Presentation Title: Geopolitics of Energy 2012: Emerging Trends, Changing Landscapes, Uncertain Times
Guy F. Caruso is a senior advisor in the CSIS Energy and National Security Program. He served as Administrator, Energy Information Administration (EIA) from July 2002 to September 2008. EIA is the statistical agency within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that provides independent data, forecasts, and analyses regarding energy. Mr. Caruso has acquired over 40 years of energy experience, with particular emphasis on topics relating to energy markets, policy, and security. Prior to joining EIA, Mr. Caruso was director of the National Energy Strategy (NES) project for the U.S. Energy Association (USEA).
Mr. Caruso has also worked at the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA), first as the head of the Oil Industry Division, where he was responsible for analyzing world oil supply/demand and developments in the oil industry, and later as director of the Office of Non-member Countries, where he directed studies of energy-related developments in emerging economies. Mr. Caruso holds a B.S. in business administration and an M.S. in economics from the University of Connecticut. He also earned an M.P.A. from Harvard University.
Presentation Title: Current and Future Outlook of Canadian Oil Sands Industry
Dinara Millington has been with the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI) since February 2004. As Research Director, she is primarily responsible for leading the oil sands research projects. In addition, she assists in the production of market research, economic analysis and economic modeling. Ms. Millington has participated in various projects involving oil sands, crude oil, natural gas, LNG, and renewable energy.
Dinara is also a main contributor to the Institute's Commodity Report – Crude Oil and co-authored CERI’s Alberta Electricity Monthly publication. Since joining CERI, Dinara has guest lectured at the University of Calgary and has contributed in data management and price forecasting committees.
Dinara graduated with a Masters of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Calgary, specializing in Econometrics and Time-series Analysis. Her graduate thesis was to evaluate the relationship between the oil price, oil consumption and GDP growth in oil-exporting and oil-importing countries. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with minor in Finance from the University of Calgary.
Ms. Millington spent one year studying at Masarykov University in Brno, Czech Republic, as well as worked and lived abroad in Kazakhstan.
Presentation Title: Present and Near Future Canadian Crude Quality
Bill Lywood is president of Crude Quality Inc, an Alberta based company focused on crude quality related issues pertaining to the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors of the industry. Among Crude Quality's many projects is the flagship crudemonitor.ca website where detailed quality information on western Canadian crude streams is available through the sponsorship of the Industry Technical Committee and facilitated by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Additionally, Crude Quality Inc has consulted on and facilitated projects for CAPP, AERI, Alberta Energy and others. Bill holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of Waterloo and is an avid saltwater and freshwater fly fisherman.
Presentation Title: When Does an Opportunity Crude become an Opportunity for Me?
Terry Thompson is Project Manager for the SGS Applied Technology and Innovation Center (ATIC) located in The Woodlands, TX. The ATIC supplies onsite automated fluid characterization technology and engineering support for the upstream, midstream, and downstream markets.
Terry received his M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Alabama-Birmingham and has spent the past 31 years in analytical support in the areas of petroleum process control, product quality, and laboratory management. His most recent responsibilities have been as a Senior Analytical Chemist with Motiva/Shell and as a Business Development Manager with SGS. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, ASTM, and the Crude Oil Quality Association.
Presentation Title: High TAN Brazilian Crude Oil and its Distillates Cuts Analyzed by Negative-ion Electrospray FT-ICR Mass Spectrometry
Alexandre Gomes is a petroleum chemist in Petrobras Research and Development Center,working in Crude Assay Technology Group since 1989. He has B.Sc. in Industrial Chemistry (1993) and M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry (1999). Nowadays the main activities are researches about organic acids in crude oil, heavy oil upgrading and TBP curves.
Presentation Title: Unconventional Crude Oil Selection and Compatibility
Scott Sayles is an Executive Consultant with KBC Advanced Technologies, Inc. Houston, Texas. He has over 30 years of refinery and petrochemical experience, ranging from refinery plant manager to research engineer. Sayles has 15 patents and holds degrees from Michigan Technological University (BSChE) and Lamar University (MSChE).
