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Expert in Technical Engineering

Expert ID: 736380 Texas, USA

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Areas of Expertise: Chemical Engineering, Distillation, Refining, Ethylene, Natural Gas

Expert is a Degreed Chemical Engineer with over 35 years of progressive experience in the design, construction, commissioning, and operations management of process units from the US Gulf Coast through Asia. His strengths encompass design details that originate from a strong operations background, with the ability to incorporate positive ideas from differing sources; Refining, Olefins, Cryogenics, and Specialty Chemicals.

Expert's multiple roles in project management, feed studies, and cost estimation with gated projects. He has high safety awareness that was developed from commissioning experiences, HAZOP Facilitation and the positive results of Process Safety Management; he has written five detailed Engineering Design Guidelines on Project Management and Project Cost Estimation.

Summary of Experience:
- Experience includes 15+ of Refining Experience in Houston, Texas, Total Refinery in Port Arthur Texas and Shell at Norco Louisiana. - Written over 10 detailed Engineering Design Guidelines on Refining Process.
- 14+ Ethylene experience with the Westlake / Titan Group, Chandra Asri Petrochemicals, JG Summit Petrochemicals and Indorama Ventures.
- Written over 10 detailed Engineering Design Guidelines on Ethylene Process.
- 17+ Cryogenic Gas Processing, Ethylene, NGL, LPG and LNG design and commissioning experience with Westlake, Sulzer, KLM, Linde, DCP, Total and Enable Midstream.
- Written detailed Engineering Design Guidelines on Cryogenic Natural Gas Processing, LNG, LPG and LNG systems.
- Concurrently, over 10 years of specialty distillation experience as Asian Technical Manager for Sulzer Chemtech, a major distillation company, Westlake Group and KLM Technology Group.
- Written detailed Engineering Design Guidelines on Distillation.
- Process Safety Management experience on multiple projects and roles for over 20 years.
- Experienced as a Hazop participant, facilitator and Hazop Team Leader Trainer.
- Written detailed Engineering Design Guidelines on Hazop, and safety in process design.

Publications include authoring and co-authoring over 140 technical papers on a variety of subjects for product recovery, distillation troubleshooting, training, project management, and process design with safety and environmental concerns. He is an industrial lecturer at Universities and has taught many courses for the process industry. He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from The University of Houston. Since 2007, he has authored a book on Process Equipment Design.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Houston, Texas - Austin, Texas - San Antonio, Texas

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1982 Degree: BS Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: University of Houston

