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Expert in Oil & Gas/LNG/Chemical Project Development & Management; Engineering & Construction

Expert ID: 722916 Texas, USA

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Expert F. Expert has applied professional chemical engineering knowledge, skills, and experience in evaluating, developing, and selecting alternative chemical process technologies, and has contributed to process improvements developed from existing technologies. Recent technical work involved devising an economical method to separate a complex aqueous solvent system having a number of close boiling point azeotropes in the design of fractionation columns using his understanding of minor component trapping, which resulted in patents. A further enhancement using a membrane system to de-water light ends having a significant concentration of product before reprocessing increased yield by 10%.

Expert has evaluated a number of chemical manufacturing facilities and chemical processes, power cycles and power plant proposals for cost effective design, construction, operation, and maintenance. In the mid-1980s, he was project manager for several of the first offshore oil and gas production facilities that used stacked jackup drilling platforms for early production of minor plays, and he developed a comprehensive petroleum product distribution concept for Indonesia.

Expert recently developed a new acetonitrile recovery process from synthesis wastes, determined basic process economic feasibility, assembled and operated two pilot plants to demonstrate its economic efficacy, then developed a detailed conceptual technical and economic design basis for a $15 million grassroots solvents chemical plant using the concept.

As a project and business developer for several large engineering and construction contractors, Expert assisted manufacturing clients in evaluating their existing chemical plant design for process improvements prior to major expansions. By involving construction managers early in evaluating and estimating plant expansions (e.g., a fatty alcohols plant using high pressure hydrogen), he helped minimize the capital cost and building schedule by overseeing the incorporation of constructability into the engineering design and construction sequence using computer and plastic scale models without compromising worker safety or quality of workmanship.

Expert has lowered capital plant costs by assisting owners in evaluating their chemical plant layouts for optimal expansion and contractors in rearranging equipment layouts that decrease piping and favor erection sequencing coincident with equipment delivery and ease of construction (e.g., standard vendor equipment whenever possible, large vessels on outside of plot plan). One such rearrangement for a specialty chemical plant reduced costs by $3 million.

In completing and polishing numerous basic chemical process design packages, Expert prepared: detailed chemical process flow charts as well as material, energy, water, electrical and emission balances; efficient plant layouts; equipment lists and specifications for tanks and vessels, including trayed and packed continuous distillation columns, exchangers, heaters, pumps, motors, packaging and electrical equipment, and buildings; and detailed line lists, all of which were subsequently used to develop capital cost estimates and detailed operating cost/business accounting models.

Expert has experience in identifying and modeling minor components in separation processes, developing thermodynamics of mass transfer interactions from extensive literature searches, and using ChemTran and other models. He has used dynamic process simulators such as WinSim to accurately predict the separations and operational conditions of complicated fractionators that were subsequently confirmed in pilot plants and developed into chemical process flow charts.

As COO of a technology company, Expert helped conceive, then demonstrate in pilot studies and develop a new, commercial-scale separation process into an economic $15 million plant design for pharmaceutical and DNA grade acetonitrile, including detailed component material, energy, utility, and effluent balances; generic and proprietary equipment designs, specifications, and motor lists; detailed carbon and alloy steel line takeoff lists; equipment arrangements, plot plan, and traffic flows; instrument list and computer control system specifications; and detailed business accounting and financial models.As a business developer for a large engineering and construction contractor, he originated and implemented bold marketing plans for new chemical, environmental, and manufacturing market sectors that added 30% to sales revenues over the proceeding five years.As a business developer for a large engineering and construction contractor, Expert successfully assisted several project developers in obtaining non-recourse financing and in negotiating design/build contracts for a $78 million polypropylene plant; a $90 million hazardous waste incinerator, and an $85 million cogeneration plant.As a technical troubleshooter, he cured flooding, cycling, and slugging in a 35-stage packed distillation column by increasing tower pressure and, thereby, raising top temperature, and by recycling a small fraction of the overhead product back to feed, all to compensate for the non-ideal behavior of water and water-solvent azeotropes present in the system whose boiling points were between those of the light and heavy key components.

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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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1976 Degree: MBA Subject: Finance Institution: University of Houston
Year: 1970 Degree: BS Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Illinois Institute of Technology

