September 2019

Hydrocarbon Processing Awards

Hydrocarbon Processing Awards

Hydrocarbon Processing, the downstream processing sector’s leading technical publication, has announced the finalists for its third annual awards.

Hydrocarbon Processing, the downstream processing sector’s leading technical publication, has announced the finalists for its third annual awards. The HP Awards celebrate innovative technologies and people that have been instrumental in improving facility operations over the past year. The awards cover 17 strategic categories in the hydrocarbon processing industry. Nearly 100 nominations were submitted from more than 20 countries. Each abstract was voted on by an independent Hydrocarbon Processing advisory board. The following is a complete list of all finalists in each category. The winners in each category will be announced during a black-tie gala at the Houstonian Hotel in Houston, Texas on September 19. Hydrocarbon Processing would like to congratulate all nominees on this prestigious honor.

BEST AR/VR/AI TECHNOLOGY

CHEMTECH AI, AI Operator

By using historical data of the processing unit, AI Operator delivers real-time recommendations and makes fully automated decisions to improve unit capacity, product yield and quality, as well as decreasing energy consumption and product losses.

DYNAMICS SCIENTIFIC PRODUCTION CENTER USA, COMPACS System

The COMPACS system provides an objective real-time monitoring of each machine of an entire process unit. Artificial intelligence generates real-time prescriptions and predictive analytics that identify future malfunctions and defects. This analysis can dramatically reduce accidents and fires, increase uptime of process units and provide reasonable maintenance costs.

IMAGINATE SOFTWARE LABS PVT. LTD., NuSpace

Through AR-powered smart glasses, NuSpace enables field operators to view complete information required for maintenance, repair and overhaul activities. The smart glasses allow personnel to work in the field hands free, while communicating securely with experts for live support.

BEST ASSET MONITORING TECHNOLOGY

ASPENTECH, MTell®

Aspen Mtell® delivers the earliest, most accurate warning of equipment failures and prescribes detailed actions to mitigate or solve problems. Using machine learning, Aspen Mtell can recognize precise patterns in operating data that indicate degradation and impending failure—well before it happens.

DIAKONT, Stingray Online Tank Inspection System

Diakont provides comprehensive storage tank floor inspection series using Stingray, a robotic crawler, which is safely deployed into aboveground storage tanks while they remain filled and operational. Using a combination of non-destructive examination sensors housed within an explosion-proof enclosure, Stingray inspection systems supply complete inspection coverage and allows operators to prioritize tanks for turnarounds and extend inspection intervals through risk-based inspections.

SMITH AND BURGESS PROCESS SAFETY CONSULTANTS, Salus

Named after the Roman goddess of safety, Salus is a comprehensive and robust relief and flare system software package that provides a straightforward, sequential workflow approach to relief systems design that effectively guides the user through each step of the process. This software provides the user with easy access to organize and store the entirety of the plant’s pressure relief device and disposal systems documentation.

BEST CATALYST TECHNOLOGY 

BASF, Valor™

Valor™ is a next-generation fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalyst technology designed to enhance the performance of FCC catalysts processing heavy residuum oil feedstock. Refineries using Valor™ technology in their FCC units achieved catalyst activity retention with lower hydrogen and coke yields. This new catalyst achieves efficient passivation of vanadium with increased tolerance against sulfur, effectively enabling refiners to increase resid processing without sacrificing conversion or product yields.

EXXONMOBIL/ALBEMARLE, Celestia™

ExxonMobil and Albemarle have co-developed and teamed up to commercialize a second-generation bulk metal catalyst that offers tremendous hydroprocessing margin potential. Celestia™ has been commercialized in distillate and hydrocracking hydrotreating platforms within ExxonMobil and has shown to provide an activity advantage of up to three times that of conventional supported catalysts. Both in distillate hydrotreaters and in LCO/VGO hydrocrackers, the Celestia™ catalyst yields exception returns, with payback times as short as 4 mos.

WELL RESOURCES INC., Ionikylation

Ionikylation is a commercially proven, non-hazardous and environmentally friendly alkylation process that uses a proprietary composite ionic liquid as the catalyst. Ionikylation has a higher yield and selectivity towards the formation of valuable and high-octane compounds (e.g., trimethylpentanes) over traditional methods. The composite ionic liquid catalyst is recycled and regenerated within the process itself. A very small amount of spent catalyst and solids are removed. More importantly, the spent catalyst and solids from the Ionikylation process are chemically benign matters, which can be safely and easily disposed.