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2005 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principal/ Engineer Department: Responsibilities: • Functioning as the Principal / Engineering Director for a technical consultancy group, providing specialized services and equipment to improve process plant operational efficiency, profitability and safety.
• Responsible for Process Guarantees for Process Equipment
• Special project includes, process studies, revamps for increased capacity, and high capacity and efficiency distillation equipment.
• HAZOP facilitation and Trainer for Process Units
• Leading grassroots commissioning teams
• Process optimization for feedstock reduction and energy reduction.
• Providing specialized technical training to the chemical processing industry.
• Providing assistance to the industry with special contract assignments
• Providing Engineering Documentation for the Processing Industry; Refining, Olefins, Cryogenics and Specialty Chemicals
Years: 2019 to 2020 Employer: Sabic Petrochemical Title: Global Senor PSM Engineer (Contract) Department: Responsibilities: • Functioning as Global PSM Engineer for multiple petrochemical plants all around the world; ethylene, ammonia, methanol, plastics, chlorine
• Participate in required audits
• Helped developed internal “Technical Safety Alert” for Ethylene Plant Decoking
• Helped developed safety critical scenarios for Ammonia and Ethylene Plants to review at each HAZOP
• Teaching and developing / reviewing training courses for; Risk Management Principles, HAZOP Leaders, LOPA, Incident Investigation, Transient HAZOP
• Developing PSM Standards and Procedures
• Developing HAZOP Best Practices
Years: 2017 to 2019 Employer: Enable Midstream Title: Senior PSM Engineer (Contract) Department: Responsibilities: • Functioning as PSM Engineer for multiple midstream cryogenic plants
• Participate in Hazard Analysis (HAZOPs)
• Revalidation HAZOP for midstream plants
• Reviewing HAZOP Action Items
• Developing PSM Standards and Procedures
• Developing HAZOP Best Practices
• Teaching and developing training courses for; instrumentation, HAZOP, Relief Valves Sizing
Years: 2016 to 2017 Employer: Indorama Ventures Title: PSM Manager / Commissioning Manager (Contract) Department: Responsibilities: • Functioning as PSM Manager / Commissioning Manager for ethylene plant cryogenic restart
• Responsible for Hazard Analysis and Safe Startup
• Training Staff in Key Job Functions
• Developing Commissioning Teams
• Facilitated Revalidation HAZOP for Olefin Unit
• Reviewing HAZOP Action Items
• Developing Systems and Commissioning Packages
• Budgeted cost for commissioning
Years: 2014 to 2015 Employer: Total Refinery Title: Senior Engineering Advisor (Contract) Department: Responsibilities: • Functioning as the Engineering Advisor for a Major Refinery.
• Developing project Schedule “A” Packages with budgetary costing.
• Developing Feed Studies for Approved Projects
• Developing Feed Study for Expansion of Condensate Splitter
• Reviewing Feed Opportunities for Coker Unit
• Assisted Technical Group with distillation reviews and Lunch and Learn Trainings
• Assisted Operations Group with Grassroots LPG Cryogenic Commissioning
Years: 2013 to 2013 Employer: Technip USA Title: Operations and Commissioning Supervisor (Contract) Department: Responsibilities: • Functioning as North America Commissioning Supervisor
• Responsible for Hazard Analysis and Safe Startup of Multiple Projects in the USD500 Million Range
• Training Staff in Key Job Functions
• Developing Commissioning Teams
• Supported feed studies in Ethylene, Ammonia and LNG Plants.
• Participated in Hazop for complete Ammonia Process Unit
• Budgeted cost for Commissioning of Projects
Years: 2012 to 2013 Employer: Linde Process Plants Title: Global Process Engineering Manager (Contract) Department: Natural Gas and Refining Responsibilities: • Functioning as Global Process Engineering Manager for Natural Gas and Refining Divisions
• Responsible for Process Design and Development of P&ID for Licensed Technologies including Gas Processing, LNG, LPG and NGL
• Responsible for Commissioning of Licensed Technologies
• Training staff in job functions
• Updating Process Engineering Design Tools
• Helped develop design and costing for standard plant sizes
Years: 2008 to 2011 Employer: PT Chandra Asri Title: VP Technology (Contract) Department: Responsibilities: • Functioning as the Vice President of Technology for seven process units. 1) Lummus Ethylene, 2) UCC Polyethylene, 3) SDK Polyethylene, 4) Badger Ethyl Benzene, 5) Lummus Ethyl Benzene, and 6,7) two Lummus Styrene Units
• Helped develop Ethylene Unit Yields Optimization Team resulting in feedstock cost reduction of greater than USD $7 M per year in 2008.
• Helped develop Key Performance Indicator implementation to increase operating margin by USD $20 M per year in 2008, and USD $13 M in 2009
