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Power Plant Engineer

South Africa
Market related
May 13, 2020

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Joel Gilbert – Planner (Senior or Lead)

Personal details

Address: PO Box 1870, Vanderbijlpark, 1900. South Africa

Home: +27-16-932-****

Cell: +27-82-416-**** South Africa & Oman 968-********


Marital Status: Married (1982) with two Children

Nationality: French (with valid European Passport. No 13FV17849)


Planner or Senior or Lead & Site Coordinator with experience on Greenfield and Brownfield projects in the oil and gas, mining and steel works industries. With good interpersonal skills and experience working in a multicultural environment, experience with schedule development, WBS, OBS, shutdown, progress monitoring and measuring and recovery plan development. Ability to plan & schedule activities Level 1 to 5 using basic info such as BOQ, Flow diagrams, P&ID’s & plot plans, including loading of resourcing and costing. Ability identifying, analysing and providing innovative logic solutions to planning and scheduling problems. Able to adapt with any project situations. Work well in a team environment with considerable experience managing projects in a variety of countries. South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, China, Saudi Arabia, DRC, Panama, Brazil, Congo & Oman.


Project Management Proven ability to take complex projects from concept to successful completion

Contract Management Experience with FIDIC & MEC contracts, document control & QA/QC procedures

People Management Strong and decisive leadership of multi-cultural multi-disciplined subcontractors

Planning/Evaluation Scope identification & evaluation, experienced Main, Detail & Assembly Planner.

Project type EPCM & PMC, Shutdown Planning, Multi discipline MEIP, Oil and Gas, Mining, Steel mills, Construction Camp construction. Power plant

Project Scheduling Develops schedules from scratch. Generate WBS, and Activity & Cost Coding & resourcing, Level 1 to 5..

Safety Compliance Implementation of all current relevant Health & Safety legislation and practices

Strategic Thinking Clear focus on objectives to ensure thorough planning & execution of operations

Machining/Turning Served apprenticeship on Lathes, Turret, Milling and Drilling machines

Companies FQM, BP, Worley Parsons, Arcelor Mittal, Fluor, Amec, SNC Lavalin, Kentz, Katanga, Group 5, Aker Kvaerner, Saipem, Davy Mckee, Steinmuller, Hoogoven and Dorbyl

Software used Super project; Primavera 5&6, Pert master; MS Project, Excel, PowerPoint, Word; Freelance Plus; Hornet; Lotus 123; Open Plan; Ami Pro; Harvard Graphics

Languages English & Afrikaans: write, speak, read (well)

Portuguese & French: Speak, read (fair)


To develop totally integrated EPC schedules and control programs, prepare project planning basis, develop schedule format and a list of activities, establish the duration of the activities and overall logic for the execution of work to achieve the project commitments on time on budget and using the planned resources

Working with and controlling Sub contractors planning reporting department and Planners

Coding by means of Work Breakdown Structure and Activity Codes; Shutdown Scheduling

Interlinking activities to determine the Critical Path; Weighted Schedules and Backup sheets

Loading the project Resources and Costs, Creating Manpower & Costing "S" Curves

Fast Track re-scheduling, mitigating when slippages occur to assist getting project back on track

Integrating sub-contractor’s programmes into overall programme and monitoring of subcontractors

Gaining programme approval, creating base plan to compare actual vs. planned start and finish dates

Engineering & Procurement Controlling comparing with base plan to assess the delays

Monitoring of incoming materials, site instructions, punch lists, delay sheets, Costing schedules, Piping work packs, Material take off list

Reports – look ahead reports, Monthly, KPI, Milestone, Mitigation, Critical path, S curves, Pie chart, dashboards and any Management report required.

Qualifications and Courses

National Technical Certificate 3 - Vaal Technical College (South Africa) - 1978

Diploma (Red Seal) Turner - South African Department of Manpower - 1980

Certificates - Hornet Computer Systems, Primavera Finest Hour, Basic, Fundamentals, Advanced (1991,1997, 2005) Open Plan and Access

Career History - (Contract basis)

Jun 2017 to present – SNC Lavalin - Senior Commissioning Planner

Client & Nature of project – Commissioning Support Services for all PDO projects in Oman

Working with CCMS and Zenator, create commissioning schedule by systems and sub-systems for all mechanical complete, Pre-commissioning and commissioning activities, Monitor and mitigate all Commissioning activities according to PDO Commissioning management standards.

Jun 2016 to May 2017 – FQM - Senior Site Planner

Client & Nature of project – 2x150 MW Boilers with transmission lines (Panama)

FQM Purchased the mine complete with the project, therefore been the Client, EPCM & Sub contract altogether. Planning was responsible for all the department progress reporting which resulted in +/- 120 reports, covering weekly and monthly from Primavera schedule to Feeder sheets, Dashboard, S-curves, Management KPI, Level 1&2, pie charts, and whatever reporting required by management.

