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 Expert  723348

Expert in Chemical Engineering, Trouble Shooting of Chemical Plants, Fats & Oils, Biodiesel, Biofuels


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Heredia
Costa Rica
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Expert is a chemical engineer with master's degree in Business Management. Expert has over 22 years of experience in large Oleo chemical oil refineries, petrochemicals and fertilizer industries in Asian countries. He has been involved in successful troubleshooting of various plants from erection to production management. He has gained expertise in commissioning of gas, naphtha and fuel-oil fired furnaces, boilers, distillation, steam turbines, fractionation, cryogenics, high pressure reactors, molecular distillation, oil-splitting, refining, distillation, BIODIESEL & saponification processes.

He has also conducted HAZOP studies of various installations and new add-on systems. He had active involvement in implementation of TPM and WCM, GMP, ISO 9002, ISO 14001 and ISO 18000 systems. The project management from scratch to reality: successful timely completion is one of his strengths.

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chemical manufacturing facility evaluation

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chemical plant

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chemical plant design

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chemical plant layout

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chemical plant management

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chemical plant operation

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chemical plant start-up

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chemical process design

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chemical industry

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new chemical process operations

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pilot plant scale-up

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plant operations management

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product cost reduction

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production control

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production engineering

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production management

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saponification

Successfully installed commissioned 5MMGAL plant located in Costa Rica under the banner of Quimiocos Vesgtales SA. The Plant primary feed stock is Palm oil using inhouse catalyst preparation and methanol as reactant (2005).

Successfully designed, erected, commissioned and started 4.5MMGAL trans-esterification plant in AGROSA, LEON, NICARAGUA (2006).

Designed 10 MMGAL plant with palm oil feed stock in CIA NUMAR, Costa Rica (2007).

Designed 10 MMGAL plant with palm oil feed stock for Jaremar Biodiesel, Honduras (2007).

Designed 6.5MMGAL plant for multi-feed stock capable to handle any type of feed stock with any level free fatty acid for Carbon Neutral, Madison GA.

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biodiesel startup

He is an expert in the Shutek process for biodiesel. Shutek Oleo has developed its unique process which meets all international quality standards parameters at optimal cost of operation. The Shutek process is very competitive cost wise.

The process consists the following steps which guarantee maximum yield and better quality: Feed preparation, Catalyst preparation, Trans-esterification ( Batch / Continuous), Separation of Glycerols, Continuous Counter current ester Washing, Vacuum drying, Filtration, Methanol recovery and rectification, Vent scrubbing, and Glycerin purification.

Advantages of Shutek process includes: Zero effluent & Zero emission of gases (environment friendly), Built in accordance to API standards (increased safety), 100% Methanol recovery (lower operating cost), Continuous Glycerin separation (increased conversion yield), Flexibility for batch and continuous operation, More than 98% conversion yield in short time, Incorporated heat recovery system (lower energy consumption), Advanced process control with high degree of instrumentation (increased reliability), Vertical start of the plant, operator friendly, Layout (short project duration), and cost competitive with best quality product (lower capital investment).

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biodiesel technology

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biodiesel technology development

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biodiesel fuel

Conversion of existing petroleum fuel fired furnaces to biomass fired furnaces for lower cost of operation and protecting environment. Currently doing changes in Costa Rica to burn palm fiber.
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biomass

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biomass fuel

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biofuel


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Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1997   MBA   Operation Management   Indira Gandhi National Open University , New Delhi, India  
1991   MS   Operation Technology   Birla Institute of Technology & Science,Pilani, India  
1988   AMIE   Chemical Engineering   Institution of Engineers, India  
1983   DME   Mechanical Engineering   Government Polytechnic, Kanpur , India  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2006 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 

Board of Directors

 

Board member

 

Responsible for development of technologies to produce biodiesel and extraction of precious components of palm oil like tocotrinol, tocopherol and beta-carotenes.

2002 to 2006

 

Quimicos Vegetables S A

 

Technical

 

VP

 

Responsible for trouble shooting, de-bottle-necking, operation and maintenance of an Oleo-chemicals complex attached with saponification plant and effluent treatment plant. Have gained hands on experience in Fractionation under high vacuum, methyl ester, amides production . Work involves the management of Just in Time production, quality control, plant maintenance and improvement in process as well as in quality. The major achievement in process improvement in BIODIESEL plant, quality enhancement of soap product, cost reduction in utilities and chemical consumption. Reporting to President and responsible for over 80 personnel.

2001 to 2002

 

IFFCO (M) Sdn. Bhd.

