NextDecade hires general counsel and chief commercial officer

NextDecade LLC, a development and management company of liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects, has hired Krysta De Lima as general counsel and Alfonso Puga as chief commercial officer.

De Lima is an attorney qualified in multiple jurisdictions with transactional experience specializing in the oil and gas industry. Specifically, this includes negotiating all phases of upstream, midstream, and LNG sales contracts, as well as supporting large-scale energy project developments. Prior to her current role, De Lima was a senior attorney with Bechtel’s Oil, Gas and Chemicals business unit in Houston, Texas. Before that, she held legal and management positions at BG Group in Trinidad and provided advisory services to Schlumberger Business Consulting.

Puga has global experience in gas, power and LNG markets, and will be joining the NextDecade team on Oct. 5. His commercial knowledge has enabled him to build an international network, focused on the Middle and Far East. Most recently, Puga was head of LNG at PetroChina International in the UK, where he was responsible for the operation of its trading unit, and the organization and optimization of PetroChina’s short-term portfolio. Puga adds experience in forming, maintaining, and growing the commercial function within newly formed LNG businesses, focusing on marketing and trading of production volumes. He has also worked with a range of LNG-focused companies with varying risk profiles such as trading houses, utilities, and oil majors throughout Europe, primarily in the areas of trading, origination and business development.

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