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OTC PARTNERS AND CONSULTANTS

A brief overview of the experience and expertise of the OTC consultants follows below. Every one of the consultants has specific areas of expertise that complement one another. Depending on the workload and needs of the owner client, OTC has the ability to extend the group as necessary and at relatively short notice.

Charl Buys

Charl Buys

Consulting Partner

  • Extensive operational and project development experience.
  • Knowledge of multi-site CTL work processes and structures.
  • Knowledge and experience in key processes such as Fischer-Tropsch, gasification and various chemical recovery / manufacturing options.
  • Knowledge of overall flow scheme and challenges inherent in products from Fischer-Tropsch.
  • Knowledge on external technical interfaces such as chemical streams, effluents produced, coal and other inputs.

Specific experience in:

  • Transfer pricing;
  • Management of technology contractors, and;
  • Managing teams of technical and operations people.

charl@ownerteamconsult.com

Freek van Heerden

Freek van Heerden

Consulting Partner

  • General Project Director level technical / engineering experience of more than 30 years covering GTL, CTL petrochemicals, refinery and polymers projects.
  • Extensive involvement in large / megaprojects globally in Europe, Australia, Asia, Qatar, Iran, North America.

Specific experience in:

  • Analysing a business charter for a specific project and translating it into clear project objectives;
  • Developing an overall integrated technical solution focusing on meeting the intended business need;
  • Overseeing projects to ensure overall technical integrity is maintained;
  • Risk identification and management;
  • Managing integration and interfaces;
  • Application of various value improvement practices and value engineering;
  • Management of multi-disciplinary teams;
  • Setting up project quality assurance plans;
  • Assurance reviews of complex mega projects at the end of specific phases.

freek@ownerteamconsult.com

Jurie Steyn

Jurie Steyn

Consulting Partner

  • Extensive experience as gleaned from a working career of over 33 years covering process development, environmental, health and safety engineering and risk management;
  • Process engineering work on two Ficher-Tropsch technologies (fixed and fluidised bed);
  • International experience of environmental due diligence evaluations which resulted in a number of joint ventures;
  • Extensive knowledge of international environmental trends and trading requirements as a result of involvement in due diligences;
  • Deep appreciation of business ethics and the link between ethics, environmental management, health risk management and business sustainability;
  • Initiated and staffed the Environmental & Risk Engineering function for Sasol Technology, including all associated work processes and training;
  • Extensive experience in managing production and maintenance personnel, technical specialists and engineers, as well as managing the output of environmental consultants;
  • Health and safety management during the construction phase of projects, and;
  • Land risk management and remediation of land contaminated by chemical spills and emissions.

 

jurie@ownerteamconsult.com

Dirk Lourens

Dirk Lourens

Consulting Partner

  • His past experience as Project Director for major green fields and expansions projects as well as acquisitions, puts him in an unique position to facilitate a business roll-out/project execution environment for the owner team.
  • He brings hands-on experience in operations, maintenance, business, projects, project control, change management, logistics, human relations and commercial negotiations to the table.
  • Experienced and up to date with all the latest best practices and methodologies to assist owner’s project teams to:
    • Train owner personnel in the latest owner best practices;
    • Ensure that project strategies are aligned with corporate strategies;
    • Facilitate the establishment of a scope of work for the project team and the different licensors, suppliers and contractors;
    • Set up an accountability matrix;
    • Set up and advise on the various contracting strategies;
    • Establish a clear stage-gate execution plan for the total project value chain (Pre-feasibility, Feasibility, FEED, execution and handover), and;
    • Assist to set up minimum owner value assurance activities and reports to govern the deliverables of all stakeholders on the project. (e.g. owner’s own input, licensors, managing contractors and EPC or EPCM arrangements).

dirk@ownerteamconsult.com

Davida van der Walt

Davida van der Walt

Consulting Partner

  • Project/Business continuous improvement
  • Toolkit and training design, development and facilitation
  • Development of project life cycle models, processes and procedures ( green fields & brown fields, wholly & JV)
  • Consultation and facilitation – Business and Project e.g. framing and alignment facilitation, change management, JV alignment
  • Opportunity identification / problem solving
  • Project Management – Special Projects / Social Responsibility Projects
  • Internal & external integrated communication
  • Community liaison / Stakeholder Management
  • Intervention Planning, Management and Implementation

