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San Antonio, Texas, United States
February 06, 2018

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Jorge Valdivieso

Project Manager / Engineering Manager - Oil & Gas/Energy Industry Delivers Flawless Execution, Technical Excellence, HSE & Operational Improvements, Relationship Building Seeking new Leadership Opportunity

I have managed a broad range of projects and directed technical organizations in the Oil & Gas/Energy industry in the US, Americas, Africa and Middle East. I’m a hands-on leader, focused on achieving flawless project execution and delivering on commitments. I’m passionate about technical excellence, relationship building, HSE, and in improving operational performance.

I have excelled in leading multi-cultural teams, achieving step change improvements and delivering beyond expectations. I have a proven track record in relationship building with internal and external stakeholders. My expertise in project management, business acumen and technical knowledge allows me to formulate, drive and implement business strategies, technical solutions, and action plans for growth, opportunity capture, and value creation.


30+ years of progressive leadership experience with a broad background in project management, technical management, oil and gas facilities, and operations.

20+ years of international experience in the Americas, Africa, Europe and Middle East.

Have represented ExxonMobil in the US and International operations. I have also managed Consulting companies.

Ability for problem solving and analysis of issues and opportunities, developing action plans and recommendations to capture opportunities.


Sr. Management and Board Experience Project Management Engineering Management Business Development Change Management Commercial Evaluations Projects Planning International Operations and Projects Field Development Technology Development Offshore & Onshore Operational Excellence Deepwater Developments FPSO’s Facilities and Pipeline Integrity Management Design of Facilities Fabrication Construction Commissioning and Start-Up Pipelines Pipelines Regulatory Compliance Decommissioning of FPSO’s and Offshore Platforms A technical authority in Structural Analysis and Design, and in Marine Engineering.

Preferred contact method is by email at


MBA, Business Administration, Tulane University

PhD, Doctor of Philosophy, Civil/Structural Engineering, Rice University

MS, Master of Science, Civil/Structural Engineering, Rice University

CE, Civil Engineering, Professional Engineer, National University of Peru

BS, Civil Engineering, National University of Peru


Sr. Consultant, Projects Manager, October 2016 – Present

Valdivieso Consultants LP

- Project Management and Technical Services on Oil and Gas production projects for independents in South Texas. Activities include project management, coordination of interfaces between EPC contractors, owner representatives and regulatory agencies, improvements to production operations, troubleshooting, asset integrity management, implementation of risk-based inspections, life extension studies, failure investigations, field expansions and economics, FEED studies, incident investigations, bidding, supervision of construction, design, structural analysis (SACS), procurement, fabrication, start-up & commissioning, improvements to Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) practices.

- Commercial evaluations and technical designs of Renewable Energy (Wind driven) power generation installations for clients in the US and in Central America. Activities include investor reviews, economics, feasibility studies and design reviews.

Engineering Manager, Mar 2015 – September 2016

EXXONMOBIL - ExxonMobil Iraq Limited (EMIL) - Consultant

Lead Engineering team in the design of a new oil production train containing H2S at the West Qurna Field in Iraq; the “Wet Crude Treatment Project” that includes crude/gas/water separation and desalting facilities, pumps, heaters, blowdown systems, valves, electrical and control systems, chemical injection and all ancillary systems. Responsible to ensure compliance with project specifications and adherence to company Quality requirements and principles. Supervision of EPC contractor and of ExxonMobil team to review, resolve and document project design deliverables, interfaces and issues. In addition, responsible to Sr. Management for stewarding changes, key project issues and risks. Articulate communicator and confident team player. Responsible for reviews and approval of all technical documents and designs, covering all disciplines. Able to successfully complete the contractual project scope, meeting the engineering schedule and the company required milestones objectives.

Acting Project Leader, Jan 2015 – Mar 2015

EXXONMOBIL - ExxonMobil Iraq Limited (EMIL) - Consultant

Acting Project Team Leader and Management Advisor on the IOT (Initial Oil Train) Project at the West Qurna field in Iraq. Undertook contract conformance reviews in anticipation of contract award to ensure Technical and Commercial agreements reflect company requirements and expectations. Effectively articulated issues and recommendations to Sr. Management to ensure that there were no gaps in upcoming project contract award to major EPC company.

President and CEO, May 2014 – Jan 2015

Brass Energy Solutions LLC

Responsible to the Board of Directors to provide leadership, development of business strategy, and directed operations, mobilization of company resources, and of affiliate companies. Strategic focus on Oil & Gas/Energy as well as Environmental Remediation opportunities.

Sr. Consultant, Projects Manager, Nov 2013 – Apr 2014

Valdivieso Consultants LP

Directed and provided leadership on the following key projects:

-Brass Energy Solutions LLC. - Development of business strategy and harnessing of resources for this start-up company offering Engineering Services, Project Management, Construction Management, and Environmental Remediation projects.

-Managed the fabrication and commissioning of the "Concord 1", a new generation oil recovery rapid deployment prototype vessel for oil spill response.

-Project Manager of oil and gas production projects for independents in South Texas.

Project Manager, June 2012 - Oct 2013

EXXONMOBIL - Mobil Producing Nigeria, Lagos, Nigeria – Projects Department - Consultant

Managed the design, fabrication and installation of Subsea Jumpers, Installation and Hook-Up of X-Trees, installation of other subsea equipment, pre-commissioning and start-up in the USAN FPSO Project. Workscope value is $500 MUSD. In addition, effectively managed the transition from TOTAL to ExxonMobil on the Usan FPSO Project as TOTAL had relinquished operatorship of the Usan field and ExxonMobil assumed that responsibility as directed by the Nigerian Government. TOTAL had not yet completed a significant portion of the subsea work scope. Responsible to seamlessly manage the transition process, handover and project activities from TOTAL to ExxonMobil.

Projects Execution Planning Advisor, Apr 2011 - May 2012)

EXXONMOBIL - Mobil Producing Nigeria, Lagos, Nigeria – Projects Department - Consultant

Provided expertise and leadership in project planning and project execution to support Capital Projects with budgets in excess of $500M USD. Stewarded implementation of the ExxonMobil Project Execution Processes which provides a competitive advantage to the company by ensuring flawless project execution by EPC Companies. Activities included reviews of concept selection studies, economics, front-end definition, cost estimates, schedules, execution strategies and presentations to Sr. Management to secure project funding and approvals.

Project Manager, Dec 2010 - Mar 2011

EXXONMOBIL - Mobil Producing Nigeria, Lagos, Nigeria – Projects Department - Consultant

Successfully managed the Integrity Restoration of the OSO Complex which is a key Asset in ExxonMobil Nigeria. The complex produces Condensates and contains a Cryogenic plant that allows NGL’s to be fractioned. The facility was shut-in as a result of damage inflicted by armed assailants. Activities included early identification of fit-for purpose execution plan, hiring and supervision of construction vessels and of construction resources, daily reporting to Sr Management in Nigeria and at USA headquarters. Managed EPC contract thru commissioning and start-up, achieving project completion ahead of schedule (in 40 days versus 180 days forecasted by company), with costs below target, with no Safety incidents. Recipient of ExxonMobil MPN’s Management Award for outstanding performance.

Projects Advisor, Aug 2010 - Nov 2010

EXXONMOBIL - Mobil Producing Nigeria, Lagos, Nigeria – Projects Department - Consultant

Support progression of projects thru ExxonMobil project execution process (EMCAPS) thru commissioning and start-up, assist project teams in Project reviews, Funding requests and Functional endorsements. Mentor workforce and promote Technical Excellence, Safety, and compliance with Operations Integrity Management Systems (OIMS).

Sr. Facilities Engineering Advisor, Mar 2010 – July 2010

EXXONMOBIL - Mobil Producing Nigeria, Lagos Nigeria – Operations Technical Department - Consultant

Provide expertise, leadership and mentoring to the Facilities Engineering team. Troubleshooting and Surveillance of Production Operations, Scoping Facility Integrity Repairs and Risk Based Prioritization, Risk Assessments and Incident Root Cause Investigations, Concept Selection studies and Scope definition of new Projects.

Managing Partner and Sr. Consultant, Nov 2009 – Feb 2010

Valdivieso Consultants LP

Project Management, Field Development, Structural Engineering, Surveillance of Production Operations, and Facilities Debottlenecking.

Supervisor of Ops Tech Surface Team & Facilities Engineering Advisor, Dec 2008 – Oct 2009


Supervisor of the Technical Team. Responsible for engineering, projects and surveillance activities to improve safety, plant and equipment uptime, facilities integrity and reliability, pipelines integrity and regulatory compliance, incident Investigations and risk assessments. Key Projects included expansion of the water injection system, enhanced oil recovery by polymer flooding, expansions to the high voltage distribution system, improvements to the crude treatment facilities. Responsible for pre-commissioning, start-up and turnover to Operations.

Facilities Engineering Advisor, Oct 2007 – Nov 2008


Senior Technical Professional Undertaking Facilities Surveillance and improvements on a fleet of deep water FPSO’s and TLP's responsible for all of EEAL’s production in Angola. Mentored and trained young Angolan engineers to support local content initiatives.

