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Dr. Pierce Riemer

Director General & CEO

World Petroleum Council

10 Inconvenient Truths About Our Engineering Careers Quick Tips For Engineers Who Want To Advance Their Careers Ways to Keep Your Best Engineering Employees Engaged How Engineers Can Manage the Feeling of Being Overwhelmed The Five Stages of Layoff in Engineering

What Engineers Say Versus What Engineers Mean (Part 1)

10 Quotes for the Unmotivated Engineers 4 Reasons Why Engineers Should Take Their Vacation Leaves How to Survive the First Week of Your New Engineering Job What To Do the Night Before Starting Your New Engineering Job

AUGUST 2018 ISSUE NO. 017


Contents 10 Inconvenient Truths About Our Engineering Careers

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Quick Tips For Engineers Who Want To Advance Their Careers

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Ways to Keep Your Best Engineering Employees Engaged

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Sempra Energy’s IEnova Unit Awarded $150 Million Liquid Fuels Project

Brenntag Expands Footprint in Canada by Acquiring the Chemicals Distribution Business of Canada Colors and Chemicals Ltd

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Portable Fuel Cell Patent Portfolio and Technology Transfer Offering

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The Five Stages of Layoff in Engineering

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What Engineers Say Versus What Engineers Mean (Part 1)

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Wison Engineering Awarded the SRU Contract by ADNOC

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10 Quotes for the Unmotivated Engineers

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The Current State of Fossil Fuel According to The World Petroleum Council

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MMEX Resources Corp. enters into Solar Power plan for its Refinery Project

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How Engineers Can Manage the Feeling of Being Overwhelmed

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4 Reasons Why Engineers Should Take Their Vacation Leaves

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WORLDS MOST COMPACT NITROGEN GENERATOR TO JACK UP RIG’S SAFETY!

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How to Survive the First Week of Your New Engineering Job

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What To Do the Night Before Starting Your New Engineering Job

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How to Finish the Race with Limited Gas There is this saying that if you fuel your journey with fear and doubt, you are surely going to run out of gas. But fret not, the road is just sometimes fraught with uncharted terrains and bumps.

EDITOR’S NOTE

This month’s issue features an exclusive Q&A interview with Dr. Pierce Riemer, Director General & CEO of World Petroleum Council. He tackled some very important issues such as the challenges in the petroleum industry, the future of fossil fuels, and the latest disruptive technologies in the field. Also, learn more about his organization as he discussed the mission and the successes of the organization, as well as his personal profile. The World Petroleum Council (WPC) has invested its efforts in facilitating strategic alliances between and among various stakeholders. With this, it is therefore crucial to enable all sectors to gain access to resources. With the rapidly changing technology available in the market, the use of this kind of alliances enables conditions for more established channels of distribution. Thus, benefitting everyone in the long run. Indeed, sustainability is a key in this industry. Dr. Riemer goes on to explain the future of fossil fuels, saying that the challenge lies on providing energy for all and the future of this planet in a sustainable way. With the ever increasing world population, fossil fuels may soon run out, even with the staggering increase in the share of renewable energy. The future seems scary for the petroleum industry, as lamented by the CEO of WPC, but there is hope. They are currently challenged to think of developing new technologies in harnessing clean energy for all. Lastly, he stresses that “Our job is to keep our planet livable”. And by that, he really meant it. On the other hand, as a bonus for this month’s release, we are to give you a peek featuring different facets of the life of an engineer—starring hard facts in the professional work environment, life hacks and useful leadership guide. In contrary to what most people think, engineers around the globe also face massive layoffs from the workforce of various industries. Finding a new job may not be as easy as it seems, but here, we present you solutions that will definitely increase your chances to survive your first week in a new engineering job. Truth be told, no matter how promising a new job can be, you will always encounter inconvenient truths especially in engineering careers. The profession is not perfect per se but definitely it is worthy of your investment. Here you will also read that with the right people around you coupled with perseverance and strong determination, all will fall into its proper place. But again, there is no formula to success. Still, cheers to you, engineer!

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10 Inconvenient Truths About Our Engineering Careers The truth hurts especially about our engineering careers. Sometimes it is just too inconvenient.

The truth hurts. Sometimes it is just inconvenient. This transcends to our engineering careers as well which are filled with misconceptions. Whether or not we accept them, they are there to speak of the realities of life – they are the truth, after all. Most budding engineers think that the profession is as easy as how older engineers make it appear. But those who are already at the top of their engineering professions will agree with me on the following inconvenient truths: 1. Almost every engineer started from the bottom. It doesn’t matter if you think you deserve to be at the top, we all start at the lowest rank. 2. It’s not enough that you have passed the licensure or professional exam. There’s more to engineering than knowing them all in theory. 3. Engineering is and will always be incorporated in your life that day you started working as one. There is no escape. 4. Professional growth as an engineer might be uncomfortable at times. You need to overcome such discomfort. 5. You don’t always get everything you want in just one job. There will always be a tradeoff. 6. If you really want to become successful as an engineer, you need to have sustained effort and deliberate action. Dreams don’t come to you, you chase after them. 7. It usually takes 3 to 6 months before you can get the job as an engineer. Job search doesn’t happen overnight. 8. Once you find yourself jumping into a lot of jobs already, you might have the problem, not the job. 9. Invest in yourself and in your career. If you can’t do that, why would any company do? 10. Engineering success is a formula that involves a lot of people in it. You can’t achieve the success you want all by yourself.

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Quick Tips For Engineers Who Want To Advance Their Careers Preparation is the key factor to any decision for your future.

