Slurry Engineering Expert in the Precious Metals and Mining Industries

Technical Consultant #1846


Expertise

  • Pipeline engineering.
  • Combustion aerodynamics.
  • International slurry systems engineering expert: Slurry tailing, slurry handling-two phase and three phase flows.
  • Mud drilling rheology and slurry transport of cuttings and cavings.
  • Engineering and design of long distance water, reclaim water and slurry pipelines for dredging, tailings disposal or mineral concentrate.
  • Hydraulic design of mineral concentrators or hydroprocessing plants for platinum, copper, nickel, gold and molybdenum.
  • Hydrocrackers; engineering, particularly catalyst based slurry hydrocrackers.
  • Extraction and froth treatment of oilsand extraction plants.
  • Specialist slurry hydrocracking of extra heavy oil.
  • Coal liquefaction, by slurry process.
  • Design of API pumps, compressors, turbines and familiar with API codes for rotating equipment.
  • Deep ocean hydrate extraction and pipelines.
  • Aerodynamics of smelting furnaces.
  • Preparation of RFQ packages for purchase and refineries of pressure vessels, centrifugal pumps, steam turbines, and compressors.
  • Mining hydraulic equipment design.
  • Slurry hydraulics, slurry pipelines, lake de-silting.
  • Performance of ventilation fans for solvent extract and electro winning plants in copper mines.
  • Aerodynamics of large axial fans for the ventilation of solvent extraction and electrowinning plants.
  • Mineral processing plants.

Expert Witness Experience

  • Expert Witness for a local water plant in dispute with contractor.

Experience

Independent Consultant, Present

  • Overseeing the construction of a gas fired cokeless reverberatory furnace for melting of iron and steel using natural gas.
  • Technical consultant to improve the pumping system of the gypsum plant of a phosphate mine in North Carolina.
  • 45 km Pipeline in Europe.
  • Lead Engineer - Construction of first commercial cokeless furnace in the USA to melt iron and steel (through Splitvane Engineers Inc.)
  • Consultant to SRK projects:
  • Peer Review - Fortescue Mineral Groups (Australia) - Vasse Tailings Storage and Christmas.
  • Creek Tailings - Project pipelines (iron mines).
  • Peer Review - Earnest Henry Tailings Project pipeline - Xtrada Australia (copper mine).
  • Peer Review - Hycroft Brimstone Leach Pad, Nevada, U.S.A. (gold mine).
  • Fluor - Detailed Engineering - Hycroft Concentrate Pipeline, Nevada.

Projects, 2007 - 2011

Fluor, Mexico, Chili, Argentina, Peru, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, U.S., (Utah, California and Texas)

  • Peer Review and technical director for the York Polyhalite pipe in the United Kingdom.
  • Technical Auditor for Caserones project, design of tailings processing area.
  • Managed the detailed engineering of the Pascua Lama tailings pipeline.
  • Hydraulic design of slurry pipelines for the Vale Inco Long Harbour, nickel plant, Canada.
  • Design of hydro transport and tailings pipelines.
  • In charge of hydraulic calculations for the feasibility study for the Equinox (JV Teck and UTS) 50,000 barrels per day oil sand plant in Canada.
  • Prepared RFQ package for the proposal to complete the design of the tailings pipelines for Canadian Natural Resources oil sand mine.
  • Lead Consultant for the Barrick Goldstrike Tailings Expansion.
  • Kennecott expansion feasibility study: Review of water and tailings systems to expand production to 200,000 tpd copper/molybdenum.
  • Feasibility study Bisbee Phelps Dodge.
  • In charge of hydraulic calculations for the FEED phase for the oil sand extraction plant of the Ft. Hills 155,000 barrels per day plant (JV Petro Canada, Teck and UTS), design of hydrotransport and tailings pipelines, bitumen flotation circuit.
  • Muskeg River Contractors, Albian Sands (Joint Venture of Shell Canada, Chevron, and Western Oils), Muskeg River Project, Fort McMurray, Canada.
  • Engineered river intake and process water pump stations and preparation of purchase packages for pumps and drivers.
  • Field Support as Equipment Engineer for the Irving oil expansion startup, New Brunswick.
  • Hydraulic calculations for the first phase of Oyu Tolgoi (Ivanhoe Mines) 85,000 tons per day copper concentrator.
  • Tailings system for new concentrator in northern British Columbia, Canada Princeton Resources, Huckleberry Project, British Columbia, Canada; including hydraulic slurry calculations, equipment selection, and piping design.
  • Reviewed hydraulic design of the BHP Ekati diamonds mine 14 km tailings expansion pipelines.
  • Lead Rotating Equipment Engineer, for Irving Oil Refinery Expansion - Southern Peru Copper, Cuajone Project.
  • Lead Pumping Engineer and Slurry Expert responsible for hydraulic calculations, design of slurry systems, launder design, piping system design, pump selection, and technical support of field engineering/commissioning of 96,000 tpd copper concentrator expansion.
  • Developed specialist computer programs for open and closed channel flows of Bingham slurries due to the high level of soft high clay in the slurry.
  • Yanacocha Expansion Project, Newmont Gold Company, Peru detailed engineering of new and upgraded pipeline and pump station as part of expansion to gold heap leach pads.
  • Reviewed hydraulic design of the BHP Ekati diamonds mine 14 km tailings expansion pipelines.
  • Pump Stations for Huckleberry tailings pipelines.