Feb 2015 to May 2016 – BP - Senior Site Planner

Client & Nature of project – (PMC) 1 Billion$ (Oman) Khazzan Gas Processing Plant

Lead, Control, Planning and scheduling of EPCM Contractor and Sub-Contractors schedules and relevant documentations, assuring mitigation reports and contract milestones are adhered to, create & update all weekly and monthly management reports as required

Jan 2013 to Dec 2014 - Oman Oil & Construction & Exploration & Production LCC - Lead Planner

Client & Nature of project – $900m (Oman) - (PMC) Oil and Gas Processing Plant (Worley Parsons)

Working closely with Hyundai EPCM contractor, to Lead, drive and assist the Planning and Scheduling of all contractors and advise and guide them to assist completion of project on time by means of Guidance & probabilistic & constructability workshop, Logic challenge, Compiling of Micro Scheduling and Custom reports as per Management requirement

Jun 2011 to Dec 2012 - Arcelor Mittal - Lead Planner

Client & Nature of project – $900m (Saudi) Jubayl - (EPCM) Tube Making Plant

Development of detailed MEIP schedule to erect 37000 tons of Equipment & 16000 Tons of Structural Steel, 64km of Hydraulic and Grease Piping, just to name a few. Including Commissioning, all presentations to management, Tracking, weekly reporting, mitigation reporting. Total - 4 Area Planners

Mar 2010 to May 2011 – Fluor - Lead Planner

Client & Nature of project – 800m Rand (Botswana) - (EPC) Cut 8 Project (Diamond mine expansion)

Developing the main schedule by WBS and Contract Numbers and incorporating all engineering changes or deviations, weekly updating of main schedule from all Contractors Schedule, attending all related meetings and adhering to additional Planning requirements from management. Total - 3 Planners

May 2009 to Feb 2010 - Saipem - MEIP Planner

Client & Nature of project – 47m Euro (Congo Pointe Noir) - (EPC) Djeno Terminal Expansion

Compile and control the master schedule including the information of 5 Sub-contractors and weekly report back to Total; included updating weekly report and Global schedule, S-Curves, 2 weeks look ahead as well as participating in all meetings and simulations exercises

Feb 2008 to Apr 2009 - Alumar Expansion (Alcoa) – (SNC Lavalin) - Lead Planner

Client & Nature of project – $4.2bn (Brazil) - (EPCM) Alumina Refinery plant expansion

Port and Re-troport, Power Plant, Digestion, Filtration, Precipitation and Calcination Plant. Managing the Contractors Planning and 4 Area planners, manage the master schedule, produce all daily, bi-weekly, monthly reports – Mitigation and KPI – and any other Planning requirements. Total - 5 Area Planners

Oct 2006 to Jan 2008 - Kamoto Operating Limited (Katanga Mining) - Lead Planner

Client & Nature of project – $170m (Democratic Republic of Congo) - (EPC) Copper mine refurbishment, Concentrator and Process Plant.

Managing all Contractors on Engineering & Procurement and construction activities. Total - 2 Area planners

Career History (Continue) - (Contract basis)

Apr 2006 to Sept 2006 - Aker Kvaerner - Field Planning manager

Client & Nature of project – $700m Saudi Arabia (Yanbu) - (EPC) Polyethylene, Polypropylene, Product Handling Plant. Managing all planning and coordinating a multi task schedule with 2 major Contractors and their Subcontractors to level 3, 4, 5. Total - 7 Area Planners.

Oct 2005 to Mar 2006 - Amec - Planning Consultant

Client & Nature of project – $3.6bn Dushanzi (China) - (EPC) Refinery & Petrochemical plant & Utilities & Power Station. Complete training and advising to the Client Management and Planning team on all Project Planning and reporting procedures through workshops. Total – 6 Planners

Nov 2004 to Sep 2005 Kentz - Senior Planner & Fabrication Co-ordinator

Client & Nature of project – UHDE $70m - (ME&I) Polyethylene 3 Project (South Africa) Complete E&I for Polyethylene Plant, monitoring subcontractor on all Piping Fabrication at the workshop

01/8/03 to 31/10/04 Amec - Planning Manager

Client & Nature of project – SECCO $270m EPC Petrochemical (China) OSBL Power Plant & Ground Flare System. Managing all Contractors, Planning & Monitoring. Total Planners 5

22-01-2003 to 25-07-2003 Fluor - Senior Planning Engineer

Client & Nature of project – Sasol +/- $25m (Secunda – South Africa)

(EPC) Small Project Alliance (Managing of all Contractors schedules & Monitoring)

01-04-2002 to 21-12-2002 Group Five Projects - Senior Planning Engineer

Client & Nature of project – Mozal Phase 2 - $30m (Mozambique)

(MEIP) Aluminium Plant (Reporting to M&R) Anode handling plant & Alumina Handling plant

01-07-2001 to 29-03-2002 Bateman/ SNC Lavalin - Senior Planning Engineer

Client & Nature of project – Skorpion Zinc Plant – $4bn (Namibia)

EPC - Zinc Processing Plant (Managing Contractors & Monitoring) Total Planners 5.

Area 1 - Material handling section comprising of crushing and screening plant, conveyors, transfer houses, thickener, ball mill, stacker reclaimer, acid plant, piperack area 5 section comprising of sub stations, HV Cables.

01-08-2000 to 30-06-2001 Bucyrus Erie (American company) - Buyer, Sub Contractor, Expediter

Client & Nature of project – North Africa (Mines) $15m (South Africa)

The complete supply of dragline spares; RFQ, bid analysis, award, procurement of bought out items, manufactured items and assemblies

01-04-1999 to 31-07-2000 Kentz - Planning Engineer (Shutdowns) (South Africa)

Client & Nature of projects

- Sapref Refinery (Durban) (Reporting to Sapref) - Crude Distillation Plant - 3 Shutdowns

- Caltex (Cape Town) (Reporting to Caltex) - Shutdown (286 Items)

- Engen (Durban) (Reporting to Fluor) - Shutdown 150 Items)

Detailed CV & References available on request.

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