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Engineer Manager

Ploiești, PH, Romania
January 11, 2017

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Alexandru Catalin Mocanu +40 735 *** *** Romania

Process Engineer

Results-driven, innovative, and accomplished Engineering Production Supervisor with a 20+ year track record of success in overseeing, monitoring, and ensuring the safe and efficient production of oil and gas, including safe equipment use. Expertise in analyzing, developing, and implementing processes, collaborating with other engineers, managing high-profile projects, establishing goals, completing tests, and resolving technical issues. Proven leader with a history of training, developing, and motivating high-performance teams. Excellent interpersonal skills used to interact and build alliances with clients, business partners, senior leaders, associates, and other third parties. Areas of Expertise include:

Operations Management

Process Improvement

Troubleshooting & Testing

Health & Safety

Regulatory Compliance

Project Management

Team Building & Leadership

Training & Development

Problem Resolution

Professional Experience


Offshore Production Supervisor

Apply engineering, operations, management, and leadership expertise to monitor and maintain safe and efficient operation of platform production, utility, and safety equipment following company policies, procedures, and management systems, statutory regulations, and best practice. Oversee operations to ensure processes and equipment in producing oil/gas, utility, and safety systems safe and efficient.

Key Accomplishments:

Gained knowledge of multiple processes, including oil-gas-water separation, compression and gas injection, water injection and launching/receiving pigs.

Strong knowledge about PTW system and work order, active part of auditor team.

NAOC Port Harcourt, Nigeria 2013

Start-Up Process Engineer, IDU Flow Station (Gas Plant)

Technically advised manager during start-up, ensuring a safe, reliable, and compliant facility start up. Identified all commissioning interfaces, including wells, pipelines, utilities, safety and controls, confirming requirements compatible across interface boundaries. Collaborated Area Engineering Support Team to troubleshoot plant operation in early stages and establish steady plant operations in preparation for performance testing. Assisted in project and document reviews to ensure start-up requirements well defined and incorporated into commissioning plans. Monitored start-up procedures for proper cross discipline review and approval by project and sections as required. Worked with Project Engineering to develop procedures for plant performance tests verifying plant capacity and capability met engineering design.

Key Accomplishments:

Completed assignment ahead of schedule, saving company thousands in costs.

Modified start up and normal running procedures according site needed.

P& ID as build

CB&I LUMMUS Pancevo Refinery, Serbia 2012-2013

Commissioning & Start-Up Process Engineer, Hydrocracking & Hydro Treating Units

Assisted in the refinery expansion program of NIS oil refinery in Pancevo, focusing on the VGO mild hydrocracker/distillate hydrotrater Unit with a design capacity of 3 mil t/year. Conducted commissioning activities, including testing (leak tests) and DCS ESD checking, while performing start-up functions, including initial tightness testing, dry out and operation pressure thinness testing, catalyst loading, reactor section heat-up with fresh catalyst, and catalyst sulfiding.

Key Accomplishments:

Produced sweet cold low pressure of gas for PSA unit and product stripper off gas and naphtha stabilizer overhead liquid, feeding existing GCU unit, stabilizing naphtha, kerosene, diesel sending to storage and unconverted oil as feed to FCC unit.

Generate H2S, rich amine stream and sour water for treatment and recycle in amine regeneration unit and sour water stripper unit respectively.

ENI Iran 2009-2012

Production Supervisor, Darquain Oil & Gas Treatment Unit

Oversaw production process by monitoring raw material quality, checking chemical analysis, verifying electrical desalting process through controlling decanted water and salt, and maintaining desalted oil level in proper range.

Coordinated demulsifier injection and doses rates of neutralization solutions for desalted oil. Modified process parameters using a DCS ABB (pressures, temperatures, levels) to maintain within normal limits. Verified product quality, observing normal material consumption. Monitored and controlled equipment operation in all units. Confirmed lab results and data sheets and changed as needed.

Key Accomplishments:

Implemented new production process, increasing product quality.

Monitoring new chemical injection for production reality.

Trained local operator to familiarize with process phase.