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2005 to 2010 Employer: Mustang Enginering LLC Title: Project Manager Department: Midstream Responsibilities: He managed EPCM for a $350 million grassroots LNG Regas (2.1 BCFD) Facility and 80 MBPD NGL Recovery Plant in Lake Charles, La. He also performed FEEDs and Pre-FEEDs for a $1.6 Billion grassroots Synthetic Fuels Plant in Freeport Tx; a $950 Million Topsides FPSO design for Acid Gas Removal, Dehydration, NGL Recovery (25 MBPD), LPG Fractionation, and LNG Liquefaction (318 MMSCFD); and a $100 Million LNG FPSO conversion of a Moss LNG Carrier.
Years: 2003 to 2005 Employer: Self-Employed Title: Project/Business Development Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Currently manages his personal capital and property investments and offers competitive analyses, market research, owner project management, project auditing, and business development consulting for industrial, chemical, and energy clients as well as engineering and construction contractors.
Years: 1997 to 2002 Employer: ChemCycles, Inc. Title: Chief Operating Officer Department: Responsibilities: He was a founding investor/director managing a $250K R&D budget that resulted in several new solvent recovery methods; was co-inventor of two solvent purification processes; and principal design engineer of a grassroots commercial-scale solvents plant based on the company's new technology.
Years: 1994 to 1997 Employer: Self-Employed Title: Project/Business Development Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Provided competitive analyses, market research, owner project management, project auditing, and business development for industrial, chemical, and energy clients, and engineering and construction contractors.
Years: 1991 to 1993 Employer: ABB Lummus Crest, Inc. Title: Director, Business Development Department: Responsibilities: He developed strategies and implemented innovative tactics to capture large engineering and construction projects from energy and refining clients. He was a Project Capture Team member for $87M Aramco and $95M Conoco refining projects.
Years: 1984 to 1991 Employer: Rust International Corporation Title: Manager, Business Development Department: Responsibilities: Developed new strategies and implemented innovative tactics to capture large engineering and construction projects from chemical, energy, and refining clients. He grew chemical project engineering and construction sales from < $1M to $200M annually with an average 8.5% net profit. He won the firm’s first chemical plant maintenance contract, with 125 men and $5 million annual sales revenue with 5% net profit. He also won the firm’s first plastics plant contract ($72 million) arranged with project financing, and sold two other project-financed projects.
Years: 1981 to 1984 Employer: King-Wilkinson, Inc. Title: Manager Business Development/Manager of Projects Department: Responsibilities: He led the company’s national and international sales effort; supervised five project managers and ten project engineers; audited projects; won ten projects ($75 million revenues, 15% net profit).
Years: 1977 to 1981 Employer: Litwin Engineers and Constructors, Inc. Title: Corporate Development Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Analyzed, audited, and recommended improvements for current project contracts and for new project proposals and potential acquisitions; and, evaluated new business opportunities.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1991 to 1993 Country / Region: Europe/Middle East and Far East Summary: Performed engineering and construction business development to secure major contracts from Aramco, Caltex, Amoco, and Turkish energy companies.
Years: 1989 to 1990 Country / Region: South Korea Summary: He helped form a strategic alliance with the Lucky Group that resulted in the award of a $78 million grassroots Unipol polypropylene plant.
Years: 1983 to 1984 Country / Region: Asian Pacific/South America Summary: Performed owner project management for major studies and energy projects on/offshore in India (ONGC), Indonesia, Malaysia, Brazil, and Venezuela.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Licenses / Certifications
He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert is a co-inventor of two acetonitrile recovery and purification patents.

Additional Experience

Vendor Selection
Expert is knowledgeable of the strengths and weaknesses of most major engineering and construction contractors he has worked for or competed against.
Marketing Experience
He has successfully packaged company experience, resources, products, and technical services into breakthrough presentations and proposals that formed profitable new businesses building chemical projects and performing on-site maintenance.
Other Relevant Experience
As President of his community association with a $500,000 annual budget, he directed a turnaround from annual deficits to a surplus by converting maintenance from multi-contractor to self-perform, and planned and initiated a $13 million property renovation program over five years.

Fields of Expertise

chemical engineering, chemical business development, chemical project engineering, chemical manufacturing facility evaluation, chemical plant, chemical plant design, chemical plant layout, chemical process design, chemical-process flow chart, negotiating, strategic alliance, oil pump, project finance, advanced process control, project development, business, energy economics, E&P gas plant materials selection, dynamic process simulation, oil refinery equipment, chemical industry, American Petroleum Institute, fractionating column design, N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone, explosion-proof motor, chemical plant operation, thief (sampling device), Hazard and Operability study, process simulation, McCabe-Thiele diagram, fractionating column, distillation column, entrainment, chemical process monitoring, oil tank, liquid flashing, distillation equipment, chemical plant start-up, chemical processing plant start-up, chemical industry emergency shutdown procedure, chemical process equipment evaluation, chemical process equipment selection, chemical process equipment, chemical plant management, chemical plant maintenance, new chemical process operations, chemical process troubleshooting, process engineering equipment, chemical process safety engineering, chemical technology, chemical processing system safety, chemical processing system, chemical processing plant, fossil fuel electric energy generation, chemical process development, petrochemical, project cost engineering, fine chemical licensing, chemical plant troubleshooting, chemical process economics, chemical process modeling, chemical production, chemical plant manufacturing, chemical process safety management, chemical process analysis, chemical processing plant design, chemical plant cost estimation, distillation, energy-efficient petroleum refining, chemical processing, amine treating, process engineering, packed tower, petroleum processing, American Society of Mechanical Engineers standard, American Society of Mechanical Engineers code, chemical process, fluid flow, unit operations, process chemistry, petroleum, P & ID, National Fire Protection Association code, industrial solvent, industrial chemical, fractionation, mass transfer, crude oil, continuous distillation, chemical recovery, chemical reactor, chemical process heat exchanger

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