John is a prominent figure in the UK’s energy sector. A graduate of Liverpool University and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, he spent 30 years with Manweb plc, joining as a graduate trainee and working his way up through the organisation to become its Chief Executive in 1992. He then spent three years as Chief Executive Officer at Hyder Utilities, before taking up the position of Chief Executive Officer at United Utilities plc, which he held for seven years.
John currently holds non-executive board positions with a number of organisations that are developing significant energy projects across the UK including Royal Bank of Canada (Europe) Limited and BlackRock New Energy Investment Trust.
Originally from Wallasey, John is a great advocate for the North West and has previously been Chairman of the Manchester Investment Development Agency Service (MIDAS) and a non-executive director of The Mersey Partnership. He is also a Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University.
John accepted the Chairmanship following an extensive review of the project and will play a key role in leading the Halite Energy project team.
A qualified gas engineer with over 30 years experience in the energy and utilities sector, Keith spent 18 years at British Gas where he was Network Operations Manager. In 1997, Keith joined Price Waterhouse for four years as an Operational Risk Management Consultant. Keith’s next role was Asset Management Director at United Utilities plc (UU) where he was appointed to the regulatory boards of UU Water and UU Electricity plc. During his five years at UU, Keith delivered a £3.8 billion capital investment programme, building 1001 projects in the UK North West, including Lancashire.
In 2006, Keith founded his own energy and utility infrastructure advisory business, whose clients included Goldman Sachs, Exelon Corporation, 3i Group plc and Tata. Keith also worked for Nicor Gas, the owner and operator of seven large gas storage sites. In January 2011, Keith was appointed to the board of Halite Energy Group as Chief Executive Officer. He is also currently a board director at Greensands Holding Company, the owner of Southern Water.
Keith left school in 1981 to complete a British Gas Service Engineer apprenticeship. Over a period of nine years he obtained BTEC ONC, HNC and a post graduate diploma in Management Studies (with Distinction) from Leicester University. In 1997, he graduated with an Open University MBA studying at Homerton College, Cambridge.
Qualified gas service engineer Pip held a number of senior positions at British Gas before taking a General Manager role in the East Anglia region of the UK where he was responsible for the entire gas utility, including gas transmission, distribution and emergency services. Pip managed the project team responsible for developing a national sites and meters database for industrial and commercial gas customers, paving the way for UK gas market competition to be introduced throughout the country, in line with Government plans.
After thirty years in the gas industry, Pip moved into the water utility sector where he has carried out a range of change and project management roles. These have included successfully developing and implementing a web-based business risk management system in the customer service section of both United Utilities and Southern Water, carrying out an audit on Thames Water’s leakage control systems and recommending subsequent process improvements, and assisting with the design and implementation of a field data capture system for Southern Water’s direct labour workforce.
Brian has over 40 years’ experience in construction, operations and executive management within the energy infrastructure industry. He holds an Electrical Engineering degree from Nottingham Regional College of Technology and is a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (MIEE).
He has held a number of high profile positions including plant manager of Teesside power station. He has also been responsible for global construction, engineering and operations of power generation and gas processing facilities in Europe, the United States and Central America.
At Halite, Brian’s role includes overseeing the monitoring and maintenance programme of legacy brine wells inherited from previous landowners.
Bruce is a Chartered Engineer. He has a degree in Power and Control Engineering and is a Member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers. He has ten years’ experience in process plan design across all disciplines and a further ten years’ experience of Maintenance Engineering on heavy engineering plants, including large and small pumps, fans and compressors. Coupled with this, he has worked for ten years in production management on a top tier COMAH site.
Brad has wide experience as a financial controller gained as a result of over 20 years in the energy sector. Brad has operated at the senior level of chief financial or financial controller for 14 years.
Brad holds a degree in Accountancy and his experience spans manufacturing and energy development projects.
Tracyhas over 25 years’ experience in the accounts field. A member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), Tracy’s track record includes manufacturing, public sector and energy.
Tracy is Halite’s Senior Management Accountant and is responsible for day to day running of the finance department, supporting the senior management team. Her role also includes personnel, payroll, health & safety and insurance.
Geology and subsurface design
Dr Rutherford is an independent consulting geologist with over 30 years’ experience of oil and gas exploration, production and gas storage experience. Throughout his career, he has published more than 30 articles and abstracts on various oil and gas topics.
His career in the oil and gas industry includes seven years as Senior Geologist for Amoco Corporation. In 2006 he founded StartExp, a consulting company devoted to providing a broad range of consulting services to the oil and gas exploration industry, with a particular focus on salt-hosted natural gas storage since 2007.
Dr Rutherford’s role is to review, validate and update all the geological interpretation to date and to assist in comprehensive reporting on the Preesall geology.
Geostock is an international engineering group and a key player in the underground storage of liquid, liquefied and gaseous hydrocarbons.
Founded in 1965, the company has acquired unique know-how in its field. Whatever the products stored or the techniques used, Geostock’s expert knowledge enables it to provide quality services and solutions at the forefront of technology.
