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January 14, 2018

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Michael A. Taube Curriculum Vitae Page * of * +1 855 *** **** Process Engineering, APC, Training, Project Management & Expert Witness +64 9801 8016 +61 86 225 2801

“If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, G.1.4– 01/18 wait until you hire an amateur!” - Red Adair

Expertise Summary: LinkedIn Profile: Solving the problems no one else can, based on broad experience across multiple industry sectors and functional areas, including process design, construction, commissioning and operations for the mid-stream, LNG/LPG, refining, petrochemical, chemical, agrichemicals and bio-fuels industries; utilizing versatile and wide-ranging technical expertise and results-oriented management skills with geographically and culturally diverse teams and projects. Effectively communicate with management, colleagues and subordinates. Experienced as an Expert Witness in technical and economic analysis for process industry related cases. Process Design experience includes P&ID development, heat, material and pressure balances, hydraulics, steady state and dynamic process modeling, equipment evaluation, trouble-shooting and sizing. Advanced expertise in control applications, advanced regulatory controls design and automation systems, including batch and model-predictive control (APC/MPC). Knowledgeable in crude and polar solvent distillation, cryogenic design and process operations, olefins cracking, light ends, olefins and LPG distillation and leading HAZOPs. Extensive project leadership and management experience, including international projects and multinational/multicultural staff.

Education: B.S. Chemical Engineering

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Experience Matrix:

Process Design Process Modeling Project Engineering Process Control Equipment Sizing Process Economics Commissioning Process Trouble-shooting P&ID Development Cause & Effect (C&E) Consulting Project Management Operations Management Construction Litigation Support Expert Witness HAZOP, LOPA, PSM Alarm Rationalization Alarm Management Abnormal Situation (ASM) Experion C300, Delta-V Yokogawa CS3000 TDC3000, TDC2000 Rosemount RS/3, Foxboro IA Refining, Petrochemical Specialty Chemical (Semi)Batch Control Cross-Cultural Projects Startup/Shutdown Operator Training Propylene Oxide (PO) Glycol, Glycol Ether Machine/Deep Learning t-Butyl Alcohol (TBA) Styrene Monomer (SM) Polar Solvent Distillation Extractive Distillation Inline Blending UOP CCR Sequence Control Olefins, Ethylene, FCCU Midstream: LPG, LNG Light Ends, Alky Bio-Diesel, Ethanol Crude Distillation Advanced Control APC, DMC, RMPCT Boiler/Furnace controls High Performance HMI Utilities & Offsites Honeywell CL Pascal, Visual Basic, Python Macro Assembly, OOP FORTRAN, Basic, C VMGSIM, PMC, PMX HMI, GUS, US, HTML Hybrid Controller Dynamic Simulation Triconex, FSC DCS, PLC, ESD, BMS Online Analyzers Gas Chromatograph (GC) Infrared, FTIR Sample Systems Project/Engagement Summary: (Additional details available upon request.) Arlanxeo (fka Lanxess), Orange, Texas: Process Control Consultant, 2015-present Dow Chemical, Seadrift, Texas: Process Control Contractor, 2011, 2012, 2013-2015, 2018 Accumyn Consulting, LLC, Houston, Texas: Affiliate Director & Expert Witness, 2008 - present Freeport LNG/Honeywell, Houston, Texas: Alarm Rationalization Consultant, 2017 BP Whiting Refinery, Whiting, Indiana: Process Control Contractor, 2012-2013, 2017 Bayernoil, Vohburg a.d. Donau, Germany: APC Consultant, 2017 PAZ Refinery, Ashdod, Israel: APC Consultant, 2017 Binh Son Refinery/QPC, Quang Ngai, Viet Nam: Expansion Project FEED C&I Consultant, 2015-2017 Angola LNG/Bechtel, Houston, Texas & Soyo, Angola: Process Control Consultant, 2015-2017 ALCOA, Point Comfort, Texas: Process Control Contractor, 2008-2009, 2011-2013, 2015-2016 Phillips 66, Sweeny, Texas: FRAC Process Control Startup Support Engineer, 2015 Refining New Zealand, Marsden Point, Northland, New Zealand: Process Control Engineer, 2012-2015 Michael A. Taube Curriculum Vitae Page 2 of 4

Process Engineering, APC, Training, Project Management & Expert Witness Project/Engagement Summary (continued):

