Situated on the Gulf Coast near Sabine Pass, Texas, Golden Pass LNG is undergoing a historic transformation.

The existing liquefied natural gas terminal is among the largest in the world, and it will soon include liquefaction and export capabilities.

Our vision, mission & values

Our vision is to be the premier LNG export company in North America.

The mission of Golden Pass LNG is to bring clean energy from Texas to power the world.

Our values of safety, integrity, people, community and the environment set us apart and define who we are as a company.

Our history

In the early 2000s, there was a growing demand for a cleaner energy source in the United States. Because natural gas is a clean-burning, environmentally friendly fuel, Golden Pass shareholders saw an opportunity to import natural gas into the United States to help meet that demand. The Golden Pass LNG import project began in November 2003. Construction of the Golden Pass Pipeline was completed in 2009, followed by the completion of the terminal construction in 2010. Golden Pass received its first LNG cargo in October 2010 on the Al Khuwair Q-Flex ship.

Due to advances in technology, the United States soon had access to become an abundant domestic natural gas resource base. Around 2012, it was estimated that the United States had enough natural gas supply to last more than 100 years. This was exciting news for the entire country. However, Golden Pass faced an important challenge. What role would the existing facility play in the evolving energy market? The facility maintained all authorizations, operational capabilities, and a ready-to-receive status, serving as a safety valve for U.S. energy security in the event of market disruptions.

This challenge created an opportunity, and the start of a new project in 2012 – the Golden Pass LNG export project. In 2019 our shareholders made a final investment decision to proceed with the project, and construction on a new, world-class LNG export facility began.


Golden Pass LNG is a joint venture company formed by affiliates of two of the world's largest and most experienced oil and gas companies: QatarEnergy (70%) and ExxonMobil (30%).


QatarEnergy was established in 1974 as a national corporation completely owned by the State of Qatar. It is responsible either directly or through joint ventures for all oil and gas production and processing in Qatar.

At a Glance:

  • Became the world's largest LNG producer in 2006
  • Responsible for all phases of the country's oil and gas industry
  • Principle activities include exploration, drilling production, storage and transport of crude oil, natural gas liquids, and liquefied natural gas, petrochemicals and fertilizers, helicopter and financing services
  • Built the world's largest LNG liquefaction facility in Qatar.
  • Built the world's largest LNG carrier, the Qatar Max (Q-Max).

Visit the QatarEnergy website for further information.

About Qatar

Qatar is situated on the eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Bordered to the south by Saudi Arabia, the rest of its landmass juts about 100 miles into the balmy waters of the Arabian Gulf. The country has a population of 1.7 million (May 2010). Most of the population lives in the Municipalities of Doha, the business and administrative center, and Rayan, an adjacent Municipality. The State of Qatar has a desert climate with a hot summer and a relatively mild winter. Summer temperatures range between 77 and 113 degrees Fahrenheit, with high humidity. During the winter there is some rainfall but it rarely exceeds 3 inches annually.

Qatar has a strong focus on educational advancement. The brand new Education City was developed by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development - a not-for-profit organization established in 1995 and chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned. Education City provides a broad spectrum of world-class educational facilities, from kindergarten level through to postgraduate and research programs. It also includes facilities for business, community development, science, IT, Islamic Studies, media and communications and sports, and a 350-bed teaching hospital is being built.


ExxonMobil is the world's largest publicly traded international oil and gas company.

At a Glance:

  • Operates in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide and participates in LNG operations representing more than 25% of global industry capacity
  • Safely and reliably produces oil, natural gas, and hydrocarbon products
  • Finds and develops new supplies and products to bring to the market
  • Maximizes resource and asset value; improves energy efficiency and minimizes environmental impacts

Visit the ExxonMobil website for further information.

The Executive Team

Alexander Savva

Alex Savva is the President and CEO of Golden Pass LNG, a rapidly growing joint venture of ExxonMobil and Qatar Energy with a vision of becoming the premier LNG export company in North America. In this role, Alex is leading the Golden Pass businesses through final preparation and numerous requirements necessary for on-schedule startup and commissioning in 2024.

He joined ExxonMobil in 2000 as a Facilities Engineer in Australia. Over his years with the company, he has served in a variety of engineering roles with increasing responsibility across facilities, reservoir and subsurface as well as planning, operations and managerial positions in Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nigeria, and the U.S., where he was appointed New Operations Readiness Manager for ExxonMobil Upstream Oil & Gas. Immediately prior to being named CEO at Golden Pass, he was once again abroad as Executive Director/Production Manager, Upstream Oil & Gas, Deepwater, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited

An Australian citizen, Alex earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree as well as a Bachelor of Commerce degree from The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in 1999.

Shawn Carsten
Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Shawn Carsten is the Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Golden Pass LNG, overseeing the finance department's comprehensive responsibilities. Since joining in Spring 2024, he has been a key member of the Golden Pass Leadership Team.

Shawn brings a wealth of experience establishing robust financial organizations and frameworks, including spearheading digital transformations and enhancing business operations. His deep experience in end-to-end energy value chain, along with the chemicals industry has been shaped by domestic and international roles in Shell plc and serving as CFO of Shell Midstream Partners.

Shawn is an alumnus of the University of Colorado, where he pursued Finance, and he holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Bill Cooper
General Counsel

Bill Cooper, General Counsel, joined Golden Pass LNG in March 2021. ​​​​​​​Bill spent the first decade and a half of his professional career in private practice as a transactional lawyer and litigator. He represented clients in the energy industry, among others, and covered a broad range of interests. Building on this experience, he moved to Washington D.C., to work on Capitol Hill as counsel for the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

After Bill’s time with the House Energy and Commerce Committee, he worked for the firm Hunton & Williams LLP, then transitioned into the role of President for the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG). At CLNG, he advocated for the development of America’s LNG capabilities before Congress, the White House, and federal agencies.

After a decade with CLNG, Mr. Cooper returned to Capitol Hill, accepting a role as a Subcommittee Staff Director for the House Committee on Natural Resources, and as Senior Policy Advisor on the National Environmental Policy Act. Bill later served as Senior Counsel and Director of Washington D.C. office with the law firm McConnell Valdés LLC. Bill then moved to the U.S. Department of Energy, where he served as the General Counsel providing legal advice, counsel, and support to the Secretary, the Deputy Secretary, and program offices throughout the Department.

Jeremy Horn
Vice President, Operations

Jeremy Horn joined Golden Pass as Vice President of Operations in June 2022. He oversees the Plant and Pipeline Operations, Maintenance, Engineering, and Safety, Health and Environment teams for Golden Pass, focused on ensuring safe and reliable operations.

Jeremy has over 19 years of experience with ExxonMobil in a variety of operations, technical and strategic planning roles. He started his career as a Facilities Engineer supporting Upstream oil and gas operations across Texas. In 2014, he relocated to Doha, Qatar and began a loan assignment to RasGas as Head of Operations for all common utilities across 7 LNG trains and 2 flowing gas plants. Following a second assignment in Doha as Surface Technical Manager for ExxonMobil Qatar, he returned to Houston in 2019 where he was assigned as LNG Operations Readiness Manager supporting projects across ExxonMobil’s global portfolio. Just prior to arriving at Golden Pass, he worked as the Operations Manager for ExxonMobil’s unconventional oil and gas operations across East Texas and North Louisiana.

Jeremy received his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University and his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Jeff Hammad
Chief Commercial Officer

Jeff Hammad is the Chief Commercial Officer for Golden Pass LNG. Jeff has broad responsibilities for managing the commercial group at Golden Pass, including the procurement of 2.6 bcfd of gas supply as well as the corresponding LNG sales of about 18 mta. He began working on the Golden Pass project during its early development phase in 2007 and has remained a core part of its leadership team since the company was founded.

Prior to his assignment at Golden Pass, Jeff joined Qatar Petroleum in Doha as Qatar was emerging into a global LNG powerhouse and managed the commercial development of a portfolio of international LNG receiving terminals. In 2009, he was seconded into Golden Pass LNG to manage the structuring and development of the import facility, and then subsequently the LNG export project. Jeff began his career in the energy industry with Enron where he was a Financial Analyst supporting their international business development efforts, including several expat assignments in the Middle East. Asset development remained his primary focus for the next 20 years, where he held commercial managerial roles helping launch major infrastructure projects across the full energy value chain with companies such as El Paso Energy, Enterprise and Oxy.

Jeff is a life-long Houstonian, and received his Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Houston following his enlistment in the United States Marine Corps.

Candace Jimerson
Vice President, Business Transformation & Development

Candace Jimerson, Vice President of Business Transformation & Development, has been with Golden Pass for more than 10 years and was instrumental in executing the transition from an LNG import terminal to ultimately a final investment decision on the 16 MTA export facility. In her current role, Candace is responsible for establishing, deploying, and continuously improving our people, business processes, systems and tools to enable the effective delivery of the company’s strategic priorities. She strives to deepen the GPLNG company values and inclusion and diversity behaviors to ensure Golden Pass maintains a solid cultural foundation through growth and change.

In her previous role at Golden Pass, Candace was responsible for commercial LNG operations, where she supported gas supply build out, facilitated governance requirements across functional groups and managed the contractual obligations for the project’s LNG off take agreement.

Candace received her BBA in Marketing from Southwest Texas State University in 2000 and her MBA from Texas Southern University in 2003.

Vincent Yuskiewicz
Senior Project Manager

Vincent has worked in the energy industry for over 25 years in a variety of technical and management positions involving ExxonMobil’s activities in the United States and around the world. In 2010, he joined the Corporate Strategic Planning group and was a principle contributor to ExxonMobil’s long-term global energy outlook, including the identification of potential implications for energy markets and the corporation’s strategic plans. In 2012, Vincent oversaw the relocation of the ExxonMobil’s Fairfax-based organizations to the new Houston campus. In 2013, he was assigned as Projects Services Manager supporting ExxonMobil's downstream and chemicals project portfolios. In 2016, he became the Project Director for the Polyethylene Expansion Project in Beaumont, TX. In 2019, Vincent supported the effective launch and implementation of the ExxonMobil Global Projects Company as the Organizational Design Manager. In 2020, he assume the role of East Regional Manager for brownfield projects (<500$M) in Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific regions.

In 2022, Vincent joined Golden Pass LNG as Senior Project Manager for the Golden Pass LNG Export Project located in Sabine Pass, TX.

He and his wife have two boys and reside in Houston.


Stories From Golden Pass

Golden Pass awards over $110,000 in scholarships

Published June 5th, 2020 in People, Community

Golden Pass LNG awarded scholarships to eight high school graduates beginning an Associate Degree of Process Technology at Lamar Institute of Technology and Lamar State College – Port Arthur. The scholarships cover up to three years of P-Tech and liquefied natural gas process education to prepare students for work with the Golden Pass LNG export project currently under construction in Sabine Pass.

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Golden Pass donates PPE to help keep Jefferson County safe

Published May 15th, 2020 in Safety, People

Golden Pass is working to help our tireless front line first responders, health care workers and governmental leaders to keep Jefferson County safe by donating 1,000 masks to Jefferson County Courthouse staff this week to reduce the risk of spread for those performing essential duties.

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Golden Pass Products export project to begin construction

Published February 5th, 2019 in People

The Golden Pass Products LLC export project at the existing Golden Pass LNG facility in Sabine Pass, Texas, is moving forward following a positive final investment decision from its owners, affiliates of Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil.

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Foundation for SETX Announces Golden Pass Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund Grant Recipients

Published June 5th, 2018 in Environment

The Foundation for Southeast Texas today announced the recipients of the second round of grants from the $1.5 million Golden Pass Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund. The fund will provide $320,000 to local organizations to support hurricane relief and mitigation efforts.

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