The Geostock group is made up of the Geostock Holding company, whose shareholders are Total (50%), BP (25%) and Entrepose Contracting (25%), and a number of subsidiaries and interests all over the world, offering their expertise in the field of underground storage.
Geostock will be conducting a Solution Mining Study for the Preesall project, providing technical assistance to review the current project data and develop a preliminary solution mining plan for the project. The study includes a geology and geophysics review and a cavern development plan. www.geostockgroup.com
Baker Hughes has been a technology leader in the oil and gas industry for over 100 years and continues to partner with operators to find solutions for progressively more complex technical challenges. A leading global oilfield service company with operations in over 90 countries and nearly 50,000 employees globally, Baker Hughes provides advanced products and services to help customers drill, evaluate, complete and produce oil and gas wells.
Baker Hughes’ reservoir technology experts offer independent consulting services, geomechanics modelling, petroleum engineering and reservoir simulation services to achieve superior results that lower costs, reduce risk, improve productivity and increase ultimate recovery.
Baker Hughes is providing consultancy services to Halite Energy regarding the drilling and completion aspects of the proposed gas storage development. www.bakerhughes.com
Mott MacDonald is an international management, engineering and development consulting firm with extensive expertise on planning and delivering major infrastructure projects in the UK and around the world.
Halite Energy has engaged a senior geologist, Colin Harding, within Mott MacDonald who has over 35 years of geological expertise on development projects from feasibility to detailed design, to advise the company on planning strategy related to geotechnical issues and to assist in the preparation of a comprehensive geological study. http://www.mottmac.com/
Costain, the engineering and construction group, is one of the UK’s top solutions providers, offering consultancy, construction and care across the infrastructure, environment and energy industries. Costain Energy & Process, a division of the Costain Group, delivers innovative solutions for the gas processing, nuclear and power industries.
Costain’s expertise ranges from conceptual design through detailed engineering and procurement to construction and commissioning. Costain also provides maintenance and turnaround management and is committed to ensuring the highest standards of safety, environmental protection and performance.
Costain has been working with Halite Energy on the concept design for all above ground infrastructure for the Preesall gas storage project, including the pump house, booster station and the gas processing plant, well pads, gas manifolds and pipelines. http://www.costain-group.com/energyandprocess
Hyder is a global consulting firm with specific expertise in conducting environmental assessments for development projects. The company has been established for over 150 years, working on some of the world’s most iconic landmarks and infrastructure including Burj Khalifa, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Tower Bridge in London and the Taiwan High Speed Railway. The firm has offices across the UK, including the North West.
Hyder will provide environmental advice, including the development of an Environmental Statement, for Halite Energy. http://www.hyderconsulting.com/
Portland is an independent consultancy with international reach. It supports major brands and leading figures on strategic communications, public affairs, international affairs and digital communications.
Over the last decade, Portland has earned a reputation for the high quality of our work, our team and the results we deliver. Set up in 2001, Portland now has more than 70 staff with offices in London, New York and Nairobi.
Portland is advising Halite on public affairs. http://portland-communications.com/
The Write Angle is a Lancashire-based public relations and marketing agency. Since the company was established in 2002, The Write Angle has worked with a wide range of public and private sector clients across the North West to become one of the region’s leading communications consultancies, winning numerous awards for its work.
Consulting with the local community on future plans for the Preesall gas storage project is a priority for Halite Energy. The Write Angle will be working with the company to deliver a wide range of activities to ensure local people, businesses and stakeholders are informed of developments as they occur and, crucially, that we listen to the local community’s issues and respond to their concerns. http://www.writeanglepr.co.uk/
Barton Willmore is the largest independent planning and design consultancy in the UK employing over 250 staff at offices in Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Ebbsfleet, Edinburgh, London, Leeds, Reading and Solihull. The Energy Team deals with all aspects of the permitting and land acquisition of energy projects and is able to take proposals from initial site appraisal through the design and consenting process, to implementation and construction.
The Energy Team is dealing with a wide range of gas projects including the underground gas storage facilities at Caythorpe in Yorkshire, Portland in Dorset and Saltfleetby in Lincolnshire. At Preesall, Barton Willmore is providing planning, architectural and landscape design advice to Halite Energy. http://www.bartonwillmore.co.uk/
BLP is a London-based law firm that is consistently rated as the top UK planning firm by planning industry publications. BLP has extensive planning experience across a range of sector areas, advising on all aspects of a project from inception to operation. In the UK energy infrastructure field, BLP has advised the UK Atomic Energy Authority, has done significant work with National Grid plc, and has advised over a number of years on the Dragon LNG facility in South Wales. As part of its work advising the Olympic Delivery Authority on the London 2012 Olympic Games site, it is also advising on the energy needs and infrastructure for the venues.
Halite Energy has engaged BLP to serve as the company’s legal adviser going forward. http://www.blplaw.com/
The Preesall halite salt was deposited over 200 million years ago