About Us

PAL Energy was formed by three former executives from SHV Energy and Vitol and is capturing momentum to make an impact on Africa’s energy transition. PAL Energy combines 50+ years of Global LPG mid- and downstream expertise.

In Sub-Saharan Africa alone, 780 million people still cook on solid fuels with devastating effect on health and deforestation. Families are kept in the poverty trap as they collect and/or purchase their fuel needs on a daily basis. Structural demand growth for clean cooking fuels has been slow due to underinvestment in infrastructure, dysfunctional supply chains and affordability hurdles.

Govert Rietema
He has spent over 18 years in project development, finance and M&A in the mid-and downstream energy sector. He held several general management and global business development positions with SHV and Vitol in Europe and South America. In Africa alone, Govert managed multiple infrastructure projects in both West - and East Africa. He lead Vitol’s first greenfield fuels terminal investment in Cape Town, South Africa. Govert speaks English, Portuguese and Dutch.
Andries Govaert
He is an emerging market exposed, multi-lingual, international leader. He has a successful track record in transforming and maturing small and sizable companies in diverse emerging markets (including Colombia, Romania and China,). Experiences encompass; leading, acquiring, integrating, divesting (including a liquidation) of SHV companies, both in the energy and retail industry, of which last assigments as CEO. Lead, multinational teams the last 16 years in 6 different countries in 3 continents. 12 years of LPG experience. Andries speaks English, French, Spanish and Dutch.
Anthony Baranello
He has 32 years of energy trading experience across 4 companies with 22 years dedicated to the LPG industry. Based both in New York and London he managed strategy, risk and business development within the LPG sector. As Head of Vitol's global LPG desk, he spearheaded the growth of the portfolio from 500kt to 14 mln tons per year. He initiated Vitol's first LPG import terminal investment in Lagos, Nigeria (2 x 4,000 metric ton spheres in 2010).