2021 Panel Sessions

Panel Session 1

Topic:

Shaping the Future: Technology, Processes and Innovation

Monday June 28, 2021 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Moderator
Mr. Clayton Bunraj
Perenco

Panelists
Ms. Shauna Noonan
Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Immediate Past President, SPE International

Mr. Olivier Germain
Program Director
Halliburton

Mr. Suhail Kak
(Info coming soon)

Mr. Curtis Mohammed
President, NGC CNG

Panel Session 2

Topic:

The Energy Transition

Tuesday June 29, 2021 at 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Moderator
Mr. Neal Alleyne
University of Trinidad and Tobago

Panelists
Mr. César Patiño
SPE GAIA Leader LIASON of Latin America and the Caribbean

Mr. Mark Loquan
President
The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited

Mr. Philip Julien
Newgen Energy

Ms. Claire Fitzpatrick
President
bp Trinidad and Tobago

Panel Session 1 Moderator and Panelists

Clayton Bunraj

Mr. Clayton Bunraj is a petroleum engineer, entrepreneur and data enthusiast. He is currently working for Perenco and has held roles in subsurface, production operations and artificial lift. Clayton has spent much of his career developing applications to clean and analyze large data sets and creating automated workflows to ease in decision making.

He is the cofounder of Lucky Pops, a local ice cream manufacturer, and Ibis Analytics, which aims to help SME’s automate sales, distribution and warehousing.

Ms. Shauna Noonan is the Senior Director of Supply Chain Management – International and Gulf of Mexico assets for Occidental Petroleum Corporation, based in The Woodlands, TX.  Until December 2020, she was the Director of Artificial Lift Engineering for Oxy based in Houston, where she directed the company’s efforts in artificial lift system performance globally.

Prior to joining Oxy in late 2015, she worked worldwide on artificial lift projects and technology development at ConocoPhillips and Chevron for over 22 years. She has authored or co-authored more than 25 technical publications on the subject of artificial lift, is a frequent speaker at industry events and has received several industry awards, including the SPE Regional award for Production and Operations by the Gulf Coast section.  She has driven the development of industry standards and recommended practices for artificial lift systems while serving as chair for ISO and API committees.

She served on the SPE International Board of Directors as the Technical Director for Production and Operations from 2012-2015 and returned to lead the SPEI Board as the 2020 SPE President.  In 2020, Hart Energy Magazine named her as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Energy.  Noonan holds a BS degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Alberta.

Olivier Germain

Mr. Olivier Germain is the Well Construction 4.0. Program Director in Halliburton, with special emphasis on the accelerated Digitalization of the Project Management. Germain has more than 25 years of industry experience.

He spent the first part of his career managing all aspects of well construction and intervention operations all over the world, before bringing his oilfield domain experience to software development. He joined Halliburton in 2010 to direct the Landmark R&D efforts in the Drilling, Production and Economics areas and led the expansion and transformation of the portfolio into its current open platform-based ecosystem. He moved to Halliburton Digital Solutions in 2020.

Olivier holds an MSc for Ecole Centrale Paris, MBA from Erasmus Rotterdam School of Management, is a Halliburton President Leadership Excellence Program graduate, and holds 10 US patents.

Suhail Kak is currently the General Manager Development & Subsurface for Shell Trinidad & Tobago, accountable for shaping, maturing and delivering new field developments such as Barracuda, Colibri and Manatee.

Suhail has been in role since July 2019, and moved here from his previous stint as Global Talent Manager for the Development & Subsurface Function, where he has played a leading role in shaping a differentiated approach for Royal Dutch Shell on technical talent development and resourcing.

Suhail brings over 23 years of experience in petroleum engineering and development, project delivery, and community leadership roles, including broadening stints in Planning and HR/Talent. He joined Shell as a Graduate in Aberdeen UK, and has since then worked in Brunei, India, & The Netherlands across a variety of project and asset developments in Upstream, Integrated Gas and Projects & Technology business units, in both Operated and Joint Venture environments.