Project Manager and Development Planning Advisor, Sep. 2002 – Oct 2007

EXXONMOBIL - MPN, Lagos Nigeria – Development Planning Department

Select Stage Project Manager for Projects in excess of $500M. Activities include project planning, conceptual definition, technical and commercial studies in order to provide management with recommendations and data for decision making. Coached and mentored young talented engineers to support local company content initiatives. Presentations to Sr. Management to secure project funding and approvals.

Facilities Engineering Superintendent, Dec 2000 – Sep 2002

EXXONMOBIL - MPN, Lagos Nigeria, JV Technical Department

Supervise Facilities Engineering team and steward portfolio of Facilities Engineering Projects. Managed onshore and offshore projects, feasibility and conceptual studies, detailed designs, and support project execution. Coordination of Projects Pre-Commissioning, Start-up activities and of Turn Over to Operations.

Sr. Projects Advisor, Mar '99 – Dec 2000

MOBIL - MPN, Lagos Nigeria, Projects Department

Responsible for Facilities Planning and Definition of Capital Projects. Activities included planning of new developments to meet future production and business plans, scoping studies, concept selection assessments, economics and front-end definition of Greenfield and Brownfield developments.

Sr. Facilities Engineering Advisor, May '97 - Feb '99

MOBIL - MPN, Lagos Nigeria, JV Technical - East Area

Responsible for Long Range Facilities Planning and Projects Scoping Studies in MPN’s “East Area” Operations. Projects include Revamps of Offshore platforms, Improvements to Qua Iboe Terminal, Reliability studies and Upgrades to the Crude Export System, Assessment of potential Acquisitions, and spearheaded program to add slots to Offshore Wellhead Platforms.

Sr. Supervisor of Technical Services at the Qua Iboe Terminal, Dec '96 - Apr '97

MOBIL - MPN, JV Operations - Construction Department

Managed a team of Expatriate and Nigerian engineers providing Engineering Design Services to MPN Operations. Responsibilities included studies to address SHE issues, Identification and resolution of Facility Integrity Gaps, Reliability and process Improvements to the Qua Iboe Terminal, and initiatives to increase production.

Manager of Design Engineering Services (DES), Jan '96 - Dec '96

MOBIL - MPN, JV Operations – Facilities Engineering

Responsible for Supervising a Multidisciplinary work force comprised of MPN Engineers plus an Expatriate Consulting Engineering firm (ILF). Team undertook studies and modifications at the Qua Ibo Terminal and at Offshore Platforms to improve safety, reliability, and production. Championed the concept of local content to train and promote young talented engineers and to improve social and economic benefits to host communities.

Lead Structural Engineer, April ‘95 - Dec ‘95


Responsible for marine engineering, structural, and installation engineering on all offshore and onshore facilities installed as part of the OSO NGL Project.

Lead Structural Engineer, Sep ’94 - Mar ’95

Mobil Exploration and Production USA, MEPUS, New Orleans, Louisiana

Responsible for Design, Fabrication Progress Reviews, and Liaison with Certifying Verification Agency on the South Marsh Island 205-B "Pearl" Project. The Pearl platform was the second tallest in Mobil’s portfolio of Offshore Platforms Worldwide. Project completed ahead of Schedule, within Budget, Accident Free, and with no Change Orders.

Senior Facilities Engineering Advisor, Aug ’91 - Sept ’94

Mobil Exploration and Production USA, MEPUS, New Orleans, Louisiana - Operations

Responsible for project management, execution planning, permitting, contract negotiations, engineering designs and specifications, and marine construction activities including platform decommissioning and salvage.

Senior Facilities Engineering Advisor, Nov ’87 - Jul ’91


Provide expertise in marine engineering and platform design technology to support Mobil Corporation and its affiliates worldwide.

Director and General Manager, Jan ‘87 – Nov ’87


Provide Engineering Services to the US Navy, Oil and Gas Companies, and to Engineering Consulting Companies. Projects included design of gravity piers for Navy's rapid deployment operations, economic studies for lease evaluations, fatigue analysis of drilling rigs on a TLP, analysis and design of two reactor towers for a Petrochemical plant, and various Finite Element Analyses projects.

Engineering Manager, June ‘77 – Jan ‘87

BROWN & ROOT INC. - Houston, Texas, Marine Division

Preparation of proposals, feasibility studies, contract negotiations and bidding. EPCI, Turnkey and Engineering Contracts in the US, Indonesia, UK, and Mexico. Responsible for conceptual designs and technology development projects on Deepwater platforms. Technical authority in Structural Analysis and Design of Offshore Platforms and in Marine Engineering. Analysis and Design of Earthquake Resistant Offshore Platforms, and design of Wave Compliant Platforms. Lead Structural engineer for offshore developments in the US, UK, Indonesia, South China, and Mexico. Supervised construction of topsides and jacket fabrication. Progressed from Junior Design Engineer to Engineering Manager.

