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Expert in Energy Capital Projects: Engineering and Construction

Expert ID: 732307 Texas, USA

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Expert is an Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) Executive with expertise in developing and managing profitable energy, chemical, and infrastructure projects. He is also known for rescuing troubled projects, including a multi-billion-dollar 6-train Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant renovation in Algeria, where he reduced the individual train “last gas to first gas” time from 21 to 5 months. He prepared proposals and negotiated EPC contracts for projects with a Total Installed Cost (TIC) in excess of $3.5 billion; and negotiated and administered major purchase orders and subcontracts on several mega-projects. As Operations Manager for a Pacific Rim contractor’s Australian operations, he grew its revenue five-fold in four years.

Expert was a Project / Program and Operations Manager for Bechtel for many years. He also served as a Project Manager for other major EPC contractors, as Vice-President – Technical Services for a major Saudi Arabian contractor and as Director-Capital Works for an Asian utility.

His successfully completed projects include the Sonatrach GL1Z LNG Plant renovation, the Saudi Yanbu Petrochemical Project, the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) of the Saudi Aramco Khurais Project, the University of Virginia Replacement Hospital Project, Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Waste Treatment Plant, and two EPC power plants in Australia.

Expert's key achievements include the following:
- Turned around performance on a $1 billion 6-train LNG plant renovation, reducing individual train construction time from 21 to 5 months.
- Directed the growth of an Australian engineering / construction operation focused on power and mining industries, where he grew annual revenue five-fold in four years. His major projects there included two LSTK mine site power plant projects of 105 MW and 112 MW and several piping / mechanical projects. Additionally,
- Rescued an alumina refinery process piping / mechanical contract that was 5% complete with 25% of the contract time used; he completed this project on schedule.
- Completion of the FEED for the $4 billion Saudi Aramco Khurais project ahead of schedule, and 50,000 job hours under budget. There he converted a $750 million portion of the project into a CLSTK contract.

He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Brooklyn Poly, and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He was the founder and first president of the Arabian Gulf Chapter of the Project Management Institute.


Analysis of troubled Engineering/Procurement/Construction (EPC) Projects, Turn-around (Restructuring) of troubled EPC Projects, Project Management of EPC Projects,
Contract and Sub-contract negotiation, administration, and review, Contracting strategy development, Mentoring of new or inexperienced Preoject Managers

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 - Victoria, Texas - Port Arthur, Texas - Galveston, Texas

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1987 Degree: MBA Subject: Business Administration Institution: Duke University Fuqua School of Business
Year: 1961 Degree: Bachelor of Civil Engineering Subject: Civil Engineering Institution: Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2015 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principal Department: Consultant Responsibilities: Provide strategic advice on development of new projects for Owners and EPC contractors in the hydro-carbon processing and infrastructure markets. Clients include Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Gerson Lehrman, and an African Wind Energy Developer. Acted as Owner’s Project Manager during pre-feasibility stage of 250 MW Wind Farm / CSP Project. Resource on EPC Industry best practices to BCG. Advised Asian petrochemical company on business conditions in Saudi Arabia, and assisted US domestic contractors with bids for post 9/11 Iraq contracts.
Years: 2012 to 2014 Employer: WorleyParsons Canada Services Title: Sr. Project Manager Department: CoSyn / Projects Responsibilities: Managing major “base plant” upgrade projects in an Alliance role for Syncrude. Projects / Programs under my direction have a TIC in excess of $150 million.
Years: 2007 to 2009 Employer: Black & Veatch Title: Sr. Project Manager Department: Project Management Responsibilities: Led the Project Management Contractor team for Sonatrach’s $4 Billion LNG plant for which KBR was the EPC contractor
Direct responsibility for management of the EPC contract and negotiation of reimbursable subcontracts. Business advisor to Sonatrach’s Project Director.

• Reduced costs by $100 Million by negotiating cost reductions from original bid prices in award of reimbursable subcontracts.
• Managed the $900 Million+ lump sum portion of the contract with zero dollar changes.
Years: 2006 to 2007 Employer: The Shaw Group Title: Project Proposals Manager Department: Proposals Responsibilities: Led multi-functional proposal teams with responsibility for winning profitable new contracts.

• Awarded 2 Ethylene Plant License / FEED contracts (40 MM each) and 1 Polysilicon Plant EPCM contract ($220 MM guaranteed maximum).
Years: 2006 to 2006 Employer: Lurgi PSI Title: Sr. Project Manager Department: Project Management Responsibilities: Responsible for engineering, procurement, and construction of 40 MMGPY Central Illinois Fuel Ethanol project, ($40 MM) including budget, schedule and quality. Led proposal team for 2 - 100 MMGPY Fuel Ethanol projects.

