Meet the Team
George delivers the ERS FCC Training Course
George Blair is a Director of Eurotek Refining Services Ltd and a Senior Refinery Process Consultant with experience in key refining process operations, design, sales, training and coaching. He has worked for various divisions of BP, UOP and Exxon/Mobil over a 40-year career. Within BP he was Technology Co-ordinator in Europe and Senior FCC Consultant overseeing FCC Technology. His BP achievements include Increased Capital Investment efficiency through front end project work (20-50% reduction in CAPEX relative to contractor/licenser proposals), development of BP Amoco’s proprietary FCC yield prediction model, and integration with other refinery optimisation tools, coaching of young engineers to maximise both individual potential and corporate value, two Chairman’s awards for Technical Excellence in 8 years, building of a refinery focused technology support network providing high quality FCC technology support to BP refineries worldwide. Within Exxon/Mobil he was a consultant Engineer for European refineries in the area of FCC and Section Head of the Refinery Technical Service Group (Fawley Refinery). George has a B. Sc Hons. in Chemical Engineering and Management Studies from Loughborough University, a Diploma in Industrial Studies Loughborough University
Lee gives the ERS Catalytic Reforming Course
Lee Bamon is a Consultant for an International catalyst manufacturing company, with over 40 years experience in a wide range of chemical, refinery and petrochemical processes. He has worked for various companies including Dow Corning, Exxon and Stone & Webster, on the commissioning of units, including fluidised bed reactors, Cryogenic LNG plants and Ethylene Crackers. With Engelhard (now BASF) as Technical Manager, he supervised the commissioning and troubleshooting of all the licensed processes for the company, covering catalytic reforming, C5 and C6 isomerisation, oxidation and hydroprocessing operations, worldwide. When he became Senior Sales Manager for the same company, his expertise extended to include FCC catalysis. For a number of years, his work as a Consultant has been in the FCC, catalytic Reforming areas, as well as an advisor for the Insurance Industry. Lee attended the University of Wales, where he gained a C & G in Chemical Operations and Engineering
Jake delivers the ERS Hydrocracking and ERS Hydrotreating Courses
Jake Gothamis a director of InSite Technical Services. Jake is a chartered chemical engineer and fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers with more than twenty years experience in the refining industry. His career has had a strong hydroprocessing focus, including periods directly responsible for the operation of hydroprocessing units, working in Chevron’s central hydroprocessing group and CLG’s hydroprocessing technology licensing group. His consulting activities with InSite have included overseeing the debottlenecking study of hydroprocessing assets, technology selection for hydroprocessing projects, pre-commissioning and start-up activities of several hydrocrackers and representing hydroprocessing licensors and catalyst suppliers with technical service activities.
Martin gives the ERS Introduction to Refining course
Martin Murphy has over 35 years experience in the oil refining and allied industries from design, troubleshooting, operation and optimisation of both fuels and lubes processes as well as catalysis manufacture and application. He has worked throughout the world in Exploration and Refining with ExxonMobil and BP, has started up and managed technical service departments, started up many FCCUs including ones at ExxonMobil, Total and Repsol. He spent several years at ExxonMobil sites implementing non-investment operating improvements. While at BASF he managed new catalyst development programmes in Reforming and FCC as well as streamlining FCC catalyst production at one of their manufacturing plants. He was the founder of Global Technology Forum, the organisers of the ERTC and ARTC series of Conferences. He holds patents in fractionation and conversion processes and has authored several papers on operational analysis of conversion processes and catalysis. Martin is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Energy Institute. He graduated in Chemical Engineering from University College Dublin, Ireland. He is also a PADI open water scuba instructor.
Stuart delivers the ERS Distillation Debottlenecking & Optimisation Course
Stuart Fraser was formerly head of the Separations Group in BP Refining for 13 years, and worked in a number of process engineering, simulation and technical roles in BP for over 30 years. He has extensive experience of distillation design, revamps, troubleshooting and optimisation. He is also an expert user of simulation tools. Stuart was formerly a member of FRI Technical Committee, and also Vice Chair of IChemE Fluid Separations subject group. Stuart graduated with a BSc in Chemical Engineering and is a member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Dr. Zoran Milosevic
Zoran delivers the ERS Energy and ERS Economics courses
Dr. Zoran Milosevic was a Principal Consultant and an oil refinery specialist at KBC Process Technology, where he was responsible for development of KBC technology and services in the refinery energy conservation area. Zoran has 35 years of experience in refinery operation, process design and consulting. He is a Chemical Engineer from Lehigh University, Pennsylvania (US) and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. He is also a Teaching Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey. His main professional expertise is the optimisation of process plant operation with emphasis on profitability improvement and energy saving in oil refineries. In his 22 years with KBC, he has conducted over 60 such margin improvement studies and energy conservation programs worldwide. He has taught at various institutions and has presented numerous training courses on energy efficiency, Pinch Technology, energy efficient process design, and global energy
Dr. Michael Heisel
Michael delivers the ERS Sulphur Recovery Course
Dr. Michael Heisel is general manager of ITS Reaktortechnik GmbH with experience in environmental protection, refining, engineering and contracting. He has 30 years experience in Claus design and operation. He has also invented two new sulphur recovery processes which won Kirkpatrick Awards for being among the worldwide best novel processes introduced in the chemical industry. Michael received his diploma and PhD from the Technical University of Munich. He holds many patents in the fields of gas synthesis and purification. A number of the major chemical and EPC companies are his licensees.
Bill delivers the ERS Process Safety Course
Bill Bridgens has 35 years experience in the petrochemical industry. Bill graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London and his initial career was with Exxon Fawley refinery as process engineer, then supervisor & manager of operating plants, including two major turnarounds. In the last 25 years he worked in process safety, advising refineries, chemical plants and fuels terminals around the world on both operational and technical safety issues as well as fire protection. Bill has participated in more than 30 company external assessments of operations integrity management systems at different refineries all over the world. He has conducted various Operational and Technical safety courses, including Handling Fires and Emergencies courses and has developed global training modules on Refinery and Chemical Plant Operational Safety topics, aimed at sustaining knowledge of historical incidents within the workforce. Particular areas of interest and expertise include operations integrity management systems, operational safety, vapour cloud explosions, blast protection, static electricity, qualitative risk assessments, fire protection, emergency response and historical incidents.