Tenova Hyl/Nucor Steel, Monterrey, Mexico & Baton Rouge, Louisiana: HAZOP Leader, 2012, 2015 Binh Son Refinery/QPC, Quang Ngai, Viet Nam: Technical Director, 2009-2013 MarkWest Javelina, Corpus Christi, Texas: Process Control Contractor, 2009, 2012 Motiva Enterprises, Port Arthur, Texas: Process Control Contractor, 2011-2012 Golden Pass LNG Terminal, Sabine Pass, Texas: Instrumentation & Control Contractor, 2011-2012 JX Nippon Oil & Energy, Sendai Refinery, Sendai, Japan: Control Systems Contractor, 2011-2012 Isthmus Fuels Group, Houston, Texas: Director, Biofuels Project Development, 2006-2011 Worley-Parsons/ExxonMobil, Houston, Texas: Topsides Process Design Engineer, 2011 CB&I/Golden Pass LNG Terminal, Sabine Pass, Texas: Commissioning and C&I Engineer, 2010-2011 KBR/Dow-ARAMCO, Houston, Texas: CPMC Process Automation Engineer, 2009-2010 Equisol, Kemah, Texas: Process Control/SCADA Engineer, 2009-2010 ConocoPhillips, Sweeny, Texas: Process Control Systems Engineer, 2008-2009 ExxonMobil Chemical Co, Baytown, Texas: Applications Engineer, 2006-2008 ExxonMobil Chemical Co, Baytown, Texas: Sr. Process Design Engineer, 2006-2006 ConocoPhillips, Sweeny, Texas: Process Control Applications Engineer, 2006-2007 LECG, LLC, Houston, Texas: Primary Expert, Fertilizer Plant Insurance Claim Analysis, 2006 Petrovietnam Fertilizer & Chemical Co, Phu My Urea Plant, Viet Nam: Operations Manager, 2004-2005 Vietross (Dung Quat) Refinery JV, Quang Ngai, Viet Nam: Management and C&I Consultant, 2002 ChevronPhillips, Port Arthur, Texas, USA: Lead Project Engineer, 2001-2002 Phillips Chemical, Houston, Texas, USA: Lead Project Engineer, 2000-2001 ConocoPhillips Refining, Sweeny, Texas, USA: Lead Project Engineer, 1999-2000 Phillips Petroleum Program, Houston, Texas, USA: Engineering Consultant, 1998-2000 Bechtel/Phillips Petroleum, Borger, Texas, USA: Lead Project Engineer, 1997-1998 Aristech Chemicals, Deer Park & LaPorte, Texas, USA: Lead Applications Engineer, 1997-1998 Phillips Petroleum, Old Ocean, Texas, USA: Site Process Control/APC Engineer, 1995-1997 Industry Presentations, Papers & Guest Lectures:

Industry Presentations:

“Process Control Concepts: Understanding the Ubiquitous PID Controller and A Distillation Control Primer”

Instrumentation & Automation Symposium, College Station, Texas, January 2018

“Failure is Avoidable: Beware of Cost-Saving Equipment Design Changes” 10th World Congress of Chemical Engineering (WCCE10), Barcelona, Spain, October 2017 IChemE Hazards Asia Pacific 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 2017 International Refining & Petrochemical Conference – Europe 2017, Vienna Austria, June 2017

“Closing the Loop in Plant Design”

Instrumentation & Automation Symposium, College Station, Texas, January 2017 Chemeca 2016, Adelaide, Australia, September 2016

“Failure is Avoidable: What Every Project Manager Needs to Know About C&I Engineering” Instrumentation & Automation Symposium, College Station, Texas, January 2017

“Achieving Robust Design & Real-Time Plant Performance w/Process Dynamics Analysis” Chemeca 2016, Adelaide, Australia, September 2016

International Refining & Petrochemical Conference 2016, Milan, Italy, June 2016 Instrumentation & Automation Symposium, College Station, Texas, January 2016 IChemE Advances in Process Control 10 Conference, York, England, September 2014

“Regaining Operating Excellence through Enhanced Training” International Refining & Petrochemical Conference 2013, New Delhi, India July 2013 Michael A. Taube Curriculum Vitae Page 3 of 4

Process Engineering, APC, Training, Project Management & Expert Witness Industry Presentations (continued):

“Dynamic Analysis: The Forgotten Side of Process Design” Plant Design and Debottlenecking Conference, Malaysia, July 2010 White Papers:

“Development of a priori Level Controller Tuning for Vertical & Horizontal Vessels”,

“Practical Distillation Column Controls Design”,

“Understanding the Ubiquitous PID Controller”,

“Nonlinear Behavior, Valve Characterization and Adaptive Gain” University Guest Lectures:

