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Expert in Design and Engineering of Chemical Plants and Petroleum Refineries

Expert ID: 726348 Texas, USA

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As a Registered Professional Engineer, Expert has provided expert testimony and litigation support in cases involving petrochemical processing and has worked for law firms as an Engineering Consultant. His job as a consultant is to study technical documents and review failed processes. His expertise allows him to be able to spot weak assumptions and inadequate work, making him a very reliable and successful expert consultant and witness. He is also able to point out favorable and unfavorable facts during his testimonies. He is keen in developing scientific testing to shed more light on the issue at hand. He is often retained to provide expert assessments, evaluations and insights on the various topics listed below.

The Expert’s career industry spans 45 years in design and operation of petroleum refineries and petrochemical plants. As a consultant to the industry he provides services to major firms worldwide. He is often retained to analyze chemical processing issues, provide front-end engineering and design including developing process flow diagrams, P &IDs, heat and material balances, searching for technical information at the library, and developing conceptual design. He is also often retained to provide solutions to existing environmental and product quality problems, assist in purchasing major equipment and services, and to generate general arrangement drawings showing layout for several petroleum refineries and petrochemical plants.

Much of his work originates at executing process simulators: He has used and is familiar with Simscis PROCESS 4.01, ASPEN, HYSYS and HYSIM. He is also familiar with using Design II Winsim (Chemshare) for the last 30 years and has simulated processes in petroleum refining particularly crude distillation, vacuum distillation, reforming, hydrotreating, lube oil fractionation, ethylene, feed preparation, quench, recovery and concentration. He is also familiar with processing fine chemicals specifically mercaptan, formaldehyde, dimethyl ether, chlorinated solvents, ethers, esters. He has experience in reforming processes of hydrogen and ammonia, performing ethanol dehydration using azeotropic distillation, and assessing evaporation and molecular sieve. He has experience in gas processing and turbo-expander, JT, dehydration, compression, and distillation layout.

As of 2016, Expert continues to consult for major petroleum refiners and petrochemical plants. Recent work included consultation to firms like Marathon Oil, Devon Energy, The Williams, Goodyear.

The Expert can perform literature research at university & public libraries and Internet. He has developed process models of a variety of chemical processes by obtaining vapor-liquid-equilibrium data and then developing the thermodynamic information for predicting separation. This v-l-e information is then used to develop complex models for separation and a design basis for new plants.


The Expert has prepared and certified Air Emissions Inventory, Wastewater Permit Applications and represented clients with EPA and state regulatory agencies and is familiar with regulations pertaining to processing, storage and transportation of toxic chemicals. Examples of his Emissions Inventory includes work for Mobil Oil, Chalmette, Murphy Oil, Meraux, Quantum Chemical, Houston, Lyondell Polymers, Pasadena.

His extensive experience in his field of expertise qualifies him to assist on cases and matters regarding Inventory of proposed new point and fugitive emission sources, determining point and fugitive emission rate, preparing concept design and control schemes, verifying emission offsets and banks for EPA, comparing emission to minimize rates, conducting BACT assessments, performing modeling evaluations for any pollutant exceeding, and performing modeling to determine impact on NAAQS.

He can also assist in negotiating reasonable discharge standards where regulatory agencies have established inappropriate limits based on unscientific assumptions. His approach is to review proposed standards and available data to determine if a possibility exists for less stringent limit exists. A meeting with the State or EPA is then held in which the rationale for modified effluent standards is presented. Depending upon the proposed strategy and the agency’s response, he can design overall programs for justifying more appropriate limits.

In addition to NPDES permit negotiations, he is qualified to offer guidance and serve in the following areas: Expert Testimony, Regulatory Agency Testimony, Thermal Studies, Water Quality Modeling, and Baseline Studies in terms of environmental matters.

Over the last 45 years, the Expert has worked around the following chemicals: Crude Oil, Vacuum Oil, Naptha, Diesel, AGO, Ethylene, Propylene, Formaldehyde, Thiols methyl mercaptan, ethyl mercaptan, DMS, thiophene, Chlorinated solvents, methyl chloroform, TCE, Vinyl chloride, Ethyl vinyl alcohol, Cumene, Benzene, Electronic chemicals, echants, Caustic chlorine, Hydrogen and Ammonia.

His extensive experience makes him an expert in fine chemicals (Prefer to previous sections for examples of his legal work related to this specific field of expertise).

For chemical manufacturing projects under $10 MM, the Expert has experience managing entire engineering processes for the job. He has handled project change orders and negotiating cost overruns. Engineering design on one plant was recently completed for producing ethanol in Minnesota. The following two grass root plants were built on engineering by the Expert’s firm under his direct supervision, an Ethanol plant concerning Celeron Oil and a refining plant for the diversified CPC in various parts of the world.

