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Project Manager

Houston, Texas, United States
January 24, 2018

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Project Management

Business Development

Technical Consulting

Strategic Planning

Oil & Gas Concepts

Project Evaluation

Oil & Gas Facilities

Project Execution

CapEx, OpEx

Design - Operational



Onshore Facilities

Execution Planning


Construction & Commissioning


Project Review

Technical Coordination


Due Diligence


Risk Analysis

Government Industries

Project Cost Reviews

Government Industries


Contracts Reviews

Government Industries


Mr. Rafael E. Mejías, is an Engineer who provides technical assistance, consultancy and advisory services to private companies, investors and corporate management in the Oil & Gas, LNG and Power businesses. During his long international career, he has worked with private industries, commercial developers, investors, governments, and entrepreneurs to support conceptual advances and provide technical reviews, advice, and guidance.

His services include technical coordination, evaluation, design confirmation, project implementation, execution strategy, planning, and operational analyses. Mr. Mejías’ experience covers new and existing oil & gas upstream, middle stream, LNG and power generation plants, including oil and gas production, treatment, transmission and export facilities, and refining and petrochemicals facilities.

Mr. Mejías is a veteran Project Manager with “hands-on” experience managing design, construction, and commissioning of major oil & gas and power projects.

He has a successful record of project control, reporting and contract administration through all phases of project execution. He brings and extensive knowledge to managing the most critical aspects of project implementation including host government concerns for national participation in procurement and efficient labor management.

During the past three years, Mr. Mejías worked oversea as a petroleum, and power consultant.

Mr. Mejías is bilingual, English and Spanish, with USA citizenship and Venezuelan native nationality. He is capable and comfortable working effectively in any US environment.


2013 - 2016: Management Consultancy International LLC.

Business Consultant based in Quito, Ecuador.

1999 - 2013: CBI Consultants International (formerly Shaw Consultants International, Inc. and Stone & Webster Management Consultants, Inc.)

Executive Consultant in Houston, Texas, USA

1998 - 1999: Montalec

Business Development Manager

Project Engineer, Caracas, Venezuela


(July 2013 – March 2017), Oil & Gas Executive Consultant


Mr. Mejias’ experience overseas included specialized technical and business development and all aspects of oil upstream project execution, including contracting, execution planning, cost control and schedule analysis. He provided technical and management support to developers and investors in grass-roots petroleum production, upstream infrastructure support for oil fields like TPT and Armadillo projects. He provided consultancy on Business Manager and Upstream Project Manager for new oil fields in Ecuador. Mr. Mejias led the evaluation, selection and contract negotiations for upstream facilities.

Mr. Mejías also provided assistance in re-organizing the Business Development Department to enlarge and execute the marketing activities of Oil Operation Private Companies. This effort was addressed other Ecuadorian areas, such as mining, and upstream oil operation facilities. During the development of business for Oil Companies, Mr. Mejias successfully enlarged potential client portfolios. Mr. Mejias knowledge in Ecuador includes extensive oil upstream facilities, mining and infrastructure development projects.

Mr. Mejias participated in formulating the current national Oil Company Master Planning and Project Operational Review for current strategic onshore crude oil production and produced water treatment in several crude oil operating fields in Ecuador. He developed strategies for Sub-contractor selection and contract awards to meet goals for quality, experience, capability and national content. He was also involved in all project business functions (cost control, schedule, procurement, contract administration and reporting).

Mr Mejias also participated in the team who analyze and recommended best practices for El Chorrillo Marine Terminal and LPG storage plant in Ecuador


(1999 – 2013), Executive Consultant, Houston, TX U.S.A.

Mr. Mejías was employed by CBI Consultants International Inc., in Houston, Texas, USA for 14 years. He provided technical expertise to the Oil & Gas, LNG and Power Groups in the areas of business development, technical due diligence, project cost reviews, economic and technical risk analysis and contracts review. He also was involved in the success of CB&I Consultants’ Process Projects Group’s support to the national and international energy companies in US, Central America and LatAm, especially in Chile, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Venezuela, and Ecuador. These activities included advising client senior management on project development, project definition, execution and contracting strategies, management contractor selection, management integration and review of strategies for effective facility and organization changes.


