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Brimstone’s Instructional Staff

 

Elmo Nasato is a senior process engineer specializing in sulphur recovery, amine treating and sour water processing. He has over 30 years’ experience in the sulphur recovery industry including experience with design, retrofit, start-up and optimization of sulphur recovery units, sulphur handling units, amine units, sour water stripper units, and tail gas cleanup units. He has prepared and reviewed operating manuals, operating procedures and has provided technical support for P&ID reviews, HAZOPs and safety related reviews. On-site field activities have included support of construction activities, turnaround assistance and operator training.

 

Elmo graduated from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada with a B.Sc. Chemical Engineering in 1987 with an option in Management Science. He currently serves on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Laurance Reid Gas Conditioning Conference, Brimstone Sulfur Recovery Symposium Advisory Committee and has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Alberta Sulphur Research. He has been awarded six patents for SRU operation, oxygen enrichment and sulphur degassing technologies, has published 26 papers and has made over 40 presentations at conferences worldwide.
Doug Cicerone

Doug Cicerone

Instructor

Doug Cicerone, P.E., has spent the last 20 years working in gas treating, sour water stripping and sulfur recovery.  He began his career at the Oil & Gas division of Black & Veatch before starting his own consulting business and working with companies such as Shell, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Qatar Petroleum, Reliance, Black & Veatch, Parsons and URS.  Doug has worked in all phases of unit design as a process engineer, and has been involved with the startup and operation of more than 25 facilities worldwide.  He has degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia and the University of Kansas, and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Pierre Crevier

Pierre Crevier

Instructor

Pierre’s career spans 38 years during which he has provided consulting services to the oil & gas and chemical industries along with commissioning and start up support for clients of chemical and catalyst suppliers as well as engineering licensor companies.  Key areas of expertise include sulfur recovery and forming along with liquid hydrocarbon treating, among many others.

Pierre earned an MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is a registered P.Eng. in the Province of Alberta.  He has authored many technical papers and conducted over 60 weeks of training and technical presentations across six continents in English, French and Spanish.

Gordon Finnie

Gordon Finnie

Instructor

Gordon is a Chartered Chemical Engineer, currently working as a consultant in refining and gas processing industries, with a strong emphasis on sour gas treating. In his previous role, he was BP’s Head of Treatments for 12 years and provided safety, technical and operational leadership in sulphur, amine, and caustic treatment.  During his 34 years at BP, Gordon started up, shut down and ran special operations on over seventy operating plants in ten different countries.  He has mentored many younger engineers and conducted much of BP’s training in sulphur and amine treating. Gordon was accountable for commissioning two $100 million plus projects, the most recent being the Whiting Refinery Sulfur Recovery Complex in 2013.

Greg Hanlon

Greg Hanlon

Instructor

Greg Hanlon, P.Eng., has worked in many aspects of gas and liquid treating and sulfur recovery for over 40 years, from laboratory testing and monitoring of the processes to commissioning and start-up of some of the largest upstream and downstream facilities in the world, to design and operation of many of these same facilities. Greg was the treating and sulfur specialist in Shell Canada for over 18 years. One of his key roles during much of his career has been the training and mentoring of operations, engineering and maintenance personnel on the process chemistry, the unit operations and the optimization of the various treating and sulfur processes.

Michael Huffmaster

Michael Huffmaster

Instructor

Retired from Shell Oil, where he held the position of Principal Engineer, Treating and Sulfur Recovery, Michael Huffmaster is now consulting in the areas of gas treating, sulfur recovery, and tail gas treating.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, and is a registered P.E. in Texas.  Michael  has over 40 years experience working in the sulfur recovery and gas treating industry that include production systems, gas conditioning, gas processing and liquids recovery, sulfur recovery and tail gas treating, among others.  His technical expertise areas include process selection and design, along with process troubleshooting for many sulfur-related processes.

Al Keller

Al Keller

Instructor

Al Keller is recently retired from Phillips 66 as the Sulfur Processing Lead after a career of over 35 years.  His career accomplishments include working on the first COPE II sulfur plants and leading the development of several amine reclamation processes.  Al is a Member Emeritus of the Amine Best Practices Group, and also a member of the Brimstone Sulfur Symposium Technical Advisory Committee.  Over his career, Al has authored dozens of papers on sulfur recovery, tail gas processing, amine gas treating, sulfur degassing and many other sulfur-related processes.  He received degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, and is a P.E. in Colorado and Oklahoma.

Alan Mosher

Alan Mosher

Instructor

Alan D Mosher, P.E. is a Principal Process Engineer for the Oil & Gas Business Unit of Black & Veatch Corporation.  He has 30 years of experience in consulting engineering on a variety of licensed technologies on both domestic and international projects.  For the last 15 years his work has primarily been in Sulfur Recovery, Tail Gas Treating, Primary Amine Treating, and Sour Water Stripping in petroleum refining and gas processing plants.  He is involved in process design, detailed design, operator training, startup, and troubleshooting.

Alan has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering (with Distinction) from the University of Kansas and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Kansas.

Paul Pendergraft

Paul Pendergraft

Instructor

Paul Pendergraft is a semi-retired senior process engineer with 34 years’ experience in the sulfur recovery industry working for Amoco/BP, most recently as a senior member of the BP Technical Services Team.  Between 2003 and 2006, Paul led a network of over 900 people within BP that focused on improving communications and technology concerning gas processing throughout the BP Exploration and Production sector.  Paul has BS and MChE degrees in chemical engineering from Oklahoma State University.  His career includes nearly twenty years at the Amoco Tulsa Research Center.  He holds twelve patents primarily in the area of sulfur recovery and has authored numerous papers, posters, and presentations for industry meetings and conferences.

Lon Stern

Lon Stern

Instructor

Lon has worked in gas treating, sour water stripping and sulfur recovery for over 45 years. He began his career with Shell Oil Co. and worked 40 years in various assignments for Shell before starting his own consulting business and working with companies such as Shell, Criterion, Chevron, Suncor, Black & Veatch, Porter McGuffie, Controls Southeast, Stackmatch, LyondellBasell, BP, etc. He was a treating and sulfur recovery processes subject matter expert at Shell for many years. Included in his activities is providing Traning to Operations and Technical staff in the areas of sulfur recovery and treating. He has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and member of various industry-wide organizations such as Amine Best Practices Group.

Michael Anderson

Mike Anderson is the President and Technical Services Manager of Brimstone STS Limited. He has worked as a research engineer at Unocal’s Science & Technology Division in sulfur and gas treating process development and support, and as a process engineer with Western Research & Development. In 1992, Mike co-founded Brimstone and has been involved with sulfur recovery operations, performance evaluation testing, troubleshooting, and optimization since. He has degrees in Chemical Engineering from USC and the University of Illinois, and has authored a number of publications in the areas of sulfur recovery and tail gas treating.