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 Expert  726348

Expert in Design and Engineering of Chemical Plants and Petroleum Refineries

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Texas (TX)
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness

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As a Registered Professional Engineer, Expert has provided expert testimony and litigation support in cases involving petrochemical processing and has worked for law firms as an Engineering Consultant. His job as a consultant is to study technical documents and review failed processes. His expertise allows him to be able to spot weak assumptions and inadequate work, making him a very reliable and successful expert consultant and witness. He is also able to point out favorable and unfavorable facts during his testimonies. He is keen in developing scientific testing to shed more light on the issue at hand. He is often retained to provide expert assessments, evaluations and insights on the various topics listed below.

The Expert's career industry spans 45 years in design and operation of petroleum refineries and petrochemical plants. As a consultant to the industry he provides services to major firms worldwide. He is often retained to analyze chemical processing issues, provide front-end engineering and design including developing process flow diagrams, P &IDs, heat and material balances, searching for technical information at the library, and developing conceptual design. He is also often retained to provide solutions to existing environmental and product quality problems, assist in purchasing major equipment and services, and to generate general arrangement drawings showing layout for several petroleum refineries and petrochemical plants. Much of his work originates at executing process simulators: He has used and is familiar with Simscis PROCESS 4.01, ASPEN, HYSYS and HYSIM. He is also familiar with using Design II Winsim (Chemshare) for the last 30 years and has simulated processes in petroleum refining particularly crude distillation, vacuum distillation, reforming, hydrotreating, lube oil fractionation, ethylene, feed preparation, quench, recovery and concentration. He is also familiar with processing fine chemicals specifically mercaptan, formaldehyde, dimethyl ether, chlorinated solvents, ethers, esters. He has experience in reforming processes of hydrogen and ammonia, performing ethanol dehydration using azeotropic distillation, and assessing evaporation and molecular sieve. He has experience in gas processing and turbo-expander, JT, dehydration, compression, and distillation layout. As of 2016, Expert continues to consult for major petroleum refiners and petrochemical plants. Recent work included consultation to firms like Marathon Oil, Devon Energy, The Williams, Goodyear.


chemical engineering


chemical plant


chemical plant design


chemical plant layout


chemical process design


chemical processing system safety


chemical regulation


chemical safety


oil refinery equipment


petrochemical process


petroleum engineering


petroleum industry


petroleum processing


petroleum refinery design review

The Expert can perform literature research at university & public libraries and Internet. He has developed process models of a variety of chemical processes by obtaining vapor-liquid-equilibrium data and then developing the thermodynamic information for predicting separation. This v-l-e information is then used to develop complex models for separation and a design basis for new plants.

distillation equipment

The Expert has prepared and certified Air Emissions Inventory, Wastewater Permit Applications and represented clients with EPA and state regulatory agencies and is familiar with regulations pertaining to processing, storage and transportation of toxic chemicals. Examples of his Emissions Inventory includes work for Mobil Oil, Chalmette, Murphy Oil, Meraux, Quantum Chemical, Houston, Lyondell Polymers, Pasadena.

His extensive experience in his field of expertise qualifies him to assist on cases and matters regarding Inventory of proposed new point and fugitive emission sources, determining point and fugitive emission rate, preparing concept design and control schemes, verifying emission offsets and banks for EPA, comparing emission to minimize rates, conducting BACT assessments, performing modeling evaluations for any pollutant exceeding, and performing modeling to determine impact on NAAQS.

He can also assist in negotiating reasonable discharge standards where regulatory agencies have established inappropriate limits based on unscientific assumptions. His approach is to review proposed standards and available data to determine if a possibility exists for less stringent limit exists. A meeting with the State or EPA is then held in which the rationale for modified effluent standards is presented. Depending upon the proposed strategy and the agency's response, he can design overall programs for justifying more appropriate limits.

In addition to NPDES permit negotiations, he is qualified to offer guidance and serve in the following areas: Expert Testimony, Regulatory Agency Testimony, Thermal Studies, Water Quality Modeling, and Baseline Studies in terms of environmental matters.


environment-related assessment


environmental regulation


environmental liability


environmental chemistry


environmental condition


environmental effect

Over the last 45 years, the Expert has worked around the following chemicals: Crude Oil, Vacuum Oil, Naptha, Diesel, AGO, Ethylene, Propylene, Formaldehyde, Thiols methyl mercaptan, ethyl mercaptan, DMS, thiophene, Chlorinated solvents, methyl chloroform, TCE, Vinyl chloride, Ethyl vinyl alcohol, Cumene, Benzene, Electronic chemicals, echants, Caustic chlorine, Hydrogen and Ammonia.

