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PERTH, Jan 25 AAP

January 25 2013, 5:59PM

Apache Corporation has appointed Faron J Thibodeaux as managing director of the company's operating unit in Australia.

Apache is developing the Julimar natural gas project which will feed the Chevron-operated Wheatstone joint venture liquified natural gas (LNG) development in Western Australia.

The US-listed company is also developing the Varanus Island compression project and the Balnaves and Coniston oil projects.

Mr Thibodeaux will work in his new role as region vice president and managing director of Apache Energy Limited.

He has worked as Apache Energy's director of operations since 2011 and replaces Thomas M Maher, who is moving to Cairo to lead Apache's operations in Egypt.

Mr Thibodeaux joined Apache in 2008 and served most recently as director of operations in Australia.

In 2011, he was transferred to Australia from Egypt, where he was the drilling manager.

Chevron has a 72.14 per cent interest in Wheatstone, while Apache holds a 13 per cent stake.

Apache president and chief operating officer Rodney J Eichler said Australia would continue to play a key role in Apache's global growth.

"Tom has done an excellent job advancing these projects. Faron has demonstrated effective leadership for our operations team and will be a strong leader for the region," he said.

"With Faron as managing director and Warren Ford leading the projects team as deputy managing director, Apache Energy will continue to deliver energy resources for the Western Australia domestic market and key Asian economies."

Construction of Wheatstone commenced last year.