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Andrew Beckett – Project Engineer/Manager – Portfolio
Seawater filtration packages: Egina FPSO
Engaged by VWS Westgarth as Project Engineering Manager (PEM) for two process packages to be designed
and manufactured for Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI). The packages were for installation aboard the Total
Egina FPSO for which SHI was the main contractor. The initial scope comprised two skid mounted seawater
filtration units: a coarse filtration package receiving raw seawater from the intake pumps, and an ultrafiltration
package using Dow membrane technology.
As PEM I was required to lead and manage the multi-
disciplinary team in the detailed engineering,
materials procurement, fabrication, installation and
commissioning of the packages. It was my
responsibility to ensure that the contracted scope of
work was performed in accordance with applicable
international standards and client specifications,
whilst maintaining awareness of commercial
considerations and potential for cost escalation and
As the engineering single point of contact I
liaised with the client to resolve technical
issues and identify and manage change.
My contract engagement with VWS was
terminated 18 months into the project as a
consequence of the dramatic fall in oil prices
and its impact on business prospects.
Pan Ocean Oil Corporation EPF (Early Production Facility) Project
Engaged by Weatherford as Area Project Engineer for an Early Production Facility (EPF), to be executed as an
EPCC project on behalf of FODE Nigeria for Pan Ocean Oil Corporation. The EPF was situated on a sloping 25ha
site adjacent to a production well in Delta State, Nigeria. The EPF was required to take delivery of two phase
(liquid and gas) well product, to separate the oil, gas and water fractions, to provide storage and road tanker
export for the crude oil; gas compression and pipeline export of the produced gas, and treatment and disposal
of the produced water. Due to its remote location the EPF was required to be self-contained with on-site
electrical generation to meet all demand scenarios.
As Area Project Engineer I was responsible for coordination of the multi-disciplinary team undertaking the
engineering design, equipment procurement, and management of construction on the site.
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The Weatherford team was disbanded when the project was brought to an unexpected halt due to funding
issues. At this time, earthworks at site were largely completed and foundation construction for packaged
equipment and heavy machinery was underway. Procurement of the bulk of the process equipment,
machinery, instrumentation and piping had also been completed, and major items of equipment including five
reciprocating drive gas export compressors and twin gas driven electrical generators had already been
Tengiz Chevroil (TCO) Expansion Project.
Engaged by WorleyParsons to work on WP/Fluor JV project as Senior Project Engineer in Interface
Management team. In this capacity I participated in development of interface management strategies and had
responsibility for evaluation, testing and documenting third party interface management software application.
Jazan Refinery and Marine Terminal Project
Engaged by Aramco Overseas Co. (AOC) as Senior Project Engineer responsible for supervision and monitoring
of FEED contractor (KBR) in its development and implementation of an interface management strategy for the
Jazan Refinery and Terminal mega-project. The Jazan complex was a green-field development situated on the
western coast of Saudi Arabia, some 600km to the south of Jeddah. It was to be designed to process
400,000bpd of crude oil, with onsite 400Mw capacity power generation by combined cycle process. In
common with other SA mega-projects, the contracting strategy was to let a number of discrete EPC packages
for construction of the facilities, necessitating clear definition of responsibilities at EPC package boundaries to
prevent duplication and/or omission of scope with consequent cost implications.
This engagement was for the FEED and tendering stages of the project, and came to an end with the
placement of EPC contracts.
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Iran Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Project
Senior Project Engineer responsible for
development of project-wide interface
management strategy, Master Interface Plan, and
interface database. Project suspended due to
tightening of international sanctions.
WorleyParsons was tasked with the management of all interfaces
between contracting entities, across the ILNG project. To this end
WP were required to produce a Master Interface Plan (MIP)
laying out a philosophy for the management of interfaces, and
also to develop a tool to be used in this process, the Master
Interface Database (MIDB).
My responsibilities were to draft the MIP, and to create the
MIDB. At the time of suspension of the project the MIP had
completed two internal review cycles, and was about to be issued
to the client for comment. The MIDB, which I developed from
scratch, drawing on lessons learned from past projects, was in a
working state, with sample data imported for testing purposes.
