Simon Bonini to Head LNG Business for Centrica

Centrica has appointed Bonini as Director of LNG for its upstream business, Centrica Energy, reporting to Managing Director Jake Ulrich.

Bonini, 45, will lead a team to further develop Centrica’s LNG position in key markets. Centrica, which has an annual gas demand of around 44 billion cubic metres (bcm) across its key markets in the UK, US, Canada and North-West Europe, is seeking to increase its profile in the LNG arena alongside its broader upstream investment plans.

Centrica already holds LNG regasification capacity at the UK’s Isle of Grain LNG terminal, equating to nearly 30% of the annual import rights from 2011. It also holds exploration acreage in Nigeria, Egypt, Norway and Trinidad and Tobago.

Bonini has over twenty years experience in the global LNG business and has been based in the US, Trinidad, UK and continental Europe. He joins from 4Gas where he was Chief Operating Officer based in the Netherlands. Prior to 4Gas he spent 17 years at BG Group where he held the positions of President, BG LNG Services, Vice President Global LNG and Vice President LNG Shipping. He also worked for Woodside Petroleum in Australia, developing an LNG strategy for North America.

Jake Ulrich, Managing Director of Centrica Energy, said: "Simon’s appointment will help us to further develop our LNG business as we continue our upstream investment programme in the coming years.

"His experience in all elements of the LNG industry will be of real value for Centrica and we look forward to him joining the team."

Simon Bonini graduated from Imperial College, University of London, with a 1st class honours degree in Chemical Engineering. He holds an MBA from INSEAD Fontainebleau, France. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.