John G. Wolff —
John G. Wolff’s career in the energy business involved many aspects of the LNG and natural gas businesses. He worked for Chevron’s midstream natural gas group where he evaluated issues affecting LNG project developments and natural gas markets until he retired in 2018. He helped assess issues regarding the competitiveness of LNG, natural gas and other fuels in power generation. John evaluated the seasonality of natural gas demand in many Asian markets and helped compile public information from trade publications and reported customs data to develop commercial insights. He contributed to the 2012 National Petroleum Council study entitled Advancing Technology for America’s Transportation.
Prior to joining Chevron, John reported on the LNG business for the newsletter LNG Express, published by Zeus Development. His articles evaluated LNG export plants and LNG receiving terminals around the world. John wrote and spoke on technical topics at workshops and conferences. He also undertook confidential consulting projects for clients, assessing investments in novel offshore LNG receiving terminal projects and handled other consulting assignments including market assessments for LNG cryogenic piping and gas turbines suppliers.
John also worked for Duke Energy (post-merger) and Panhandle Eastern Corporation for 17 years where he served in several roles. He pursued projects to increase utilization of the company’s Trunkline LNG terminal and prepared financial models for the LNG shipping, terminalling, and gas marketing operations that improved management decisionmaking in the $100-million business unit. John also explored means to expand natural gas as a premium-priced transportation fuel, including joint venture agreements and technology assessments.
While working in the pipeline planning group, John analyzed gas markets and recommended long and short-term strategies to senior management. He provided material for litigation and rate cases and developed short-term gas demand forecasting models to assess the pipelines’ market share in the U.S. Midwest market. John also managed economic analysis for a successful anti-trust litigation and initiated a project to reactivate helium recovery at a company gas processing plant, resulting in incremental income of $5 million per year.
John earned a bachelor of science degree from Brown University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.