In 2015, John Hritcko, an energy executive with expertise developed over 35 years in the midstream natural gas and LNG sectors, formed Williams Park Group, LLC. Working jointly with industry colleagues and subject matter experts located in Houston, Denver, London,and Rio de Janeiro, the Williams Park Group provides advisory services related to new business development, project development, and commercial advice for companies investing in natural gas, NGL, and LNG business opportunities.
Who we serve
The Williams Park Group brings to bear the knowledge and good judgement developed during years of practical experience of its team members to offer sound advice and support to E&P companies, midstream facility owners, liquefied natural gas (LNG) developers, government policy makers, regulators, elected officials, utilities,and industrial and commercial consumers of natural gas.
What we do
Focusing on midstream and downstream, Williams Park Group provides advice and support on:
- Business Strategy to monetize natural gas supply;
- Project Development from Concept to In-service;
- Commercial structuring, risk assessment, and negotiations;
- Joint Venture management;
- Sustainable development; and,
- Government, regulatory, and stakeholder engagement.
The energy sector is undergoing more disruptive change than has been seen since the country's electrification nearly 100 years ago. Supply mix, infrastructure upgrading,national security, environmental considerations, and evolving government policies and regulatory schemes make for unsettled times in the sector. One thing we know, however, is that natural gas will play a key role in how we supply and consume energy this century.
Periodically, I will post my thoughts about energy related issues or events that catch my attention. Please visit my blog to read my thoughts and feel free to comment.
Principal & Managing Member
John Hritcko, Jr.
Natural gas truly is our "bridge fuel." Using plentiful, affordable, reliable supplies of natural gas today, buys time for us to develop future energy technologies that emit little or no carbon dioxide. Motivated by my enthusiasm for the energy sector and guided by lessons learned seizing new opportunities, I support Williams Park Group clients in "building bridges" between natural gas supplies and consumers.
University of Houston
Master of Business Administration, 1985
B.S., Civil Engineering, 1977
Broome Community College A.S., Engineering Science,1975
Mr. Hritcko has a wide-ranging career spanning technical and commercial disciplines at interstate pipelines, major oil & gas, and both national and international engineering, fabrication, and environmental consulting companies. While with the Columbia Gas System, he devised and led the successful marketing and regulatory program credited with the turn around of the then idle Cove Point facilities on the Chesapeake Bay near Lusby, Maryland.
Upon joining Shell Oil Company, Mr. Hritcko was tasked with developing Shell's capability to import equity LNG volumes into the U.S. including acquisition of Shell's capacity interests at two existing import terminals. Mr. Hritcko directed various project development teams and personally led the public review of the proposed Broadwater Energy facility, a critically needed LNG supply project intended to serve the NYC Metropolitan gas market.
He led the joint industry LNG Subgroup for the National Petroleum Council during the 2003 Natural Gas Study entitled, "Balancing Natural Gas Policy: Fueling the Demands of a Growing Economy.".
More recently, he led the business development activities for floating LNG solutions of Shanghai-based Wison Offshore & Marine (USA), Inc. Subsequently, while working for TRC Companies, an engineering and environmental consulting firm, he was responsible for expanding the company's oil & gas related business.
Mr. Hritcko has testified on numerous occasions before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Congress, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and various state and local agencies and governmental bodies regarding energy infrastructure matters.
Mr. Hritcko was a featured speaker during the U.S. - China Natural Gas Training Program in Haikou, Hainan Province, Peoples Republic of China, in 2009, sponsored jointly by the Training Center of the National Development and Reform Commission of China, the U.S. Energy Association, and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.
- Managed natural gas pipeline planning, business development, and joint venture oversight of gas pipeline and LNG terminal operations.
- Directed FERC rate and Gas Tariff filings for interstate natural gas pipeline systems including Section 4 and Section 5 rate case applications.