“Dynamic Analysis for Plant Design”, “Distillation Control Primer”, “Process Control Concepts” University of Auckland, Chemical & Materials Engineering Dept., Auckland, New Zealand Technische Hochschule Nürnberg, Chemical Engineering Dept., Nuremberg, Germany Employment History:

S&D Consulting, LLC, S&D Consulting (NZ) Ltd, 2002 - present Provide process design, trouble-shooting and commissioning, control applications and APC design, construction supervision, project management and staff contracting services. Perform operations and maintenance management, control and automation systems design, and capital project development and management for international and domestic clients in refining, petrochemical, LNG and specialty chemical industries. Provide Expert Witness testimony and analysis of refining and petrochemical related cases for insurance and legal industries. Provide practical process control training. Major Accomplishments: Redesigned multi-fuel heater firing and load balancing controls in a matter of days that had stumped a project team for nearly two years. Led multinational expatriate team in a challenging overseas O&M project with ZERO on-the-job accidents & injuries. Completely reworked an EPC Contractor’s process design basis on an expansion for two Crude Units in less than 6 months. Identified faulty basis for loss-of- revenue insurance claim. Completely reworked, tested & shipped a chemical injection system application in less than 2 weeks. Assessed numerous biofuels development projects for domestic and international clients. Activities:

Expert Witness Analysis/Testimony

Process Analysis & Modeling

Process Design: Hydraulic Calcs,

Equipment Sizing & Evaluation

HAZOP Leadership

Project Management & Development

Project Management Consulting

Operations Support & Management

Process Control & APC Consulting

Plant Startup & Commissioning

Multicultural/Multinational Projects

Expatriate – International Projects

Honeywell International, Industrial Automation & Control, 1995 – 2002 Progressive development from an individual project contributor to project/program leadership positions. Lead technical design and implementation of control systems projects. Provided unit startup and cutover support. Managed scope of DCS and SIS network and hardware, marshalling and electrical systems design and configuration. Interacted with clients and subcontractors on commercial and technical issues. Managed project technical performance, directed engineering resources for multiple project sites. Oversaw mechanical, HVAC and electrical design & installation of RIE buildings. Managed change order estimation and directed engineering resources. Coordinated integration, construction and acceptance testing activities. Major Accomplishments: Recognized for taking on troubled projects and making them financial and technical successes. Identified deficiency in shutdown and safety systems utilization to end user and EPC Contractor on a poly-olefins unit project. Turned-around a troubled project on time to meet aggressive client schedule. Reverse-engineered an assembly language equipment sequencing application to new DCS platform that remains unchanged and in service to-date. Managed a subcontractor who was a direct competitor of Company. Quote from Program Director during annual review: “I don’t really know what you do. All I know is that wherever I send you the ‘noise’ stops!”

Michael A. Taube Curriculum Vitae Page 4 of 4

Process Engineering, APC, Training, Project Management & Expert Witness Activities:

Project Engineering/Management

Front End Design (FEED)

Instrumentation & Electrical Design

Continuous Control Design

Sequence Control Design

Engineering Consulting

Project & Proposal Development

Hot/Cold Cutover & Commissioning

Advanced Process Control


2000 - Team Spot; 1999 – Individual Spot; 1997 – 3 Individual Spot; 1996 - Individual Spot LyondellBasell (formerly ARCO Chemical Company), 1988 – 1995 Progressive experience from entry-level process engineer to senior-level process control engineer. Provided process engineering support to distillation and specialty product units. Provided design basis for multiple unit debottlenecking projects. Inspected and evaluated process equipment during unit turn-arounds. Recommended operating changes/modifications for improving reaction yields and unit uptime. Participated in Hazop study teams. Conceived, justified, and implemented control projects in distillation units. Developed and managed capital and expense projects. Participated in grass-roots plant startup team (POSM II). Major Accomplishments: Lead role in justifying Company’s first multivariable control project. Provided process design justification for a multi-million dollar instrument retrofit project. Implemented first management-of- change procedure for DCS point allocation and configuration. Created statistical comparison report of online analyzer vs. lab results. Developed rules for tuning vertical and horizontal drum level controllers. Evaluated process identification and tuning software for Company-wide use. Coordinated Technical Department’s participation in the Plant Emergency Team.


Operations Support

Process Trouble-shooting

Process Design

Project Engineering

Process Control Design

Startup, Shutdown & Turn Around


1995 – Team EXCEL; 1993 – Manufacturing Excellence; 1992 – Individual EXCEL

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