Jean-Christian Heintz is the Founder and Owner of Wideangle LNG, a boutique advisory firm based registered in Vevey, Switzerland.
Besides being an engineer and a trader, Jean is also an alpinist and a pro photographer. His experience in the field enables him to give a wider dimension to his consulting work.
His LNG career spans over 14 years.
From 2009 to 2012, he held several roles within the LNG business unit of GDF Suez, soon to be renamed Engie, in Paris, France. As a trader, he made a number of firsts, such as the company’s first spot cargos to Turkey and China, as well as innovative swap deals. Later, as a contract manager, he became in charge of GDF Suez’s major long term LNG contract with Algeria’s Sonatrach.
From 2013 to 2017, he was Head of LNG at DufEnergy Trading in Lugano, Switzerland. Creating the desk from scratch, he successfully placed the company on the global LNG map with milestone deals with producers and portfolio players, mainly in Italy where he originated the first Qatari spot cargo, the first Peruvian cargo, and the first US cargo. He also started the company’s Gas & LNG activities in the Iberian peninsula.
In 2017 and 2018, he worked full time as independent consultant with Wideangle LNG, with customers in Switzerland, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Mexico and Singapore.
In 2019, he helped SCB Brokers launch their LNG derivatives (JKM) activity in Geneva and London.
From 2020 to 2022 he proposed to Alpiq AG, a Swiss-based Power producer, to build an LNG desk. He managed a fast-track entry into physical LNG trading despite the pandemic and an uncertain environment.
His earlier background is in the Gas sector, where he has a 10-year experience in various roles, from pipeline studies to marketing & sales, IT project management, and change management.
Jean-Christian graduated Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines in 1996, is married and has two kids. He speaks French, English, German, Portuguese and Italian.
When he is not dealing with Gas & LNG, Jean-Christian seeks inspiration in the mountains and travels as a professional photographer.
Photo : Ski ascent in the mist, Switzerland/Italy border – (c) Jean Heintz 2020