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Upstream and Midstream Oil and Gas Industries Facility Design Consultant

Technical Consultant #2378


Expertise

  • Plant Engineering follow-up, completion to closure. Reviewed PSM drawings and gatherer and develop process safety information for the operating facilities.
  • Implement Management of Change (MOC) for the operating facilities.
  • HYSYS process simulations of current and proposed new process to identify opportunities in operations improvements and/or revenue growth.
  • Detail design of oil and gas production and processing facilities, detailed design of pressure relief devices, headers, vent and flare stacks, chemical plant operations, maintenance and troubleshooting, and Process Safety Management (PSM) and related process safety engineering functions for chemical manufacturing plants and oil and gas operating facilities.
  • Process design for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and natural gas liquids (NGL), including compressors sizing and performance runs.
  • Sizing and design of the slug catcher and ancillary equipment, developed process flow diagrams (PFDs), piping and instrument diagrams (P&IDs) and Plot Plan drawings.
  • Engineering services in support of gas storage facilities management, maintenance, operation, and expansion projects.
  • Process design and project engineering of several reciprocating compressor projects as well as other facility improvement projects.
  • Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system; managed several SCADA system upgrade projects and day to day needs for the systems, including hardware / software updates, human - machine interface (HMI) and programmable logic controller (PLC) programming changes, and historical database maintenance and management.
  • Analyze performances of all injection and production wells to identify bottlenecks and implement solutions to improving well performances. Utilize charts and reports to support management and field personnel in well performances activities.
  • Process hazard analysis (PHA) and hazard and operability (HAZOP) studies of current and new processes.
  • HYSYS process simulations of current and proposed new process to identify opportunities in operations improvements and/or revenue growth.
  • Gas plants emissions studies including identification and verification of the plant's emission points, determination of discharge rates, and development of PFD for each release system.

Experience

Undisclosed Company, Senior Process Engineer, Present

Tecorp International, Houston, TX, Process and Project Engineer, 2012 - 2016

  • Performed various engineering functions including sizing and design of harp-type slug catchers, process design and drawings development for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and natural gas liquids (NGL) project.
  • Compressors sizing and performance runs and pipeline gas injection and withdraw analyses for underground storage facilities.
  • Process engineer in the design of the world's largest slug catcher for the Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) and Husky Energy Inc. Liwan Gas Field onshore development.
  • Assisted in sizing and design of the slug catcher and ancillary equipment, developed PFDs, P&IDs and Plot Plan drawings, built HYSYS process simulation models for various operating cases, interfaced with other project design team members, etc.
  • Process and project engineer in the re-development of an older oilfield with potential substantial amounts of unproduced hydrocarbons still in the reservoir.
  • Worked with geologists and reservoir engineer to develop Lease Map, Isopach Map, and Stratigraphic Cross Sections, researched well logs and production histories.
  • Calculations made to determine reservoir inventories, bottom-hole pressure and surface pressure, developed PFDs and Plot Plan drawings.

Nortex Gas Storage Company, Houston, TX, Facility Engineer, 2010 - 2012

  • Provided engineering services in support of gas storage facilities management, maintenance, operation, and expansion projects.
  • Interacted with contractors, vendors, and Nortex personnel to coordinate and accomplish major facility improvements, renovations, and construction of new facilities.
  • Performed process design and project engineering of several reciprocating compressor addition projects as well as other facility improvement projects.
  • Managed the facility SCADA system for enhanced operation and improved reliability.
  • Managed several SCADA system upgrade projects and day to day needs for the systems, including hardware / software updates, HMI / PLC programming changes, and historical database maintenance and management.
  • Analyzed performances of all injection and withdrawal wells to identify bottlenecks and implement solutions to improving well performances.
  • Generated charts and reports to support management and field personnel in well performances activities.
  • Prepared design specifications of process equipment, piping and instrumentation and submit to vendors for bid. Thus, performed technical evaluations of vendors' offerings and make purchases recommendations.
  • Performed Process Hazard Analysis (PHA / HAZOP Studies) of current and new processes to identify safety risks and possible solutions to improving process safety.
  • Implemented solutions to process safety and tracked follow-up items to completion and closure.
  • Reviewed PSM drawings and gathered / developed process safety information for the operating facilities.
  • Worked to implement Management of Change (MOC) for the operating facilities.
  • Performed HYSYS process simulations of current and proposed new process to identify opportunities in operations improvements and/or revenue growth.