The Expert has over 30 years of consulting experience. The Expert has worked for law firms as an Engineering Consultant. He is also a consultant at his own petroleum engineering industry. He is a consultant for the design and operation of petroleum refineries and petrochemical plants, providing services to major firms worldwide.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Houston, Texas - Pasadena, Texas - Beaumont, Texas - College Station, Texas - Baytown, Texas - Bryan, Texas - Sugar Land, Texas - Port Arthur, Texas - Galveston, Texas - Missouri City, Texas

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1971 Degree: B. S. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: University of the West Indies

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1979 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: (Undisclosed) Responsibilities: He is founder, owner and operator of a small engineering firm. He provides expert testimony and litigation support in cases involving petrochemical processing, chemicals manufacturing, construction defects, and intellectual property issues and have worked for law firms as an Engineering Consultant. He employs his knowledge of U. S. procedures in engineering and construction.
Years: 1977 to 1979 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Plant Engineering Manager Department: (Undisclosed) Responsibilities: Responsible for all engineering at the refinery.
Years: 1975 to 1976 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Plant Development Engineer Department: (Undisclosed) Responsibilities: Develop and engineer new processes.
Years: 1974 to 1974 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Process Engineer Department: (Undisclosed) Responsibilities: Provide engineering at their alumina plant.
Years: 1971 to 1973 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Process Engineer Department: (Undisclosed) Responsibilities: Provide engineering at their alumina plant.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1971 to 2016 Country / Region: London; Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire; Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq; Shanghai Summary: His expertise in chemical processing and petrochemical manufacture has taken him to various global locales.

Career Accomplishments

Licenses / Certifications
P E. Texas
CHEMICALS
• Acetone
• Alkyl Benzyl Sulfonates
• Alumina
• Butyl Alcohol
• Butadiene
• Carbon Black
• Carbon Tetrachloride
• Carbonyl Sulfide
• Dimethyl Ether
• Diethyl Ether
• Epoxy Resins
• Ethanol, gasohol, neutral spirits, brandy
• Ethylene
• Formaldehyde
• Hydroquinone
• Nitric Acid
• Nitrobenzene
• Polyethylene
• Polypropylene
• Propylene
• Urea
• Vinyl Acetate
Professional Appointments
Consultant-Engineering Manager and Owner


• Chemical engineering service to 70 large U.S. and foreign chemical plants and oil refiners.
• Awarded a U.S. patent for the process to refine LPG for use as an aerosol propellant.
• Engineered a complete plant to produce aerosol propellant in Shanghai, China.

Completed Projects

• Expert Witness: Ethanol plants arbitration; glycol evaporation system technology.
• Process development and design to manufacture tertiary methyl ammonium chloride.
• Process design, process simulation and detailed design for small fuel ethanol plant.
• Gas flow assurance study for a major oil company's 34 natural gas producing wells including hydraulic study with Schlumberger's PIPESIM software.
• Process simulation of a turbo-expander system to recover liquids from natural gas.
• Process simulation of liquid feed to ethylene furnaces.
• Process study and process simulation to remove BTX from refinery stream.
• Process design of gas plant.
• Mechanical design of sulfuric acid system.
• Using PIPEPHASE developed a hydraulic analysis of 24 wells in Equatorial Guinea.
• Detailed design of a de-propanizer system to recover propane from LPG in Ivory Coast
• Process simulation of amine plant for a gas plant.
• Formaldehyde plant modifications.
• Hydrogen plant simulation.
• Process simulation and vent header study with v-l-e data regression.
• Process study of a methyl mercaptan plant.
• Complete aerosol propellant plant design: Process design, mechanical design, equipment selection, purchasing and preparation for export of equipment.
• Process study of a lube oil fractionating system.
• Process design of a dimethyl ether plant.
• Process design and engineering at a mercaptan plant.
• Heat exchanger trouble shooting for a cryogenic plant.
INDUSTRIAL PROCESSES

• Gas Processing: Turbo expander, JT, Amine Treating, De Hy, Mol. Sieves
• Petroleum Refining:: Crude /Vacuum Distillation, Reforming, Hydro-treating, FCCU, TGTU
• Petrochemicals: Ethylene, Propylene Ethanol (Gasohol), Formaldehyde, De Hy. Sulfide, Methyl Mercaptan, Ethyl Mercaptan, DMS, Caustic Chlorine
• Other Processes: Hydrogen, Carbon Black, and Alumina. Electronic Chemicals & Etchants, Mixing and blending of high purity chemicals.
• Bayer Process (Alumina)

Publications and Patents Summary
He has one patent on refining liquified petroleum in specific conditions.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience

Provided expert testimony and litigation support in cases involving petrochemical processing, chemical and petrolatum plant design, contract negotiation, support related to vendor charges, second opinions, fault analysis and applying good engineering practices related to process designs.

Cases

• Refinery and Chemicals Tax Recovery
• Industrial Accident
• Bioethanol Plant Study
• Intellectual property and chemical manufacturing
• Oil and Gas Upstream Plant Analysis
• Amine Unit Study
• CO2 Cryo process plant revamp from ammonia plant
• Process Analysis of Yeast Processing
• New Methane plant design
• Process study of a lube oil fractionating system
• Engineering at plant manufacturing chloromethane, vinyl chloride, ethylene dichloride
Other Relevant Experience
He is familiar with the following processes:

Gas Processing: Turbo expander, JT, Amine Treating, De Hy, Mol. Sieves

Petroleum Refining: Crude /Vacuum Distillation, Reforming, Hydro-treating, FCCU, TGTU

Petrochemicals: Ethylene, propylene; Ethanol (Gasohol); Formaldehyde; De Hy. Sulfide, Methyl Mercaptan, Ethyl Mercaptan, DMS; Caustic Chlorine

Other Processes: Hydrogen, Carbon Black, Alumina; Electronic Chemicals & Etchants, Mixing and blending of high purity chemicals

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Dutch Rusty

Fields of Expertise

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