There are some people who never even consider taking the next step, or even switching out of a career path that they hate. Here are some quick tips every engineer could use to get where they really want to be.

Plan your daily activities

Most of the time, your current job isn’t where you’d exactly want to be. But taking the next step in your career is not the easiest thing to do. That’s why a lot of engineers struggle with what they have now, scared to move forward since it might mean the end of what they have today. It’s like living inside your comfort zone. Once you get used to living comfortably, you tend to not take any risks, even if it means climbing the career ladder. 10

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You can ask yourself some quick questions to see where you’d want to be career-wise. This is a simple exercise for you to envision what kind of role you’d want to be playing, and if it would mean you having to sacrifice what you have right now. Try to think how your day would be, what your activities for the day would entail, what kind of work would you be doing, where would you be working, and what kind of people would be working with you. Image training related to your future goals can help you visualize what next steps you need to take.


Use a ‘Happiness Rating’ When you’re burned out, it might not just be due to you working long hours. If you’re truly doing what you like, then it wouldn’t be a burden. Take a look at what you’re doing now and place happiness ratings on them. This could be a simple scale of 1 to 10 or a ranking of 1 to 5 stars, it’s your rating chart. Rate the activities that you’re doing, people you encounter, and even your work. This might sound crazily childish, but it might be help you get in tune with what you really want.

Don’t tolerate what you don’t like

a 5 to 10 year timeline, whichever is to your liking. Having a more realistic timeline would enable you to create specific and attainable goals rather than goals that are blown out of proportions.

Create a long term plan The best advice you can get when switching careers or advancing through your career path is by making a plan. See your goal, write steps on how you’d get there. Create milestones that you need to take and a timeline to go along with it. Preparation is the key factor to any decision for your future.

If you’re unhappy with something, something needs to be done. If your job entails talking to different clients yet you yourself don’t like talking, then your next career choice would be impacted. It’s like your taste in food; if you simply don’t like broccoli, don’t force yourself to wolf it down. Take note of the things in your current situation that may not be up your alley. You’ll find it easier to focus on your next career path.

Think ahead, just not too far It’s great to plan for the future, but don’t think that your next step would mean that you’d have to do it ‘forever’. Try to structure your plans in

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Ways to Keep Your Best Engineering Employees Engaged

Here are some helpful tips you could use to keep your best employees geared up for better work. your game when it comes to giving them a new task or project. Ignore this issue any longer and you might be faced with the risk of your best engineers migrating to better and more challenging opportunities. There’s no cookiecutter approach when it comes to motivating through challenge, but here are some helpful tips you could use to keep them geared up for better work.

Time constraints There are a lot of challenges when it comes to handling your top-performing employees. In the engineering industry, it’s very easy for your ‘veterans’ to be the best at what they do, to the point that none of their work is a challenge anymore. If this is the case for your best workers, you may want to consider upping up 12

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An easy way to get more ideas to come in is to ask your employees how they could handle a project in different time constraints. If there are no projects that are hard enough for your A-team to handle, try creating constraints to keep them challenged. Ask them what they would do to finish a 12-month project in 9 months or less and what they would do


differently to achieve it. You can also ask them how things would still run smoothly even if they’re going to be away for a specific time period. Simple time-based issues like these could bring about new ideas for your workers to think of

Budget If your team is really at the top of their game, they would know how money revolves around your business. Keep them engaged by asking them how they would achieve the simplest and cheapest solution to any problems they may encounter. Ask your managers how they would get the best team if they only have 75% of their current budget. Again, the point is to keep them engaged and thinking.

Expertise This is simple, if they can change how a project would flow with their expertise, you wouldn’t

know unless you ask. Ask your key players what they would do if they were the CEO, how would they run things with their expertise. For your managers, ask them how they would manage a team of entirely new people and how they would still be able to finish a quality project.

Sell their ideas Even if you know how good your people are, test them by having them ‘sell’ their ideas to you or your board. It’s easy to say “yes” when you already know what the employee is capable of. But let them convince you by asking different questions like: how would you convince a 10-year old about your idea, or how would you explain it to someone who doesn’t speak english? Keeping their brains moving keeps them challenged and for hard workers, motivated to continue working at your company.


Sempra Energy’s IEnova Unit Awarded $150 Million Liquid Fuels Project Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) today announced that its Mexican subsidiary, Infraestructura Energética Nova, S.A.B. de C.V. (IEnova) (BMV: IENOVA), has been awarded a 20-year contract by the Topolobampo Port Administration in Mexico to build and operate a receipt, storage and send-out liquid fuels marine terminal in the state of Sinaloa. With a projected investment of approximately $150 million, the first phase of the new liquid fuels terminal will have a storage capacity of 1 million barrels of fuel, including gasoline and diesel. Operations are expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2020. “The Topolobampo project will facilitate access

to additional international fuel supplies and help meet growing demand in Mexico,” said Joseph A. Householder, president and chief operating officer of Sempra Energy. “IEnova’s success in developing new energy infrastructure is contributing to Mexico’s economic growth, creating jobs and diversifying energy supply while benefitting millions of Mexican energy consumers.” IEnova will be responsible for the development of the liquid fuels terminal project, including financing, obtaining customer contracts and permits, engineering, procurement and construction, as well as maintenance and operations. IEnova has achieved significant commercial progress with potential customers and intends to contract for 100 percent of the terminal’s capacity. Future phases of the liquid fuels terminal could include additional fuel storage capacity and storage of petrochemicals. IEnova develops, builds and operates energy infrastructure in Mexico. With more than 900 employees and approximately $7.6 billion dollars invested, its footprint in Mexico includes several lines of business across the energy infrastructure value chain that is open to private investment in the country. Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2017 revenues of more than $11 billion. Sempra Energy is the utility holding company with the largest U.S. customer base. The Sempra Energy companies’ approximately 20,000 employees serve more than 40 million consumers worldwide.

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Wison Engineering Awarded the SRU Contract by ADNOC Wison Engineering Services Co. Ltd. (“Wison Engineering” or “Company”) (Stock code: 2236. HK) is pleased to announce that Wison Energy Engineering (Hong Kong) Limited - Abu Dhabi (an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company), as contractor, was recently awarded an Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Commissioning and Start-Up (EPC) Works Project, to improve sulphur recovery efficiency at the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) owned Ruwais Refinery Complex. The Sulphur Recovery Unit (SRU) Replacement Project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021. The Sulphur Recovery Unit (Unit 106) Replacement Project Wison Engineering signed in Abu Dhabi stands for a high recognition to Wison Engineering in the Middle East chemical industry (Before, Wison Engineering had successfully delivered one EPCC Project to ADNOC). Meanwhile, the project is taking another significant step forward in delivering ADNOC’s Downstream strategy and will play a significant role in increasing value from existing assets. Abdulla Ateya Al Messabi, Manager of ADNOC’s Refining & Petrochemicals Business Unit, said: “The contract has been awarded after a rigorous and robust tendering process. Wison Energy Engineering was selected for its track record in delivering related projects. It will allow us to enhance the value from our existing resources and assets by increasing the efficiency of our operations and reducing operational and maintenance costs.”

Zheng Shifeng, Senior Vice President of Wison Engineering, said: “We appreciate the trust and support rendered by ADNOC. As one of the leading EPC and technical service providers in China, we will fully leverage our advantages as a Chinese enterprise while maintaining close communication with ADNOC on driving ICV for the UAE. We will work closely with ADNOC and give the firm support to maximise spending on local goods and services, to support socioeconomic growth, improve knowledge transfer, and create job opportunities for UAE nationals by providing differentiated and high valueadded services.”

About Wison Engineering Wison Engineering (SEHK stock code: 2236) is one of the leading energy and chemical engineering, procurement and construction management (EPC) services and technology providers in China, specializing in petrochemical, coal-to-chemical, oil refining, nature gas chemical, oilfield ground, LNG and other fields. From technology licensing and consulting to engineering, procurement and construction management, driving to operation services, Wison Engineering can provide the entire lifecycle solutions to our clients worldwide and our business has already covered 13 countries and regions.


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The Current State of Fossil Fuel According to The World Petroleum Council Dr. Pierce Riemer, Director General & CEO of World Petroleum Council outlined the challenges in the petroleum industry, the future of fossil fuel, new technologies that are disrupting the oil & gas industry, and accomplishments of WPC. In this exclusive Q&A interview, learn about WPC’s mission, critical projects and notable achievements. What are the challenges and obstacles in the petroleum industry? How can we solve these problems? Many would agree that the critical challenges for the oil and gas sector going forward are innovation in technology, the environment, energy poverty and geo-politics. Key to finding solutions for each of those challenges are strategic alliances and closer cooperation 18

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among governments, industry and other relevant stakeholders. This is even more important in times of political or financial crisis. Although cooperation between IOC’s and NOC’s is not without its challenges, the potential rewards of enhanced cooperation are significant for both parties and indeed, there are many examples of successful partnerships. The World Petroleum Council (WPC) can facilitate the building of important bridges for all sides to find ways to work together. Strategic alliances enable businesses to gain competitive advantage through access to a partner’s resources, including markets, technologies, capital and people. Teaming up with others adds complementary resources and capabilities, enabling participants to grow and expand more quickly and efficiently. Many fast-


growth technology companies use strategic alliances to benefit from more-established channels of distribution, marketing, or brand reputation of bigger, better-known players. Cooperation also incorporates enhancing relationships with governments, nongovernment organizations, academia, international institutions and the public. For critical issues such as food, water or climate change, no one sector of society can provide the answers on its own but will require cooperation among all sectors. We all live in a rich world. Thanks to energy and innovation we are living longer healthier lives and the standard of living in most countries continues to rise. That said, we have the obscene situation in this day and age where we have over 1 billion people that have no access to any form of energy and we have 2.9 billion people who have no access to clean cooking fuels and use; wood, charcoal, animal dung and other agricultural waste. The latter leads to over 4 million people dying every year (mostly women) prematurely due to illnesses attributed to air pollution from cooking. To put that in perspective they are cooking, for many hours, in an environment that is the equivalent of smoking 400 cigarettes per hour. We are working with the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) and others on our Energy Access Platform to highlight all the good things that our industry is achieving in this area to help alleviate energy poverty and support Sustainability Development Goal 7. This is also an area with so many cross overs. We are striving to reduce methane emissions from many areas of the industry and in doing so we can use the gas collected in liquid, compressed or pressurized form to help combat fuel poverty. In fact, when you look at the SDGs, as an industry we are involved with all of them Technology will be a key to the future and the industry is exploring ever more challenging new frontiers where large oil and gas discoveries are being made. So, the future for the oil and gas industry is looking quite bright. But, there is always a but, we need a dedicated and experienced workforce to deliver our energy supply. We need young (men and women) qualified people and we don’t have enough of them.