PMC Supervisor, AKG2 Project

Contributed to elaboration of precommissioning punch list for fire water, interconnecting system, tanks and other systems. Directly handled chemical cleaning of pipes in all areas. Assisted in blowing activities of steam system. Developed detailed pre-commissioning procedures following direction from Commissioning Manager. Monitored all piping-related activities, including flushing/blowing, reinstating piping components and local instruments, ensuring leak test performed in accordance with the stated procedures, safety rules, and Commissioning Manager instruction. Ensured completion of activities related to static equipment, including inspections, cleaning, internals installations, and box-up following stated procedures. Recorded activities performed in log book. Produced certificates with appropriate signatures for Certification Engineer. Confirmed safe conditions for maintenance teams before issuing work permits. Verified and checked condition of safety devices, such as FF system, gas detector and alarms.

Key Accomplishments:

Helped develop PMC procedures for air blowing, tightness test, drying, air freeing and steam blowing.

TECNIMONT Kuwait 2008-2009

Commissioning Engineer, Aromatics Project

Participated in elaboration of precommissioning punch list for fire water, interconnecting system, tanks and all other systems. Improved and advised on operational procedures. Defined, mobilized and manage organization preparing and executing commissioning. Prepared precommissioning and commissioning procedures and reporting tools, including technical database, as needed planning, and punch list control. Directed execution of commissioning to achieve maximum productivity, minimize cost and achieve smooth hand over. Oversaw chemical cleaning of pipes in all areas. Assisted in blowing activities of steam system. Developed detailed pre-commissioning procedures following directive of Commissioning Manager. Ensured completion of all piping-related activities, including flushing/blowing, reinstatement of piping components and local instruments, and leak test, following stated procedures, safety rules and instructions of Commissioning Manager. Completed activities related to static equipment, including inspections, cleaning, internals installations, box-up, following stated procedures. Maintained records of all activities performed in the log book. Produced certificates, duly signed by involved parties, and handed over to the certification engineer.

Project Shuaiba, Paraxylene Unit (Licensor UOP), 768000 t/year. Project Shuaiba, Benzen Extraction Unit (Licensor UOP), 325000 t/year. Shuaiba processing flows designed to produce high purity para-xylene and benzene from a naphtha feedstock, with ortho-xylene as a co-product, contains a number of processing steps where the naphtha is first hydrotreated and then fed to the CCR Platforming Process unit to produce aromatic stream rich in benzene, toluene, and C8 and heavier aromatic compounds.

The CCR Platforming process produces aromatics from naphthenes and paraffins. The feed naphtha is generally restricted to C6 through C9 compounds to maximize the production of benzene, toluene, and xylenes. Four major reactions occur in the reactors to produce the desired products: dehydrocyclization of paraffins to 5-membered rings; isomerization of 5-membered to 6-membered rings; dehydrogenation of 6-membered rings to aromatics; hydrocracking of large hydrocarbons to smaller hydrocarbons. The function of the reformer is to efficiently convert paraffins and naphthenes to aromatics with as little ring opening or cracking as possible.

The Sulphfolane process combines liquid-liquid extraction with extractive distillation to recover high purity aromatics from hydrocarbon mixtures. Because of the large difference in boiling point between the sulpholane solvent and the

heaviest aromatic component, this separation is accomplished easily, with minimal energy input. To minimize solvent temperatures, the recovery column is operated under vacuum.

The Tatoray process is used to selectively convert toluene and C9 aromatics into benzene and xylenes. The two major reactions in the Tatoray process are disproportionation and transalkylation. The conversion of toluene into benzene and xylenes is called toluene disproportionation. Transalkylation is the conversion of a mixture of toluene and A9 into

xylenes. The Tatoray process uses a very simple flow scheme consisting of a fixed bed reactor and a product separation section.

The Parex process provides an efficient means of recovering para-xylene using a solid zeolitic adsorbent which is selective for para-xylene.The Parex unit has 24 adsorbent beds with 26 sets of chamber internals, and 24 bed lines connecting the beds to the rotary valve .Parex units consist of two adsorption chambers in series with 12 beds each. In the Parex process, there are four major streams that are distributed to the adsorbent chamber by the rotary valve. These ‘net’ streams include: a) feed in (mixed xylenes feed); b) dilute extract out (para-xylene product diluted with desorbent); c) dilute raffinate out (ethylbenzene, meta- and ortho-xylene diluted with desorbent); d) desorbent in (recycle desorbent from the fractionation section). The rotary valve is used to periodically switch the positions of the liquid feed and withdrawal points as the composition profile moves down the chamber.