Business Development Management and Implementation of Project Execution

Provided counsel and management guidance to National Oil Company Project organizations relating to the implementation strategies, execution planning, and contracting objectives for US$ multi-billion refinery projects. Specific accomplishments include:

oPetróleos de Venezuela’s (PDVSA) expansion of the Puerto La Cruz refinery including transition from Front End Engineering Design (FEED) to detailed engineering, procurement and construction activities; management and support of EPC meetings and alignment of schedules, roles, and responsibilities; development of project management contractor scope and organization;

oManagement of advisors for the Refinería del Pacifico (a joint venture refinery project for PDVSA and Petro Ecuador in Ecuador) including contracting strategies for appointment of an international project management contractor, development of bid documents, evaluation, recommendations and negotiation of final contracts and endorsement of overall organization; analysis and evaluation of competitive bids for initial site preparations and participation in steering meetings to address overall finance activities.

oTechnical reviews for LNG import, storage and regasification projects, including grass-roots developments in Mexico, Chile, and USA. Activities include evaluation of storage sizing to meet demands and supply constraints, technical designs reflecting different safety and environmental constraints, contracting strategies, and overall project schedule objectives.

oTechnical reviews of the conversion of existing US LNG import facilities to liquefaction and export duties and review of grass-roots LNG export facilities in eastern Australia (coal-seam methane) Papua New Guinea.

Advice and guidance during master planning and project feasibility studies by National organizations developing conceptual business plans for strategic petrochemical developments in Venezuela. Provided support to Owner to evaluate and define complex grassroots developments to meet overall government and business objectives to expand the national petrochemical industry.

Provided periodic technical advice and construction monitoring/due diligence on behalf of investors for projects including: the Manzanillo LNG Terminal Project in Mexico, the Quintero LNG Project in Chile, the OCP Pipeline Project in Ecuador, the ODL Pipeline Project in Colombia, the BPZ Corvina Project in Peru and the World GTL Trinidad Project. Major clients for project management advisory services included PDVSA, Pequiven, and RDP.

Provided business development advice for diligence reviews for non-recourse project financing by Investment banks. Mr. Mejias has worked in project financed by IFC, OPIC, JBIC, IADB, EIB, ECGB, COFACE, SACE and EximBank.

Technical Due Diligence Reviews for international and domestic petroleum projects on behalf of prospective Lenders. Example projects include;

oHeavy oil upgrading projects including Perto Monagas (Cerro Negro) and Petropiar (Ameriven) Extra Heavy Oil Projects in Venezuela;

oUS and international grass-roots projects including upstream processing facilities, onshore oil and gas pipelines, LNG liquefaction and export facilities including associated infrastructure;

oOnshore crude oil pipeline system including meter and pumping facilities and delivery connections.

oUS LNG receiving, storage and regasification facilities.

oInternational Mexico – US onshore pipelines, like Chihuahua Gas Pipeline

Part of the team that was commissioned by a financial entity to provide an independent technical assessment of the Oleoducto de Los Llanos (ODL) project, in Campo Rubiales-Monterrey Cusiana. The Project was developed by ODL S.A., in Colombia. It encompassed the development, construction, and operation of a pipeline for transporting crude oil approximately 250 kilometers from Campo Rubiales to the Monterrey receiving station. The pipeline system has a capacity of approximately 80,000 barrels per day of crude oil on a sustained basis to the Monterrey & Cusiana stations. In addition, Mr. Mejias was responsible of reviewing the EPC contracts and the financial model.

Member of the team commissioned by a US financial entity to support the financing of an ethanol plant at Colombia using beets as feedstock. This plant produces ethanol for internal Colombia consumption and the facility was financed as a Project Finance. Mr. Mejias also reviewed the technical characteristics of the power supply to the plant and also was involved in the review of the financial model.

Conducted an assessment of design, construction and operational status of ISA’s 500 kV transmission system. ISA is a transmission company in Colombia. This independent engineer review included design, engineering, capital and O&M costs review for a new 500 kV transmission line and 5 new 500 kV substations. The assessment included an evaluation of quality of service and verification of compliance with existing Colombian regulations. An estimation of the capital cost and O&M costs was also provided.