DIGITALIZATION—BEST DIGITAL TWIN/OPERATOR TRAINING TECHNOLOGY

AVEVA, ROMeo Process Optimization

ROMeo Process Optimization is a digital twin for operations and planning activities that uses real-time process and economic data to determine set points that guarantee maximum operating profit, while satisfying all regulatory requirements. Plant processes are digitally represented with well-defined,
first principle models, which provide the basis for simulation, data reconciliation and optimization in real time.

HONEYWELL PROCESS SOLTIONS, Honeywell Forge for Industrial

This software embeds industry know-how via digital twins and experience-driven analytics to drive intelligence beyond that of traditional big data analytics. It quickly spots opportunities and provides recommendations to improve processes, equipment performance and automation. It is an advancement in analytics software solutions that provides industrial companies with real-time data and visual intelligence to help them optimize production and increase profitability.

SPHERA, Operational Risk Management (ORM) Software

ORM is the first enterprise operational risk management software that delivers a cutting-edge approach to achieving the practical benefits of Industry 4.0 and the IIoT. The ORM digital twin software provides the first integrated view of the operational reality of a plant and simulates predictive asset-level, major accident hazard risk exposure. By looking at three simple screens, everyone from the boardroom to frontline operations and maintenance can consistently see and manage risk, activities, productivity and costs in real time.

DIGITALIZATION—BEST PROCESS/PLANT OPERATIONS OPTIMIZATION TECHNOLOGY

AVEVA, Unified Operations Center

The Unified Operations Center empowers the whole team with a centralized view to help make informed decisions. This improves process safety, operational efficiency and profitability. The center is based on a “systems-of-systems” approach, which includes plug-in and integrated apps, analytics, closed-circuit television, GIS maps, ERP systems, engineering piping and instrumentation diagrams, etc. The Unified Operations Center integrates these aspects, departments and sites under one platform.

DCP MIDSTREAM, DCP 2020 Strategy (DCP 2.0)

The company’s DCP 2.0 focused on a vision to digitally-enable the company’s operational excellence transformation and propel it to be one of the most digitally advanced hydrocarbon processing industry companies. This program focused on utilizing digital technologies to enhance workflow, boost efficiency and make data-based decisions to improve safety, environmental compliance and customer satisfaction.

PROCESS SYSTEMS ENTERPRISE, gPROMS® Digital Applications Platform (gDAP)

gDAP revolutionizing the way process models are used in industry. It is a standardized software framework that allows process models to be used within a process automation (control) system, providing new opportunities for plant optimization and profit improvement. The tool utilizes plant data to performing calculations and transfers the results to the plant’s automation system, to other calculation modules or to other information systems, such as databases and/or dashboards.

SAUDI ARAMCO, Integrated Manufacturing Operations Management System (imoms)

imoms is a pioneering digital transformation project and is the foundation for the 4th Industrial Revolution. The platform includes integrated decision-making dashboards, mobile platforms, big data analytics, predictive fault models, material and energy balance models, asset performance models, environmental management, and much more. These tools enable the company to safely and efficiently operate
its facilities.

DIGITALIZATION—BEST SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGY

ATOMITON, Digital Terminal

Many downstream facilities lack the visibility to know how much energy a specific assets or piece of equipment is using. The Digital Terminal allows producers to monitoring energy usage in real time. The software—leveraging artificial intelligence—continuously monitors and predicts energy load to prioritize operations constraints, minimize unnecessary processes and orchestrates optimal schedules and sourcing
to reduce energy costs.

HONEYWELL PROCESS SOLUTIONS, Secure Media Exchange (SMX)

This technology provides a new type of cybersecurity defense layer for industrial companies, protecting critical systems against threats introduced by universal serial bus (USB) devices. The software not only watches for and controls malware on USBs, but also helps detect malicious USBs that attempt to take advantage of protocol to perform unauthorized actions.

