this position, he was the lead on TPG’s acquisition and subsequent successful exit of Lenovo. Prior to joining TGP in 2011, Mr. Chen worked on the mergers and acquisitions team at Lehman Brothers in New York. He currently serves as Co-Chairman of the board of United Family Healthcare and has served or currently serves on the board of Li Ning, HCP, UTAC, and Taishin Bank.