Presentation Title: Assessing and Predicting the Corrosive Impact of Opportunity Crudes
Brian Chambers is currently Engineering Manager, Honeywell Corrosion Solutions (part of Advanced Solutions, Honeywell International, Inc.). Dr. Chambers is responsible for the Technical Services division which encompasses all laboratory evaluations and services as well as certain consulting services. Dr. Chambers has extensive experience in laboratory assessment of corrosion and cracking in environments relevant to the oil and gas and refining industries. He has been responsible for dozens of laboratory projects at Honeywell for individual clients covering a wide range of corrosion and materials degradation issues for a variety of industries. In addition to his managing responsibilities and individiual project efforts, Dr. Chambers is also the principal investigator for multiple Joint Industry Programs (JIPs), including those for crude corrosivity, corrosion in crude distillation unit overhead operations, rich amine corrosivity, and sour service limits of modified 13Cr alloys.
Dr. Chambers is an active member of NACE International and participates in several materials and corrosion-related committees for NACE and EFC, including TG 085, WP13/STG 61, and WP15. In addition, Dr. Chambers is a member of the maintenance panel for document MR0175 / ISO15156. He is a reviewer for NACE and the electrochemical society (ECS) and has published in several journals and conference proceedings on a variety of topics, including oil & gas production, refinery, ethanol, and aerospace corrosion and cracking issues.
Presentation Title: Using Proven Technology to Optimize Profitability When Processing Opportunity Crudes
Lawrence N Kremer is Senior Technology Advisor at Baker Hughes responsible for future technologies such as CO2 management, bio fuels, and new market areas. In his 28 years at Baker Hughes he has also worked in the areas of support for process aids, water treatment, power plant additives, and fuel additives. Current activities include processing of high acid and difficult crude oils, fireside additives, alternative fuels, and solving problems with sludge in storage tanks.
Larry has a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Texas and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Utah. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Nuclear Physics Institute in Amsterdam, Netherlands and a Post Doctoral Fellow at Yale University.
Larry is a member of the ACS (American chemical Society), AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science), NACE (National Association of Corrosion Engineers), and AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers). For the last several years Larry has been Chairman of the AIChE sessions on desalting. Larry Kremer was a panelist at the 2001 NPRA Q&A Conference and is on the Q&A Selection Committee.
Presentation Title: Innovative Catalyst Technologies Offer Flexibility for Resid FCC
Joe McLean is Global Technology Manager for Refining Catalysts for BASF Corporation (formerly Engelhard), based in Houston. He works with refiners worldwide to implement BASF's refining technologies for their applications. He joined Engelhard in 1987, holding positions in R&D, sales, technical service, and marketing. He has more than 30 years industry experience, including positions with ARCO, Research-Cottrell, and Hydrocarbon Research, Inc. before joining Engelhard. He holds six US patents and has authored or presented over eighty publications and technical papers related to fluid catalytic cracking, residual oil conversion, synthetic fuels, and coal processing. He holds a B.S.E. from Princeton University and a M.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, in Chemical Engineering
Presentation Title: ART's Newest EB RHC Catalyst Technology
Balbir Lakhanpal has over 30 years of experience in the field of petroleum refining with Caltex, Grace Davison, and Advanced Refining Technologies (ART) in the Middle East, Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. He is currently responsible for ART's EB Resid hydrocracking catalyst business segment. Balbir has authored several papers in FCC and resid hydrocracking for various international seminars and conferences. He received his B.S Ch. E. degree from Panjab University and an MBA in Finance from Open University, UK
Presentation Title: New Technology for Enhanced Clean Diesel Production
Mike Hunter is Principal Hydroprocessing Engineer with Haldor Topsoe, Inc. in Orange, California. He provides engineering support to the Hydroprocessing Catalyst and Technology business unit both domestically and internationally. He has experience in the areas of process engineering, research and development and refinery operations principally in the areas of hydrotreating and hydrocracking. His 34 year career includes working for Unocal Science and Technology Division, Kellogg Brown and Root and 11 years currently with Haldor Topsoe.
Mr. Hunter has BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from Arizona State University.
Presentation Title: LC-FINING Technology for Processing VR Derived From Opportunity Crudes
Ujjal Mukherjee is the Vice President, Technology, for Chevron Lummus Global. He has worked in refining and petrochemicals for thirty years of which the last twenty years have been in high-pressure hydroprocessing involving process development, engineering, and operations. His special area of expertise is technology development in distillate and residue hydrocracking. Ujjal holds ten patents in high-pressure hydroprocessing and is the author of numerous technical articles and papers related to refining technologies. He has also authored chapters on hydrocracking. Ujjal has a BS in Chemical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, India, MS in Chemical Engineering from ENSPM, France, and an MBA from Rutgers University.