SIEMENS, Polarion®

Polarion® software saves project development teams significant amounts of time by providing a wide array of sophisticated digital tools. These benefits help reduce the project planning effort by utilizing digital requirements, specifications and procedures, enabling data reuse and faster time to construction. Development teams can see and access relevant requirements data on demand—anywhere, anytime and from nearly any device.

EPC, LICENSOR, CONSULTANT OF THE YEAR

MCDERMOTT

Within the past year, Lummus Technology joined McDermott. McDermott’s Lummus Technology business offers the most broad, diversified technology portfolio in the marketplace, with more than 120 licensed technologies and 3,100 patents and patent applications. In the past year, Lummus has been awarded more than 80 contracts and reached numerous milestones, including the licensing of the largest PDH unit in the world and the largest CDAlky® unit ever. Being part of the new McDermott allows Lummus Technology to offer complete EPC and modular solutions in addition to the company’s technology portfolio and allows McDermott to leverage additional regional resources to expand its global footprint.

S&B ENGINEERS AND CONSTRUCTORS

The company is one of the leading EPC firms in the US, with a primary focus on NGL fractionation, pipelines, refining, petrochemicals and polymers and export terminals. The company has developed industry-leading best practices in the areas of safety, workforce development, employee culture and project execution. Within the past year, S&B surpassed more than 41 MM safe field hours across its vast EPC projects portfolio and continued to be a strong advocate in workforce development initiatives, opening its Craft Education and
Skills Enhancement Center to train and develop craft labor.

SMITH AND BURGESS PROCESS SAFETY CONSULTANTS

Smith and Burgess is a trusted Process Safety Management (PSM) engineering and consulting firm that delivers innovative PSM compliant solutions. Their engineering knowledge helps ensure that facilities operate in a safe, reliable and cost-efficient manner. The firm has completed more than 1,000 projects and saved its clients approximately $300 MM in unnecessary costs.

BEST FLUID FLOW TECHNOLOGY

CPFD Software, Barracuda Virtual Reactor®

The Barracuda Virtual Reactor® is a physics-based engineering software package capable of predicting all fluid, particle solid, thermal and chemically reacting behavior inside a fluidized reactor to maximize its productivity and reliability.

FOX THERMAL, FT4X Thermal Mass Flowmeter

The FT4X thermal mass flowmeter and temperature transmitter features Fox Thermal’s Gas-SelectX, which allows the user to measure different gases accurately. The new flowmeter has a 7-yr history (daily totals, settable contract time to define the contract day, time/date stamped alarm and event logs, power off totalizer and information about the meter’s settings and calibration validation test date) and calibration can be verified in the field with the CAL-V calibration validation test.

YOKOGAWA ELECTRIC CORP., Cavitation Detection System

Pumps used in process and manufacturing plants are often vulnerable to failure from cavitation. In the past, it has been difficult to detect the early signs of cavitation before substantial damage occurs. However, Yokogawa’s new cavitation detection system uses advanced analytics to interpret minute pressure changes stemming from cavitation events, revealing very early cavitation conditions before vibration or noise events are noticed. More importantly, the information can be applied to troubleshoot root causes. This technology enables refiners to save significant amounts of money on maintenance and downtime costs.

BEST GAS PROCESSING/LNG TECHNOLOGY

FLUOR, Deep Dewpointing Process (DDP)

Fluor’s cryo-gas technology application is designed for rich, unconventional gas applications (e.g., shale gas) with ethane liquid contents of 6 gpm–12 gpm and feed pressure ranging from 500 psig–900 psig. The process can achieve 95% propane recovery in full ethane rejection mode and can recover 60% ethane in ethane recovery mode. This innovative technology is critical for midstream organizations that need flexibility, performance and capital efficiency in processing rich natural gas.

SAUDI ARAMCO, Enhanced C2 recovery process by utilizing demethanizer bottom reflux

Engineers at Saudi Aramco added cooling duty to the demethanizer, at the Hawiyah NGL plant, by inserting a side reflux to the column’s bottom section. This process change decreased the demethanizer bottom temperature by 10°F, which has resulted in additional revenue of $1.67 MM/yr.

SCHLUMBERGER, CYNARA PN-1

CYNARA acid gas removal membrane systems efficiently and selectively permeate acid gases to separate them from produced gas streams that contain 5 mol%–95 mol% acid gas. Unlike conventional approaches to acid gas removal that use single-core membranes in a two-stage membrane system, the CYNARA PN-1 dual-zoned acid gas removal membrane system provides the same separation in a single membrane element to reduce both installation and operating costs.

