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Expert in Oil/Gas and Biorenewable Energy

Expert ID: 736639 Connecticut, USA

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Expert is a Chemical Engineer (& MBA, M.S. Industrial Engineering) who during the last 17 1/2 years has worked as an Independent Energy Consultant employed in two global consultancies and on his own covering both conventional and renewable energies. He has managed feasibility studies, technical and financial reviews, and commercial assessments for major global clients in O&G (upstream and downstream) and biofuels in the U.S., Latin America/Caribbean and EMEA. Major clients worked for in consultancies (including independently) have been many. In the US and global: Citgo, Valero, Chevron, SK Engineering (Korea), JGC(Japanese Engineering company), JOGMEC (Japan), Qatar Petroleum, KPMG, Isla Refinery (Curacao), Saudi Aramco, Hitachi (US and Japan subsidiaries). In Latin America: Pemex, Ecopetrol, ENAP(Chile), Pan American Energy, Braskem, InterAmerican Development Bank. US Government Agencies: US Trade and Development Agency.

Expert has also worked for multilaterals (e.g. IDB, IFC). Among examples of studies and independent engineering work, he has led teams providing technical services for installation, maintenance/fabrication of major equipment in the Arab Gulf region in areas such as drilling services and other business lines (proposed for a JV) like Workshop -Turbine/Compressor Overhauls and Field Services. Expert has performed due diligence and co-wrote an upstream study to review reservoir data, field development, and CAPEX/OPEX analysis for a Japanese global company interested in South American gas assets.

Expert managed and assisted expert witnesses in a major gas liquids international arbitration case during a two year period in Argentina and the U.S. He has authored or coauthored numerous technical reports on conventional and renewable fuels/chemicals, syngas, etc. Also managed numerous independent reports and lenders reviews, managed and evaluated many downstream capital projects, as well as conducted Independent Engineering roles. He has conducted environmental and safety assessments of refinery and natural gas projects (in South America and Africa) and authored or contributed to multiclient reports on oil markets (including pricing). His natural gas expertise and techno-economic studies includes small scale LNG, crude to chemicals, CNG, biomass gasification and biofuels. Prior, he worked in operating oil and gas companies in the downstream, marketing and E&P areas. At present, he focuses on O&G tech support/markets, project management, biofuels and transition to intermediate fuels and renewables and business development in the U.S. and Latin America.

Accomplished Energy Consultant with company and contractual experience managing complex global energy projects with specialized expertise in oil & gas, biorenewables, transition fuels. Covers technical, and commercial development in the U.S. and rest of Americas. Extensive experience and high client satisfaction conducting techno economic work, leading bankable market studies, and delivering studies for venture capital firms and international financial/other entities. Excels interpreting results of data analyses (with extensive development of primary/secondary research) to produce concise conclusions and recommendations for professional reports and deliverables. Identifies opportunities to add value. Sales targets.

- Deep knowledge of the Energy industry with expertise in O&G (oil refining) technical and economic areas, bio renewables (biofuels), independent and lenders reviews, business interruption and supply (terminals, etc.) analyses
- Adept at making investment recommendations based on technology, market projections, and economic assessments of energy (O&G) markets incl. fuel shifts: U.S., Americas and also Western Europe, the Arab Gulf, Russia and Africa
- Extensive experience managing bankable market studies and independent engineering projects in collaboration with investment banks, U.S. government entities, multilateral organizations, including USTDA, IFC, IDB, JPEC, and JOGMEC

Areas of Expertise:
• Global Downstream (Oil & Gas) Analysis
• Fuels (including biofuels)
• International Arbitration
• Downstream Bankable Studies
• Primary/Secondary Research
• Business Develop.(RFP, RFIs)
• Hydrogen/Ammonia Supply Chain
• Biodiesel, Bionaphtha and Biogas
• Goals driven/sales targets

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: New York, NY - New Haven, NJ - Stamford, CT - Danbury, CT - White Plains, NY

