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NeuVentus is a developer-owner-operator of pipeline transportation and salt cavern storage projects that serve North America’s energy transition and expansion. NeuVentus’ initial projects will be located in the Texas Gulf Coast region, which has abundant renewable energy production, natural gas, carbon sequestration geology and hydrogen demand to support the growth of a clean hydrogen infrastructure platform. In addition to clean hydrogen and its derivatives like ammonia and methanol, NeuVentus will also have the ability to provide transportation and storage services to adjacent industries (i.e. industrial gases). NeuVentus is a portfolio company of Lotus Infrastructure Partners.

Our Team

NeuVentus is led by an experienced management team with more than 60 years of cumulative relevant industry experience. Specifically, the NeuVentus team has a unique combination of legal, business and engineering acumen with experience that spans renewable power markets, tax equity financings, and traditional oil and gas infrastructure. 

Sam Porter

Co-Founder & CEO

Sam has a unique combination of depth and breadth in renewables and midstream. Sam has seen the ins-and-outs of large energy project development and finance; first from the perspective of a midstream pipeline and salt cavern storage developer; later from the perspective of the world’s preeminent solar and wind developers and sponsors. Sam is a graduate of Columbia Law School, the University of Utah and Stanford’s Inter-University Center for Japanese language studies.

Diego Rubio

Co-Founder & CFO

Diego is a seasoned business executive with 20+ years of experience in multiple facets of the energy industry. Most recently, he was President of Trinity Environmental Services, a saltwater and waste disposal company serving the oil and gas industry in Texas and New Mexico that featured saltwater disposal and pipeline operations and salt cavern facilities. Prior to Trinity, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of CCNG, Inc. Diego began his career at GE Energy in the aeroderivative gas turbine group, which installed gas turbine power plants globally for multiple applications. Diego holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

David S. Branch

Co-Founder & COO

David has more than 30 years’ of energy industry experience with a focus on engineering, construction, development and operations management of midstream industrial gas, natural gas and hydrocarbon liquids transmission, storage, and processing facilities. Prior to joining NeuVentus, David co-founded Caliche Development Partners, building out the Coastal Caverns salt dome storage asset in hydrocarbon and industrial gas service, which culminated with a successful sale to a major midstream investor. David also founded Gulf Shores Midstream, LLC, a midstream energy company focused on the acquisition, development, construction, and operation of subsurface storage assets. Over the course of David’s career, he has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to effectively and successfully manage significant development and capital budgets on major midstream pipeline, terminal and storage projects. David has a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering from Texas A&M University, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston, and served in the United States Army.

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