General Manager – Offshore
Monetization of Gas has been a growing market over the last decade and many technologies have been explored, including CNG and GTL. LNG seems to be the most economical and most used technology for large gas monetization projects, given distance to market and size of fields being explored. The question always remains, what are the boundaries and how far can LNG technology be used in the offshore arena. This talk would discuss, some of the key drivers for offshore gas monetization, as well as some of the technologies and solutions being explored
I was born and raised in Lebanon in Cornet Chehwan which is a small town that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. During my high school years and college while earning my bachelors’ degree, I spent most of my free time as a Boy’s Scout leader and a Lebanese Red Cross volunteer.
After graduating from the American University of Beirut, I worked in Lebanon as a civil design engineer and construction manager for three years, the projects included a beach resort, an office building, and a factory.
In 1983, I met my wife, Danielle while volunteering working at Red Cross. In 1990 we married and moved to the US to Pittsburgh, PA where I earned my Master’s Degree from Carnegie Mellon. Later, we moved to West Lafayette, IN where I completed my PhD in civil engineering, and Danielle earned her Master’s degree.
I joined Bechtel July 2, 2012 with more than 18 years of experience in the offshore industry. Prior to joining Bechtel, I served in numerous roles at Technip and Amoco, most recently, as vice president of floater operations and director of floater projects at Technip USA, managing the division responsible for most of the company’s large-scale spar hull and mooring delivery.
I actively serve on several committees including, the Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee, a national advisory committee to the US Secretary of Interior formed following the Deepwater Horizon incident; the University of Texas, Petroleum Engineering Department, External Advisory Committee and the American Petroleum Institute Subcommittee for Fixed and Floating Structure.
Previously, I have worked with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, as well as the United Kingdom Health and Safety Executive in numerous areas including the development of new technology for the decommissioning of platforms in the Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea; regulation on the fitness for purpose assessment of offshore platforms; and on the comparative risks of operating FPSOs, TLPs and Platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.
Danielle and I have two children, Michael, a 16 year old junior in High School, and Christine our 19 year old freshman at Georgia Tech.