Presentation Title: Increase Overall Liquid Yields from HCU and FCC-based Refineries Using the ROSE® Process
Rashid Iqbal has over 35 years of experience in heavy oil upgrading and refining industries. He has worked in operation, design and development of heavy oil technologies. He has worked for KBR for 23 years and currently holds the position of Director of Resid Upgrading in the Technology Business Unit of KBR.
Presentation Title: Opportunity Crudes: Improving Refinery Margins with Solvent Deasphalting and Delayed Coking
Scott W. Shorey is Director - Technology Business Development for Foster Wheeler USA Corp. and is based in Houston, Texas. Scott is responsible for licensing process technologies and support services; which include delayed coking, solvent deasphalting, visbreaking, hydrogen production, and sulfur recovery technologies. He has more than 32 years of experience involving technology applications for the production of high-quality transportation fuels, petrochemical feedstocks, and heavy oil/residue upgrading. He has worked extensively in technology development and process licensing since graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering.
Presentation Title: Diesel Creation in the FCC-centered Refinery
Phillip Niccum joined KBR's Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) team in 1989 following nine years of FCC related work for a major oil company. Since that time, he has held various FCC related positions at KBR including Process Manager, Technology Manager, Chief Technology Engineer of Fluid Catalytic Cracking and now Director of Fluid Catalytic Technology.
Professional activities have included engineering management, process engineering, project engineering, marketing, and licensing. Areas of technical strength include FCCU design, pre-commissioning and start-up, trouble-shooting, and economic optimization of FCCU operations.
Presentation Title: Advanced Resid Cracking Catalysts for Propylene Maximization
E. Thomas (Tom) Habib, Jr. is currently the Director of Customer Research Partnerships for Refining Technologies, in the Grace Catalysts Technologies Division of W. R. Grace & Co. – Conn. He was previously R&D Director for Refining Technologies, General Manager of Davison Refining Services, Research Director for Petroleum Chemicals, and Technical Service Manager for Petroleum Chemicals, all with W. R. Grace. Prior to his career at W. R. Grace, he worked for Mobil Oil Corp. as a Research Engineer, Senior Research Engineer, and Project Leader.
Mr. Habib holds a B. S. in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell University and a M. S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware. Mr. Habib has authored or co-authored numerous technical papers, presentations and lectures, and is co-author of the book “Fluid Catalytic Cracking With Zeolite Catalysts” and the corresponding author for the chapter “Fluid Catalytic Cracking” in The Handbook of Heterogeneous Catalysis. He is listed as a co-inventor on 6 U. S. patents.
Presentation Title: Utilization of Alberta Oil Sands Coke for the Production of Valuable Products-Opportunities and Challenges
Dr. du Plessis is Senior Advisor (Energy Technologies) with Alberta Innovates: Energy and Environment Solutions (previously Alberta Energy Research Institute-AERI) and Alberta Finance and Enterprise. He works with industry and government organizations in the areas of oil sands, upgrading, refining, petrochemicals, environment and clean energy technologies. Responsibilities include evaluation and development of new and improved technologies, strategic planning, stimulating innovation and the growth of Alberta’s energy industry.
Dr. du Plessis has extensive experience in directing and managing research and technology development in the public and private sectors. His industrial experience includes process engineering at SASOL, South Africa (synthetic fuels) and oil sands piloting and process development in Alberta.
Dr. du Plessis is a registered professional engineer and a member of various professional organizations including the Petroleum Society, the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE).
He holds a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Natal, Durban South Africa and a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Edmonton.
Presentation Title: Regional Refining Trends over the Next Decade Driving Hydrogen Growth Globally
Mr. Baade is the global marketing manager for refining/production for Air Products. He has over 35 years of industrial experience in various sales, business development and marketing assignments to the global refining and petrochemical industries. In 1994, he started his current assignment and is responsible for marketing industrial gases and services to the global refining and petroleum production industries. Mr. Baade holds a BS degree in chemical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and graduated in 1976. He also obtained an MBA degree from Lehigh University in 1982. He was awarded the Air Products Chairman’s Award for Excellence in 2005 with another colleague for their creation of the hydrogen outsourcing business, which has grown into a $2 billion per year business for Air Products.
Mr. Baade is co-author of ten papers starting in 1991 on the subject of industrial gas supplied hydrogen to meet the clean fuels challenges for the refining industry, which were published in industry journals such as Hydrocarbon Processing, Petroleum Technology Quarterly, and Hydrocarbon Engineering. He has authored papers and presented at Industry conferences such at the NPRA Annual meetings and Hart’s Global Fuels conferences. He is also co-author of several US patents relating to Air Products adsorption based technology for hydrogen separation and production.
