First Gas GM Commercial & Regulation

First Gas GM Commercial & Regulation, Ben Gerritsen.

Ben Gerritsen appointed as First Gas

General Manager Commercial and Regulation

New Zealand gas network owner First Gas Ltd has appointed Ben Gerritsen as its General Manager Commercial and Regulation.

Since 2010, Mr. Gerritsen has been the Managing Director of Castalia Strategic Advisors advising major New Zealand corporate clients including significant utility companies on commercial and regulatory strategy, economics and finance.

A Fulbright Scholar, Mr. Gerritsen gained a Masters’ in Public Policy from Georgetown University, Washington, DC, as well as a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Management Studies from Waikato University.

“Mr. Gerritsen brings an in-depth knowledge of New Zealand regulatory practices to First Gas”, says the company’s CEO, Paul Goodeve.

“Mr. Gerritsen is well-placed to deepen our relationships with our customers, industry partners and stakeholders, building on his work within the industry to converge the gas transmission operating codes” says Mr. Goodeve. “We aim to develop closer relationships with gas shippers and major gas users, and promote the use of gas in New Zealand, and Mr. Gerritsen will be at the forefront of our efforts to achieve those outcomes.”

“Mr. Gerritsen also brings a strong understanding of regulatory settings under Part 4 of the Commerce Act, and will ensure that our operations meet all of our obligations under existing codes and regulations.”

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Background Information

 About First Gas

First Gas is owned by First State Funds which comprises the Global Diversified Infrastructure Fund and Colonial First State Active Infrastructure Income Fund and fund co-investors all managed by First State Investments. First State Investments is a leading global infrastructure asset manager, with approximately $7 billion of equity invested in infrastructure assets across Australia, New Zealand and Europe over a 20 year period. First State Investments has made 16 utility investments over that time; with existing investments including Ferngas (German gas network), EVG (German gas network), Reganosa (Spanish gas storage), ANZ Terminals (Australian and New Zealand bulk liquid storage network), Electricity North West (UK electricity distribution network), Caruna (Finnish electricity network) and Anglian Water Group (UK water utility).

 First Gas owns and operates the entire gas transmission system in New Zealand and a gas distribution system which services more than 60,000 end customers in central and northern regions of the North Island.

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First Gas Limited – ph 06 755 0861