SIEMENS, SIDRIVE IQ

This innovative technology allows producers the ability to monitor, analyze and optimize drive systems digitally. This makes the operational and condition data on a company’s drive components transparent, along with helping personnel identify maintenance requirements and optimization potential, leading to increased productivity, efficiency and profitability.

BEST HEALTH, SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTRIBUTION

AIR LIQUIDE, SMR integration and increased CO2 production—Stage 3

To reduce CO2 emissions, a non-utilized active (a CO2 production plant burning natural gas) was used to capture CO2 from the steam methane reformer (SMR) flue gases vented into the atmosphere. This technique recovered approximately 25 tpd of CO2 for the local market.

HONEYWELL PROCESS SOLUTIONS, Process Safety Suite

Most hazard and operability studies (HAZOPs) and layer of protection analysis (LOPA) documents sit on the shelf until the next revalidation. Honeywell’s Process Safety Suite software employs the user’s own risk analyses to create a digital twin for safety. PSS continuously validates the user’s actual performance against the assumptions in the risk analysis, providing insights to all levels of the organization, from the control room to the boardroom.

SIEMENS, Building Technology HSSE app

Siemen’s Building technology app features 2D/3D modeling around health, safety, security and environment (HSSE) needs in the oil and gas vertical market. Users can interact with animated content and industry research to understand patterns and changes in HSSE market trends affecting C-suite executives, oil and gas plant managers, sustainability directors and other stakeholders with an HSSE responsibility. The app provides users the ability to gain considerations and recommendations around solutions and services that can address various HSSE risks and pain points.

BEST INSTRUMENT TECHNOLOGY

EMERSON, Rosemount™ 928 Wireless Gas Monitor

This wireless gas monitor continuously monitors for the presence of toxic hydrogen sulfide gas in challenging, difficult-to-reach locations, thereby enhancing worker safety through early gas leak detection while eliminating the need for expensive wiring.

HONEYWELL PROCESS SOLUTIONS, SmartLine® Application and Validation Tool (AVT)

This is a license- and password-free, cloud-based tool that can help users select the right technology and configuration of Honeywell SmartLine® transmitters. The company’s AVT enables users to make a complex industrial ordering process feel easy. The tool provides simple visualizations to select and configure the best technology for the user’s needs.

ONDAVIA, INC., OndaVia Analysis System

This system was created to provide fast, accurate, microfluidics-based analysis that enables real-time, trace-level chemical analysis. It consists of a small, transportable instrument and disposable, chemical-specific cartridges. These two components improve analysis time from days to minutes, while providing laboratory-grade detection capabilities in the field.

SHIMADZU CORP., Nexis™ SCD-2030

The SCD-2030 is an innovative sulfur chemiluminescence detector for the specification and quantification of sulfur in hydrocarbon matrices by gas chromatography analysis.

BEST PETROCHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY

MCDERMOTT LUMMUS TECHNOLOGY, CDAlky® and Olefins Conversion Technology (OCT)

The company recently expanded two of its technology platforms (CDAlky® and OCT) to commercialize efficient alkylation of C5s in a novel reactor system or two-stage catalytic conversion of C5s to higher-value propylene employing catalytic distillation and metathesis via OCT. The CDAlky® sulfuric acid alkylation reactor design eliminates mechanical agitation with a unique patented reactor internals design that uses the fluid motive force for efficient mixing at lower temperatures, resulting in less acid consumption and superior alkylate properties. Catalytic distillation plus OCT is a two-stage system that utilizes catalytic distillation to tailor the feed mixture to the metathesis reactor to convert C5 olefins to high-value propylene.

RELIANCE INDUSTRIES LTD., Chlorinated Polyvinylchloride (CPVC) Production Technology

The company has developed a differentiated CPVC product, with superior mechanical and thermal properties, using an innovative and green PVC photochlorination process using visible light LEDs. Reliance’s visible blue light (460 nm) LED-mediated photo chlorination at large scale is distinguished and is a paradigm shift in photochemical processes. Conventional photochlorination conducted by UV lamp incurs many disadvantages, namely hazardous UV radiation, inefficiency, high power consumption, fragility and design flexibility. Reliance’s technology is composed of unique innovations to resolve the problems in the existing process and produce a superior product, with better economics.

