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I have a honours degree in Chemical Engineering; a Master’s in Business Leadership (MBL) degree and, registered as a Professional Engineer with ECSA. My experience is in excess of 40 years from the Consulting and Project environment within the Pulp & Paper sector, Industrial Power & Energy Generation, Renewable Energy, Environmental Solutions, Industrial Processes, Water & Effluent treatment, Sustainability related projects in the mining, energy / renewable energy & Agri sector and; limited experience in the Petro-Chem industry. I have travelled widely (both local and international) to evaluate new technology, to international conferences and on project assignments.
My areas of expertise are:
• Technical / Consulting services (Incl. Strategic Studies, Feasibility Studies, Technical Due Diligence, Sustainability)
• Process integration (investigating, evaluating & implementing new technology)
• Cost Engineering (Financial models, project budgets, cost estimation, cash flow predictions, project cost control, window schedules, procurement and contract negotiations)
• Process Design (including process simulation, chemical, mass and energy balances)
• Front End Engineering; Project Development (from concept / idea to final solution); Project Scoping and “cradle to grave” analysis; Project execution
• Renewable and Sustainable Energy
• Circular and Low Carbon Economy
My expertise has been recognised through domestic and international assignments as lead process specialist and technology advisor, providing expert input into a number of engagements with companies like Mondi, Sappi, M&R, Metso, Valmet, Jakko Poyry, AF Engineering, MHPS, RavFin.....

I have been directly associated with numerous strategic and capital projects (both green fields and brown fields) and have completed concept development and design for projects ranging from minor modifications to complete process plants.

My Advantage:
 When developing solutions, I always take a holistic approach to define the alternatives and find the most appropriate solution always taking into consideration the trade-offs between technology & economic constraints, environmental demands and sustainability requirements; and facilitate choices between business priorities.
 I have extensive experience in multi - disciplinary engineering projects.
 I have both technical and financial capability (Experience with project scoping, Capex preparation, project justification and preparation of Board Papers).
 I have worked with and managed a multi-cultural team.
 I have been directly associated with numerous strategic and capital projects (both green fields and brown fields) and have completed concept development and design for projects ranging from minor modifications to complete process plants.

I have a passion for energy efficiency and technologies that support Environmental objectives which have steered me to pursue desktop research in the following topics:
o Carbon Capture and Utilisation (Concentrating on the Fuel Pathway)
o Bio Fuels (Bio Ethanol and Bio Diesel)
o Anaerobic Effluent treatment and Bio gas production
o Alternative non wood fibre processes
o Electric Power Generation using Buoyancy-Induced Columnar Vortices
o Desalination Technologies
o Green Hydrogen production
o Coal and Biomass Gasification Technologies
o Combined Heat and Power Process Solutions incorporating Tri and Quad Power Generation Concepts together with Utility scale water production
o Sustainable hybrid Power Generation concepts
o Fuel Cell Technologies
o Clean Coal Technologies

Experience

  • Technology Specialist VR Consulting · Self-employed Jan 2023 – Present 1 yrs 6 mos Durban, KZN, South Africa VRC offers innovative solutions for challenges and initiatives in Technology, Process Engineering, Sustainability, Cost Engineering, Power Engineering, Renewable Energy, Environmental Solutions, Water Engineering, Project Management and Project / Investment Development.
  • Technology Director PD Naidoo and Associates · Full-time Feb 2007 – Apr 2023 16 yrs 2 mos Durban, KZN, South Africa PDNA was a technology, engineering and project management company.
  • Process Consultant Mondi Group · Full-time Oct 2007 – Jan 2023 15 yrs 3 mos Durban, KZN, South Africa Mondi is a multinational packaging and paper group predominantly in Europe, Russia, North America and South Africa. Experience and knowledge from the company's operations -Paper Division (Merebank Mill), the Board Mills (Springs Mill), Kraft Division (Richards Bay Mill, Felixton Mill and Piet Retief Mill), the Forestry Division; and the Mondi Mill in Syktyvkar, Russia. Experience encompassed; Cost Engineering, Process Engineering, Project Execution and Operations.
  • Process Engineer - Business Development Mitsubishi Power Systems Africa · Full-time Dec 2014 – Dec 2019 5 yrs undefined, GP, South Africa Mitsubishi Power is an energy solutions company committed to addressing energy challenges.
    Responsibilities: Market Intelligence, Market analysis and research of Sub-Saharan Africa power landscape; Developing strategies for engagement in selected markets; Technology Evaluation and Presentations to Clients; Concept Development and Solutions
  • Specialist Consultant VR Consulting · Self-employed Jun 2010 – Nov 2014 4 yrs 5 mos Durban, KZN, South Africa Process Engineering, Cost Engineering, Power Engineering, Water Engineering, Site Engineer, Project Management
  • Senior Process Consultant AF Engineering Sweeden · Full-time Apr 2008 – Jun 2010 2 yrs 2 mos Durban, KZN, South Africa AF Engineering is a Swedish-based independent multi-disciplinary process engineering consultancy firm providing engineering services for the power and pulp and paper sectors.

Education

  • Unisa MBL, Business Leadership, Masters 1987 – 1991
  • Univ of KZN - Westville B.Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Honours 1974 – 1981

Licenses & Certifications

  • Pr Engineer ECSA Jan 2008 – Present
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Joined: October 25, 2023

Last seen: October 26, 2023

Languages

English Full professional proficiency

Location

Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa