Mustafa, N.

Axens, Houston, Texas

Niaz Mustafa graduated from the University of Calicut India with a degree in chemical engineering. He has more than 25 yr of process design and commercial experience in process furnaces. He held positions at Engineers India Ltd., Lummus Heat Transfer and Technip (KTI Corporation) before joining Petro-Chem Development Inc. (later acquired by Heurtey Petrochem) in 2006. Based out of Houston, Texas, he is the Global Commercial Director of Furnaces for the engineering and solutions business unit of Axens.

Executive Viewpoint: Trends in the global process furnace market

Whether it is heating process fluids to achieve enough temperature in crude atmospheric and vacuum distillation units, or reaction temperatures inside furnace tubes to produce ethylene, vinyl chloride monomer, synthetic gas and continuous catalytic reformer reactors, or simple process heating (thermal fluid), process furnaces play a critical role in refineries and petrochemical complexes.