Multi-national partnership meeting global needs
NW Innovation Works (NWIW) is working to reduce coal consumption over the next decade in order to eliminate chronic air pollutants and address concerns about long-term climate change. NWIW will reduce global greenhouse gas emissions from the production of methanol and the products made from it by using a new technology known as ultra-low emissions (ULE) reforming. For more information on ULE technology, please read our ULE Reforming Technology Fact Sheet.
NWIW is owned by Pan Pacific Energy Corp. (PPE). We are managed by a team with years of experience in project development, engineering, finance, and manufacturing.
CEO, NW Innovation Works, LLC
Simon Zhang has over 20 years’ experience successfully managing complex energy and industrial projects and has managed NWIW’s operations for the last four years. Before joining the NWIW development team, Mr. Zhang held a number of leadership roles at BP including Solar Global Vice President, Strategic Alliances, Chief of Staff of BP Global Chemicals, and Deputy Chief Financial Officer of BP-Sinopec Retail JV in Zhejiang, China. Mr. Zhang received degrees in chemical engineering from Tsinghua University (BS), Purdue University (MS), the University of Wisconsin (PhD), an MBA from the University of Chicago, and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.
President, NW Innovation Works, LLC
Vee Godley is NWIW’s Northwest-based executive. He has more than 30 years of project development and project management experience. Most recently, Mr. Godley served as Senior Site Manager for Industrial Piping, Inc. He previously held leadership positions at Sanders Bros, Inc., a capital construction company serving industry from southern Virginia to Mississippi. He studied electrical engineering at Beaufort County Community College and physics at North Carolina State University.
Chief Financial Officer, NW Innovation Works, LLC
Mr. Sappin is a finance and strategy leader with senior level experience in private equity, Fortune 50 corporations, startups, and banking. He has had key roles in over 60 projects, investments, and transactions in the US, Asia, and global markets, representing over $8 billion in capital.
Mr. Sappin previously founded Sappin Global Strategies, an investment and advisory firm. Earlier, he served as Director, Project Development, for the alternative energy division of BP, where he led teams in the US and Asia Pacific on over $2 billion of solar power projects. He previously ran the investment team at New Asia Partners, a middle market private equity group based in Shanghai. Before this, he was a Senior Strategist at Intel. He has also worked in New York and London in alternative investments and banking at firms including JP Morgan, Durlacher, and Credit Agricole.
Vice President of Technology, NW Innovation Works, LLC
Mr. Eastland graduated from Imperial College in 1984 with a degree in chemical engineering and joined Davy Process Technology's London office, working in the Process Engineering department. Mr. Eastland worked as a Process Engineer in the petrochemical technology area before concentrating on methanol from the mid-1990s. He was part of the commissioning and start-up team for a methanol plant in Trinidad and was Commissioning Manager for a second plant. He then was the Lead Engineer for the BP Compact Reformer and Gas to Liquids demonstration plant in Alaska before becoming Technology Manager for Methanol at Johnson Matthey Davy in 1999. In 2008, Mr. Eastland moved into the role of Business Manager for Methanol and had a global responsibility for licensing Johnson Matthey Davy’s methanol technology.
Vice President of Engineering, NW Innovation Works, LLC
Ms. Luo has over 30 years of experience in technology development, engineering design, project management, plant operation, and Sino-foreign joint venture setup. She was the Project Engineering Team Leader for the BP Zhuhai PTA project and plant, and has served in various management roles in top Chinese engineering companies. She has a degree in chemical engineering from Tianjin University and is a Certified Senior Process Engineer.
Vice President of Energy Resources, NW Innovation Works, LLC
Mr. Riding has 34 years of experience in the energy industry covering a broad range of areas including resource acquisition, risk management, utility operations management, trading, and business development and marketing, primarily in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining NWIW, he held various roles in resource acquisition and management, trading, marketing and business development, and finance for Puget Sound Energy, The Energy Authority and The Williams Companies.
NWIW is also supported by a team of consultants with local experience and expertise in permitting, communications, and public involvement.