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Expert in Operations; Oil & Gas Refining Industry

Expert ID: 736722 Portugal

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With over 21 years of hands-on experience in the Oil & Gas refining industry, Expert has effectively enhanced operational capabilities of large-scale Plant Units. He has also refined his strengths to lead teams in the commissioning, start-up, revamp, optimization, and operation of the entire hydrocracking complex, in compliance with company protocols.

Some highlights include…
- Strong history of success as Process Operations Specialist for revamping Mild Hydrocracker and Shift Supervisor for administering VGO Hydrocracker, Sour Water System, Amine Regeneration, Steam Reformer, and Sulphur Recovery unit operations.
- Excel at leveraging broad Refinery Operations knowledge, prioritizing maintenance tasks, maximizing productivity, training personnel, communicating effectively, optimizing processes, and generating cost savings by preventing unplanned shutdowns.
- Energetic and highly adaptable professional with a keenness for demonstrating innovative thinking, team leadership, strong work ethics, cross-functional collaboration, and unmatched dedication.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1992 Degree: High School Subject: General Institution: Padre António Macedo High School

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2019 to 2020 Employer: Galp Refinery Title: Process Operations Specialist Department: Technology and Refining Conception Department
Identified process improvement opportunities, mitigated commissioning and start-up risks, and implemented strategies for effective operations management within Technology and Refining Conception Department. Demonstrated acute knowledge of different refinery unit and process technologies, performance testing, operations supervision, and HSE compliance. Facilitated commissioning of Fuel Gas Recovery System unit.
Key Achievements and Contributions:
• Served as Process Operations Specialist in EPCM of HVGO revamp to Mild Hydrocracker using AXENS technology, as well as in BEPD of Heavy Oil Hydrocracker (CLG) and Steam Reformer, Sour Water System, Amine Regeneration Unit, and Sulphur Recovery Unit (Lummus).
• Achieved 25% lower H2 consumption by implementing a Feed Forward loop control in the make-up H2 compressors in a Diesel Treatment Unit.
• Generated production savings to the tune of several million euros by revising Cause & Effect tables on HVGO revamp to Mild Hydrocracker.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2014 to 2019 Employer: Galp Refinery Title: Shift Supervisor Department: Operations, Plant 3
Delivered safe, stable, and efficient shift operations within Plant 3, comprising VGO Hydrocracker, Sour Water System, Amine Regeneration, Steam Reformer, and Sulphur Recovery units. Ensured adherence to plant operating standards, trained new operators, and monitored team to maintain proper order and discipline.
Key Achievements and Contributions:
• Conceptualised and recommended strategies for improving unit reliability, safety, and performance while maintaining high production quality and yield.
• Enhanced bottom-line performance of assigned plant operational team each year, consisting of under-performing Senior Field Operators, Field Operators, and Control Room Operators.
• Facilitated HAZOPs, fail analysis, reliability analysis, new/revamped equipment commissioning, equipment inspections, record keeping, and staff development initiatives.
• Oversaw preparation of Circuit Blinding Lists and P&IDs, in addition to leading shut-down, start-up, and turnaround planning for the least disruption to production.
• Liaised with Maintenance, Inspection, Safety, and Technology team to promote cross-functional collaboration and uphold HSE policies.
• Defined industry-best Safety and Operational Procedures for handling maintenance shut-down, turnaround, washing, degassing, start-up, catalyst pre-sulphiding, hot hydrogen striping, and nitrogen blanketing.
• Trained field and control room operators on new procedures for equipment commissioning, start-up, and operation.
• Saved approx. €1.5M for every shutdown prevented each year, owing to solutions given in the implementation of new valves in the make-up compressors in a Heavy Oil Hydrocracker unit.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2012 to 2014 Employer: Galp Refinery Title: Control Room Operator Department: Operations, Plant 3
Operated production control systems of VGO Hydrocracker, Sour Water System, and Amine Regeneration Unit to meet production targets in a safe and efficient manner. Oversaw start-up, shut-down, and restarts in accordance with plant operating procedures.
Key Achievements and Contributions:
• Meticulously analysed process and lab data to determine need for any adjustments as well as ensure safe and environmentally compliant plant operation at all times.
• Appointed to execute the first oil-in procedure in unit and acted as reference operator to solve complex issues for other technicians.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2010 to 2012 Employer: Galp Refinery Title: Commissioning Technician Department: Operations, Plant 3
Directed pre-commissioning activities and led final commissioning of VGO Hydrocracker, Sour Water System, and Amine Regeneration units, in addition to serving as process focal point for the Honeywell DCS and ESD commissioning systems in these units. Defined safety procedures and coordinated system design changes.
Key Achievements and Contributions:
• Successfully re-engineered and optimised control systems within VGO Hydrocracker, Sour Water System, and Amine Regeneration units to achieve 100% error-free start-up.
• Orchestrated in-depth training sessions for upskilling Field Operators and Control Room Operators in the correct start-up and operation of units as well as DCS logics and ESD systems.
• Delivered expert technical support on engineering, construction, installation, commissioning, and start-up activities for refinery units.

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