 

Technical

 

Dy. General Manager

 

Responsible for trouble shooting, de-bottle-necking, operation and maintenance of an Oleochemicals complex attached with saponification plant and effluent treatment plant. Have gained hands on experience in oil & fat hydrogenation, distillation & fractionation of various fatty acids, oil & fat splitting, glycerin distillation, effluent treatment, boilers & utilities, tank farm and saponification plants. Work involves the management of Just in Time production, quality control, plant maintenance and improvement in process as well as in quality. The major achievement in process improvement in fatty acid fractionation plant, quality enhancement of soap product, cost reduction in utilities and chemical consumption. Reporting to Managing Director and responsible for over 60 operating and maintenance personnel.

1997 to 2001

 

Pan Century Edible Oils Sdn Bhd

 

Production

 

Senior manager Production

 

Responsible for the management of Malaysia's largest palm oil refinery at single location, fatty acid distillation, hydrogenation of oil & fat, utilities, Hydrogen gas generation plants. Work involves just in time production, manpower scheduling, evaluation of plant performance, de-bottle-necking, process improvement quality control WCM, ISO 9002, ISO 14001, plant maintenance and modifications. The major achievement in revamping of oil refinery, quality improvement, implementation of new distillation plant, cost reduction in utilities consumption and improvement in process yield. The work involves trouble shooting of oil refinery and fatty acid distillation plants, process modification, capacity enhancement and project implementation. Reporting to the Vice President (Technical) and responsible for over 35 operating and staff personnel.

1994 to 1997

 

Indo Gulf Fertilizer & Chemical ltd.

 

Production

 

Shift Engineer Ammonia

 

Responsible for smooth, efficient & safe operation of Ammonia plant including start up, shut down and emergency handling. Work involves manpower scheduling evaluation of plant performance, debottlenecking, troubleshooting quality control, TPM, ISO 9002, pollution control and maintenance of plant equipment. The job involves the trouble shooting of cryogenic operation, rotating machines, catalytic reactors, furnaces, heat exchangers, distillation, absorption and striping columns, high pressure boilers and Carbon Dioxide Removal system and their efficient operation and annual turn around maintenance. The major achievement in Purge gas Recovery plant commissioning, de-bottle-necking of CDR plant, implementation of naphtha fired furnace and plant capacity enhancement. Reporting to the plant manager and responsible for 15 shift operating personnel.

1991 to 1994

 

Reliance Industries Ltd.

 

Production

 

Process Safety Engineer

 

Responsible for erection, commissioning and operation of GLYCOLs & ETHYLENE section including the enhancement of occupational safety. The work involved safety training, jetty operations, safety audit of Ethylene Oxide installations of customer's industries. The job involved cryogenics operations like handling liquid Ethylene and liquification of vapours, tank farm management and MIS and co-ordination with shipping division & jetty operating personnel. Reporting to the production manager and responsible for 14 operating personnel.

1983 to 1991

 

Krishak Bharti Cooperative Limited

 

Production

 

process controller

 

Responsible for erection, pre-commissioning, commissioning and process control of 2x1350 MTPD Kellogg Gas Based Ammonia Plants. The work involved catalyst handling & reduction, operation of furnaces, high pressure boilers, centrifugal compressors, catalytic steam reformers, shift conversion and ammonia synthesis, refrigeration and cooling towers. The major achievements are in the pant performance and capacity improvement in Purge Gas Recovery Plant. Reporting to the Dy. Manager and responsible for 7 operating personnel.


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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1997 to 2002   Malaysia   Responsible for trouble shooting, de-bottle-necking, operation and maintenance of an Oleochemicals complex attached with saponification plant and effluent treatment plant. Have gained hands on experience in oil & fat hydrogenation, distillation & fractionation of various fatty acids, oil & fat splitting, glycerin distillation, effluent treatment, boilers & utilities, tank farm and saponification plants. Work involves the management of Just in Time production, quality control, plant maintenance and improvement in process as well as in quality. The major achievement in process improvement in fatty acid fractionation plant, quality enhancement of soap product, cost reduction in utilities and chemical consumption.

2002 to   Costa Rica   Responsible for trouble shooting, de-bottle-necking, operation and maintenance of an Oleo-chemicals complex attached with saponification plant and effluent treatment plant. Have gained hands on experience in Fractionation under high vacuum, methyl ester, amides production . Work involves the management of Just in Time production, quality control, plant maintenance and improvement in process as well as in quality. The major achievement in process improvement in BIODIESEL plant, quality enhancement of soap product, cost reduction in utilities and chemical consumption

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
English  
Spanish  
Malay   learning stage

 

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