The Isomar process is used to maximize the recovery of a particular xylene isomer from a mixture of C8 aromatic isomers. C8 aromatic reactor fed, deficient in one or more component relative to equilibrium composition, is processed over a fixed bed of catalyst in the presence of hydrogen. The liquid portion of the effluent is fractionated to remove both light and heavy aromatic by-products as well as the cracked materials resulting from inclusion of saturates in the feed. Para-xylene and/or ortho –xylene are separated from the resulting fractionation hear-cut, thereby preparing a recycle material to the ISOMAR rector. Fresh feedstock is introduced into the circuit in the most appropriate place.

Additional Professional Experience:

Petroconsult SRL Ploiesti, Romania, Trainer Supervisor, 2008

Bonattie SPA Libian Branch, Mellitah, Libya, Senior GTU DCS Supervisor, 2007

Petrotel-Lukoil, Ploiesti, Oil Refinery, Classroom Process Trainer, CDU-KTU, Production Department, 2007

Sirte Oil Company Libya, Attahady GTUm DCS Operator, 2007

Petrotel-Lukoil, Ploiesti, Oil Refinery Romania 2004-2006

CDU& VDU, Gasoline Hydrofining Unit, Process Engineer

Process Objective to distill and separate valuable distillates (naphtha, kerosene and diesel) and atmospheric gas oil (AGO) from the crude feedstock.

Process steps are: 1) Preheat the crude feed utilizing recovered heat from the product streams. 2) Desalt and dehydrate the crude using electrostatic enhanced liquid/liquid separation (Desalter). 3) Heat the crude to the desired temperature using fired heaters. 4) Flash the crude in the atmospheric distillation column. 5) Utilize pump around cooling loops to create internal liquid reflux. 6) Product draws are on the top, sides, and bottom.

Objective of VDU process is to recover valuable gas oils from reduced crude via vacuum distillation by reducing the hydrocarbon partial pressure and stripping steam.

Process steps are: Heat the reduced crude to the desired temperature using fired heaters. Flash the reduced crude in the vacuum distillation column. Utilized pump around cooling loops to create internal liquid reflux. Product draws are top, sides, and bottom.

Steaua-Romana Campina, Oil Refinery Romania 2000-2003

Process Engineer, Diesel Hydrofining Unit

This unit used to remove contaminants (sulfur, nitrogen, metals) and saturate olefins and aromatics to produce a clean product for further processing or finished product sales.

Process steps are: Feed is preheated using the reactor effluent. After that hydrogen is combined with the feed and heated to the desired hydro treating temperature using a fired heater. Feed and hydrogen pass downward in a hydrogenation reactor packed with various types of catalyst depending upon reactions desired. Reactor effluent is cooled and enter the high pressure separator which separates the liquid hydrocarbon from the hydrogen/hydrogen sulfide/ammonia gas. Acid gases are absorbed from the hydrogen in the amine absorber. Hydrogen, minus purges, is recycled with make-up hydrogen. Further separation of LPG gases occurs in the low pressure separator prior to sending the hydrocarbon liquids to fractionation.

ASTRA Refinery, Ploiesti, Hydrogen Plant, Plant Operator, 1996-2000.


Bachelor Degree in Oil Processing & Petrochemistry Faculty, Oil & Gas University, Ploiesti, 2000


Offshore survival training BOSIET.

H2S training, FOERTM training (further offshore emergency response team)

Technical Skills

Microsoft Product, LINUX, AutoCAD, Pro II, DCS: Emerson Delta V, Allen Bradley RS View, ABB Freelance 2000, Yokogawa Centum 3000

Additional Information

Publication:” Remove and recover phenol from aqueous solutions using extraction with MTBE”- Technical & Scientific Lecture, Romania & Moldova Republic Universities, 28-30.04.2000

Industry: “The substitution of the high steam vapors from the preheated fuel of the CDU &VDU Plant with low pressure steam vapors,” PETROTEL–LUKOIL Ploiesti

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