Senior Engineering, Construction, and Project Management Professional


Last Updated: 17th July 2019 (over 3 years ago)

Address
Canada

E-mail
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Phone Number
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Gender
Male

Age Range
45 to 54

Qualification Level
Degree

Languages
English, Spanish

Summary

Multi-disciplinary Senior Level Engineer with aptitude for leading ambiguous international assignments located in developing markets including non-ideal, turbulent environments such as Venezuela, Central Africa, Cuba, Indonesia, Korea, China, and Brazil. An experienced ‘fixer’, able to mould and integrate teams comprised of local personnel and expats from diverse backgrounds. Secure and manage capital projects, direct construction, and lead design, execution, commissioning, maintenance, and troubleshooting. Excel in problem solving, priority setting, and communicating with stakeholders. Improve processes, manage teams, schedule and set priorities, and compile funding proposals.

Highlights of Expertise
• Project Management & Resources Scheduling
• Cost Estimates & Contract Negotiation
• Multi-disciplinary Team Leadership & Supervision
• Financial Controls & Operations Management
• Process Improvement & HSE Compliance
• Construction & Maintenance Management
• Sour & Hazardous Environments
• Cross-Functional Collaboration
• Outsourcing & Contracted Services
• Root Cause Analysis & Turnarounds

Education

University of Calgary
Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering

   Sep 2001
— Apr 2006

Experience

ORYX Resources DMCC, Venezuela
Facilities Engineering Manager

   Nov 2018
— Feb 2019

As a key member of senior management, actively developed a strategic plan for recovering the surface operations and growing the company in Venezuela. Unfortunately due to the breakdown in the country’s political environment, the plan could not be completed. Directed operations, maintenance, and expansion planning for surface facilities and infrastructure related to Carito and Pirital oil fields in the Monagas, Oriental Region of Venezuela. The region produces >160 MBOPD, and >3.5 BSCFD of natural gas. Selected contributions include:
- Rolled out a multi-disciplinary engineering division for a start-up Oil & Gas company that supported operations maintaining >165 MBOPD of crude oil and >4 BCFD of natural gas.
- Subsequently, created an implementation plan for the restoration of facilities to a >95% operational capacity while expanding infrastructure to increase Oil production from 165 MBPOD to >200 MBPOD.
- Led development of a major rejuvenation plan for an unmaintained petrochemical operation that encompassed 500+ connected HP flow and injection pipelines, seven crude oil collection facilities, four crude oil/gas processing facilities, 33 LP/MP/HP turbine compressors for gas re-injection, and two water processing and re-injection sites.
- Partnered with the state oil company (PDVSA) to align key reservoir recovery and maintenance planning in support of production stimulation and drilling objectives while developing a staged facility recovery and expansion plan.
- Initiated the launch of a grassroots Facilities Project and Engineering Department to rejuvenate the surface facilities. However the plan remains incomplete due to political issues in Venezuela.

NearShore Natural Gas, LLC, Chad, Ghana, Carribean
VP Operations / President - Africa Region

   Aug 2017
— Oct 2018

On site in Chad, Ghana, Caribbean (Honduras) (2017 to 2018): Oversaw project development and engineering throughout Africa, North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The initiative remains ready for rapid implementation upon government satisfying negotiated milestones to secure investor confidence. Managed business units in Chad and Ghana for compression, distribution, and discharging natural gas via road transport. Planned the installation or conversion of end user facilities to receive and use compressed natural gas.
- Created engineering and construction standards aligned with international best practices and local laws. Built strategic relationships with local regulators, government ministries, and international resources.
- Drove the success of a power generation initiative in Chad by identifying and continually strengthening relationships with the executive branch, ministries, and industry leaders to deploy a countrywide natural gas supply network, expand electrical generation through the country and eliminate waste of resources.
- Created project proposals and engineering documents to convert facilities from diesel to natural gas.
- Initiated the pre-FEED and investor negotiations to install a 200MW power station in Ghana.
- Rolled out the strategic project implementation plan for natural gas demonstration facilities in Honduras.
- Identified, built, and strengthened relationships with decision makers including the President of Chad, and senior advisors to the executive branch.