Participated in the team commissioned by the Leader Investment Bank, to review the entire project, Oleoducto de Crudos Pesados (OCP) Ltd., to provide an independent technical assessment of the OCP Pipeline Project. The Project was developed by Oleoducto de Crudos Pesados (OCP) S.A., in Ecuador. It encompassed the development, construction, and operation of a pipeline for transporting crude oil approximately 500 kilometers from the Oriente Basin of Eastern Ecuador to the Pacific Coast of Ecuador at Balao, near Esmeraldas. The OCP Pipeline is in commercial operation since 2003, transporting a blended heavy crude oil as a single product, Mr Mejias, as part of the team, was involved from the FEED until the Project Commercial Operation date. Four Oil Companies deliver crude oil to the head of the pipeline at the Amazonas Terminal at Lago Agrio. The pipeline system is capable of delivering 450,000 barrels per day of crude oil, at a pipeline blend of between 18 and 24 degrees API Gravity, on a sustained basis to Balao Terminal.

Part of team which performed the independent engineering review of the Manzanillo LNG project in Mexico. The LNG Terminal was built to provide natural gas to CFE. The Project encompassed engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, testing, and operation of a new grass-roots LNG receiving and regasification terminal, designed and constructed to import, store, regasify, and export natural gas via pipeline at a maximum rate of approximately 500 million standard cubic feet per day (“MMscfd”). Operations are undertaken by a Mexican special purpose company formed by Korea Gas Corporation. The Project facilities comprise: (i) Marine terminal facilities; (ii) A single unloading berth for LNG carrier capacities of 70,000 to 200,000 cubic meters (“m3”); (iii) LNG unloading arms and transfer facilities, designed for a rate of 12,000 cubic meters per hour (“m3/hour”); (iv) Two 150,000 m3 full-containment LNG storage tanks.

Power Generation - Independent Engineer, Due Diligence Reviews

Tocoma Hydroelectric Project, CVG Edelca, Venezuela – responsible for assessing the design, energy production, generating equipment, cost estimate, and construction schedule for the planned 2,000 MW hydro project in southeast Venezuela. Efforts included site visit and preparation of the technical portion of the assessment report to evaluate project development risks and financial feasibility.

Evaluated the financial feasibility of a hydroelectric project in Venezuela. This task included assessing the project’s risks and mitigating alternatives that would allow its project financing and the participation of the private sector.

Performed the review of the Hidroelectrica Marañon S.R.L (MHP). The hydroelectric power plant project included a daily regulation reservoir, located in the upper basin of the Marañon River in the region of Huanuco, Peru. The MHP was projected with an installed capacity of 88.3 MW and a projected annual average generation of 419.1 Gigawatt hours (GWh). The MHP was planned to supply power and energy to the Peruvian National Interconnected Electric System. The MHP included a powerhouse with two generation units of 45.3 MW installed capacity, connected through a 220kV Transmission Line with a length of 42 km, to a 220kV Tajish Substation.

Provided technical review of a combined cycle closing of gas-fired power plant in Barranquilla Colombia (450MW). The project was a conventional steam and combustion turbine plant, technical design review, condition assessment, Construction Monitoring, O&M review and economic analysis.














Attorney at Law Degree, Universidad Santa Maria, Five years program, Caracas, Venezuela (1997 - 2002)

General Electric Engineering Course – One year program. Schenectady, New York (1996-1997)

M.Sc. (Electrical Engineering), Universidad Central de Venezuela, Two years Program, Caracas, Venezuela (1980 - 1982)

B.S. (Electrical Engineering), Universidad Simon Bolívar, Five years Program, Caracas, Venezuela (1974 - 1979)


Colegio de Ingenieros de Venezuela – Active Member No. 25.327.

Colegio de Abogados del Distrito Federal, Caracas, Venezuela. Active Member No. 52.508

INPREABOGADO, Caracas, Venezuela. Active Member No. 109.414

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

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