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Is there a future for the Fossil fuel industry? The short answer is yes but we deal with lots of scary (high) numbers. As an industry we must provide energy for all. And I mean for all. We are focused on providing energy for the future population of the world in a sustainable way. There have been amazing increases in the share of renewables yet, we still do not provide energy for all the people currently on the planet. Just in my short lifetime, the world population has doubled from 3 billion to now over 7 billion people. So, the first scary number is world population. The UN has recently increased its estimate for 2050 to nearly 10 billion and to over 11 billion people by 2100. These are the average figures, hopefully it will be less, but it could also be a lot more and all these people will need energy, food and water. And, thanks to scientific advances all these people will be living a lot longer and by implication using more resources. The second scary number is the amount of energy we need now just for our existing population. Looking at only the oil industry we are close to providing the demand of 100 million barrels of oil every day. Easy to say quickly, but that is 100 million x 159 litres of product every day. Yet we do this on time, on demand, 24/7, 365 days a year. And that’s just the upstream business. 20

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Downstream then provides everything else around us. We supply an efficient economic and regular supply to consumers; not just fuel for cars, rail, trucks, ships and planes; but also fuel for power generation, petrochemicals, polymers, lubricants fertilizers, pharmaceuticals. The list is endless, and the World is not going to run out of oil, gas, or coal, anytime soon. We can largely forget about the notion of stranded assets on a worldwide basis and peak demand for the majority (or possibly a plateau) could become like peak oil, a distant memory. Over recent years the renewables sector has considerably reduced the cost of solar and wind this will make that segment grow even faster than previously expected. For the future, with more scary numbers to come we will need everything; all fossil fuels all renewables, even nuclear. Our challenge for the wellbeing of future populations is to continue to provide energy in a clean and sustainable way to all, and I mean all. We will have an energy transition that will certainly last longer than most short-term thinkers believe or understand. But this will challenge us to the extremes of our development in science, technology and innovation in providing clean energy. Our high tech and capital-intensive industry requires significant human and financial

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resources to succeed. Over the last few years, there has been a significant lack of investment. We have reduced costs considerably over the last few years and companies are now far more efficient and lean than they were at 100$ oil. So, companies are in a far better place now and will need to keep these costs down. With reduced costs and the historic OPEC and Non-OPEC agreements in place we have seen a higher more stable oil price which is encouraging and leading to more FIDs being completed. That said, the big challenge is to fill the gap caused by “minimal� investing for several years. This is a challenge we must deal with otherwise the global numbers will get even scarier. The planet does not need saving. If we warm it up too much we will not exist. The planet and nature will always adapt to whatever we do, people won’t. Our job is to keep our planet livable and providing clean energy and products for the future wellbeing of all. What are the latest technologies that are disrupting the Petroleum industry? I really hate the word disruptive. I appreciate its origins and some good historical examples; but, many current examples normally quoted are


themselves reverting to the “old norm”; Amazon building bricks and mortar stores, Airbnb building hotels and Uber buying Coach fleets. The main reason I don’t like it is that the word sounds so negative. I would prefer to use the word “enabling technologies”. Technologies which allow us to do things better, more efficiently, safer, cleaner etc. There are some excellent examples in the petroleum industry. We are at the leading edge of so many disciplines. Digitization is the big one. Machine learning being able to look at big data that geologists may have missed. We now have the first automated rigs, robotic vehicles on the sea floor and remote operators and no visible rig on the surface. We have drones looking at rigs and refinery’s and petrochemical plants leading to great improvements in health and safety. Advances in drilling technology, both horizontal and vertical drilling leading to great advances in conventional and unconventional extraction. In the biological field there are great advancement in developing biofuels and also great steps forward in CO2 storage removal and utilization technologies. There is never a dull moment in our industry and people from all disciplines can contribute.


ABOUT YOUR ORGANIZATION What are some of the accomplishments of your organization? We organize the largest oil and gas congress and exhibition in the world with all the surpluses going to educational legacy projects. We have sent thousands of students through university and they don’t have to join the industry just study a science or business-related subject. Leaving a legacy wherever we operate We created the first public debates between the IEA and OPEC Promoting a form of sustainability since 1933 (before it became trendy…… see our founders message in 1933 for an early sustainability message)


Showcasing for the first time with real numbers gender issues in the industry Setting up an energy access platform to fight energy poverty Working with other industry bodies to persuade the SEC to update their outdated accounting rules for oil and gas. Working with others to set the world standard for reserves and resources evaluation. Working with the USA, EU, Russia and China cooperating on joint standards and definitions. Encouraging young people to join the industry and setting up Young Professionals committees in our member countries.


What are the objectives of your organization. What are the positive contributions and impact to the society. The WPC was formed in 1933 as a neutral, non-political, not for profit organisation “to promote oil and gas for the benefit of mankind”. Today it has the same values and is registered as a charity in the United Kingdom. All profits from WPC events go into charitable concerns. The WPC has member countries which currently number 70. The WPC’s prime value is to facilitate dialogue amongst all stakeholders to find answers to key technical, social, environmental and management issues facing the industry; in order to provide affordable energy for all and contribute towards sustainable growth. Our mission is to promote the development and utilisation of the world’s oil and gas resources and other energy sources in an efficient and sustainable way, for the benefit of current and future generations. We value strongly: • Respect for individuals and cultures world wide • Unbiased and objective views • Integrity in all actions • Diversity and inclusion • Transparency, good governance and ethical behaviour • To do no harm to people and environment • Safety and security • Cross-national dialogue and networking • The views of other stakeholders