Suhail is passionate about people and the energy industry and continues to be excited by the possibilities of building a world class portfolio in T&T.

Mr. Curtis Mohammed is the President of the NGC CNG Company Limited as well as the Vice President of Sustainable Energy Development at National Energy.

Previously Mr. Mohammed worked as Vice President, Gas Transmission and Distribution at the National Gas Company. He was requested by the NGC to head and execute the national CNG initiative, a role which he started in January 2014. His position as Vice President at National Energy started on January 1st 2021, where he is responsible for delivering several aspects of the sustainable energy portfolio of the company.

Mr. Mohammed gained his B. Sc. Degree in Chemical Engineering at UWI in 1988 and his M. Sc. in Engineering Management in 1999. Mr. Mohammed’s broad range of professional experience in the Oil, Gas and Manufacturing Sectors and skills includes process and project engineering, the setting up of manufacturing entities in the Spirits and Renewable Industries, rolling out their complete operations inclusive of managing all phases of major capital projects.

He has previously worked at Petrotrin and the Angostura Group. Mr. Mohammed is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad & Tobago.

Panel Session 2 Moderator and Panelists

Mr. Neal Alleyne graduated with a BSc in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College in 1974 and joined Amoco Trinidad Oil Company, a predecessor company of bpTT. Over a career that spanned thirty years he worked at Amoco and BP locations in Trinidad and in the USA and was involved in operations in Trinidad, USA, Japan, Indonesia and Australia and found the time to complete a diploma in Management Studies at the University of the West Indies in 1980 and an MBA at the University of Houston in 1999. While the majority of his time at Amoco and BP was spent in petroleum engineering roles Neal also worked in the production department, the commercial unit and the change management unit. His last role at bpTT was VP Organizational Transformation.

Neal joined UTT in 2004 and was instrumental in the establishment of the petroleum engineering programmes. Since completing his MSc in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 2008 Neal has been involved in teaching and research. His interest in natural gas stretches back to his time at Amoco when as a young engineer in the late 1970s he was part of a study on the long term utilization of natural gas at Amoco. This interest continued in his MSc thesis on the monetization of natural gas through liquefied natural gas (LNG) and culminated in his doctoral research on deep water gas field developments.

He is a chartered Petroleum Engineer, a member of the Energy Institute (UK) and has been a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers for forty-seven years. He has served the Trinidad and Tobago chapter of the SPE in a number of important roles including being the chairman of the chapter. He is passionate about the development of tomorrow’s leaders, the young people.

Mr. César Patiño, SPE GAIA Leader LIASON of Latin America and the Caribbean.  He has a degree in Petroleum Engineering with an MBA, a Master’s in Business Innovation and specializations in Government Studies, Innovation, Technology and Knowledge Management. He has 23 years of experience in the Oil and Gas Industry and is a professional with Ecopetrol. He is a member of the EOR Technology Group, the Technology Strategic Unit.  He has previously held roles as a Senior Petrophysicist, Reservoir Engineer, G&G and Operations Manager, and Wireline Field Engineer.

He is a founder of SPE YP Colombia, SPWLA CAFE Chapter, and Innovative ideas in the Colombian, Latin American and Caribbean sector. Mr. Patiño advises on strategic, innovative clustering and entrepreneurship proposals in the frame of New Technology trends.

Mr. Mark Loquan is a Chemical Engineer by profession with over 30 years’ experience in the petrochemical industry. He was appointed President of The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NGC) in September 2016 and was appointed Director on the Board of NGC in July 2019.

Mr. Loquan acquired an MBA in 1990 from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and received training in Executive Leadership and Management from Cornell University and IESE Business School (University of Navarra).

