FluidOil, the independent international heavy oil technology company, is delighted to welcome Howard Simons as a full-time member of the Company in the newly created role of Head of Engineering. For the past two years, Howard has worked with FluidOil as an external consultant, helping to operate the Company's UK pilot plant for the conversion of heavy oil and bitumen to synthetic crude oil in a commercial scale unit. Through this work, Howard has developed a detailed understanding and knowledge of the Viscositor Heavy-to-Light (VHTL) oil conversion process.
Howard will have responsibility for FluidOil's commercial engineering as well as the engineering for the Company's Feedstock Test Facility located at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Howard has over 30 years' experience in refinery and process engineering projects globally, and is a leading expert on heavy oil upgrading. He has worked previously as head of refining and heavy oil at KBR, and as technical director for the Sonhoe Development Company on a large UK heavy oil upgrading project.
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