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Engineer Process

Missouri City, Texas, United States
May 29, 2018

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Raj Gupta, P.E. (TX)

Residence +1-281-***-**** Email: Cellular +1-281-***-****

Top-notch Chemical Engineer with over 35 years’ experience including technical and business consulting, built upon a strong and varied technical background in the up-stream, mid-stream and refining industry. Personal attributes: visionary outlook and proactive; results-driven and stress-resistant; superior business acumen; effective analytical, communication and presentation skills; initiative, resilience and determination; creative thinking and problem-solving; a keen and analytical intellect; and leadership attributes coupled with being a strong team player - lives for the challenge!


Ebullated Bed Hydro-processing Slurry Hydrocracking Hydro-treating, Hydro-cracking Black Oil Hydro-processing Coking (Delayed/Fluid/Flexi) Technology Evaluations

ISBL FEED / Basic Designs Large, Complex Projects Operations,Commissioning

Technical Management Offshore Production Operations Conceptual, Detailed Design

M&A, Crude Oil marketing Process Simulations LP Modeling, HYSIS / PRO II


Jefferson Energy Companies, Houston TX 2017 to 2018

Engineering. Manager: Responsible for expanding a liquids terminal in Beaumont; managed large capital program.

UP Professional Solutions 2016 to 2017

Process Engineering Consultant: I provided consulting services and advice to Tesoro in implementation of a major capital project related to Tier 3 Gasoline in Mandan ND. I also advised the energy, engineering, financial, legal, and insurance industries in business and technical matters.

Worley Parsons, Houston, Texas 2014 to 2016

Chief Process Engineer – PMC for 300 MBPD grassroots refinery in Central America. I was responsible for overseeing 6-drum Delayed Coker Unit process design during this phase performed by the licensor for a scaled-down project. Identified and resolved several interface issues between the process units, and assessed feasibility of phased operation of some units to accelerate cash-flow. Conducted plant-wide fuel balances to assess need for LPG import and need for fuel oil for internal use. Performed safety reviews at various copolymer production sites of a large chemical company, shaped plans and defined fixes for remediation..

Universal Pegasus, Houston, Texas 2013 to 2014

Process Advisory Engineer – I worked on gas plant expansion project for handling additional production fluids from a new off-shore development. I optimized NGL recovery by utilizing the existing facilities in order to manage CAPEX.

Chevron USA, Houston Texas& Angola 2007 to 2013

Staff Process Engineer, Gas Technology; Staff Process Advisor, Off-shore & On-shore Operations, Angola; Staff Process Engineer, worked on proprietary hydrocracking technology demonstration Unit design. As Staff Process Facilities Engineering Adviser in Angola (2010-2012), I was responsible for:

All top-sides facilities on off-shore platforms, including production trains for oil & gas, gas compression systems, produced water systems, oil & gas transfer systems between platforms and pipelines, oil and gas metering, gas dehydration, injection water treatment systems, sand detection systems, on-shore and off-shore discharges. Implemented changes to achieve substantial improvement in hydro cyclone performance.

All on-shore facilities including oil and gas receiving and delivery, crude oil stabilization, LPG recovery, storage and shipping, and FPSO's for production, treatment, storage & shipping of oil, LPG and gas.

Responsibilities for the above facilities included trouble-shooting and optimization; maximizing utilization of assets while minimizing production losses due to unforeseen developments; strategic decisions (planning for future developments - new assets to be tied-back to existing facilities or stand-alone facilities to tie into existing pipelines); considerable interface with Production Engineering and Sub-Surface teams for coordinating tactical moves, environmental compliance (both current and future regulations); meeting nationalization goals (reduction of ex-pat foot-print - needed considerable effort in training and developing nationals).

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Foster Wheeler USA Corporation, Houston Texas 2005 to 2007

Senior Principal Engineer – Successfully led Process design and detail engineering of a new 8-drum, 160 MBPSD Delayed Coking Unit in India as Chief Process Engineer, unit commissioned successfully in 2010.

Energy Consultants Group, Houston, Texas 2003 to 2005

Principal – I provided business and technical consulting services to help resolve a 9-figure insurance claim in the mid-stream industry for physical damages and business interruption, resulting from a major fire.

PACE Consultants / Jacobs Engineering Group, Houston, Texas1990 to 2003

Senior Consultant, The PACE Consultants Inc. (1996 to 2003): Provided technical and business consulting to the energy industry in all areas of management and operations. Major accomplishments include:

Successfully conducted due diligence for acquisition of an overseas petrochemical complex ($3B+).

Provided technical support in corporate litigation (Patent ‘393) resulting in recovery of $1.4 bln in royalties. Appellate court judgment was upheld by SCOTUS.

Helped develop strategy by evaluating the Market value of a partial refining asset (sub-lease considerations).

Enabled balance sheet enhancement and subsequent IPO by the owners by refinancing an off-balance-sheet-financed partial refining asset.

Successfully convinced owner to retain ownership of a refinery by estimating the after-tax value of the asset.

Prepared an Offering Memorandum for successful divestiture of a refining facility on the Gulf Coast, working with a major Investment Banker.

Recommended reconfiguration strategy for an overseas refinery to optimize the crude slate, and to meet future clean fuels specifications, recommended an optimal strategy – planned changes are in progress.

Identified serious issues with plans for a proposed lube oil re-refining facility for project financing - the lenders withdrew support due to identified escalation of capital costs.

Made recommendations regarding current and future attractiveness of several refineries using LP modeling, considering current and future fuels specifications and anticipated capital expenditures, for potential acquisition, including an integration of the buyer’s upstream assets with the target refineries.

Advised a major oil sands operator to diverge from marketing only bottomless synthetic crude oil, based on an assessment of the quality-volume-price envelopes of synthetic crude oil in the Northern Tier refineries (using LP modeling) for crude oil marketing by the producers. This led to several grades of partially upgraded crude oil being marketed with remarkable success (OSG, OSD, OSJ…).

Predicted gasoline production shortfall resulting from CM Phase 2 implementation based on an assessment ofthe impact of Reformulated Gasoline Complex Model 2 regulations and Tier 2 fuels specifications for specific refineries, as well as industry-wide evaluations (using LP modeling) to identify CAPEX and OPEX.

Assessed significant synergies and shortfalls of a merger of the Gulf Coast assets of two refining entities (LP modeling). Identified the need to add a coking unit for significant improvement in P/L of the two companies.

Process Engineering Manager, Jacobs Engg. Group (1990-1996), Senior Process Engineer: Led, managed, and oversaw process design of large, complex refining projects. Major accomplishments include:

As Lead Process Engineer, prepared the Schedule “A” package for a Lube Oil Hydrocracking Unit. The plant was commissioned uneventfully in 1996. During the earlier study-phase, performed as Chief Process Engineer for the entire Lube Oil Complex project at Conoco’s Lake Charles, LA Refinery.

Prepared a Schedule “A” package for a diesel Hydrotreater for Texaco’s El Dorado Refinery working with Texaco staff – the plant was commissioned in 1992.

As Process Manager, oversaw the preparation of Schedule “A” package for Crude unit and Coker feed preheat train revamps, Citgo Corpus Christi refinery – both projects were commissioned in 1993.

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Suncor Inc. Oil Sands Group, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada 1987 to 1990

Staff Process Engineer and Leader, Operations Engineering Group: Provided technical services (technical supervision, monitoring, troubleshooting, optimization, and planning) for the refinery complex (crude unit, delayed cokers, steam methane reformer, high pressure hydrotreaters, environmental units, and supporting offsite facilities) in a 55 MBPD synthetic crude oil plant. Major accomplishments include:

Led a group of six engineers in technical management of all aspects of the refining complex in a $600 MM/year operation. Production increased to 21 MM Bbls/year vs. previous historical record of 19 MM Bbls.

Developed the design basis for debottlenecking the hydrocarbon processing facilities from 55 MBPD to 70 MBPD, and optimizing the operation. The plant is currently producing 120 MBPD.

Husky Oil Ltd. / Nova Corporation, Calgary, Alberta, Canada 1980 to 1987

Staff Process Engineer: Responsible for the process design for the 32 MBPD residue hydrocracking unit in Husky Oil's Cdn $1.6 B (54 MBPD) Upgrader project based on developing technology. The unit was started up uneventfully in 1992, has been operating successfully since, and further expansion is currently being planned.

During the earlier project definition phase, responsible for the front-end planning and engineering of the $1.6B Upgrader project, including process selection and project configuration, integration with the existing facilities, economic optimization and energy efficiency.

Responsible for the front-end planning, engineering, and conceptual design of the hydrocarbon processing facilities of a grass-roots Cdn $10+ B (130 MBPD) oil sands project. Directed and supervised a team of engineering contractors. Evaluated various technologies including Veba Combi Cracking & FlexiCoking.

Syncrude Canada Limited, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 1978 to 1980

Intermediate Process Engineer: Participated in the commissioning of the world’s largest twin-Fluid Coking units (73 MBPD each) in a 110 MBPD synthetic crude oil plant, presently producing nearly 300 MBPD. Planned, conducted and evaluated performance guarantee and capacity tests, and used the results to develop plans for debottlenecking the cokers – currently operating at 110+ MBPD each. As part of a task force, optimized the plant, identified and removed production restrictions, and reduced interference between various units.

Educational Background

M. A. Sc. Chemical Engineering (1977, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada).

B. Tech. Chemical Engineering (1972, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India).

Keywords: Ebullated Bed: Hydro-processing; Delayed Coking; Fluid Coking; Flexi-Coking; Veba Combi Cracking, Black Oil; Black Oil Hydro-processing; Black Oil Hydrocracking; Hydro-treating; Large Projects; Complex Projects; Mega Projects; Refinery; Chemicals; Operations; Commissioning; Technical Management; Offshore Production Operations; Debottlenecking; Conceptual Design; FEED; Detailed Design; Mergers; Acquisitions; Tier 2; Crude Oil Marketing; Process Simulations; LP Modeling; HYSIS; PRO II; Hydro-cracking; Technology Evaluations; ISBL; Basic Design; Crude; Vacuum; FCCU; Blending; Environment; Reconfiguration; Optimization; Crude Slate; RFO; HSFO; Jet; Diesel; MOGAS; LPG; RVP; Processing; Off-shore; Platforms; Oil; Gas; Financing; Due Diligence; Independent Engineer; LSFO; Owners' Engineer; Divestitures; Strategy; Technology Selection; Licensor Selection; Synthetic Crude Oil; Fossil Fuels; Products; Gasoline; RBOB; Heating Oil; Gas Oil; Condensate; Hydrogen; Amine; Sulfur; Sour Water; Gasification; Management; Gas Plant; Dehydration; Stabilization; Gas Lift; Water Injection; Slug Catcher; Technology; Lifecycle; Licensor; Financial; EBITDA; octane; De-Salting;De-Salter; Cetane; PSA; Membrane; WABT; Coker; Visbreaker; Model; Reformate; Reform; CCR; model; Emissions; Environment; Safety; production; GTL; Stranded Gas; Dewaxing; Isomerizaton; Reliability; RAM; Distillation; Training; Mentoring; Manage; Supervise; Lead; NGL; Tier 3; Logistics

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