His extensive experience makes him an expert in fine chemicals (Prefer to previous sections for examples of his legal work related to this specific field of expertise).


fine chemical


fine chemical marketing


fine chemical production

For chemical manufacturing projects under $10 MM, the Expert has experience managing entire engineering processes for the job. He has handled project change orders and negotiating cost overruns. Engineering design on one plant was recently completed for producing ethanol in Minnesota. The following two grass root plants were built on engineering by the Expert's firm under his direct supervision, an Ethanol plant concerning Celeron Oil and a refining plant for the diversified CPC in various parts of the world.

project management


engineering project management

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Houston, Texas;  Pasadena, Texas;  Beaumont, Texas;  College Station, Texas;  Baytown, Texas;  Bryan, Texas;  Sugar Land, Texas;  Port Arthur, Texas;  Galveston, Texas;  and Missouri City, Texas.

Often requested
with this expert:

Chemical Process and Design
Chemical Process Design and Automation, Industrial Energy...
Process Engineering & Design, APC, Expert Witness;...
Process Design

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1971   B. S.   Chemical Engineering   University of the West Indies   Honors

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

1979 to






He is founder, owner and operator of a small engineering firm. He provides expert testimony and litigation support in cases involving petrochemical processing, chemicals manufacturing, construction defects, and intellectual property issues and have worked for law firms as an Engineering Consultant. He employs his knowledge of U. S. procedures in engineering and construction.

1977 to 1979


Mt. Airy Refining Co.


Plant Engineering Manager


Responsible for all engineering at the refinery.

1975 to 1976


Sid Richardson Carbon Company


Plant Development Engineer


Develop and engineer new processes.

1974 to 1974


Guyana Bauxite Company


Process Engineer


Provide engineering at their alumina plant.

1971 to 1973


Surinam Aluminum Co. (Alcoa)


Process Engineer


Provide engineering at their alumina plant.

Career Accomplishments:

P E. Texas

Publications and Patents Summary

He has one patent on refining liquified petroleum in specific conditions.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • The Expert has over 30 years of consulting experience. The Expert has worked for law firms as an Engineering Consultant. He is also a consultant at his own petroleum engineering industry.
  • He is a consultant for the design and operation of petroleum refineries and petrochemical plants, providing services to major firms worldwide.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Plant p-Diclhrobenzene.
  • Expert in process engineer and refinery for consulting on Refinery Process Engineer.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert Witness in Gulsby-Bay Plant Partners v. Gulf Liquids New River Project LLC 2. Expert Witness Fidelity & Deposit Company of Maryland ("F&D") through its consultant, Lin Heath of Nicholson Professional Consulting, Inc. ("NPCI") as a consulting expert in connection with litigation styled Process Construction v Kenton County Airport Board & URS Corporation v Fidelity & Deposit Company. 3. Expert Witness in Arbitration Lurgi, Inc. v. Thermal Kinetics Systems, LLC
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert witness expert engineering refinery construction for consulting.
  • Expert for consulting on Mercaptan Litigation.
  • Expert in propane leak and remediation for consulting on propane leak in house.
  • Expert in chemical process plant design for consulting on plant/facility and process engineering.
  • Expert in ethanol plant construction with emphasis in the design drawing, process plan review and site inspection.
  • Expert in Chlor-alkali manufacture processes.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1971 to 2016   London; Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire; Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq; Shanghai   His expertise in chemical processing and petrochemical manufacture has taken him to various global locales.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
Dutch   Rusty

Additional Skills and Services:
Other Skills and Services

He is familiar with the following processes:

Gas Processing: Turbo expander, JT, Amine Treating, De Hy, Mol. Sieves

Petroleum Refining: Crude /Vacuum Distillation, Reforming, Hydro-treating, FCCU, TGTU

Petrochemicals: Ethylene, propylene; Ethanol (Gasohol); Formaldehyde; De Hy. Sulfide, Methyl Mercaptan, Ethyl Mercaptan, DMS; Caustic Chlorine

Other Processes: Hydrogen, Carbon Black, Alumina; Electronic Chemicals & Etchants, Mixing and blending of high purity chemicals


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