Maverick Engineering, Victoria, TX Process Engineer, 2004 - 2010

  • Filing numerous positions as: Process Engineer, Project Engineer and PSM Facility Engineer.
  • Project and process engineer for a gas storage project consisting of a main station facility (gas separation, dehydration and compression) and 65 miles of 24" pipeline.
  • Performed air emissions study for gas processing plants. Conducted risk assessment and process hazard analysis studies for upstream oil & gas facilities.
  • Responsible for the addition of a 16500 HP Caterpillar-Ariel reciprocating unit to an existing gas processing facility, (facility contained Cooper/GMV8 machinery).
  • Managed the project and performed process engineering of the balance of the plant (beyond compressor and driver) for the addition of the unit.
  • Provided budgeting and cost estimation, and various engineering services including compressor performance runs, mechanical design, equipment specifications, wells hookups, and gathering pipeline system design.
  • Gas plants emission study for DCP Midstream - responsibilities included identification and verification of the plant's emission points, determination of discharge rates, and development of PFD for each release system.
  • As-built process P&IDs development for a gas processing and compression facility of DCP Midstream.
  • Pressure relief system study for several oil and gas production facilities and tank batteries for Shell E&P Company.
  • Responsibility included identification of overpressure scenarios, quantification of required relief rates, calculation of relief device capacities, and evaluation of the flare header system using Visual Flow software.
  • Prepared, led, and documented a WHAT-IF PHA study for Shell E&P Company.
  • The PHA study was for a proposed addition of a gas compression train to existing oil and gas production facility located in south Texas.
  • Prepared, led, and documented numerous WHAT-IF PHA studies for ConocoPhillips' oil & gas facilities located in south Texas.

Berwanger, Inc., Houston, TX, Process Safety Consultant, 2005 - 2006

  • Performed pressure relief system analysis and design for various process operating companies.
  • Responsibility includes identification of overpressure scenarios, quantification of required relief rates, calculation of relief device capacities, and evaluation of the flare header system using Berwanger's developed Pressure Protection Manager (PPM) program.
  • Team member in the process design of Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) facilities.
  • Responsibilities included in development of system P&ID, PFD, and Safe Charts (utilizing API RP 14C), flare radiation analysis and stack sizing, dispersion analysis of potential releases to atmosphere (utilizing PHAST).

Exxonmobile Chemical Company, Beaumont, TX, Process Safety Engineer, 1994 - 2003

  • Provided process safety engineering support at an olefins & aromatics chemical manufacturing facility to ensure safety and regulatory compliance with OSHA 1910.119.
  • Handled PSM duties including conducting PHA studies, sizing pressure relief valves, writing and updating operating procedures, and performing incident investigations.
  • Conducted over 100 PHA studies covering the entire plant process units and utilities systems using various methodologies.
  • Managed the facility Management of Change (MOC) program. Provided administrative support of an electronic application used to manage MOC projects. Developed / Conducted MOC Training for over 100 plant staff members.
  • Stewarded hundreds of PHA follow-up items and MOC projects to "closure". Contributed to significant reduction in the number of backlogs in the PSM tracking database.
  • Responsible for carrying out detailed, quantitative risk analysis using failure data as input to fault-trees and event trees to give numerical assessment of potential undesirable events.
  • Performed computer simulation of loss-of-containment events, atmospheric dispersion of hazardous materials, environmental impact of toxic chemicals, on- or off-site consequences of fires and explosions.
  • Contributed greatly to the plant's Risk Management Program (RMP). Heavily involved with facility siting issues; collected occupancy data for over 150 plant buildings and performed windows glass survey to ensure building occupants safety.
  • Served as a key member in helping the plant achieved STAR certifications in OSHA audits.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Beaumont, TX, Process Control Engineer, 1999 - 2000

  • Contracted through CDI Engineering Corp. to support the Process Control Group on Toshiba's distributed control systems (DCS).
  • Responsibilities included maintaining and developing documentation of the DCS for the entire plant, programming and checking instrument loops, providing technical expertise to project and unit engineers, and solving process control and field instrumentation problems.
  • Assisted in the successful startup and checkout of all instrument loops for several projects, including a new utilities/cogeneration unit, reactor train, DPCD and light end towers, and dimer recovery column.

Nisseki Chemical Texas Inc., Pasadena, TX, Plant Engineer, 1997 - 1999

  • Supervised day-to-day operations and maintenance of a specialty aromatics solvent plant. Managed expansion projects and assisted the plant with environmental, health, and safety issues.
  • Handled PSM duties as required for OSHA compliance.
  • Supervised over 25 operators plus contractors working at the plant.
  • Supervised in product blending. Developed a spreadsheet-blending program used to assist in product blending.
  • Successfully managed the shipping and receiving department resulting in reducing department issues with significantly fewer problems and an excellent record of on-time delivery to the customers.
  • Designed and coordinated installation of a 35,000-gallon propylene tank and unloading facility.
  • Aggressively seek cost reduction. Saved the company over $100,000 annually by recommending alternate suppliers.
  • Conducted PHA studies for the plant. Saved the company from contracting outside source.
  • Produced weekly and monthly production and annual environmental reports.
  • Proficient with software applications including HYSYS and PRO/II process simulations, CAESAR II, VISUAL FLOW flare and network piping modeling, Microsoft Office Suite, and Microsoft Project.

Honors & Publications


Credentials

  • Software: HYSYS and PRO/II process simulations, CAESAR II, VISUAL FLOW flare and network piping modeling, Microsoft Office Suite, and Microsoft Project

Education

  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
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