Vivek Chandra

Vivek Chandra

CEO | Texas LNG

Vivek Chandra is an LNG entrepreneur with over 35 years of international oil and gas experience across the entire value chain. He is currently developing Gulfstream LNG, an LNG export facility with a large site on the  Mississippi River in southern Louisiana.  The project has closed on its first funding, has received its FTA export permit from the US Government, announced its technical partners, and will be commencing the FERC permitting process in the near future.  

Vivek Chandra is the founder of Texas LNG, an LNG export facility in south Texas, USA that has received all its permits, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval and Department of Energy export authorizations. Texas LNG has recently announced its EPC partners (Technip and Samsung Engineering) and its plans to begin its US$3+ billion construction program in 2024. Vivek Chandra was CEO of the Texas LNG operating company from inception in 2013 until 2022 and guided the company through multiple fund-raising rounds and regulatory & commercial hurdles. 

He is also a published author. His first book, Fundamentals of Natural Gas: An International Perspective, a bestselling hardcover book was published by Pennwell / Endeavor, publishers of Oil and Gas Journal.  Based on this book and his varied experiences, Vivek Chandra has taught the popular “Natural Gas Dynamics” executive course, a three-day course held over 25 times in 15 countries. Natural Gas Dynamics is currently offered as an online course and taken by over 400 professionals and students over the past few years. He has also developed mobile apps for the natural gas industry downloaded over 5000 times.    

His second book, The Law of the Sea and Maritime Boundary Disputes in Areas of Hydrocarbon Potential was published by Routledge (UK) in late 2023.  This book is a legal review of maritime boundary disputes in hotspots around the world including Eastern Mediterranean, South China Sea, Caspian Sea, Persian Gulf, and Northeast Asia, and is based on Vivek Chandra’s recent PhD dissertation on the topic. 

Dr. Chandra’s extensive 30+ year international gas experience includes roles as independent LNG consultant, senior commercial executive with an Australian energy company, development of gas projects in the Middle East, and diverse experiences with ARCO in the United States, including Alaska, and offshore geophysical field engineering with Schlumberger in SE Asia, Middle East and US. He has worked on LNG import, LNG export, as well as natural gas pipeline export projects. He has degrees in Geophysical Engineering (Colorado School of Mines), Energy Management (U. of Pennsylvania), Petroleum Economics (IFP France), Commercial Law (Deakin University Australia) and a Ph.D. in International Law with dissertation on disputed international maritime boundaries (Deakin University Australia).  

He is a frequent speaker at LNG and gas conferences worldwide and has been extensively quoted by the industry and wider media over the past few decades.