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PROFILE: Commissioning and Startup of New and Revamped Facilities

2014 Chevron Wheatstone
Support Chevron Phase 4 staff in roles and planning for Alarm Objectives Analysis, non-process buildings alarm management, and power systems commissioning and startup

2012  TOTAL Shetland Gas Plant

Facilitated documenting the design decisions , changes and assumptions required by CDM regulations, along with ensuring Management of Change extended beyond DCN (Design Change Notice) to FCN (Field Change Notice) and pre-Commissioning. Required Process Engineering produce C&E (Cause & Effect) diagrams needed byy Commissioning, not just logic diagrams needed for ICSS.

1995    Mobil Torrance Refinery

Implemented, calibrated and tested CEM (Continuous Emissions Monitoring systems) for Torrance Refinery during startup after a planned turnaround. Established parameters for sensor validation, false readings, duration for NOV, and instituted a 15-minute time limit for reporting whether real or not. Later audited the refinery emissions report.

1994    Mobil Beaumont Refinery
Brought in new fugitive monitoring equip with diagnostics to prevent falsified data. Used pre- & post-turnaround to validate emissions reduction in lube unit rotary filters and any pumps that now had a new secondary seal installed.

1992    Mobil Research & Development 
Team leader for engineers building real-time “Process Advisories” for Mobil refineries world-wide.
  Diagnostic and self-adjusting tools, based on 1-minute values from “PI” historian, process analyzers and LIMS data from lab.

 1985    New Zealand Synthetic Fuels
 $1.2 billion Natural Gas-to-Methanol- Synthetic Gasoline project using ICI’s 100 bar methanol reactors and Mobil’s ZSM-5 catalysis.  Conducted full-scale testing of all O&U units during commissioning, part of acceptance tests from Bechtel. This included CTI testing of a 300 meter long cooling tower, an Air Products” Liquid Nitrogen cryogenic plant, plus  site dewatering, treating raw river water intake from clarification through a demin. unit  to  RO unit for BFW.

After startup, stayed on for five more years as Technical Department supervisor for operations support, before being transferred .to Mobil R&D in Princeton. Developed process diagnostics with graphic displays on mainframe terminals for process unit engineers to troubleshoot yield, efficiency and/or quality issues from Fox 1/A data process analyzers and automated HP site lab equipment.

1978    Ergon Refining, Vicksburg, MS
After completing detailed design of a 40% capacity expansion to accommodate light and medium gravity crudes, was responsible for P&ID as-builts, instrument loop checkout, set-point & alarm setting during commissioning and startup. Assisted in field tests of a pipeline of finely ground coal suspended in #6 fuel oil feed to Mississippi P&L.

1972 & 1974 Gladieux Refinery, Ft. Wayne, IN
✦ Coordinated logistics/expediting for shipping of process equipment & instruments for field installation & testing
✦ During startup after turnaround, responsible for night shift monitoring & advice in crude/vacuum/fuel gas treating
✦ Conducted operator training on their new operator control panels, alarm panels and smarter signal transmitters