SINOPEC, Ethylbenzene (EB) Production Technology

The company’s EB technology uses diluted ethylene—usually produced in a refinery as offgas and burned as a low-grade fuel—as a feedstock to produce ethylbenzene. The company can also use ethanol in the process. Compared to the traditional two-step dehydration and alkylation process, Sinopec’s EB technology is a one-step alkylation process that does not need an ethanol dehydration unit. The technology has been successfully tested and commercialized.

BEST PROCESS CONTROLS/AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGY

ADVISIAN DIGITAL, Catalyst Removal Amphirol (CAROL)

Advisian Digital, part of the Worley Group, has developed an innovative technology for robotic catalyst removal from refineries and LNG vessels using a remote-operated, screw-propelled vehicle. CAROL helps reduce human risk and turnaround durations. The technology has successfully completed several catalyst removal projects in varying environments, reducing the need to put personnel in harm’s way.

ASPENTECH, General Dynamic Optimization Technology (GDOT™)

GDOT™ software aligns advanced process control with planning and scheduling, enabling unified production optimization for refineries and petrochemical plants. The technology captures economic incentives across multiple units to increase production, reduce quality variability and lower energy consumption. These benefits enable producers to improve safety, reliability and profitability.

HONEYWELL PROCESS SOLUTIONS, Experion® Local Control Network (LCN)

Experion® LCN modernizes the control system infrastructure and enables the Industrial Internet of Things. This strategy maintains safe and reliable controls. With Experion® LCN, existing control strategy, field terminations, applications, history and graphics can be retained, allowing users to focus on high-value improvements. It minimizes operating disruptions, maintains overall consistency and delivers optional lifecycle advantages with virtualization.

IMPLICO GROUP, OpenTAS® Terminal Management System (TMS)

OpenTAS® TMS equips tank farm operators with all the tools needed to manage their plant in an efficient, transparent and safe manner. It drives, optimizes and automates the full range of logistic and administrative processes in tank farms. The system contains the widest range of functions and the tightest ERP/SAP integration on the market. Its centerpiece is an easy-to-use graphic user interface called Navigator, which steers all logistics operations in a tank farm and enables users to make a significant leap towards IoT-driven process management.

SCHLUMBERGER, Process IQ

Process IQ, which utilizes an advanced machine learning algorithm, is deployed as a software as a service solution to improve the performance of a company’s surface facility equipment. A core aspect of the technology’s portfolio is performance prediction of acid gas membrane systems. The machine learning algorithm uses calculations to predict future selectivity and the remaining useful life of the membrane. The software’s continuous predictive monitoring capabilities actively identify critical events that deteriorate acid gas membrane performance and predict changes in the selectivity.

BEST REFINING TECHNOLOGY

HONEYWELL UOP, IsoAlky™

Honeywell UOP, in partnership with Chevron, has introduced a new alkylation technology that employs ionic liquids as a catalyst to produce high-octane motor fuels. IsoAlky™ liquid alkylation technology uses a non-aqueous liquid salt, or ionic liquid, at temperatures below 100°C to convert a typical stream from an FCC into a high-octane blending component that lowers the environmental impact of motor gasoline. The ionic liquids process can be used in new refineries, as well as in existing facilities undergoing capital expansion.

SMITH AND BURGESS PROCESS SAFETY CONSULTANTS, Salus

Named after the Roman goddess of safety, Salus delivers the ability to easily access, organize and store the entirety of a refiner’s pressure relief device and disposal systems documentation. Most importantly, Salus utilizes an “evergreen approach” that keeps each site’s data updated in real time across their system when changes occur. This keeps facilities compliant and ensures that personnel and assets are
operating safely.

WELL RESOURCES INC., Ionikylation

Ionikylation is a commercially proven, non-hazardous and environmentally friendly alkylation process that uses a proprietary composite ionic liquid as the catalyst. It has a higher yield and selectivity towards the formation of valuable and high-octane compounds over traditional methods. The composite ionic liquid catalyst is recycled and regenerated within the process itself, and very small amounts of spent catalyst and solids are removed. More importantly, the spent catalyst and solids from the Ionikylation process are chemically benign matters, which can be safely and easily disposed. By 2021, 10 new Ionikylation units will be constructed and commissioned by Chinese state-owned refiners, with capacities ranging from 50,000 tpy–300,000 tpy.