davida@ownerteamconsult.com

Christine Render

Christine Render

Consulting Partner

  • More than 30 years’ experience in an engineering/project environment (owner role) in Petrochemical Industry (mainly Sasol)
  • Experience in development of new business opportunities
  • Extensive experience in Conceptual Development Management (feasibility & front end loading) in CTL, GTL (Fischer Tropsch based; includes Mossgas design) and petrochemicals
  • Project scope development and engineering management of projects including engineering reviews at critical milestones
  • Management of multi-disciplinary engineering teams
  • Strategy development
  • Mentorship & coaching of engineers

christine@ownerteamconsult.com

Kevin Mattheys

Kevin Mattheys

Consulting Partner

  • Project Controls Specialist with 34 years of experience. He has worked in such capacity on various projects and programs until his retirement at the end of 2013. The latest projects included the Secunda growth program, a multi-billion Rand program that extended over a number of years as well as the Sasol New Energy portfolio that included Gas to electricity, solar power, 2 clean fuels related projects and a number of other smaller projects.
  • Managed the Sasol Technology project controls function for 7 years where he focused on developing and implementing a strategy plan to enhance the function’s capability and delivery. He focused both on the personnel wellbeing, skills development as well as the tools required.
  • A good business appreciation based on his university education and uses this to especially conceptualise and develop software tools to enhance the project controls arena. He has assisted in  successfully implementing the project systems  SAP modules, various database tools and analysis techniques especially with a view to interrogating schedule and cost estimates as presented by contractors to  determine the viability and correctness of these.

Kevin also has a keen interest in earned value and  techniques that he uses to trend project progress against the set baselines and thereby give indications of possible final project outcomes and project health.  He has also developed project quality software techniques (QPR) to continuously track project quality.

kevin@ownerteamconsult.com

Gavin Halse

Gavin Halse

Consulting Partner

  • Over 25 years broad experience in process engineering, information technology and business systems in diverse industries including mining, process manufacturing, speciality chemicals, energy generation, food and beverage.
  • CIO for a Chemicals Group and subsidiaries (responsible for strategy, IT governance, outsourcing, vendor evaluation, strategic information technology alliances).
  • Managing Director / Product Strategy Director of software businesses with international clients leading the technical, product development, professional services, sales and marketing functions.
  • Member of SA Institute of Directors.
  • Engineering experience includes inter-alia: methanol to olefins, polymers (PVC) and biotechnology – involved in concept development, R&D, FEED and commercial scale plant operations.

Gavin  also has specific experience and interest in manufacturing execution systems (MES), manufacturing operations (control room, maintenance, safety),  business systems (SCM and ERP),  software development projects and leadership of technical teams.

gavin@ownerteamconsult.com

 

Anton Putter

Anton Putter

Consulting Partner

  • Extensive international / global business experience.
  • Experience gained in initial phases of synthetic fuel project (T-project) in South Africa during the late 1980’s.
  • Knowledge of Sasol’s work processes and structures.
  • Knowledge and experience in key processes such as Fischer-Tropsch, gasification and various chemical recovery/manufacturing options.
  • Knowledge of overall flow scheme and challenges inherent in products from Fischer-Tropsch.
  • Knowledge on external technical interfaces such as chemical streams, effluents produced, coal and other inputs

Specific experience in:

  • Transfer pricing;
  • Management of technology contractors;
  • Establishment of new Business ventures;
  • Formation of joint ventures, and;
  • Managing teams of technical and business people.

anton@ownerteamconsult.com

Corne Thirion

Corne Thirion

Consulting Partner

  • General operations experience of 22 years in the petrochemical and steel manufacturing business;
  • Experience and knowledge of production throughput, product quality and -yield and cost, specific to gas production units;
  • Knowledge and experience of operations (production, maintenance and engineering) systems (tools and work processes);
  • General project and engineering experience on Sasol projects for 13 years;
  • Experience and knowledge of management of integrated team of managers and engineers ( Mechanical-, Electrical-, Control-, Civil-, and Environmental & Risk Engineers) in project environment;
  • Experience in providing technical solutions and support to various operating plants (maintenance divisions);
  • Experience in support to businesses in defining operating baselines and operate within it to ensure value chain understanding and optimisation, and;
  • Experience in management of technical contractors and suppliers.

