The LONESTAR team has over 150 years of expertise across the entire LNG value chain including M&A, upstream and mid-stream project development, LNG marketing, project finance and EPC management.
Dr. Robert Shivers III, CEO
Dr. Robert Shivers, III is a highly skilled visionary with a long list of successful projects during his 35 years in energy. In 2013, he co-founded LONESTAR to utilize its proprietary FLNG technology to monetize stranded natural gas fields around the world.
Prior to cofounding LONESTAR, Robert spent 30 years designing and managing drilling and development projects in the Gulf of Mexico and UK North Sea. He has been recognized for his patented technologies and practical solutions in many areas of drilling, and development from offshore shallow and deep-waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea and floating LNG.
He began his career with Getty/Texaco E&P where he managed a variety of Gulf of Mexico drilling projects, before moving to the UK to work on North Sea drilling and field development projects. After Texaco he joined ATP Oil & Gas and managed their first deepwater project in the Gulf of Mexico, the Gomez Floating Production Facility. Robert also managed the Telemark Hub development which entailed design and building the MinDOC floating drilling/platform, the first dry-tree capable deepwater production facility built completely within the US.
He began working on floating LNG concepts in 2010 as a means to monetize small, stranded gas fields and has since developed three generations of innovative, proprietary floating LNG technology.
Robert holds a B.S., M. Eng. and D. Eng. degrees in mechanical engineering from Texas A & M University and holds over 30 US patents covering drilling, field development, natural gas and floating liquefaction technologies.
Stan Mendenhall, COO
Stan Mendenhall is Chief Operating Officer and a partner in LoneStar LNG. Stan has 28 years of oil & gas experience primarily in the offshore midstream and upstream sectors. For twenty of those years from 1994 to 2014, Mr. Mendenhall ran the day-to-day operations of Bluewater Industries, a marine general contracting business, he co-founded. As the VP of Operations, Executive Vice President and the President & CEO of Bluewater, he was directly responsible for the administrative, operational planning and execution of over 60 turnkey field development and decommissioning projects in both the Gulf of Mexico and North Sea basins. These turnkey projects ranged in size from $5million to over $1billion across water depths from 10 ft to 5000 ft of water.
In 2000, Bluewater leveraged its expertise in field decommissioning and abandonment to establish Millennium Offshore Group, an upstream company focused on brownfield exploitation. Over the 6 years prior to Bluewater’s successful divesture of Millennium, the company under Mr. Mendenhall’s guidance developed a significant presence in the Gulf of Mexico operating 23 shelf properties. These brownfield positions acquired primarily from Dominion, El Paso and Chevron were re-developed through infield exploitation and exploration reaching a peak production of 80MMscfd and 500BOPD before being sold to a strategic partner. In both enterprises, Stan was an equity stakeholder and held senior executive management positions responsible for the execution and strategic growth of the respective business models.
In late 2013, Stan went on to co-found LoneStar LNG, combining both his upstream and midstream experience. Lonestar LNG has developed and is looking to deploy its patented floating LNG technologies in the offshore basins of West Africa and South America to unlock stranded gas for export to market through liquifaction. Presently, Mr. Mendenhall is an equity partner in and the Chief Operating Officer of Auterra Resources, LLC, an onshore upstream oil & gas company focused on the acquisition, operation and redevelopment of shale acreage in Texas and the broader gulf coast and mid-continent areas.
Bill Ellington, CFO
William (Bill) E. Ellington, Jr. is CFO and a principal with LoneStar LNG, an offshore development group in Houston, TX. He joined the management team in 2016 to promote
its proprietary FLNG and LNG technology to monetize stranded natural gas fields around the world.
Bill brings over 35 years of diverse of oil and gas experience in business development, project management, and reservoir analysis.
He started his career in the natural gas industry as a geologist and petroleum engineer for Panhandle Eastern (which later merged with Texas Eastern). In that role, he provided numerous evaluations of offshore and onshore fields focusing on reserves and deliverability dedicated to the interstate pipeline system. In addition, he managed several of the company’s gulf coast producing oil and gas fields.
After 13 years with Panhandle Eastern, Bill joined Koch Industries to lead a multi-disciplined team managing Koch’s South Texas pipeline assets. He also led the evaluation of technologies that could be used to monetize stranded gas fields.
In 1997, Bill became president of Ellington & Associates, Inc. Petroleum Engineering and Geological Services Company. Under Bill’s direction, the company expanded to become an industry leader providing micropaleontological, geochemical, and stratigraphic analyses to most of the large and mid-size operators in the oil and gas industry. Ellington also was contracted by US Trade and Development Agency to evaluate delivering Bolivian gas to California markets via South American coastal LNG facilities. He sold Ellington & Associates to ALS Oil and Gas in 2014 and continued to manage the business until. 2016
Bill holds B.S. degrees in geology and petroleum engineering from Texas A & M University.
Richard Michel, Chief Engineer
Richard P Michel is Chief Engineer and a partner with LoneStar FLNG, an offshore development group in Houston, TX to utilize its proprietary FLNG technology to monetize stranded natural gas fields around the world.
Prior to LONESTAR, Richard spent over 30 years in the design, construction, installation, and repair of mobile offshore drilling and production units in locations all over the world. He has been responsible for engineering, construction, cost control, and project management of ship-shaped, jack up, semisubmersible, and SPAR/Deep Draft floaters.
His first experience was with Friede & Goldman, Ltd. Where his duties included project management of the design of the Galaxy I jack up unit, and site supervision of the construction of the Drillmar I semisubmersible drilling unit. He then worked for Transocean as the Chief Naval Architect in Astano Shipyard during the design and construction of the Discover Enterprise. Later working for Bennett & Associates, he was the hull Project Manager during the design of the Mirage MinDOC facility. As a contractor, he assembled a Multi-national Project Team for the Bidding and Execution of the FEED Project for the V. Filanovsky Drilling and Production Facility in the Caspian Sea.
In 2012, he began working on the engineering and costing of three-generations of floating LNG concepts based on proprietary technology.
Richard earned a B.S. degree in naval architecture & marine engineering from The University of New Orleans.