- Secured FERC certificate approvals for new infrastructure projects pursuant to both NGA Section 3 and NGPA Section 7 regulations; engaged various federal and state agency staff and government officials regarding project applications.
- Developed FERC Gas Tariffs and marketed new tariff services to local gas distribution companies, power generators, and industrial gas customers.
- Managed the Operating Company of an LNG receiving terminal and natural gas pipeline business Joint Venture.
- Negotiated a joint capacity sharing and balancing service agreement among three IOC 's for LNG terminal services.
- Formed and directed Joint Venture project development teams consisting of internal subject matter experts, outside consultants, legal counsel, and stakeholder engagement professionals.
- Supervised Joint Venture Management Committees formed to site, build, and operate new LNG receiving terminals (both onshore and FSRU) and natural gas pipelines.
- Led the public review and stakeholder engagement for a proposed FSRU intended to provide natural gas to the New York Metropolitan region.
- Directed the marketing and sales of a small-scale Floating LNG solution for an international EPC and fabrication company.
- Led a national sales team of an engineering and environmental consulting company serving upstream, midstream, and downstream market sectors.
- Provided strategic commercial & regulatory advice to an IOC client holding LNG import capacity at a US terminal located on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
Selected Testimony, Presentations, and Published Articles
Filed prepared testimony supporting Columbia Gas Transmission and Columbia Gulf Pipeline cost of service in NGA Section 4 general rate cases filed with FERC in Docket Nos. RP90-107/108 (filed 04/30/1990); RP91-161-162 (filed 05/31/1991); RP92-2-3 (filed 10/1/1991).
Testified before FERC Commissioners on behalf of Shell Gas & Power in a Public Conference on Policy Issues facing the natural gas industry and the applicability of the Commission's regulations on open seasons and open access to LNG terminals at Docket No. PL02-9-000 (10/25/2002).
Testified before FERC Commissioners on behalf of the National Petroleum Council in a Public Conference on Natural Gas Markets at Docket No. PL03-6-000 (10/14/2003), to report findings and recommendations of NPC's report, "Balancing Natural Gas Policy: Fueling the Demands of a Growing Economy", issued September, 2003.
Testified before FERC Commissioners on behalf of Shell Gas & Power in a Public Conference on Policy Issues arising from natural gas quality specifications of imported LNG and adoption of Interchangeability standards in FERC Gas Tariff provisions at Docket No. PL04-3-000 (02/18/2004).
Panelist on "Key Policy and Political Issues Facing LNG Project Development" session during Rice University's James T. Baker Institute for Public Policy conference on "The Geopolitics of Natural Gas Today to 2030", Rice University, Houston, TX (05/27/2004).
Testified before New York State Senate and Assembly Standing Committees on Environmental Conservation, Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications, and Assembly Committee on Energy on behalf of Broadwater Energy, LLC in Public Hearing on "Broadwater Energy Proposed Offshore Liquefied Natural Gas Importation Terminal", Albany, NY (02/15/2005).
Testified before the State of Connecticut Long Island Sound LNG Task Force, on behalf of Broadwater Energy LLC, Hartford, CT (2006).
Testified before the New York City Council, Committee on Environmental Protection, on behalf of Broadwater Energy LLC, New York, NY (12/2006).
Testified before the U.S. Congress, House of Representatives Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure,on behalf of Broadwater Energy LLC in a field hearing on "The Safety and Security of Liquefied Natural Gas Terminals", Farmingville, NY (05/07/2007).
Presented as an invited speaker on LNG and natural gas pipeline matters during the U.S. - China Natural Gas Training Program jointly sponsored by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, the U.S. Energy Association, and the Training Center of the National Development and Reform Commission of China, Haikou, Hainan Province, Peoples Republic of China (11/09 thru 11/2009).
Published article, "Why Not a Lewis & Clark Project for Energy?", RIGZONE, Energy News, November 02, 2012.