corne@ownerteamconsult.com

Cloete van Tonder

Cloete van Tonder

Consulting Partner

  • Extensive experience in all aspects of process technology transfer, licensing, development and protection with the key focus on:
    • Establishing licensing grants, principles and fees;
    • Developing the complete portfolio of process technology transfer arrangements and agreements (i.e. technology license, basic engineering, process performance guarantee, catalyst supply and guarantee agreements and support and commissioning services), and;
    • Joint technology development, contracted research, joint ventures and technology consortia arrangements.
  • Extensive project commercial and contract experience acquired over many years at senior management level in the petro-chemical industry in South Africa during the execution of a large spectrum of projects, both locally and abroad. This experience covers the full spectrum of:
    • Compiling enquiries;
    • Complex bid adjudication, also taking cognisance of the requirements of international financiers;
    • Negotiation of multi-million agreements on EPCM, EPC and LSTK bases;
    • Procurement, expediting and shipping of project material and equipment and stage consignment rulings;
    • Bulk material sourcing and bumping philosophies;
    • Negotiation and drafting of a broad spectrum of forms of contract and incentive schemes, and;
    • The associated contract management and administration and commercial closure of projects.
  • Extensive knowledge in the formulation, assessment and negotiation of the full spectrum of claims for delays, disruption and acceleration, whether made under the contract or for breach of contract. 

cloete@ownerteamconsult.com

Chris van den Berg

Chris van den Berg

Consultant

  • Project Management in Owner Company across all stages of project lifecycle of more than 10 years.
  • Extensive involvement in small to large projects in following industries gas, petrochemical, inorganic chemicals, infrastructure, mining & metals and plant control systems.
  • Senior Manager of Project Functions, including Project Control, Procurement, Document Management, Risk Management, Governance and Portfolio Management for combined period of 10 years.
  • Process engineering experience across all stages of project lifecycle for a period of 7 years on various process technologies in petrochemical, organic chemical and inorganic chemical industry.

Specific:

  • Governance of owner company portfolio of projects, including gate readiness reviews, risk reviews and project execution reviews;
  • Developing and implementation of gate keeping systems including gate readiness reviews, quality peer review and decision review board methodologies.
  • Developing and implementation of Enterprise Risk Management including strategic, tactical and operational risk in project organisations, including project and portfolio risk;
  • Functional management of project controls, procurement and document control;
  • Development and Implementation of Earned Value Management system in owner organisation;
  • Implementation of Best Practices and application of various best and value improvement practices and value engineering;
  • Project Execution Plan development, including schedule, procurement and project control strategies and plans;
  • Gate Readiness and Assurance reviews of mega projects at the end of specific phases.

chris@ownerteamconsult.com

Chris Venter

Chris Venter

Consultant

Business consultant with 37 years experience in Petrochemical and Chemical industries.

Experienced in technical support and project development including technical support,  commissioning support and debottlenecking studies.

Experienced in local and international business development in synthetic fuels and renewable energies.

Specific areas of expertise include:

  • General business development / technical experience of about 30 years in CTL and CTL related projects.
  • Extensive involvement in large / megaprojects South Africa and Asia.
  • Knowledge and experience in CTL synthesis gas production and conversion processes.
  • Knowledge and experience in CTL debottlenecking, efficiency improvement and CO2 management studies.
  • Development of business models to capture experience.
  • Management of multi-disciplinary teams doing front end business development.
  • Front end business development experience in renewable energy projects.

chrisd.venter@gmail.com

Herman van Heerden

Herman van Heerden

Consultant

Herman has extensive experience in value assurance and assurance reviews having facilitated and led reviews on small and megaprojects, locally and internationally, on both wholly owner and JV projects. He is familiar with both IPA and CII review tools.

  • Project development consultant with over 40 years of experience in the petrochemical industry and diverse chemical and metallurgical industries including gold refining, fertilizer and cement,
  • Extensive experience in the front end-loading (FEL) value assurance processes on projects both locally and internationally for Sasol Owner teams,
  • Extensive project development experience in the state owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and managing IDC projects portfolio of Large Beneficiation-, Mining & Metallurgy -and Agricultural projects in JV ventures,
  • Operations and Technical Management experience in CTL, Fertilizers and Cement Industry,
  • General management in fertilizer and gold refining.

Specific areas of expertise include:

  • Gate readiness and assurance reviews of complex mega projects and programmes at end of specific FEL phases,
  • Developing and implementation of gate keeping systems including gate readiness reviews, framing and alignment sessions and decision review board methodologies,
  • Knowledge and experience in CTL synthesis gas production.

herman@ownerteamconsult.com

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