Sadara/(RTIP) project (Saudi Aramco/Dow JV)
The Ras Tanura Integrated Project (RTIP) was initially sited close to the Ras Tanura Refinery, from which it was
to derive certain of its feedstocks. In late 2010, the project was relocated to the Jubail Industrial City, as a
consequence of which the project name was changed to ‘Sadara’. Foster Wheeler (FW) were contracted to
undertake Front End Engineering Design (FEED) for a number of the process units, and to prepare bid packages
on behalf of the joint venture partners.
Among the bid packages to be produced was
that for the Industrial Gases Provider (IGP), that
would provide nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen,
carbon monoxide and ammonia to process units
within the petrochemical complex. The JV
partners had elected to bid the IGP on a Build-
Own-Operate (BOO) basis under which the
successful bidder would undertake the design,
construction and, commissioning the IGP plants
using its own capital, (estimated at U$ 0.4 billion)
and would operate the plants for a period of
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twenty years, recovering its investment by the sale of its products ‘across the fence’ to RTIP, under the terms
of a pro-forma contract (the Industrial Gases Purchase Agreement or ‘IGPA’).
It was initially envisaged that a single Request For Proposal (RFP) package for the IGP would be released to the
market, however, following the move to Jubail the facilities were split into an on-plot and an off-plot element,
and two separate packages were thus required.
In May 2009, I was appointed as FW’s Area Manager for the Industrial Gases Provider (IGP), tasked with the
preparation and delivery, to schedule, of the two RFP packages, including responsibility for technical
authorship, and co-ordination of inputs from FW disciplines, and the JV Partners commercial and legal teams.
As the IGP was to be a third party asset,
constructed and operated on a BOO basis, no
FEED was undertaken for these plants. It was
therefore necessary to allocate schedule time
for the prospective developers to undertake
FEED as a part of the bid preparation. In
addition, the products of the IGP needed to be
available to the customer units at an early
stage, for commissioning purposes. In
consequence of these considerations, the IGP
RFPs had to be among the first bid packages
released to the market, placing the IG team
under significant pressure to meet the schedule
The two bid packages were released to the
market in a timely manner, approximately two
months apart, in the first quarter of 2011, with
developer’s proposals to be submitted in late
summer. I participated with the Owner teams
in the two ‘Jobex’ (job explanation) meetings
that followed the RFP releases. Then, in the
intervening months until bid submission, I was
responsible for tracking the on-going FEED in
order to identify changes that impacted upon
the IGP, and where necessary to compile and
release addenda to the bidders. I was also
responsible for managing all bidder questions
on behalf of owner and expediting responses.
I performed the role of Bid Custodian for the receipt of the first set of RFP responses, and participated in the
technical review and scoring. Due to granting of an extension for the second set of submissions, I had left the
project by the time these were received.
In Salah Gas Southern Fields Development FEED (BP Statoil NorskHydro Sonatrach JV)
The In Salah Gas Southern Fields Development was a relatively small (100,000 manhour) FEED for gas
gathering, treatment and transportation, situated in the Algerian Sahara desert. The scope included a pipeline
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network for the collection of wet gas from a cluster of wells in the vicinity of In Salah, a central processing
facility for drying the gas, and transportation pipelines for conveying the gas to tie into an existing gas
I joined the project at the outset in September 2008, and was appointed as Area Project Engineer with
responsibility for co-ordination of discipline engineering teams in the preparation of FEED documentation in
preparation for an Invitation to Tender (ITT) package, management of a sizeable client data archive, and
creation of ITT structure for engineering content, in liaison with the client JV team.
The project was suspended in April 2009, when the FEED estimate was found to exceed owner expectation. A
study was instigated to develop a number of alternative design bases with potential for lower cost. At the
conclusion of this study, the FEED recommenced using a revised basis of design; however I had been
transferred to the RTIP project in the interim, and was unable to rejoin the ISG FEED.