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Dr. Pierce Riemer

Director General & CEO World Petroleum Council


Tell us about yourself My education and work experience is perhaps slightly unusual than the norm. On leaving school at 18 I could not afford to go to University so joined a company that would educate me (I don’t think this would happen today). My career has always been in the energy industry and always associated with environment, utilization or conservation. My first job was working for The National Coal Board and more specifically Coal Products Ltd on ways to utilize and minimize coal waste products. During my time there, the company sponsored me to do a degree in Applied Chemistry and I worked on environmental and power generation projects, my degree project focusing on developing polyimides based on coal waste products. The company then became British Coal and they sponsored me to do a PhD in designing catalysts for gas to liquids projects, related to gasification. I also worked on acid rain and early climate change projects. After some time in Corporate planning and managing British Coals European research portfolio (pre and post British Coals privatization) , I joined the International Energy Agency, where I set up their GHG Programme in 1990, responsible for initiating carbon dioxide capture and storage activities. These responsibilities included, technical programme, demonstration plants, JI, AIJ, CDM activities, and studies relating to greenhouse gas emissions from all sources at the IEA. During this time, I also set up a monitoring programme for the Sleipner activities. I was the official Liaison with Oakridge National Laboratory (USA) for ETDE and oversaw expert documents for PROMPT (The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies), for DGXVII and DGXIII of the EU. I also represented the organization at COP1 and was part of the team at the Kyoto negotiations. From there I joined the WPC as Director General. This involves managing the 70-member countries (representing over 97% of the world’s oil and gas production and consumption) and international committees and liaison with other international organizations and the UN. I represent WPC at UNFCCC and COP meetings and at the UNFC Sustainability Committee and UNECE Reserves and Resources committees. In addition, i sit on the board of the Energy Access Platform with the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) and the editorial board of the Journal of World energy Law and Business. Over the years I have written many papers, a number of patents and a few books, some technical some not so technical. I am married to Christine, also like me originally a Chemist but she is also a mathematician. We have two children a son, who is in international business development and a daughter who is a toxicologist. To relax I like building computers, gardening and of course spoiling the two grandchildren.


How Engineers Can Manage the Feeling of Being Overwhelmed

The demands of our life in this modern work increases; our time doesn’t. anywhere no matter how fast or how hard you try.

This scenario can overwhelm you. So here are some ways that can help you be on top of your game. These may help you be more in control of your life rather that your tasks taking control of you.

Plan your commitments

Have you ever felt like your tasks are piling up day by day at work? That no matter how much effort and time you spend–even after work hours–they don’t seem to end? You feel like you’re trapped in a hamster wheel, not getting

Organize your commitments for the day by mapping out a plan. This will give you an overview on how you’re going to handle your tasks throughout the day/week more efficiently. This will also give you an idea on how you’re going to decide whether you’re going to accept a new task that is given to you so you know if you’re actually biting in more than you can chew.


who can, then you always know how much time you need to finish a task, If not, you can still be efficient by scheduling your time throughout the day. Create milestones you set along the way.

Find out what uses up your time Let’s face it, we can’t be productive 100% of the time. We face daily distractions that can eat away your time. These include, email, meetings, office chatter, and the ultimate distraction nowadays–social media. While these distractions can be useful to give you time to unwind and refocus, too much of it can cause you more problems than the relaxation it’s supposed to do.

Prioritize by urgency Not all tasks are urgent. You need to differentiate which tasks are important from which ones are urgent. Urgent matters are those that need immediate attention, so in the schedule you’ve created, always set a buffer. If the task is neither urgent nor important, you need to question yourself why you are doing this.

It’s time to pay more attention to your time Not everyone can operate on an efficient internal clock. If you’re one of the employees

Learn self-control and keep these distractions to a minimum.

Know when to say no. There’s nothing wrong with offering some help to someone. But if it’s adding more “food” to a full plate, then maybe it’s time to say no. Above everything i’ve mentioned, taking care of yourself should be your number one priority when it comes to your career. How can you give your best at work if you, yourself, are not at your best. Hopefully, these tips can help minimize the stress you experience at work.


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Brenntag Expands Footprint in Canada by Acquiring the Chemicals Distribution Business of Canada Colors and Chemicals Ltd and customers in Canada and will sustainably support our collective growth ambitions in this industry.”

Brenntag (WKN A1DAHH), a global leader in chemical distribution, has signed an agreement with Canada Colors and Chemicals Ltd. to acquire the company’s chemicals distribution business (“CCC”). CCC offers a full-line portfolio with operations in the main industrial areas across Canada and serves a highly diversified customer base in industries such as Life Sciences, Water Treatment, Coatings, Construction, Energy and Mining. Steven Holland, CEO Brenntag Group: “With the acquisition of CCC, Brenntag strengthens its focus and specialties capabilities in both Life Science and Material Science. CCC’s broad positioning and extensive product and service portfolio perfectly complement Brenntag’s offer to our customers and suppliers.” CCC maintains facilities across Canada to store, blend and package industrial and specialty chemicals and products. Its Life Science offer includes an application lab, 38

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several own formulations and a highly qualified technical staff. CCC’s blending capabilities and formulation expertise in the Oil & Gas business opens interesting synergetic business opportunities with Brenntag Canada’s O&G operations. CCC’s own truck fleet will extend Brenntag’s valueadded service offering.

Guy Carr-Harris, Chairman and CEO of Canada Colors and Chemicals Ltd.: “The sale of our chemicals distribution business to Brenntag is an exciting opportunity for our employees and stakeholders to join forces with one of the world’s leading international chemical distribution companies. The combination of Brenntag’s global reach and our technical capabilities provide a compelling platform for our customers and suppliers.”