• Achieved award of 2 new contracts totaling $200 Million.
• Awarded major subcontracts and started field construction on schedule despite difficult commercial environment.
Years: 2005 to 2006 Employer: SNC-Lavalin Title: Sr. Project Manager Department: Project Management Responsibilities: Managed Front End Engineering Design (FEED) Contract for the $4 Billion Saudi Aramco Khurais Project

• Completed FEED Contract ahead of schedule and 50,000 job hours under budget.
• Led proposal team converting portion of FEED into a $750 Million Convertible Lump Sum Turnkey (CLSTK) contract.
Years: 1991 to 2003 Employer: Bechtel Corp. Title: Program / Project Manager Department: Project Management Responsibilities: Managed Front End Engineering Design (FEED) Contract for the $4 Billion Saudi Aramco Khurais Project

• Completed FEED Contract ahead of schedule and 50,000 job hours under budget.
• Led proposal team converting portion of FEED into a $750 Million Convertible Lump Sum Turnkey (CLSTK) contract.
Years: 1989 to 1991 Employer: El Seif Engineering Contracting Est. Title: VP - Technical Services Department: Technical services Responsibilities: Senior Executive Team Member. Responsible for estimating, engineering, procurement, and project controls of this $100 Million annual revenue contractor.

• Turned around performance on $100 MM EPC Lump Sum Turnkey (LSTK) hospital and infrastructure project on which progress had stopped, resolving disputes among parties. Project completed on schedule and under budget.
• Led a 1 week successful bid process for $100 Million defense infrastructure project. Successful commencement on project led to award of facilities at 3 additional sites for total revenue of $400 Million.
Years: 1979 to 1989 Employer: Bechtel Corp. Title: Project / Controlas Manager Department: Project Management Responsibilities: Project Manager, University of Virginia (UVA) Replacement Hospital Project ($200 MM)
Led owner’s project management team and responsible for management of A/E firms and General Contractor as well as coordination with users and the Commonwealth. Joined and assumed leadership of team to contain budget overrun.

• BLed cross-functional team of all project participants which achieved $30 Million in cost reduction to meet project budget.
• Retained on consulting basis after project completion to lead claims resolution, claims settled for under $1 MM

Controls / Contracts Manager, Saudi Yanbu Petrochemical Project (Ethylene, ethylene glycol & polyethylene)
Responsible for cost control, scheduling and subcontract administration on this $1.3 Billion budget project. Direct responsibility for subcontract negotiation and administration with budget of $250 Million.

• Project completed $300 Million under budget and 60 days ahead of schedule.
• Project completed with zero residual claims at completion and total subcontract changes of under 2%.
Years: 1966 to 1971 Employer: Dillingham Eng'g Pty. Ltd. Title: Operatioins Manager Department: Management Responsibilities: Operations Manager
Responsible for estimating, proposal preparation and project operations (engineering, procurement and construction) of the company. Total seven projects executed under my responsibility, including LSTK power plants of 105 MW and 112 MW.

• Built EPC organization and successfully negotiated and managed (2) two profitable LSTK power plant contracts.
• Grew annual revenues five-fold in four years.

Project Manager, Queensland Alumina Ltd. Refinery Process Piping & Mechanical Contract
Assumed responsibility for contract involving 90,000 LM of piping which was 5% complete with 25% of the contract time used. Completed project on schedule and successfully prosecuted major claim to restore project to profitability.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2012 to 2014 Country / Region: Canada/Alberta Summary: Sr. Project Manager for Syncrude base-plant projects
Years: 2012 to 2014 Country / Region: Canada/Alberta Summary: Sr. Project Manager for Saudi Aramco project
Years: 2012 to 2014 Country / Region: Jordon/Aqaba Summary: Project Director for Aqaba SAZ
Years: 2012 to 2014 Country / Region: Saudi Arabia/Jubail Summary: Interim Program Manager, Jubail Project
Years: 2012 to 2014 Country / Region: Philippines/Manila Summary: Capital Works Director, Manila Water Company
Years: 2012 to 2014 Country / Region: Algeria/Arzew Summary: Sr. Project Manager for GL1Z Project
Years: 2012 to 2014 Country / Region: Saudi Arabia/Jubail Summary: Manager of Construction, Jubail Project
Years: 2012 to 2014 Country / Region: Saudi Arabia/Riyadh Summary: Vice President, El Seif
Years: 2012 to 2014 Country / Region: Australia/Queensland & New South Wales Summary: Operations Manager/Dillingham & Project Manager, Queensland Alumina Project

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Native language

Fields of Expertise

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