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Jason Klein has a long history with Shell in natural gas and LNG roles. [Image: LNG Canada]

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LNG Canada names new CEO

The Shell-led LNG Canada consortium said April 13 it had named Jason Klein its new CEO, effective immediately. Klein takes over from interim CEO Steve Corbin, who was installed after former CEO Peter Zebedee stepped down in March to take a senior executive role at Suncor Energy.

Klein comes to LNG Canada from Shell Canada, where he was vice-president, integrated gas for Canada and responsible for developing Shell’s integrated gas business, including oversight and governance of the LNG Canada project, in which Shell holds a 40% interest. He has a Bachelor of Science in finance from Trinity University in San Antonio and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law. 

“Jason takes over accountability for LNG Canada at a very important and active time,” said Susannah Pierce, Shell Canada’s president and country chair. “He has extensive background in natural gas and LNG and a commitment to ensuring LNG Canada’s relationships with First Nations, communities and other stakeholders remain strong and resilient. He is also keenly aware of the important role lower carbon LNG can play in the energy transition, and I am confident he will continue to look for ways to ensure LNG Canada remains a top performer in this regard.”

Klein began his career with Shell in 2016, following its acquisition of BG Group, where he held assignments over a 13-year period in the Middle East, Europe, North America and Australia and in roles spanning legal, upstream and LNG.

Following the BG takeover, Klein was named vice-president US LNG with Shell’s integrated gas business, where he led the development of the Elba Island LNG project in Georgia. He subsequently became Shell’s US chief of staff and vice-president, US energy transition strategy.

“I’m excited to join the team, especially at this time with construction in Kitimat progressing steadily and safely towards completion and the organisation preparing for decades of successful operations,” Klein said. “LNG Canada and its joint venture participants are committed to setting the benchmark for economically, environmentally and socially responsible LNG development in Canada, creating a positive and lasting legacy with First Nations, the local community and all British Columbians based on our values of safety, collaboration, respect and transparency.”

The 14mn mt/yr first phase of the LNG Canada project at Kitimat, on BC’s northern coast and the largest private investment in Canadian history, is 60% complete and on track to deliver its first cargo by the middle of this decade. A final investment decision on a second phase, also 14mn mt/yr, is anticipated before Phase 1 enters the commissioning stage.