• Improved Unit Reliability – Units listed above - 1,2, and 3 will set record production rates in 2010
• Coordinating Basic Engineering Design Package for a New Butadiene Unit including Hazop
• Coordinating Study for potential Ethylene Expansion
• Conducted Hazop Team Leader Training
• Coordinated all seven system HAZOP Revalidations
Years: 2003 to 2005 Employer: Sulzer Chemtech Title: Asian Manager, Process Technology Department: Responsibilities:
• Functioning as Asian Manager for Process Technology. Included region is India, South East Asia, China and Asia Pacific.
• Responsible for Process Guarantees for Distillation Equipment including, trays, reboilers, condensers, mixers, and pumps.
• Special project includes, process studies, revamps for increased capacity, and high capacity and efficiency distillation equipment.
• Asian representative for high capacity tray research team
Years: 1996 to 2003 Employer: Westlake Group Title: Operations in USA and Malaysia Department: Responsibilities: • Functioning as the Process Engineering Manager for ethylene units with a combined capacity of 660 KTA with associated Krupp Uhde BTX.
• Direct supervision of up to twelve process engineers.
• Helped develop Ethylene Unit Yields Optimization Team resulting in feedstock cost reduction of greater than US $10 M per year in 2001-02.
• Helped develop Key Performance Indicator implementation to increase operating margin by US $2 M per year in July 2002.
• Assigned to assist with an Expansion Study and Unit Optimization in June 2000. Study and Optimization found 7% additional capacity in existing plant. Helped design changes for additional unit capacity. Reviewing unit operations and submitting recommendations for optimization.
• Reviewed Extractive Distillation Operation for a 107 MTons per year of Benzene. Designed improved tower internals for an 18% unit expansion wrote article on same.
Years: 1979 to 1995 Employer: Phibro Energy USA Title: Technical Service Engineer Department: Responsibilities: • Functioned as a technical service engineer at a 100,000-barrel per day refinery. Responsible for process unit optimization and operations support.
• In 1979 was assigned to be an operator on a catalytic reformer and hydrodesulfurization units. In 1982 was promoted to Shift Supervisor on same units with direct supervision of 3 to 10 operators.
• In 1990 was transferred to the Engineering Department and assigned to the UOP BTX liquid/liquid extraction unit which had Sara Title II and Benzene Neshaps regulations. Revised UDEX BTX unit gaining 20% capacity wrote article on same.
• In 1994 was assigned to the Crude / Vacuum / Cogeneration and ROSE units. Revamped Crude and Vacuum towers to structured packing for improved efficiency. Assisted in Process Safety Management and Hazop Reviews.
• At one or more times held almost each position in the refinery. Labor, Operator, Operating Supervisor, Relief Operations Superintendent, Technical Service Engineer, Relief Tech Service Manager, Maintenance Superintendent. Typically had 3 to 50 people under supervision.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Education/ Training:
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, University of Houston
Hysim Computer Simulation Course, 40 Classroom Hours, University of Rice
Hazop Facilitator Training Course, 40 Classroom Hours, Houston, TX,
Raytheon EB Styrene Overview, 80 Classroom Hours, Houston, TX
ABB Lummis Ethylene Overview, 80 Classroom Hours, Lake Charles, LA, 1996
Aspen Computer Simulation Course, 24 Classroom Hours, Lake Charles, LA, 1998
Root Cause Analysis, 24 Classroom Hours, Lake Charles LA 1999
ASME Pump Fundamentals, 24 Classroom Hours, New Orleans, LA 1999
Pinch Technology, LSU Seminar, 8 Classroom Hours, Lake Charles, LA, 1999
KTI Spyro Ethylene Furnace Modeling, 8 Classroom Hours, Lake Charles, LA 2000
KBR Ethylene Seminar, 16 Classroom Hours, Singapore, Singapore, March 2000
Sulzer Distillation Seminar, 8 Classroom hours, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 2002
ISO 9002 Overview, 8 Classroom Hours, Johor Bahru, Malaysia, July 2002
Departmental Management, 24 Classroom Hours, Johor Bahru, Malaysia, Dec 2002
Financial Overview for Managers, 24 Classroom Hours, Singapore, May 2004
Team Building, 8 Classroom Hours, Switzerland, Dec 2004
Managing Teams, 16 Classroom Hours, Tulsa OK, 2012
Team Building, 16 Classroom Hours, Tulsa OK, 2012
Process Safety Management, 16 Classroom Hours, Port Arthur TX, 2014
Process Safety Management, 40 Classroom Hours, Sulphur, LA 2016
NFPA 70E, 8 Classroom Hours, Sulphur, LA 2016
GPSA Natural Gas Processing, Oklahoma City, OK 2018
Layers of Protection Analysis, Jubail, Saudi Arabia, 2019
Risk Management, Jubail, Saudi Arabia, 2019

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