MOST PROMISING ENGINEER

YUSUF AHMED AL-NAFAIEI, Bahrain National Gas Co.

Mr. Al-Nafaiei joined Bahrain National Gas Co. (Banagas) in 2014 as a junior processing engineer. Over the past several years, he has worked on numerous projects but has excelled in modeling and simulation, which is in high regard at Banagas. His work on simulation studies includes troubleshooting and identifying a safe operational zone for the depropanizer column in the LPG fractioning section of the plant, identifying the optimum engineering solution to improve the performance of refrigeration discharge cooler during peak summer days and evaluating relief system adequacy on the fuel gas system to the gas turbines in the refrigeration section of the plant. He is also pursuing an MSc degree in engineering management from the University of Bahrain.

ABDULRAHMAN AL-SHAMMARI, Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Co. (KIPIC)

Mr. Al-Shammari started his career in 2007 as a mechanical engineer at Kuwait National Petroleum Co. He joined KIPIC in 2017 as an operations engineer for the steam generation units at the Al-Zour refinery. He had several contributions during the refinery’s engineering and construction phase, implemented several initiatives for the utility section’s early boiler commissioning and operations readiness program, facilitated HSSE transition plan workshops with other functional teams to ensure safe commissioning of the utility facilities, and developed and customized several training programs for staff.

CHRIS JANSEN, Advisian Digital

Mr. Jansen is the co-inventor of CAROL, a robotic catalyst removal technology. His work with WorleyParsons earned him the 2015 IChemE global award for young chemical engineers in industry. Over the past several years, he has led the development of CAROL from concept through commercial reality. This includes leading a multinational consortium through patent and trademark submissions, legal negotiations and engineering management. The development of CAROL has the potential to change the way that catalyst handling is performed globally.

CHRIS RUNNEBERG, S&B Engineers and Constructors

Although early in his career, Mr. Runneberg has already distinguished himself among his peers as a strong future leader. His recent experience includes acting as the Area Lead on one of S&B’s several large NGL fractionation EPC projects. Prior to this, he played a significant role in supporting commissioning and startup of a previous NGL fractionation plant. During commissioning, he played a central role in diagnosing and successfully resolving issues with a depropanizer—the solution is already being implemented on subsequent NGL fractionation plant designs. Through his work on these and other projects, he has consistently garnered praise from the client, as well as his peers, particularly regarding his intelligence, responsiveness and willingness to help.

KATHLEEN WILLS, Athlon Solutions

Ms. Wills provides engineering support for Athlon Solutions, a Halliburton Service field sales and service team focusing on corrosion control in refineries, with a major emphasis on crude unit overhead condensing corrosion control. Over the past several years, she has quickly become the go-to person for tough corrosion problems, has been asked to join several refinery corrosion teams as an ad-hoc member, has helped develop monitoring programs and has helped advance the company’s ionic equilibrium modeling technology. She is active in several associations, including the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, where she chairs a subcommittee on crude unit corrosion, and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers.

EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR

JON CAMP, Tube Tech International

Mr. Camp is the Managing Director of Tube Tech International (TTI), a leading international firm focused on cleaning and inspection services. After joining TTI in 2017, Mr. Camp has worked tirelessly to form strategic alliances and partnerships to pass operational benefits and savings to refineries and petrochemical plant owners, and created a roadmap for innovation that will benefit the industry into the future. This includes significant investments in research and development to create new technologies and solutions to impact emissions, raise production standards, enable real-time collaboration and introduce safe maintenance technologies to the market.

KATHLEEN EISENBRENNER, NextDecade Corp.

Kathleen Eisbrenner was an entrepreneur, visionary and major innovator in the natural gas industry with more than 30 yr of experience and accomplishments in various leadership roles. In 2010, she founded NextDecade LLC, an LNG development company focused on export projects, including Rio Grande LNG. She remained Founder, CEO and Chairman until February 2018, and was still Chairman at the time of her passing in May of 2019. Ms. Eisbrenner was previously the Executive Vice President at Royal Dutch Shell for Shell’s Global LNG strategy, was the Founder and CEO of Excelerate Energy and the Chief Commercial Officer at El Paso Global LNG. She held a BS degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and participated in the Harvard Business School Strategic Marketing Management Program.