Chevron Energy Technology Corporation, Richmond, CA, Slurry Advisor

  • Headed the development of Chevron Vacuum Residue Slurry Hydrocracking process which research lead to a patent.
  • Headed the development of Chevron coal direct liquefaction process.
  • Technical Advisor on the Jack Pine oils and expansion on Chevron's owner side, on contract to TRS, consultant to Fluor, Vancouver, completed hydraulic calculations for the first phase of Oyu Tolgoi (Ivanhoe Mines) 85,000 tons per day copper concentrator.

COLT Engineering

  • Under contract for the Albian Sands Oil Sands Project (Joint Venture of Shell Canada, Chevron, and Western Oils), Fort McMurray, Canada.
  • Member of task force responsible for the debottlenecking of a 150,000-oils ands extraction bpd plant. Project engineer for design and installation a new 30" reclaim water pipeline.
  • Lead engineer for debottlenecking of slurry breakers for Suncor, including design of hydro transport pipelines and pumping systems.
  • Lead engineer and slurry specialist for the design of the third tailings pipeline of the Albian Sands Energy oil sand project (170,000 barrels per day), Ft McMurray, Alberta, Canada.
  • Field Engineer and Slurry Specialist assisting with commissioning of the Albian Sands Energy Extraction plant, Ft McMurray, Alberta, Canada on contract to SNC Lavalin

Anvil Corporation, Bellingham, WA

  • Prepared RFQ packages for the purchase of pressure vessels, centrifugal pumps, steam turbines and compressors for the Shell refinery in Anacortes, W A, and BP in Cherry Point, W A, U.S.A .

ATS Reliance, Anvil Corp Project, Bellingham, WA, Engineer

  • As Senior Mechanical (Equipment) Engineer; prepared RFQ packages for the purchase of pressure vessels, centrifugal pumps, steam turbines and compressors for the Equilon refinery in Anacortes, W A, and BP in Cherry Point, W A, U.S.A.
  • Prepared RFQ packages for the purchase of pressure vessels, centrifugal pumps, steam turbines and compressors for the Shell refinery in Anacortes, W A, and BP in Cherry Point, W A, U.S.A.

Hatch Consultants

  • Supported various projects as tailing system specialist, including design of a 2,500-psi tailing booster pump station for Homestake Mine's Eskay Creek Homestake Mine and an upgrade to the tailing system for Princeton Mining's Huckleberry.
  • Design of tailing system for Stillwater Mining Company, Montana based platinum producer.

Rescan Environmental, British Columbia, Canada.

  • Consultant to multiple projects as slurry and tailing specialist, including an audit of the design by Pipeline Systems Incorporated (PSI) of the tailing pipeline for BHP Rio Tintaya, Peru and design of a booster station for CMP tailing subsea disposal system.

Bateman Engineering, Vancouver, Canada, Consultant

  • Equipment Engineer on the BHP Diamonds Sampling Plant for extraction of diamonds.
  • Lead Engineer for the pump stations of the Zaldivar Water Pipeline, Chile, (95 km long).

SNC Lavalin, Kilborn, Vancouver, Canada, Consultant

  • For the Milpo Mine - Prefeasibility study for the deepening of the shaft at El-Provenir mine Fluor Daniel, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Muskeg River Contractors, Albian Sands (Joint Venture of Shell Canada, Chevron, and Western Oils), Muskeg River Project, Fort McMurray, Canada.
  • Engineered river intake and process water pump stations and preparation of purchase packages for pumps and drivers.
  • Field Support as Equipment Engineer for the Irving Oil Expansion start-up, New Brunswick.

Sulzer Pumps North America, Consultant

  • Assigned to update the standards of manufacture of centrifugal pumps to API 9th edition. Developed a program in Microsoft" Access to select materials of construction for bills of materials.
  • Development of a pipeline pump for pumping Orimulsion for PDVESA, Venezuela.

Warman International Inc.

  • Design Engineer - Slurry Pumps

Honors & Publications

Credentials

License

  • State of California ,P.E.
  • State of Washington, P.E.
  • Professional Engineer - Province of Alberta, Canada

Languages

Fluent speaking and writing skills:

  • Arabic-(First Language)
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Research Association - CSIRO, Sydney, Australia, Scientist
  • American University, Cairo, Egypt, Teaching and Research Assistant - For the INRESA Research on biomass fuel based briquettes, solar disinfection.
  • Basaisa Rural Technology Center, Postgraduate research: Developing wind power.
  • United Nations University Fellow to McGill University, Montreal, Canada, Research on water current turbines for microhydropower.

Publications and Patents

  • Author of a book, numerous conferences, education manuals, and published papers.
  • Numerous patents in, Austria, Canada, United States and World Wide.

Education

  • M.Sc. Materials Engineering, American University in Cairo, Egypt
  • M.A. Economic Development, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • B.Sc. Aeronautical Engineering, Queen Mary College, University of London, United Kingdom
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