In 1982, he began his career in the energy sector as a Process Engineer at Trinidad Nitrogen Co. Ltd. He moved through various leadership positions before being appointed as the first local President of Hydro Agri Trinidad (now Yara Trinidad Ltd.) in 2002. In 2009, he was appointed President, Upstream Business Development for Angola/Sub-Saharan Africa at Yara International. Mr. Loquan moved to Australia three years later, where he served as CEO of Yara Pilbara.

Since 2016, at the helm of NGC, Mr. Loquan has led a process of restructuring at the state enterprise, expanding and diversifying the business portfolio, streamlining processes with technology and strengthening the Company’s presence in the value chain. He has overseen a number of critical gas contract negotiations and was instrumental in brokering partnership agreements with state entities in Venezuela, Grenada, Ghana, Mozambique and China. A proponent of systems-thinking, Mr. Loquan has advocated for greater collaboration across the local energy sector, on issues such as supply management, gas allocation and energy efficiency.

Mr. Loquan serves on the Boards of Atlantic LNG (ALNG), Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited (PPGPL) and The Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago (ECTT). He is also a member of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT) Standing Committee on Energy, and a member of the GORTT Empowered Negotiation Team (for increased value from resources) in his capacity as citizen of Trinidad and Tobago.

One of 50 Distinguished UWI Alumni Awardees, Mr. Loquan is a former Director of the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business.

Education:

  • B.Sc. Chemical Engineering – The University of the West Indies
  • MBA – Duke University, Fuqua School of Business, North Carolina

Mr. Philip Julien was born and raised in Trinidad, and continued his tertiary education in Canada, graduating in 1993 from McGill University in Montreal Canada, with a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering and a Minor in Environmental Engineering. After working in the Canadian engineering consulting sector, he returned to Trinidad in 2001, and since then has been integrally involved in project development and consulting activities in the local energy sector.

After serving for five years as the Location Director for WorleyParsons in Trinidad, he assumed the role as Managing Director of Kenesjay Systems Limited. In 2020, Mr. Julien led the development of Kenesjay Green Limited (KGL), taking the helm of this pioneering entity in the energy transition industry, to establish renewable and low carbon-based energy projects for Trinidad and Tobago and the Region.

The NewGen Clean Hydrogen Production Project is his first major undertaking under the KGL brand. Philip Julien is also the Founder of the Heroes Foundation – a registered not-for-profit non-governmental organization which was established in 2002, to “Create the Next Generation of Heroes”.

Ms.  Claire Fitzpatrick was announced as president bp Trinidad and Tobago in February 2018. Prior to this role, she was appointed Managing Director for bp’s Exploration and Production interests in Australia in September 2014. In this role, she was accountable for all bp Upstream activity in Australia, including the North-West Shelf Venture.

Claire served as a Director of the Board of North West Shelf Gas Pty Ltd, the gas marketing agency for the venture. In addition, she was a Board Director of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) and Chairperson of the APPEA Executive Committee.

Claire joined bp in 2002 as Chief Accountant/Head of Accounting Policy for Upstream. Following this, she was Head of Performance Management for Upstream and in 2007 moved to BP Alaska, initially as Commercial Director then as the Chief Financial Officer. In 2012 Claire was appointed Head of the Executive Office for Upstream in bp’s London office.

Prior to BP, Claire worked for Ernst & Young in London and Houston across a variety of service lines focused on the oil and gas sector.

Claire has a BSc in Biological Sciences and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

Panel Session 1

Topic:

Shaping the Future: Technology, Processes and Innovation

Monday June 28, 2021 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Moderator
Mr. Clayton Bunraj
Perenco

Speakers
Ms. Shauna Noonan
Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Immediate Past President, SPE International

Mr. Oliver Germain
Program Director
Haliburton Digital Solutions

Panel Session 2

Topic:

The Energy Transition

Tuesday June 29, 2021 at 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Moderator
Mr. Neal Alleyne
University of Trinidad and Tobago

Speakers
Mr. Cesar Patino
IEA, Immediate Regional Director , SPE International

Mr. Curtis Julien
President, NGC, CNG

Mr. Philip Julien
Newgen Energy

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