Refinery and Petrochemical Design, Simulation, and Operations Consultant

Technical Consultant #1607


Expertise

  • Petroleum plant and refiners design and operations in petrochemical and fine chemicals manufacturing plants and processes.
  • Front-end engineering and design including process flow diagrams, P&IDs, heat and material balances and to analyze difficult chemical processing issues.
  • Process simulation using Design II Winsim (Chemshare), Simsci's Process, Aspen, HYSYS and HYSIM.
  • Process simulations experience: Petroleum refining - crude distillation, vacuum distillation, reforming, hydrotreating, lube oil fractionation; Ethylene ; feed preparation, quench, recovery and concentration; Fine chemicals - mercaptan, formaldehyde, dimethyl ether, chlorinated solvents, ethers, esters; Reforming processes - hydrogen, ammonia; Ethanol dehydration using azeotropic distillation; evaporation, molecular sieve; Gas processing - turbo-expander, JT, dehydration, compression, distillation.
  • Prepare and certify air emissions inventory, wastewater permit applications and represent clients with EPA and state regulatory agencies.
  • Manage entire engineering for project plants under $10 million; project change orders and negotiate overruns, (with a recent plant completion for producing ethanol).
  • Develop process models of a variety of chemical processes by obtaining vapor-liquid-equilibrium data and then developing the thermodynamic information for predicting separation.
  • Regulations pertaining to processing, storage and transportation of toxic chemicals.

Expert Witness Experience

Testimony and litigation support in cases involving petrochemical processing: Chemical and petrolatum plant design, contract negotiation, support related to vendor charges, second opinions, fault analysis and applying good engineering practices related to process designs.

Cases

  • Refinery and Chemicals Tax Recovery.
  • Industrial Accident.
  • Bioethanol Plant Study.
  • Intellectual property and chemical manufacturing.
  • Oil and Gas Upstream Plant Analysis.
  • Amine Unit Study.
  • CO2 Cryo process plant revamp from ammonia plant.
  • Process Analysis of Yeast Processing.
  • New Methane plant design.
  • Process study of a lube oil fractionating system.
  • Engineering at plant manufacturing chloromethane, vinyl chloride, ethylene dichloride.

Experience

Undisclosed Company, Consultant-Engineering Manager and Owner, 1980 - Present

  • Chemical engineering service to 70 large U.S. and foreign chemical plants and oil refiners.
  • Awarded a U.S. patent for the process to refine LPG for use as an aerosol propellant.
  • Engineered a complete plant to produce aerosol propellant in Shanghai, China.

Completed Projects

  • Expert Witness: Ethanol plants arbitration; glycol evaporation system technology.
  • Process development and design to manufacture tertiary methyl ammonium chloride.
  • Process design, process simulation and detailed design for small fuel ethanol plant.
  • Gas flow assurance study for a major oil company's 34 natural gas producing wells including hydraulic study with Schlumberger's PIPESIM software.
  • Process simulation of a turbo-expander system to recover liquids from natural gas.
  • Process simulation of liquid feed to ethylene furnaces.
  • Process study and process simulation to remove BTX from refinery stream.
  • Process design of gas plant.
  • Mechanical design of sulfuric acid system.
  • Using PIPEPHASE developed a hydraulic analysis of 24 wells in equatorial Guinea.
  • Detailed design of a de-propanizer system to recover propane from LPG in Ivory Coast
  • Process simulation of amine plant for a gas plant.
  • Formaldehyde plant modifications.
  • Hydrogen plant simulation.
  • Process simulation and vent header study with v-l-e data regression.
  • Process study of a methyl mercaptan plant.
  • Complete aerosol propellant plant design: Process design, mechanical design, equipment selection, purchasing and preparation for export of equipment.
  • Process study of a lube oil fractionating system.
  • Process design of a dimethyl ether plant.
  • Process design and engineering at a mercaptan plant.
  • Heat exchanger trouble shooting for a cryogenic plant.

Mt. Airy Refining Co., Mt. Airy, LA, Plant Engineering Manager, 1977 - 1979

  • Manage small refinery's engineering needs: retain consultants, perform engineering on small modifications, environmental compliance - air water with State and Federal Regulatory agencies.
  • Expansion studies, installation of new equipment.

Sid Richardson Carbon Company Addis, LA, Process Development Engineer, 1975 - 1977

  • Improve product quality and reduce manufacturing costs.
  • Research on adiabatic flame temperatures.

Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corp., Gramercy, LA, Process Engineer, 1974 - 1975

Guyana Bauxite Co., Linden, Guyana, South America, Process Engineer, 1973 - 1974

Suralco (ALCOA), Paranam, Surinam, South America, Process Engineer, 1971 - 1973


Honors & Publications

Credentials

  • Professional Engineer Texas
  • Chartered Engineer U. K.

Chemicals

  • Acetone
  • Alkyl Benzyl Sulfonates
  • Alumina
  • Butyl Alcohol
  • Butadiene
  • Carbon Black
  • Carbon Tetrachloride
  • Carbonyl Sulfide
  • Dimethyl Ether
  • Diethyl Ether
  • Epoxy Resins
  • Ethanol, gasohol, neutral spirits, brandy
  • Ethylene
  • Formaldehyde
  • Hydroquinone
  • Nitric Acid
  • Nitrobenzene
  • Polyethylene
  • Polypropylene
  • Propylene
  • Urea
  • Vinyl Acetate

Industrial Processes

  • Gas Processing: Turbo expander, JT, Amine Treating, De Hy, Mol. Sieves
  • Petroleum Refining:: Crude /Vacuum Distillation, Reforming, Hydro-treating, FCCU, TGTU
  • Petrochemicals: Ethylene, Propylene Ethanol (Gasohol), Formaldehyde, De Hy. Sulfide, Methyl Mercaptan, Ethyl Mercaptan, DMS, Caustic Chlorine
  • Other Processes: Hydrogen, Carbon Black, and Alumina. Electronic Chemicals & Etchants, Mixing and blending of high purity chemicals.

Languages

  • Spanish
  • Dutch

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Patents

  • U. S. Patent: Refining petroleum - reducing odor, moisture, and side reactions.

Education

  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of the West Indies, Trinidad
  • Ch. E. Chemical Engineering, University of the West Indies, Trinidad
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