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: Degree: MBA Subject: Business Administration Institution: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Year: Degree: Master of Science Subject: Industrial & Management Engineering Institution: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Year: Degree: Bachelor of Science Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2007 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Senior Consultant, Global Energy & Chemicals Advisory (E&CA) Department: Responsibilities: Managed feasibility studies, prepared technical and financial reviews, and developed commercial assessments for major global
clients in oil and gas, biofuels, and renewable energy sectors in the U.S., Canada, Central/South America/Caribbean, and EMEA.
Managed independent reports and lenders reviews, managed and evaluated capital projects, and authored or contributed to
reports on refinery projects, biomass and biofuels, natural gas, project performance, small scale LNG, crude to chemicals and
biorenewables. Complied with sales targets: direct or indirect. Performed secondary research, including literature reviews,
internet research etc. Has conducted extensive BD in fuels / biorenewables throughout the Americas and EMEA.
 Successfully managed an international arbitration with ICC for a large South American O&G producer, overseeing a
complex (2+ year) arbitration (hundreds of millions $ claims on both sides) with very high client satisfaction resulting
in a win/monetary compensation. This was expanded work: a preliminary audit (on similar topic) was led 4 years back
 Conducted an analysis about the characteristics of bio oil product for a biofuels technology company. Evaluated the
marketability of bio material and its suitability/fungibility in refineries as bio feedstock
 Integral team member for a competitive analysis for a world class company on crude/ product terminals (HTN)
 IDB Terminals DD: Managed/actively participated in two market studies sponsored by the Interamerican
Development Bank for financing a greenfield terminal in the northern Domin. Republic. Incl. market analysis /pricing
 Managed and integrally participated in a marketing and technical study on an Argentine company’s investment
project, which involved expanding their refinery and analyzing processing units (existing, greenfield and expansions)
 Integral team member for project development and performance technical support for lenders of a $ 5 billion+
petrochemical EPC project in Mexico. Also contributed to preliminary startup activity monitoring
 Managed with high client satisfaction a gas infrastructure project study for Oando, a major gas / liquids marketer in
Africa, for a CNG implementation project ($50 M estim.). Sponsor was U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)
 Directed the redesign of a multibillion $ petrochemical business plan for a major Arab Gulf company and worked
closely with KPMG and final client for over a year to conduct 27 prefeasibility and five full feasibility studies
 Managed an in-depth study optimizing use/low cost of chemicals in midstream/ downstream operations for Aramco
 Performed environmental and safety assessments for multibillion $ refinery projects in South America and Curacao
Actively participated in an analysis for a major Japanese company that focused on: North America Shale Gas & Tight
Oil outlook, value chain analysis of Shale Gas & Tight Oil and a market study ranking of 60 market segments
 Managed and actively participated as an integral team member in the independent technical and commercial analysis
for a refinery in Russia for an international bank including carbon rejection & hydrogen addition processes
 Worked extensively conducting business development and engagements including electric sector impact (fuels and
generation) and pricing for crude and refined products

Biorenewable Subscriptions & Reports and Business Development for Multiclient Reports:
Led/participated in multiclient reports focused on supply / demand/ technology for fuels (MTBE, natural gas, base oils/lubricants), bio-renewables (e.g. biojet, renewable diesel) including Nexant’s Biorenewable Insights (BI) program:
- BI - Biomass Gasification(BG) (2019 program) - Covers developments in BG: chemicals and energy
- BI - Non Ester Renewable Diesel (2019 Program) - Renewable diesel from bio-based sources substituted with diesel fuel. This report covers non-FAME renewable diesel, HVO co-processing, etc.
- BI - Renewable Ammonia (Bioammonia) (2018 program) - Analyzes technology including H2/NH3 supply chain
- BI - Jet Fuel (Bio Jet) - Bio Naphtha ( both 2015 program) - These reports analyze developments in bio-based
Jet fuel (or biojet) technologies and analyzed developments in bio-based naphtha
- Performed extensive business development (including RFPs) for biorenewables and biomass related projects and reports (gasification/biodigestors, and separation technologies) in the Americas. Other topics: Canada LNG, CCS
Years: 2006 to 2007 Employer: Independent Consultant and Family Business Title: Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Consulted with major international energy companies for E&P technical and business studies, global heavy crude and specialty market studies, estimate the value of business opportunities, and ensure compliance with applicable regulations. Extensive BD
• Managed a family business specialized in E&P (Geomechanics and Drilling) in Mexico and Venezuela (main clients PDVSA/PEMEX) with nine employees, including four engineers and two Country Managers. Completed two $1M+ jobs.
Years: 2004 to 2006 Employer: Baker & O’Brien, Inc. Title: Senior Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Provided technical litigation support and international BD across Lat. Am. U.S. Refineries performance. $1B+ international arbitration refinery claim- worked on two specific subclaims (Mexico, Asian contractor)
Years: 2001 to 2003 Employer: CITGO | Tulsa, OK and Venezuela Title: Planning & Pricing Manager Department: Responsibilities: Progressed through roles of increasing responsibility, in marketing, service station chain optimization and joint ventures
- Conducted analysis and planning for market openings and periodic (daily/monthly) fuels pricing for two countries