Presentation Title: Regional Refining Trends over the Next Decade Driving Hydrogen Growth Globally
Sanjiv Ratan is Deputy Vice President for Technip Group’s Hydrogen Product-line and Technologies, based in California, USA. He is responsible, on corporate level, for techno-commercial direction and strategy as well as technology consolidation, state-of the-art competitiveness and promotion of the hydrogen-syngas product-line. For the past 4 years, he served as Chief Technology Officer of the product-line and prior to joining Technip USA in 2004; he was Director Syngas Technology at Technip Benelux in The Netherlands, where he served for more than 20 years in various positions and responsibilities.
Sanjiv has over 30 years of experience and extensive international exposure in the field of hydrogen-syngas covering Hydrogen, HyCO, Ammonia, DRI, GTL as well as related C-management. He is well recognized in the industry and has contributed more than 50 papers in international conferences and publications, apart from chairing various sessions relating to Hydrogen-syngas.
He holds a Bachelor of Technology (honors) degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India.
Presentation Title: Upgrading of Extraheavy Crude Oil. San Fernando Crude Oil Case
Luis Javier Hoyos Marín has worked since 1993 at Petroleum Research Institute, the R&D center of Ecopetrol. In this 3mulation project leader, petroleum refining and petrochemistry manager. The last two years he has also been the leader for downstream R&D. He surveys petroleum refining, petrochemistry, transportation, biofuels, and alternatives energies projects.
Presentation Title: The Challenges and Opportunities of Processing Heavy Oils in China
Lin Aiguo is the Chief Engineer of PetroChina.
Mr. Lin has over 30 years experience in China's petroleum and petrochemical industry. He has been the Deputy Director, Executive Deputy Director of Sinopec’s Shengli Refinery of Qilu Petrochemical Company since July 1993, the Vice General Manager of Dalian West Pacific Petrochemical Company Limited since May 1996, the General Manager of Dalian West Pacific Petrochemical Company Limited since August 1998 and the General Manager of Refining & Marketing Company of the Company since December 2002. Mr. Lin was appointed as The Chief Engineer of PetroChina in June 2007 and the President of PetroChina Petrochemical Research Institute in March 2011.
Presentation Title: Suncor Refinery and Upgrader Integration Strategies for Maximum Profitability
Randy Segato is the Crude Quality Specialist for Suncor Energy with 25 years experience in Refining and Crude and Products Marketing. A graduate of Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Randy spent 10 years at Shell Canada in Process Engineering and Refinery Supply. Randy then moved to Suncor Energy as manager Economics and Scheduling. Later as a Crude Trader and Planning expert, he assisted in the growth of Suncor Energy's Crude Oil Marketing department. He now manages the diverse crude quality portfolio for Suncor's Refineries and equity production assets, including all Suncor's Synthetic and Heavy production from Western Canada. In addition, Randy provides leadership to several Canadian Crude Oil Industry associations for the advancement of Crude Quality initiatives. (CRW diluent specifications, EQ committee, Chair of Crude Monitor Committee, Chair of CAPP Crude Oil Quality Committee). Finally he also serves as Vice President of the Canadian Crude Quality Technical Association (CCQTA) and is an active associate of the the U.S. based Crude Oil Quality Association.
Presentation Title: Bitumen and Heavy Oil Pipeline Transportation: Effect of Diluent Quality Issues
Parviz Rahimi obtained his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Alberta in 1980 and joined Natural Resources Canada in 1981. Currently he is working as senior research scientist in the primary upgrading division of the CanmetENERGY in Devon, Alberta, Canada. His expertise in bitumen chemistry extends beyond molecular characterization into upgrading processes including field upgrading. He has extensive knowledge of partial upgrading either using thermal conversion such as visbreaking or partial deasphalting for the purpose of reducing the required diluent for pipeline transportation. He has established an expert team to address the stability and compatibility issues related to partially upgraded bitumen and heavy oils as well as during production and upgrading. His recent research activities include fouling and corrosion related to bitumen processing. He has established networking research into understanding bitumen/heavy oil processing with Universities, Government departments and private research organizations as well as major oil companies
Presentation Title: Shale Oil: Challenges and Impacts on Refineries
Sam Lordo is the Marketing Manager – Process at Nalco's Energy Services Division. Sam has over 35 years of experience in refining and petrochemical industries accumulated through Exxon Chemical, Nalco/Exxon Energy Chemicals, L.P. and Nalco Energy Services. Current assignments are to support marketing activities in the North America Region and coordinate technology activities with super major refiners sites worldwide. Sam is involved with desalting and corrosion control technical and technology developments. Sam has been a member of NACE for 16 years, author of several papers on corrosion control, desalting, and Opportunity Crude Processing. Sam is an active NPRA participant and was a member of the 2002 NPRA Q&A Panel. Sam holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia
Presentation Title: Eagle Ford, Niobrara & Other Shale Play Developments: Integrated Outlooks
Co-founded EAI, Inc. in the early 1980's. EAI, Inc. has become a leading consulting and engineering firm in the areas of crude supply, petroleum logistics, refining, fuels marketing and petroleum economics. EAI, Inc. provides business strategy, business development, project evaluation, technology evaluation and market analysis consulting services to companies around the globe. EAI, Inc.'s clients include the integrated oil companies, independent refiners, most U.S. product pipeline companies and North American crude pipeline companies, petroleum retailers and marketers, commercial consumers (airlines, railroads, trucking firms, etc…) and investment banks.