KPI Integrated Petrochemical Complex Project (Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries)
Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries was a
proposed tri-partite joint venture between
Lyondell Basell and two Kazakh entities;
Kazmunaigas and Sat&Co. The joint venture
was to have been formed in order to develop
a green-field petrochemical complex near the
city of Atyrau in the Caspian Sea coastal
region of North West Kazakhstan. The
complex was to produce ethylene and a
polyethylene using feedstocks originating
from the Tengiz refinery 195 km to the south.
A Gas Separation Unit (GSU) was to be
constructed adjacent to the Tengiz facility
propane and ethane from this source was
then to have been transported to the KPI
plant via two dedicated pipelines.
Foster Wheeler was engaged, by
the joint venture participants, to
conduct FEED studies and develop
an Invitation to Bid (ITB)
documentation package for
release to the marketplace.
I joined the project at an early
stage, in May 2008, and was
appointed Area Project Engineer
with responsibility for Gas
Separation Unit (GSU) to be
constructed near Tengiz, involving
recommendation for site
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selection, and co-ordination of multi-disciplinary team producing basis of design documentation for inclusion
in the Invitation for Bid (ITB) documentation package.
In this capacity, I twice visited Kazakhstan, on the first occasion to conduct a reconnaissance of the sites for
the Petrochemical Complex near Atyrau, and the GSU near Tengiz, and on the second occasion to meet with
Sat&Co in Astana, to discuss the structure of the ITB package.
The project was suspended in October 2008 due to differences within the JV. At this time the ITB package was
still under development.
Karan Gas Project FEED (Saudi Aramco)
The Karan Gas project, at the
Khursaniyah Gas Plant, was associated
with the Manifa project, in that
facilities were to be built at
Khursaniyah for processing the gas
from the Manifa. Having previously
been working on the Manifa project, I
joined the Karan Gas project FEED in
mid December 2008 in order to
manage the preparation of the
Invitation for Proposal (IFP)
documentation package comprising the
Manifa Gas Processing Facilities, Karan
SRU train 5, and ancillary equipment.
As Senior Project engineer I was responsible for expediting the completion of engineering deliverables for
inclusion in the package, and for timely delivery of the completed IFP to the Owner for release to the Market.
The bid package was released to the market in April 2008, following which I was transferred to my next
Manifa Central Processing
Facilities (CPF) Project FEED
Manifa Central Processing
Facilities was a green-field
development to be sited on
the north-east coast of Saudi
Arabia, providing gas/oil
separation, wet crude
handling, crude stabilization,
produced water disposal,
water injection and other
related facilities. I joined the
Manifa CPF Project at an early
stage in January 2007.
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In my position as Senior Project Engineer, I was assigned specific responsibility for the Utilities packages,
comprising Raw Water Supply and Treatment, Fire Water and Plant Utility Water System, Steam Generation,
Cooling Water, Instrument Air and Utility Air, Nitrogen Facilities, Fuel Systems and Chemical Dosing Packages.
In addition to the management of the utilities packages, I was also given responsibility for devising and
agreeing a consistent Invitation for Proposals (IFP) structure to be used across all the bid packages on the
project, and for assembly and delivery to the Owner of all these packages, together with the Project Proposal.
PetroRabigh Project (Saudi Aramco/Sumitomo JV)
PetroRabigh was my first project at Foster Wheeler, and also my first project for Saudi Aramco. I joined the
project as Senior Project Engineer towards the end of the Feed in April 2005. I initially took over the role of
interface co-ordinator for Utilities and Tankage during the completion of the FEED phase. Subsequently I
transferred to the PetroRabigh Core Team as EPC co-ordinator during preparation of the Open Book Estimate
(OBE) and detailed engineering phase of the project. In this role I was responsible for liaison with the Utilities
and Tankage contractors.
As part of my role, I developed the
PetroRabigh Master Interface Database, a
Microsoft Access application that was used
to manage interfaces across the entire the
PetroRabighproject. This tool was handed
over to Hirai San of Sumitomo for use on
site during the construction phase of the
The Rabigh Master Interface Database
(MIDB) was designed to operate in
accordance with the interface Philosophy as set down in the Master Interface plan (MIP) for the project. It was
created as a tool to help monitor and record the development and completion of the numerous (2000 or
more) interfaces that would exist between the various contractors involved in the Rabigh project. It
superseded the MS Word format Boundary Interface documents that were previously used to tabulate
interface information for each EPC package during the FEED phase.