Markus Klähn, Member of the Management Board of Brenntag Group and CEO Brenntag North America: “This strategic acquisition will solidify our position as partner of choice for our suppliers

CCC generated total sales of approx. 140 million EUR in 2017. Closing of the transaction is expected within the course of the next weeks, subject to contractually agreed closing conditions.


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technologies have, in some instances, been reduced to actual practice and proven in functional products. Such technologies could be available in a technology transfer deal structure that supplements the portfolio sale.

“The offering represents one of the largest fuel cell related patent portfolios and technology offerings in the market and will allow the new owner the opportunity to quickly bring innovative products to market and protect market share,” states Grant Moss, President of Adapt IP. “We are optimistic that we will generate significant value for Intelligent Energy based on prior transactions in this industry. There has been encouraging feedback from initial discussions with our global marketing and technical partners, as well as potential purchasers.” Adapt IP has also partnered with Kangxin Partners, P.C, a leading Beijing-based intellectual property law firm, to expand its global marketing efforts for this patent portfolio and technology offering throughout Asia.


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The Five Stages of Layoff in Engineering Layoffs suck, everyone knows it. Whether you’ve been through it before, or you’ve been fortunate enough to steer your own career destiny. Right now, the oil and gas industry is going through an unprecedented period of layoffs. Between November 2014 and June 2016, an estimated 350,000 oilfield jobs have been lost worldwide.

vice presidents, and higher ups first announce that a layoff is coming, you feel vindicated. You tell yourself: ‘I knew it. The company has been overstaffed. There’s not enough work for everyone. I’ve been saying it for months now. These bosses have had their heads up their asses. I called it before everyone else.’ You were right! And it feels good to be right!

Whenever layoffs take place, the workforce on the chopping block goes through a wide range of emotions. Depending on individual circumstances, some of these emotions may resonate more than others. The Kübler-Ross model describes The Five Stages of Grief that one experiences after tragedy. As an engineer having gone through three rounds of layoffs in the last year and a half, I’ve created the Oil & Gas Firing Model, or The Five Stages of Layoff.

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After the high of vindication wears off, the last positive thoughts disappear. Now you’re pissed. The downward spiral of anger takes over your thoughts: If you knew things were this bad, why didn’t the company foresee any of this? How could the higher ups not have prepared for this downside? It is the oil and gas industry for God’s sake! Why are they so shortsided and ignorant? If they fire me, I’ll throw a bigger temper tantrum than my 2-year-old as they escort me kicking and screaming out of here.


You’re not ready for change. You’ve spent so much time here, and sadly, it feels like it’s all for naught…

5. Acceptance

3. Fear Once your anger subsides, you begin to think more rationally. Your feelings of anger are quickly replaced by pangs of fear. You become afraid. Afraid for your livelihood, your career prospects, your paycheck, your family, your kids and loved ones. You realize all the little things you take for granted in your daily life. You imagine all the things you won’t be able to afford if you’re laid off. You run different scenarios and options through your mind, and none of them seem as good as your current situation. What will you do if the office grim reaper knocks on your door? Your life as you know it is OVER! You picture yourself begging on the street corner or living in your van, never able to find work again.

to lose their potency. Maybe things won’t be that bad if you lose your job. You’ll be ok. This isn’t the end of the world. Life will go on, right? Wait, what are you feeling now? Sadness? There is a gray cloud following you around your cubicle. This sucks. You can’t believe that this is actually happening. What about all your work friends? Will they still be your friends if one or all of you are laid off? What about your awesome 401k and health plan you’ve had for so long? You’re going to miss all the perks that you’ve taken for granted. So much is going to change.

All stages of emotion end in acceptance, and layoffs are no different. You will be ok. Life will go on. There’s a chance life might even get better! Whatever thoughts manifest in your mind will become your reality. If you keep your head up, think positive thoughts, and make the most of your contacts and circumstances, new opportunities will present themselves. Although your company really screwed the pooch, take this moment as a learning experience. Put yourself in a new situation that’s even better than before. Start your own business like you’ve always wanted, travel the world, or make contact with an old friend who needs someone with just your skill set. Again, life WILL go on and you WILL be ok. You are more powerful than you know. Trust that above all else.

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What Engineers Say Versus What Engineers Mean (Part 1)

There is a fine line between what engineers say and what engineers mean. Engineers are also liars. There’s no denying that. Although not necessarily compulsive liars, engineers at times have to do the necessary evil of lying and make their way out of it without ever proven wrong. It’s an inherent skill to survive from engineering school to the profession, and doesn’t really affect the credibility of the engineer when the lies are concealed just right. There is a fine line between what engineers say and what engineers mean. This line separates the truth and the cover-up. Most of the time, it just works. Here are some of those laughable lines that engineers say but don’t actually mean it: What Engineers Say: Developed after years of intensive research. What Engineers Mean: It was discovered by accident. It is understandable that in a field like 44

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engineering, where there is so much theory to study, we resort to trial and error method. Often, it just works in our favor that manually having to execute the step by step method. What Engineer Say: The design will be finalized in the next reporting period. What Engineers Mean: We haven’t started this job yet, but we’ve got to say something. It says it all: the lack of time to finish the project or even the design is hard labor. It isn’t done overnight. What Engineers Say: A number of different approaches are being tried. What Engineers Mean: We don’t know where we’re going, but we’re moving. As said, there are infinite number of ways to solve an engineering project problem only to try each one of them – which also yields infinite tries of who knows where.


What Engineers Say: Project slightly behind schedule due to unforeseen difficulties. What Engineers Mean: We are working on something else. Engineers have a multitude to do and it’s really a matter of priority. Each project will be given attention until further notice. What Engineers Say: Close project coordination. What Engineers Mean: We should have asked someone else or let’s spread the responsibility for this.

