Tom Earl

Venture Global LNG

Chief Commercial Officer

Tom Earl is the Chief Commercial Officer of VG LNG Marketing, LLC. Tom previously served as Vice President at the international oil company Total, focusing on the development of its global LNG business. After graduating from City University in London with a degree in Engineering, Tom joined Total’s newly formed gas marketing and trading team in 1998. After various responsibilities within the trading division of the newly combined Total, Elf and Petrofina operations, he managed the natural gas option desk and gas trading desk. Tom successfully led significant commercial negotiations on long-term gas and LNG contracts in countries such as Russia, Norway and Qatar. In 2006, Tom was appointed Head of Electricity Trading at Total where he led a significant expansion into newly opened power markets across Europe. In 2011, Tom moved to Houston, where he was appointed as head of Total’s North America commodity trading business, including its LNG, gas, power, coal, petcoke and LPG operations. Tom also represented Total in its US LNG liquefaction transactions from 2012 to 2015. In 2015, Tom was appointed Vice President of Development for Total’s global LNG activities. Tom led Total’s most recent and highly regarded global expansion into new LNG markets. This work has included innovative new LNG terminal projects and new downstream asset transactions across the world.

Sessions With Tom Earl

Wednesday, 3 March

  • 02:10pm - 02:40pm (CST) / 03/mar/2021 08:10 pm - 03/mar/2021 08:40 pm

    Strategic Dialogue

    Global LNG: Where in the cycle are we?

    Panel Markets/Economics/Strategy Gas & LNG

    After a tumultuous year in which spot LNG prices swung from record lows to record highs and billions of dollars of final investment decisions were postponed, what will 2021 bring? The looming wave of capacity expansion is set to be the biggest ever with the recent FID on the Qatari mega-projects adding to the record level of sanctioning in 2019. How will this wave affect global gas markets—and returns on project investments—in the years ahead? Complicating matters, while underlying fundamentals suggest that the surplus conditions that characterized much of 2020 will likely still be in play, this outcome is not guaranteed. Participants face the challenges of making investment and contracting decisions at an uncertain stage of the cycle, as well as a greater focus on capital discipline.