Delfin Midstream (“Delfin”) announced that Oscar Spieler has decided to join as Executive Chairman of the Board. Mr. Spieler has had a renowned executive career in the LNG, shipping, offshore energy, and green energy industries, including as CEO at Golar LNG, Frontline (NYSE: FRO) and Sea Production, and as Chairman of Quantafuel (QFUEL-ME). Mr. Spieler brings relevant expertise, having successfully led the development and execution of the first FLNG Vessel at Golar, delivering FLNG Hilli Episeyo under budget and putting it into commercial operation.
Delfin recently announced the completion of its FEED for a Newbuild FLNG vessel. The FEED results, together with the overall project development activities, enable the Company to execute the project for a total capital cost of around 550 $/tpa(1). The Company is also using its low-cost FLNG infrastructure and technology to develop additional projects in North America.
Commenting on his appointment, Oscar Spieler said: “Delfin has developed the most cost-efficient LNG export project in the continental U.S and combined with a FID threshold of just 2.0 to 2.5 mtpa makes Delfin unique in today’s challenging market. I am excited to join the Delfin team at this pivotal moment, as we take our next steps in bringing the project to FID. With the world transitioning to low-carbon energy over the coming decades, LNG is an undeniable part of the solution. The uniqueness of the Delfin cost structure, business model, technology and asset portfolio means we are capable of providing LNG buyers with low-carbon, low-cost solutions with significantly more commercial flexibility than landbased projects.
Dudley Poston, CEO of Delfin, added: “We are delighted to welcome Oscar to the team. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise across the LNG value chain. Over the last decade Oscar has played key roles in the development of some of the most important innovations in the LNG industry: FLNG, merchant LNG shipping, FSRUs and small-scale LNG. Most importantly, he has demonstrated his success in ensuring the financing, commercialization, operations, execution and viability of each venture. Oscar’s experience and leadership will be invaluable as Delfin moves from the development phase to commercial operations”.
In 2018 Mr. Spieler joined Quantafuel as Chairman of the board, which in 2020 successfully started its first plastic-to-liquids plant and completed a successful IPO and private capital raise. Mr. Spieler has vast board experience both as chairman and/or director of multiple companies within the shipping, drilling and finance sectors, including Offshore Merchant Partners, Energy Drilling Ltd, Jasper Investments, Archer, Avenir LNG, North Atlantic Drilling and Sealift.
Mr. Spieler has a Master’s Degree in Naval Architecture and Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. In addition to spending over 15 years in John Frederiksen’s Sea Tankers group of companies, Mr. Spieler spent 15 years at DNV in Norway and four years with Norwegian Tanker Operator Bergesen.