Yeah, the point-it-to-others approach always works. Pin others to do the job even when they have no clue about the project. What Engineers Say: Major technical breakthrough. What Engineers Mean: Back to the drawing board. This excuse perhaps has an underlying pain that engineers have to start on a new concept again for the project to work. A ‘major technical breakthrough’ means engineers have to convene and crack heads to produce another output.

What Engineers Say: Customer satisfaction is believed to be assured. What Engineers Mean: We were so far behind schedule that the customer was happy to get anything at all from us. Giving the customer some assurance gives a feeling of security that the project is leading somewhere, when it is really not. What Engineers Say: Preliminary operation tests were inconclusive.

When engineers in a team fail, this is the perfect alibi. When there’s no work done yet despite of no excuses, something must be wrong with the its members. What Engineers Say: Extensive report is being prepared on a fresh approach to the problem. What Engineers Mean: We just hired three guys, we’ll let them kick it around for a while. Oil & Gas Leaders • August 2018

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What Engineers Mean: The darn thing blew up when we threw the switch.

What Engineers Mean: We threw the whole thing out and are starting from scratch.

The initial tests are always a disappointment. Something will explode and the whole system will be trashed. Engineers have to start again.

There will be projects that are still pursued that are no longer significant. When it’s finally realized, time and resources have already been wasted that engineers can no longer take back. Ouch.

What Engineers Say: Tests were extremely gratifying. What Engineers Mean: It works and boy are we surprised. It comes to a point that the trial and error method works that engineers are surprised themselves. It wasn’t the expected method of output but it just worked. What Engineers Say: The entire concept will have to be abandoned. What Engineers Mean: The only guy who understood the thing quit. When the guy who is solely responsible of the project quits, engineers start from scratch. It pays to contribute to the project, or at least know something about it so the project won’t fall out just because only one knows the darn thing and quits. What Engineers Say: Modifications are underway to correct certain minor difficulties. 46

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10 Quotes for the Unmotivated Engineers Here are some awesome quotes that will inspire and motivate young engineers.

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Bill Gates “To be a good professional engineer, always start to study late for exams. Because it teaches you how to manage time and tackle emergencies.” Theodore von Karman “Scientists study the world as it is; engineers create the world that has never been.” Steve Jobs “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Steve Jobs

Elbert Hubbard “One machine can do the work of 50 ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.” Peter Drucker “If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.” Henry Stott “Engineering is the art of organizing and directing men and controlling the forces and materials of nature for the benefit of the human race.” Satya Nadella “Our industry does not respect tradition – it only respects innovation.”

Elon Musk telecommunications, transportation, to manufacturing, security and even the medical field. Engineering has been so much a part of everyday life that many wellknown people involved in the world of engineering have a lot to say about this field. Here are some awesome quotes that will inspire and motivate all the young engineers out there.

Nikola Tesla “Invention is the most important product of man’s creative brain. The ultimate purpose is the complete mastery of mind over the material world, the harnessing of human nature to human needs.” Elon Musk “The path to the CEO’s office should not be through the CFO’s office and it should not be through the marketing department. It needs to be through engineering and design.” Thomas J. Watson “The way to succeed is to double your failure rate.”


MMEX Resources Corp. enters into Solar Power plan for its Refinery Project solar power. Our planned refinery complex will utilize about two MW of power in Phase1(a) and (b) and about 35-50 MW in Phase 2. We believe the remainder of the power can be sold into the grid.” Hanks added that Pecos County, Texas and the Permian Basin, generally, have great metrics for solar power, noting that other firms are also focusing on solar power in West Texas. MMEX Resources Corp. (OTCPK: MMEX), a development-stage company focusing on the acquisition, development and financing of oil, gas, refining and infrastructure projects in Texas and South America, today announced it intends to develop a solar power project to provide electric power to its planned 10,000 barrel-per-day (BPD) crude distillation unit and its full-scale crude oil refinery in Pecos County near Fort Stockton, Texas. Jack W. Hanks, President and CEO of MMEX Resources Corp., said, “We are pleased to announce an add-on of solar power to our business plan. We have formed MMEX Solar Resources, LLC and filed the trademark (above) to develop a solar power project to potentially supply solar power renewable energy to our refinery projects in Phases 1 and 2. We already own 126 acres in our site, and with an approximate industry configuration of four acres to build out one megawatt (MW) of solar power, we have ample space to start an initial solar phase alongside of our CDU Phases 1(a) and (b) construction. In addition, we have entered into preliminary discussions to lease additional acreage allowing us to develop an additional 75 MW to 100 MW of

A recent announcement from the LCRAAEP Texas has been made for upgrading transmission capabilities in Pecos County. On June 25, 2018, the companies announced to landowners: “The transmission utilities are proposing to build and operate a new double-circuit 345-kilovolt (kV) electric transmission line in Pecos County due to increasing generation interconnection requests and growth in electrical demand by the oil and gas industry in the Far West Texas area. The new transmission line will connect AEP Texas existing Solstice Substation to LCRA TSC’s existing Bakersfield Substation in order to strengthen the ability of the electric grid to reliably deliver electricity to oil and gas production and processing in the Far West Texas area along with other expanding commercial and residential needs. The proposed transmission line will also provide additional capacity for renewable power generation resources in Pecos County and the surrounding area. LCRA TSC will construct, own and operate the eastern half of the transmission line and AEP Texas will construct, own and operate the western half of the transmission line.”