Research Assistant, Aug ‘73 – May ‘77


Conducted NSF (National Science Foundation) sponsored research on the interaction of soil-structural systems subjected to Earthquake ground motions.

Assistant Project Engineer, 1970 -1973


Performed design and analysis of foundations for commercial and residential buildings, reinforced concrete bridges, retaining walls and water treatment plant for an irrigation project in Northern Peru


- ExxonMobil Iraq Limited, EMIL – Recognition for outstanding contribution to IOT and Wet Crude Treatment Projects. Issued by Miguel Sanchez, Projects Manager, September 2016

- ExxonMobil Iraq Limited, EMIL – Recognition for valuable contribution as Engineering Lead, effectively leading the EMIL and EPC contractor engineering teams on the Wet Crude Treatment Projects. Issued by Wade Floyd, Project Lead, September 2016

- ExxonMobil, MPN – Special recognition for stewardship of OIMS 3-1 V&M resulting in sustained highest rating in the Operations Integrity Management System (OIMS) Internal Assessment, Issued by Cyril Azuonye, Projects Execution Planning Manager, March 2013.

- ExxonMobil, MPN – Recognition for Most Outstanding Safety Champion in the NPO Team. Issued by Raymond Jones, Nigeria Projects Executive, September 2012.

- ExxonMobil, MPN – Special Recognition for Dedication and Outstanding Results obtained during External Audit. Issued by Cyril Azuonye, Projects Execution Planning Manager, February 2012

- ExxonMobil, MPN - Recognition for outstanding results while leading the Oso RX Team. Issued by Rick Gallant, General Manager Projects, Sept. 2011

- ExxonMobil, MPN - Outstanding Performance Award as Project Manager of Oso RX Restoration Project Manager, Issueed by Cyril Azuonye, Projects Execution Planning Manager, Jan 2011

- Esso Exploration & Production Chad, Inc. – Recognition for Excellence and Performance as Engineering Supervisor, Doba Operations Center, Issued by Operations Superintendent, Oct 2009.

- ExxonMobil, MPN - Outstanding Performance Award as Project Manager and Development Planning Advisor, Issued by Development Planning Manager, Dec 2006

- Mobil Producing Nigeria, MPN – Outstanding Performance - Ede 01 Discovery Team Award, Issued by Managing Director, July 1998

- Mobil Exploration and Producing US, MEPUS - Performance Award, South Marsh Island 205-B Project, Issued by Technical Manager, Jan 1995

- Mobil Exploration and Producing US, MEPUS - Outstanding Project Manager Award. Green Canyon 18 Expansion Project, Issued by Technical Manager, 1994

- Mobil Technology Corporation, MTC - Citation for Excellence. Platform Requalification Study, 1994

- Mobil Technology Corporation, MTC - Outstanding Performance. Team Venture Award, 1994

- Mobil Technology Corporation, MTC - Award for contribution to Dallas E&P Engineering, 1993 -1994

- Mobil MEPUS - Outstanding Service Award, Eugene Island 126/128 Reservoir Management Team, 1993

- Mobil Research and Development, MRDC – Citation, Development of Innovative Blast Analysis Technology and application to Mobil’s Safety Case for North Sea Platforms following the Piper Alfa Incident, 1992

- Rice University, Ora Arnold Fellowship – Awarded Fellowship each year while at graduate school in Rice University, 1973-1977

- Fulbright Scholar – Awarded by US Government in Peru, 1973.


- Project Management Institute

- Society of Petroleum Engineers

- American Welding Society

- American Society of Civil Engineers

- American Society of Mechanical Engineers


- Project Management – ExxonMobil Upstream Capital Projects System

- Project Controls – ExxonMobil

- Leadership – ExxonMobil

- Risk Based Maintenance - ExxonMobil

- Incident Investigations – ExxonMobil

- Water Survival – ExxonMobil

- Supervisor Training – ExxonMobil

- Facilities Engineering - ExxonMobil

- Simulation Tools: HYSIS, PipeFlow, Network, STAAD, ANSYS, ABAQUS, DAMS, INTRA, NASTRAN

- Welding inspector - AWS


US Citizen


Fluent in Spanish and working knowledge of Portuguese and Italian.

Interested in sports: diving, tennis, golf, soccer

Hobbies: cooking, photography and bird watching

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