Axsia Serck Baker, Gloucester (Various Projects)
Prior to contracting to Foster Wheeler, I worked under
contract to Axsia Serck Baker (ASB), in Gloucester, for a
period of four years from January 2001 to March 2005.
The projects at ASB were typically EPCC (Engineer
Procure, Construct and Commission), and were on a
considerably smaller scale than those at FW, contract
values ranging from £100,000 to £2 million. Two of the
packages on which I played a principal role were the
Ekofisk 2/4M Produced Water Treatment Package, and
the White Rose FPSO Produced Water Treatment Package.
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The 2/4M Produced Water Treatment Package, was designed and manufactured for installation on the
ConocoPhillips Ekofisk 2/4M wellhead and process platform. The package comprised five skidded units. An SLC
(solid-liquid cyclone) unit for the removal of sand and silt particles; twin LLC (liquid -liquid cyclone) units for
the removal of oil; an ROT (Reject Oil Treatment) unit for processing of the removed oil; and a Reject Feed
Due to the offshore environment and the nature of the fluids being processed, the materials of construction
were Duplex and Super Duplex chromium steels throughout, conforming to NORSOK requirements.
My role was that of lead engineer, with responsibility for the on-time delivery of the packages against a
particularly tight schedule, enforced by liquidated
damage provisions. I lead a multidisciplinary team of
process, mechanical, structural and instrumentation
engineers, and managed sub-contract suppliers for
rotating equipment, valves, instruments and skid
frames. My responsibilities included the expediting of
engineering deliverables, resolution of engineering
issues, and day to day communications with the client.
During the latter stages of the project I took on the
role of workshop management, in order to expedite
the assembly, testing, packaging and shipment of the
skidded units by the delivery deadline.
The White Rose Project comprised a skidded
LLC (liquid -liquid cyclone) package and a stand-
alone de-gasser vessel, for installation on the
Sea Rose FPSO that was to operate in the White
Rose oil and gas field, offshore Newfoundland.
The hydrocyclone vessels, valves and pipework
were fabricated in high chromium duplex steel
alloy (22%Cr UNS 31803), according to NORSOK
standards, with additional requirements in
order to comply with CNOPB and Canadian
Pressure Vessel code (CSA-B51-97).
My role was again that of lead engineer; with similar
responsibilities to those outlined above for the Ekofisk 2/4M
project. The project imposed a challenging delivery schedule,
with a strict delivery deadline dictated by the sailing date of
the Client’s consolidated shipment from the UK to
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Other Axsia Serck Baker projects in which I was involved, in a Project Engineering capacity were:
Statoil Heidrun Sulphate Reduction Package (SRP),
utilising nanofiltration membrane technology for
the reduction of sulphates in seawater to make it
suitable for use as well injection water.
Marathon Brae ‘A’ and Everest/Lomond Coarse
Seawater Strainer Packages.
Shell Philippine’s Exploration (SPEX) Malampaya Gas Project
In the year 2000, I was contracted to SPEX as
the Shell offshore engineering representative
for a pipelay support vessel on the 500km
Malampaya gas pipeline lay, working in water
depths of up to 1000 metres.
In this role, I was responsible for day to day
supervision of the work, HSE, co-ordination
with lay vessel, scheduling of work, and the
safeguarding of the marine environment in
accordance with SPEX undertakings.
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Kvaerner Centrifugal Products Group (1996-1999)
In the three years from late 1996 until mid 1999, I was contracted to Kvaerner Process Systems, working in the
Centrifugal Products Group (CPG) at a satellite technology centre based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. My
role combined the functions of mechanical designer and Project Engineer.
In the former capacity I was responsible for the
development and production of hydrocyclone designs
using solid modelling techniques, in order to facilitate
manufacture by investment casting and swaging
As Project Engineer, I was responsible for managing
the manufacturing processes, and for delivery of
packaged systems to internal (Kvaerner Group) and