Published article, "Meet the Future - Methane Hydrate", Downstream Today, March 18, 2013.
Presented on "Small-scale FLNG" during the Bracewell Giuliani LLC sponsored, "2013 Oil & Gas Symposium: U.S. Oil & Gas on the World Stage", Houston, Texas (10/15/2013).
Published article, "Beyond Commodity Prices - The Story on Midstream Oil & Gas Opportunities in 2015", Oil & Gas Monitor, January 22, 2015.
Testified and presented at the City of Philadelphia Council Meeting and Drexel University Energy Symposium, "Exploring the Possibilities of LNG Exports in Philadelphia", Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (04/15/2015).
Participated on the Federal Maritime Commission roundtable session, "Transportation Sector Natural Gas Projects: Natural Gas as a Marine Fuel & Bunkers Roundtable Meeting", Washington, DC, (06/04/2015).
Jose A. Lima
A global energy industry professional and acknowledged leader in the Chemicals, Natural Gas, and Renewables sectors.
Advanced Management Program
Master of Business Administration
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
B.S., Civil Engineering
Mr. Lima's professional career spans over 30 years and includes various assignments in Shell Oil Company in Europe and the United States. This expertise combines strategic thinking to business development and A&D skills with a strong focus on delivery and maximizing results.
Vice President, New Business Development, Shell Joint Ventures Chemicals
Vice President, Gas Monetization (GTL) and Wind Energy, Shell Upstream Americas
President, Shell US Gas & Power
Claudio H. Steuer
An energy professional with over 30 years of international experience in a wide range of senior line management positions and both internal and external advisory roles supporting Senior Management and Boards..
F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business
MBA, International Business
BS, Computer Science and Marketing
Mr. Steuer's professional experience concentrates on strategy formulation, competitive intelligence, planning, business development, and commercial disciplines. He is recognized for his diligence, results orientation, leadership and team collaboration skillsets that have resulted in successfully delivering challenging projects under tight deadlines and adverse conditions. As a result, he has developed and maintained long-term professional contacts across the energy industry including colleagues, peers, government officials, and academia. Mr. Steuer is fluent in English and Portuguese and conversant in Spanish and Italian.
- Oxford Institute for Energy Studies: Senior Visiting Research Fellow focused on natural gas, LNG, FLNG, and FSRU project development for domestic and export markets primarily in Africa and other emerging markets.
- Alaska Department of Law and Department of Natural Resources: Selected to provide strategic, business development and commercial advice to The State of Alaska in the development of an LNG project to commercialize a portion of the 80 Tcf North Slope gas reserves – a $45-65 billion pipeline and LNG project with ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips.
- Congo FLNG: Responsible for gas monetization strategy and business development for an African E&P private company focusing on a small scale near shore FLNG project. Coordinated initial business development, negotiated comprehensive MoU with Congolese Government, initiated discussions with potential FLNG solution providers and LNG buyers.
- ENI S.p.A Gas and LNG: Responsible for competitive intelligence analysis, regional strategy and business development recommendations for gas and LNG activities in Angola, Nigeria, Venezuela, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, and Australasia. Represented ENI shareholder interest in Kashagan and Angola gas business development and marketing committees.
- Shell Nigeria Gas E&P: $690 million/yr. sales and $4 Billion in new investments. Nigeria Gas Master Plan for domestic gas supply and power generation, “flares out” and gas supply to NLNG. Presentations to Government Authorities (NNPC, NAPIMS, House of Representatives, and Senate). Gas supply plan/projects for FID of West Africa Gas Pipeline and Nigeria LNG T4.
- Nigeria LNG: Selected by NLNG to support the negotiation of new gas contracts worth $75 Billion doubling plant capacity. Direct involvement in all NLNG SPAs for T1-5. Co-developed comprehensive economic model on gas pricing, indexation, shipping and netbacks on an NPV basis. Represented Shell interest in NLNG’s price reviews and arbitration.