PetroChad (Mangara) Limited - A GLENCORE Company, Chad
Senior Construction Manager, Project Manager, Facilities Engineer

   May 2014
— Jul 2017

As Senior Construction Manager, led construction strategy and execution planning for field crews on ongoing and planned major capital projects. Oversaw a combined annual construction budget projected to be $250+MM USD. Achieved project milestones by generating collaboration between Drilling, Production Operations, and construction contractors. Led development, implementation, and maintenance of construction philosophy, standards, and procedures. Aligned engineering and project management, in-country operations, and construction management objectives within project schedules. Developed strategic contract and relationships with global suppliers and construction resources.
- As Project Manager / Senior Facilities Engineer managed project scopes from feed through commissioning, including technical input and design. Drafted, managed, and documented project budgets and AFE’s. Toured project sites, engineering houses, and suppliers’ facilities.
- Rapidly deployed a produced water management facility that enabled oil production to nearly double within a few days of start-up. The Project was implemented ahead of schedule, within budget less than three months from conception.
- Drove up daily production 98% by designing and launching a mobile produced water disposal project on budge and, ahead of schedule in Chad, Africa.
- Slashed in-field construction overhead >70% and met timelines for projects valued at $200MM+ USD.

PROFENG MANAGEMENT
Sr. Management & Engineering Consultant

   Sep 2013
— Current

Deliver contracting and engineering consultations while directing an independent consulting company. Promptly respond to international requests for a ‘fixer’ with multiple successes in turning around failing projects. Apply multi-disciplinary leadership to build organizations from the ground up. Areas of expertise also include construction management, operations management, and senior engineering consulting. Recent contracts include short-term and long-term overseas assignments with Oryx Resources, Nearshore Natural Gas, LLC, and PetroChad (Mangara) Limited.

Millenia Engineering, Canada
Senior Project Facilities Engineer

   Sep 2013
— Apr 2014

Assessed proposed facilities as well as some electrical designs to ensure compliance with safety codes and client specifications on multiple concurrent projects. Applied ETAP to prepare, implement, and document results of electrical simulations such as load flows, coordination studies, and arc flash studies of new and expanded power systems. Presented results to clients.
- Vetted and launched 40+ facility upgrades and maintenance projects during a large plant shutdown.
- Optimized project scope, solutions development, planning, and execution of multiple projects while supporting a major turnaround at a client’s Oil & Gas facility.

Sherritt International Corporation, Cuba
Senior Facilities Engineer / Construction Manager / Manager Electrical Engineering

   May 2006
— Aug 2013

Directed 80+ construction staff composed of Canadian expatriates and Cuban nationals in managing an Oil & Gas and Power Generation facility. Oversaw permanent production tie-ins of new and temporary oil wells, pipeline and manifold production facilities expansion, and pipeline construction that connected oil and gas producers to production and processing facilities. Served as Primary Designated Liaison with Head Office in Canada. Managed resource requirements and cost estimates, construction scheduling, and procurement. Initiated communication with local stakeholders, maintained schedules, reviewed construction packages, resolved issues, gathered data, managed documents, and implemented solutions.
• Vigilantly enforced QA/QC requirements and protocols, progress reporting, and cost controls.
• Significantly shortened project completion time frames in collaboration with Canadian Project Engineering Group.
• Led electrical design of $320MM USD natural gas power plant expansion without typical engineering supports.
• Revived and completed 20+ mothballed or delayed projects within four months.
• Ensured >95% facility operational availability by directing completion of facility maintenance and small expansion projects across four separate facilities, including 560MW of power generation, 21MBOPD of crude oil production, and >60MMSCFD of sour gas production and processing.
• As Lead Electrical Engineer for the Boca de Jaruco 160 MW Combined Cycle Conversion Project in Cuba directed a Canadian and Cuban cross disciplinary electrical design team of engineers, designers, and EPC to update DBM scope and resurrect a 160MW co-generation power plant conversion. Recovered six-month schedule slippage to deliver the detailed design package before deadline.
• As Manager - Electrical Engineering, Oil & Gas and Power Division led team assigned to coordinate electrical engineering requirements for multiple oil & gas and power generation facilities in Cuba. Current operating capacities for the facilities exceed 21K BPD of oil and 376MW of base load generation.

Nortel Networks Ltd., Canada, Brazil
Team Leader - Manufacturing Engineering

   May 1994
— Aug 2001

Led the development of manufacturing systems and processes for existing and new product development of wireless communications infrastructure equipment. Accommodated rapid project lifecycle development of <6mths from inception to online, while continuously upgrading and modifying existing product manufacturing capacities to meet market demands with required quality outputs. Notable achievements included the successful grassroots development and implementation of a scaled manufacturing facility in Campinas, Brazil to supply market requirements for a $1B USD South American contract.

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