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2003 to 2021 Country / Region: United States Summary: Consulting Work: Nexant, Independent, Baker O'Brien (with periods in foreign countries)
Years: 2013 to 2013 Country / Region: Qatar Summary: Directed the redesign of a multibillion $ petrochemical business plan for a major Arab Gulf company and worked closely with KPMG and final client for over a year to conduct 27 prefeasibility and five full feasibility studies.
Years: 2014 to 2014 Country / Region: Nigeria Summary: Managed with high client satisfaction a gas infrastructure project study for Oando, a major gas/liquids marketer in Africa, for a CNG implementation project ($50 M estim.). Sponsor was U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)
Years: 2007 to 2008 Country / Region: Chile Summary: Work during 3 periods for ENAP (Chile Oil co.) and ENERCON (ENAP JV) for Coker Project
Years: 2016 to 2016 Country / Region: Dominican Republic Summary: IDB Terminals DD: Managed/actively participated in two market studies sponsored by the Interamerican Development Bank for financing a greenfield terminal in the northern Domin. Republic. Incl. market analysis/pricing

Career Accomplishments

Publications and Patents Summary
4 reports in Biorenewable Insights Program:
Biomass Gasification(BG)
Non Ester Renewable Diesel
Renewable Ammonia (Bioammonia)
Jet Fuel (Bio Jet) - Bio Naphtha
Nexant Process Evaluation Research Planning (PERP) - 3 Main Published Reports:
• Small Scale LNG, Natural Gas as Transport Fuel, Safety in the Chemical and Refining Industry

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
-Managed an international arbitration with ICC for a large South American O&G producer, overseeing a complex (2+ year) arbitration (hundreds of millions $ claims on both sides) with very high client satisfaction resulting in a win/monetary compensation. Assisted main technical expert witness for months in preparation for arbitration expert witness sessions.
-Assisted technical expert witness in one case, involving a large USGC refiner and a South American oil producer
-Assisted main technical expert witness in a $1B+ international arbitration refinery claim (Mexican refinery- Asian contractor)

Marketing Experience
Worked two years in CITGO as Pricing Manager. Progressed through roles of increasing responsibility, in marketing, service station chain optimization and joint ventures
• Conducted analysis and planning for market openings and periodic (daily/monthly) fuels pricing for two countries
Other Relevant Experience
• Global Downstream (Oil & Gas) Analysis
• Fuels (including biofuels)
• International Arbitration
• Downstream Bankable Studies
• Primary/Secondary Research
• Business Develop.(RFP, RFIs)

EARLIER EXPERIENCE
Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) / SOFIP | Caracas, Venezuela & Cardon (CRP) Refinery. Senior Exploration & Production
Financial Advisor, Refinery Process Economics Engineer, Supervisor and LP Models Supervisor (and Analyst)
Progressed through roles of increasing responsibility in refinery supply, refinery planning, exploration and production (E&P), financial planning, marketing, service station chain optimization and analysis of joint ventures.
• Techno-economic valuation of U.S., South American E&P and refinery and marketing JVs

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Native
Spanish Native
French Conversational
Portuguese Basic

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