about us

Galway Group is an energy advisory firm headquartered in Houston, Texas. Founded  by several former senior energy industry  executives, Galway has grown into a full-service energy advisory firm with offices in Houston, Singapore, London, and Thailand.

Galway Group offers transactional and analytical support to the energy sector, from concept development, through contract negotiations, financing, risk management, and commercialization. Our expertise is based on decades of industry experience and support provided to a wide array of clients, including global Fortune 500 companies, small and medium-size enterprises, and governmental entities. The Galway team leverages its collective experience in all aspects of the energy industry to support and advise its growing base of clients in the Americas, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa to advance energy decisions.

World Class Energy Team:

Galway’s principals are seasoned Energy professionals with many years of direct industry experience, combined with extensive consulting experience in the Atlantic and Pacific Basins, and in the Middle East. Galway Energy consultants are active commentators on the energy industry, and are regular speakers in leading industry seminars and conferences.

Strong Energy Track Record & Relationships with Energy Industry Participants:

The Galway team works closely with energy industry participants, including energy project developers, National Oil Companies, International Oil Majors, power and gas utilities, trading houses, banks, regulators and government-owned entities. Longstanding relationships with key energy players help us provide valuable commercial insights and market intelligence.

Proprietary Energy Databases:

Galway maintains proprietary energy databases and models which are updated on a regular basis, including:

  • Natural Gas Supply-Demand Database & LNG Model

  • Liquefaction Database

  • LNG SPA Database

  • LNG Regasification Database

  • LNG Shipping Database & Model

  • Power Database & Model

  • Upstream Database

  • North American Midstream Infrastructure

Chairman's message

Hal Miller, CEO Galway Group

Hal Miller is Chairman & CEO of Galway Group and has over 40 years of experience spanning a broad spectrum of technical, strategic planning and financial areas within the energy industry. Mr. Miller founded the predecessor to Galway Group in 1995. For the first 10 years with Galway Group, he provided energy clients with M&A investment banking services. In the early to mid 2000s, he began providing energy clients with a wide array of techno-commercial and financial advisory services, including in the LNG and gas-to-power segments.

Prior to founding Galway Group, Mr. Miller held a variety of engineering and operating positions with Phillips Petroleum and Colorado Interstate Gas. He also held senior marketing, planning and business development positions with Transco Energy and The Williams Companies. Following these ventures, Mr. Miller was responsible for the start-up and development of Transfuel Resources, an indirect subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation. Mr. Miller holds an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado.

"We are witnessing an unprecedented market evolution, as LNG global trade has grown from 155 MTPA in 2006 to nearly 290.5 MTPA in 2017 and is expected to grow to 350 MTPA by 2020, largely driven by the US LNG export. The macro trend toward short-term deals, away from long-term supply agreements, is expected to stay in the near term and will influence the fundamental way, the LNG transactions are carried out. LNG as a fuel source has been the foundation for many European and Asian countries for decades, and is increasing in importance in other regions such as Latin America, Africa and Middle East, as countries look to diversify their energy mix while lowering carbon emissions. Floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs) have been vital in opening up emerging market during the last decade, and we will see an emerging trend of transformation in Gas to Power industry, fast track implementation of Small Scale LNG, regional initiatives for multiple storage/reloading LNG hubs and a steady migration towards LNG bunkering in the years to come.

A collaborative approach is required in the LNG segment to drive the future technology and innovation, co-create economic project development solutions, develop novel commercial and financing structures, open up and reform national gas markets, catalyze the emergence of digital LNG trading and revolutionize the data analytics for LNG terminal and ship asset optimization. As a common industry platform, we wish to bring together US and international companies interested in a similar scope of work within multiple facets of LNG value chain, to leverage funding and the knowledge and experience of all partners.

We are well positioned to catalyze this advancement, through our network of LNG subject matter specialists, participants from the LNG industry, targeted Task Groups with specific goals, affiliated R & D centers and academia to collaborate and cooperate, to deliver practical and efficient LNG solutions."

Management Team

Martin Paliga, EVP Galway Group

Martin Paliga, Executive VP of Galway Group, is based out of Galway Group’s office in London and heads the company’s operations in EMEA. Martin has 30 years of experience in the energy business, of which more than 15 years have been LNG-focused. This includes LNG marketing, negotiation, as well as implementation of agreements for the development, installation, financing and operation of LNG import terminal facilities. Martin specializes in commercial development and negotiation of commercial agreements for LNG projects, both for buyers and sellers of LNG.

Martin also has expertise in conducting energy studies, LNG marketing and pricing, economics and operations of downstream gas and power facilities, as well as acting as an expert witness in contract disputes. Prior to joining Galway Group, he held LNG marketing positions at RasGas and Qatar Petroleum, and was Commercial Manager for an LNG and power project in Spain.

Martin holds a BSc Tech in Chemical Engineering and Fuel Technology from the University of Sheffield and an M.B.A. from the University of Warwick.

Matthew Tan, EVP Galway Group

Matthew Tan is Executive VP for Galway Group, based in Singapore and covering the Asia Pacific region.  Matthew’s background is in asset valuation and decision strategy and has worked for more than 20 years in the international oil and gas sector.  Prior to joining Galway Group in 2014, he worked in BG, Chevron, Shell and IHS.  Experienced in petroleum economics, Matthew was placed in projects in the LNG supply chain – Tangguh LNG (Indonesia), Egyptian LNG (Egypt), Olokola LNG (Nigeria), Gorgon LNG (Australia) and North West Shelf LNG (Australia).  Matthew’s role had been to develop commercial insights and drive strategy in support of key phase-gate decisions: project FID, FEED, Feasibility Study. 

 

With a focus on commercial execution, Matthew has advised on project commercial structures and positioning, project risk allocation and mitigation, and development (lead drafting) of key project agreements.

Matthew holds a BBA and Master of Finance from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia.