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San Antonio, Texas, United States
October 18, 2016

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GABRIEL ALBERTO CASTANEDA, M.B.A., M.Eng., P.M.P., P.E., 713-***-****

Selma TX


Senior engineer with broad experience in oil and gas, chemicals and manufacturing. Knowledge of cost improvement techniques and project management. Experience in execution of billion dollars projects. Looking for managerial position.


Master of Business Administration, McGill University, Montreal, Canada Sep 2000-May 2002

Courses in linear programming, finance, operations research, strategy

Master of Chemical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, Canada Sep 1998–Dec 1999

Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, ITESM, Monterrey, Mexico Aug 1990-Dec 1994


RPA101 Aspen PIMS: Introduction to Refinery Planning, AspenTech, Houston TX April 2015

Elliott MSMV steam turbine and centrifugal compressor training, Jeanette PA Oct 2014

Linde Olefins Academy, Pullach,Germany May 2014

Process Compression School, Ariel, Vernon OH Mar 2014

Practical Distillation Technology by Henry Kister, Houston TX Mar 2014

EHY2102 Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining: Process Modeling and Optimization

for Refinery Unit Operations. Aspentech, Houston TX, Oct 2012

Upgrading & Refining Processes, University of Calgary, Canada Jan-Apr 2012


Liquefied Natural Gas and FLNG, technology review, Rice GECF, AIChE Houston TX Feb 2015

Advances in Ethane Cracking, AIChE workshops, Houston TX Mar 2014

Review of advances in ethylene cracking process

Refining Canadian Heavy Crude, AIChE workshops, Houston TX Sep 2013

Safe Process Design, SPE, Calgary, AB Mar 2011

Overview of codes and standards (CCPS, NACE, ASME, NFPA, API, CSA and AIAA)

Steam Systems Design, SPE YP, Calgary Fall 2010

Promising New Technologies for SAGD, SPE YP, Calgary Spring 2010

Gas to Liquids and Gasification, SPE YP, Calgary AB Fall 2009

Multiphase Pumps, University of Calgary, Calgary AB Spring 2009

Corn to Ethanol Process, University of Calgary, AB Spring 2006


FLNG Process and Safety Considerations; January 22, 2015; LNG Shipping News

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Senior Process Engineer, Small Scale LNG plants, General Electric, Schertz TX April 2015-July 2016

Developed market intelligence and proposed new product line with many potential clients

Provided strong foundation for market studies and sales leads by facilitating database with USA LNG market information to management. Included LNG plants, contacts, technologies used, plant sizes, etc.

Arranged financial information and designs to provide budget quotes of plants in different sizes and options in a quick manner

Advised implementation of recognized top construction safety practices for Schertz plant with specific actions to reduce level of accidents in plant.

Advised the use of a large scale technology for larger projects to consider economies of scale.

Cost Out New Product Introduction Project

Set up plan to reduce 6 million dollars in costs in model plant, and 10 million dollars in scope reduction at a 50 million dollars plant. Suggested smaller scope projects to management, which led to a possible billion dollar contract. Concepts could save more than 54 million dollars to project

Development of pressure vessel and cold box specifications to meet PHMSA and FERC requirements

FLNG New Product Introduction Project

Minimized total area of topsides by providing advice in process and refrigerants selection.

Introduced offshore and marine classification standards to Schertz, new API standards have improved GOM hurricane/metocean considerations

Organized visit of Lloyds Register, American Bureau of Shipping and DNV-GL and reviewed their consulting proposals for assistance during development of FLNG project.

Set up list of project engineering activities for FLNG design that meets marine classification requirements. All engineering disciplines were considered.

Set up project activities to meet ABS’s Approval in Principle requirements, estimated savings over 1 million dollars in consulting fees plus time

Lead Process Engineer, Commonwealth Engineering / Zachry, Houston TX Jun 2013-Aug 2014

Gas to Liquids Revamp Study. Determined equipment modifications to fractionation and hydrocracking sections after replacing Fischer Tropsch multi-tube reactor with a slurry bubble reactor in a 1,500 BPD facility. Generated HYSYS simulation, sized equipment and compared to existing equipment information.

Basic Engineering Study of a 3,000 BPD light and heavy crude CDU and vacuum tower. Developed PFDs, HYSYS simulations, coordination of crude oil lab tests, BEDD. Reviewed seismic data of site and handled relationship with client.

IHI Contract:

-Enterprise Resources project: P&IDs, datasheets, for Enterprise propane loading facility; gathering of up-to-date physicochemical data to size equipment.

-Dominion 750 MMSCFD LNG Cove Point MD project: Review of safety hazard issues. Participated in support activities, review of liquefaction area and advised on underground tanks, dissimilar materials joints, loading/unloading stations, self-refrigerant effect on vessels, settle-in pressure in compressor systems and others. Interacted with various engineering groups. Provided support to help comply with PHMSA and FERC requirements.

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Process Engineer, Ventech Engineers, Houston TX Jul 2012-Apr 2013

Frontier Visbreaker Refinery, South Sudan

Defined special materials for CDU, visbreaker and piping, selected double fired heater for visbreaker, pump hydraulics, distillation tower and strippers review, minimum flow in trays concept, heavy oil desalter, used Transcanada/Enbridge heavy oil pipelines as models for pipeline concept. Facility layout review. Discussed findings with senior management.

Demethanizer Relocation, Texas

Reviewed dehydrators and control strategy and advised changes, development of hot oil system concept, sizing of equipment and preparation of datasheets, P&IDs development. Suggested modifications to layout.

Gas to Liquids Proposal, Nerd, Wyoming

Reviewed Haldor Topsoe proposals for hydrocracker and syngas system, modeled proposal in HYSYS, sized equipment, talked to vendors, provided technology information to senior management.

Process/ Applications Engineer, Propak Systems, Airdrie AB Nov 2010 – Jun 2012

Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) of 18 bids and proposals write-up. Typical systems included distillation columns (fractionation systems), refrigeration plants and stabilizers, sweet and H2S sour systems, heavy oil and gas/NGL systems.

Scope of projects included P&IDs, equipment sizing, hydraulics, calculations, simulations, layouts, piping, flares, vendors, materials, write-up of proposals, liquid and gas hydraulics, coordination of team to supply bids. Discussed with senior management about commercial issues and client relationships.

Sold a $2.7 million dollars process, same strategy helped sell about $10 million more to same client.

Handling of relationships with clients during FEED development

Hydraulics of 3,500 BPD Husky SAGD plant, emulsions and two phase flows, review of piping materials

Invited key process equipment vendors to give presentations to learn about their technologies

Helped young engineers with technical guidance

Process Engineer Consultant, Altex Energy, Calgary AB Jul - Sep 2010

Concept development of bitumen railcar stations and steam heated railcars for bitumen transportation

Process Engineer Contractor, Fransen Engineering, Calgary AB Mar-May 2010

Composite Tailings mixing project for Shell Albian Sands

Process Engineer, SPEC Engineering, Calgary AB Jul 2008 – Jan 2009

PSV Audits of Chevron’ s Alaskan offshore platforms

Generation of datasheets and some P&IDs of an upstream facility for Pioneer National Resources

Process Engineer, Self-Employed, Toronto ON 2007-2008

Reviewed designs for SABIC IP ABS chemical polymer plant. Involved in polymer chemistry, P&IDs, PHAs and datasheets, found areas of improvement on simulations

Advised technologies to cut energy consumption and 20% reactor residence time to chemical plant

Process Engineer, AMEC, Calgary AB Jun 2006- Feb 2007

Review of process designs for Shell Athabasca Oil Sands Project in the extraction and tailings area

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Project Engineer, Nypro, San Diego CA Nov 2004 – May 2005

Project management to introduce about 30 new healthcare products into production

Handled relationships with clients

Product Engineer, Maddocks Engineering, Guelph ON Sep 2003 –Nov 2004

Managed ISO 9000 quality system, upgraded system to match Honeywell’s requirements

Conducted project management and design of new products, interacted with customers

Dr. J.M. Charrier, Chem. Eng. McGill University, Montreal QC Dec 1998-May 2003

Educational software development related to polymers and metals processing. Topics reviewed:

injection molding, film blowing, thermoforming, casting, extruders, equipment suppliers, etc.

Philips Lighting, R & D Engineer, Monterrey Mexico Feb 1997 - Aug 1998

Conducted project management activities to improve products/manufacturing at a 2,000 people facility

Reduced operational costs by US$270,000 per year

Eastman Chemicals, Distributive Control System Analyst (DCS) Jan 1995 - Apr 1996

Columbia, SC and Cosoleacaque Mexico

Member of a 120,000 metric tons/yr PET Polymer Plant DCS Startup Team

Programmed 70% of the DCS: interlocks, controllers, distillation system, reactors, etc.


Philips NIH award (for exceptional problem solving & teamwork), 1998.


MS Office, Aspen PIMS, Aspen Plus, VMG Sim, Neotec Pipeflo, Korf hydraulics, Flarenet, HYSYS, Promax, HTRI, HTFS, MS Project, Crystal Ball, StatView (JMP, a SAS product), Matlab, Minitab, GAMS, Solver, DNV Phast


English, Spanish, French


Canadian Citizen

Professional Engineer in Texas, USA

Project Management Professional, PMI

American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Society of Petroleum Engineers member

SPE YP technical luncheon coordinator/”the Uplift” technical writer, Calgary section 2010

VP Internal, Junior Chamber International, organize activities, people networking 2011-2012

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