Joe has specific expertise and a breath of experience relating to petroleum fuels, logistics and supply chain management. Joe has led many studies helping companies develop transportation/logistical solutions and is known in industry as one of the leading experts in this field. Joe and EAI, Inc. also use this expertise to assist commercial and retail companies in improving their fuel supply and purchasing strategy and operations.
Before co-founding EAI, Inc. Joe worked in the alternative fuels and technology development business and was involved with two other startup companies, a major engineering firm and a resource development firm. Joe has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Wayne State University and an MS in Chemical Engineering from Case Institute of Technology. Joe is a member of the National Petroleum Refiners Associations, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and recently served for three years on the board of one of the largest independently owned convenience store operators in the U.S.
Presentation Title: The Changing Crude Oil Market: Evaluating New Grades of Crude Oil
Pat Swafford is a Solutions Consultant for Spiral Software with deep expertise in crude oil quality, refinery planning and scheduling, and refinery performance monitoring. Pat has over 20 years of refinery economics, optimization and scheduling experience in both operating companies and software firms. He also has an extensive knowledge of the markets for crude oil and refined products and the economic effects of these on refinery operations. Mr. Swafford holds an MBA degree in Management from Oklahoma City University, and a BS degree from East Central University.
Presentation Title: Insoluble Asphaltenes from Blending Heavy Crudes with Shale Oils
For 13 years Irwin (Irv) Wiehe has been president of Soluble Solutions, a consulting company specializing in improving the processing of petroleum resids and heavy oils and in the solving of refinery fouling problems. Irv has invented, developed, and applied a series of tools that enables him to diagnose, to treat, and to cure refinery fouling and coking problems. These have been applied to petroleum refineries all over the world. In addition to consulting, Irv has taught 37 short courses for 30 institutions in 13 countries and 4 continents. Also, Irv is the founder of two annual conferences that have been meeting for over ten years: the International Conference on Refinery Processing for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling. Irv, a Fellow of AIChE, has a PhD in chemical engineering from Washington University (St. Louis) and worked at Exxon Corporate Research for 22 years. Irv is author of a book, Process Chemistry of Petroleum Macromolecules, that summarizes his 35 years of research of heavy oils while devising innovative solutions to heavy oil conversion and refinery fouling problems, published by CRC Press.
Workshop Title: Crude Unit Corrosion Control Techniques-Opportunity Crude Processing
Randy G. Rechtien is an employee of Baker Hughes’ Downstream Chemicals Division. In his current position as Corrosion Group Manager, he is responsible for directing corrosion control efforts, with an emphasis on optimizing and troubleshooting refinery additive applications. During his 20-year career, he has implemented process improvements in a wide range of refinery areas, including crude units, FCCU’s, hydroprocessors, cokers and finished fuels.
Randy is a member of AIChE and NACE and has authored or co-authored several papers and publications. Randy holds a BSChE from Rice University in Houston, Texas.
Workshop Title: Heavy Oil Hydrocracking for Higher Diesel Production
Kathy Wu is a senior hydrocracking technical service engineer at Criterion catalyst and technologies L.P., responsible for preparing catalyst proposals, supporting unit startups, monitoring catalyst performance, and coordinating customer pilot plant tests. Previously, Kathy worked at BP as a hydroprocessing technology consultant and at UOP as a hydroprocessing technology engineer. She also worked for FMC and SINOPEC in China during her career. She received her BS in Chemical engineering from South China University of Technology and MS degree from Purdue University.