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4 Reasons Why Engineers Should Take Their Vacation Leaves Most of the time, you think that you can’t leave your work and end up not using your vacation leaves. Here’s a few reasons to convince you otherwise. Human beings need rest, that’s why engineers should take their vacation leaves when they have a chance. We’ve heard an insane amount of excuses regarding employees not taking a vacation from work. Most of the time however, the excuses are not really logical. We’re here to help convince you that taking a leave is not the worst thing to do, it might even be what you need the most right now.

You deserve it The typical excuse: “guilt”. You may have heard about people not taking their vacations due to the fact that they’re too guilty to get paid on leave. If you’re one of the people who think like this, there’s a simple answer for this. Each company gives you a specific amount of

vacation leaves, it’s yours to take, and if you don’t take it, the money they allocate for your leaves just goes back to them. In the end, it’s like you’re actually paying them not to send you on vacation.

Use it or lose it In most cases, vacation leaves are usually not paid back, at least not entirely. Avoid thinking that you should be saving your paid timeoffs for scenarios that have a fat chance of happening. You’re not a squirrel saving food for a rainy day. It’s either you use the leaves now and enjoy yourself, or end up not using them later and losing them forever. It’s healthy to save some for expected events, but if you’re not expecting anything them, why save them?


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Taking time off of work Work is good, it gives you money, but don’t think you can’t take vacation leaves because there’s a huge amount of it to be done. Think back on yourself. Do you have bad management skills or is there just too much of work to tackle? If your answer is the former, take the time off, you’ll have more time to think about how you can boost productivity during off time. However, if you answered the latter, you need to talk to your manager. Everyone deserves a time off. If for some reason a leave can’t be done due to the amount of work present, there’s something definitely wrong with your work environment.

Stop thinking that vacations are expensive Most people think that vacations are not worth it. Yeah you get paid to be off from work, but the money you’d have to spend to go on vacation might be even more than what you get. This is not always true. There are a lot of ways to get your vacation expenses cheaper like finding a place where you can stay with friends, or planning a smaller scale trip. If all else fails, staycations are also a good way to spend your quality time.


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How to Survive the First Week of Your New Engineering Job

New jobs can be a pain especially if you’re still easing in. Here are some tips on how you can survive your first week at your new workplace. Whether it’s your first, second, or sixth job, easing in can be quite painful and overwhelming. While the job can still be the same, your workplace, coworkers, and even your boss would definitely be different. Before you know it, a whole stack of new projects would also come your way, and you’re tasked to complete it with as little training as possible. Switching careers, from planning to designing, or from designing to product management, all has its own overwhelming factors. They suddenly expect you to create a blueprint or a draft of a new project without so much as a how-to or even a training manual to get you by. If you get buried in all of your tasks, you won’t last very long. Having the right mindset to overcome all these obstacles would allow you to survive, and even last long in your chosen field.

Discomfort can be a good thing You may have already been used to your previous job. You knew how to fix everything. But sometimes, this sense of easiness that your tasks provides is your own bane. Doing easy things over and over will get you bored in the long run. Now let’s move on to your new job. You don’t know what you’re doing, and you’re probably all over the place. But this kind of challenge is exactly what you need to move forward in your career. No one grows doing easy things. Everyone needs a little hardship every now and then.

Learn to accept help In your previous job, you may not have needed help in finishing your tasks. But now that you’re someplace new, it’s okay to ask for a bit of help. Avoid doing things without asking. If your coworkers or your manager seem irritated by your questions, ask them to point you to a resource you could study yourself. It’s not going to be hard all the time You have to accept that your first steps would be hard. It’s like getting your first scratches while learning how to ride a bike. After a while, you’ll gradually master what you’re doing, and soon enough, you’ll be breezing through everything.

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What To Do the Night Before Starting Your New Engineering Job It’s always important to prepare for a special day, even if it’s your first day in your engineering job.

The morning of your first day could be overwhelming as you try to become a sponge and soak everything you learn throughout the whole day. So help yourself by preparing what you can ahead of time. Here are some tips you should do the night before starting your new engineering job.

Pick out your favorite outfit.

Be prepared for your office pitch You’ll be meeting with a lot of people for the first day, so be prepared with more than just “it’s so nice to meet you.” Think of a couple of conversations starters to avoid awkward first meetings.

While others may prefer to buy a new outfit, I think it’s better to go in with your favorite appropriate outfit instead. Why? Imagine this. You’ll be dealing with a lot of new things for that day–which could be stressful and overwhelming. So, while you want to look sharp in your new shoes and clothes, it’s better to wear something your body is comfortably familiar with. The last thing you want is to be limping because of blisters from your new shoes as you walk behind your supervisor when he/she tours you around the company grounds.

Plan to get to work EARLY

Don’t pack a lunch

Before going to bed the night before your first day, take a few minutes to remember why you accepted this job. Whatever your motivation it may be, take note why you took this job in the first place. So when things get too stressful and overwhelming, you can return to this reason and remind yourself why you’re doing this.

The first day is all about getting to know your officemates. Go grab a bite outside with your new officemates so you could get to know them. Chances are, your boss could also treat you out for your first day. You could pack some small snacks though, like an apple, a sandwich, 58

or a granola bar and a few candies to keep you alert throughout the day.

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You read that right. Don’t get to your office on time, get there extra early! Half an hour early will be best. This is a smart move for a few reasons. First, this could give you a buffer if the train could be running in late. Second, this will give you the chance to collect yourself and be totally calm and cool on your first day.

Remember why you took the job

Good luck on your first day!


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