ALBERT ROOYAKKERS, Bedrock Automation

Mr. Rooyakkers, Founder and CEO of Bedrock Automation, is focused on revolutionizing the industrial control system experience by designing and producing the world’s first truly open and secure automation platform. Over the past several years, he has assembled a world-class team of control, semiconductor and security specialists, created an agile North American manufacturing and sales organization, and built a channel of 50 certified system integrators and distribution partners, while filing more than 100 patents—half of which have been granted—on Bedrock Automation’s solution technologies.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

HAROLD EGGERT, Athlon Solutions

Mr. Eggert is a Senior Technical Advisor for Athlon Solutions, a Halliburton Service. He has more than 35 yr of industry experience with companies such as a major refiner in the Midwest, GE Water and Process Technologies and Betz Corp. He has held several technical support and management positions during his career, he has authored a myriad of technical papers and presentations and holds six US and global patents. He is also active in various steering and screening committees. At present, his work has been focused on crude oil compatibility, refinery crude unit automation, desalting performance improvement and developing innovative engineering tools and interactive refinery KPI dashboards and service reports. Over his extensive career, Mr. Eggert has provided technical support and troubleshooting in more than 150 refineries throughout the world in alkylation, fouling, desalting and corrosion.

JAMES SOROKES, Siemens

Mr. Sorokes will soon celebrate 43 yr with Dresser-Rand (now Siemens GP Oil and Gas). His outstanding contributions to compressor aerodynamics, radial compressor design and testing are widely recognized throughout the industry. His long-standing professional association with the company, publication in industry journals and periodicals and participation as an instructor in several short courses has established him as a world-class expert in the area of aerodynamics and fluid-induced vibrations of centrifugal compressors. Mr. Sorokes has been an active member of the ASME and the ASME IGTI Turbomachinery Committee for several decades, and is a regular lecturer and tutorial/short course instructor at the Texas A&M Turbomachinery Symposium and other university and technical conferences and private business venues. He has authored or co-authored 54 technical papers and holds 10 patents for designs associated with aerodynamic component design and manufacturing. In 2008, he was named an ASME Fellow and launched a program to promote cross-functional engineering training, hosting more than 120 sessions with attendees spanning five continents. In 2015, he was inducted into Dresser-Rand’s Engineering Fellowship Program.

MICHAEL STILLEY, S&B Engineers and Constructors

Mr. Stilley is the Vice President of Education and Workforce Development for S&B Engineers and Constructors. Throughout his more than 40-yr experience in the construction industry, he has maintained a passion for developing effective training and skills enhancement programs focused on creating rewarding career paths for historically under-represented groups. Most recently, he has played a key role in developing S&B’s robust craft training and career development programs and has led the development of the company’s results-driven, hire-to-train specialty apprenticeship program, which actively recruits individuals who may not previously have considered careers in the construction industry. Under Mr. Stilley’s leadership, S&B’s workforce development programs have become the gold standard in the industry and have received national attention, with both private and government groups having expressed interest in implementing similar programs.

PINTI WANG, GTC Technology

Mr. Wang is the President and CEO of GTC Technology. After completing his BS degree in chemical engineering, Mr. Wang served as a Second Lieutenant in the Republic of China Air Force. After completing his military service, he relocated to the US and earned an MS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Kansas. He began his career at Mass Transfer. Over the next 17 yr, he was appointed to a variety of high-level technical and commercial roles worldwide. In 2002, Mr. Wang and several colleagues purchased Glitsch Technology Corp. from Foster Wheeler and formed GTC Technology, with Mr. Wang as Chairman and CEO. The company has celebrated dozens of successful licenses throughout the world, while gaining recognition in the aromatics and refining fields. In 2019, as a result of the company’s growth and success, GTC Technology became a part of Sulzer. Mr. Wang continues to play a vital role as GTC Technology’s President, overseeing a smooth transition into Sulzer and ensuring the profitability of the company. HP

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