Victoria Okotie is a Senior Petroleum Engineer with BP. She holds a BSc degree in Chemical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines. Victoria has over thirteen years of experience in the oil and gas industry working in sandstone, tight gas, coal bed methane, heavy oil and carbonates reservoirs. She has held various production engineering, reservoir engineering, operations and performance management roles in Alaska, London, Houston and Abu Dhabi.
She is the author of four technical papers and a technical editor for the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) peer-reviewed journals. Victoria enjoys mentoring and coaching young engineers to build successful, satisfying careers and to achieve their personal and professional goals.
Cheng Chen, Fluid Separation Scientist with Chevron Energy Technology Company. He graduated from Tsinghua University with a BS in chemical engineering in 2003 and then received Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2009. His expertise is oil-water separation and oilfield water treatment with a special focus on advanced membrane technologies. He started his career with Shell Global Solutions in Houston, Texas and later joined Chevron Energy Technology Company since 2014. He is leading several projects in novel water treatment technology development and providing technical support and consultation to water management for Chevron's global upstream operations. He is also working on projects to optimize chemical treatment for production enhancement and process optimization. He has authored a number of publications and presented at various conferences.
Recognised regionally & internationally as Produced Water Management & Treatment Expert
Expert in truningprotoptypes into scalable projects
Successfully developed and implemented a process that aligns water management deliverables with Design Control Assurance Framework in all PDO Projects, for the first time in the whole of Shell Operating Companies, 2011
Introduced Produced Water to the Omani government as potential unconventional source of water that if appropriately treated can play a significant role in industries and National water security program, 2011
Lead the Sustainable Development initiative for the whole of PDO as first Oil Operating Company in the region that applies the Integrated Impact Assessment procedure in all its Oil & Gas projects
Holder of Technical Authority(TA) 2 in Concept Engineering and also TA2 in Process Engineering from PDO
Arranged & Conducted the first four Sustainable Development Workshops in the Middle East at PDO for Engineers in the Oil & Gas Industry, 2005-2006
Initiated and completed several Research & Development projects with Sultan Qaboos University & The Japanese Cooperation Petroleum (JCCP), Shell International, International Center for Biosaline Agriculture-Dubai, Nizwa University
Developed and conducted (along with Co- instructor) 3 days Water Treatment Course for Engineers at PDO, 2010 & 2012
Represented PDO & Omani private sector in Al Hail Desalination center pilot (2002-2005)
Represented PDO in the Water Research Center at Sultan Qaboos university (2003-2013)
Project Manager for the Reed Bed pilot with the Biosaline agriculture alternative as a proven and cost effective Produced Water Treatment and Re-use technology (2001-2007)
Developed and implemented the Social Geographical Information System in the areas of PDO operations along with Ministry of Interior, 2007
Winner of the PDO Director's Award in recognition of Sustainable Development for Kauther Development Project, 2007
Received 3 Star Shukran Award in recognition of strong drive to implement the Reed Bed Concept as a Water Treatment and Re-use technology, 2007
Matthew has extensive experience and expertise in the design of water treatment solutions for discharge and recycling for secondary and tertiary Enhanced Oil Recovery production methods. Matthew's field experience includes pilot trials and start-up and commissioning of water treatment systems for multiple oil and gas producers operating in Oman, Qatar, offshore Gulf of Mexico, onshore U.S., India,and Canada. Since joining MYCELX, Matthew has been integral in the development and global deployment of the MYCELX RE-GEN product line engineered for EOR water treatment.
Collaborating with a global polymer provider, Matthew designed and implemented unique testing of MYCELX products in the presence of polymer which defined and verified filtration media performance. Matthew's ability to understand the water management challenges the industry faces and effectively communicate solutions to multiple departments within a client's organization has been instrumental in the acceptance of MYCELX technology by multiple producers globally. Matthew currently works out of the Houston office and is part of the engineering team engaged in supporting MYCELX products within Schlumberger, our upstream partner.
Matthew is a member of the Produced Water Society Technical Committee and holds a B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Ajee Mamman is a scientist with a strong aptitude for the application of science and technology in solving wide-ranging industrial problems. Dr. Mamman has over 24 years' experience in the oil and gas industry, working in different regions of the world including Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is currently Technical Director for Firmlink International Ltd, Aberdeen (Scotland), a consultancy firm. Dr. Mamman is also a Visiting Lecturer at Institute of Petroleum Studies, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria where he has been lecturing postgraduate students in Flow Assurance, Petroleum Refining, and Petrochemicals for the past 10 years. Prior to his current roles, Dr Mamman was Technical Manager for Roemex Ltd Aberdeen (Scotland), where he was involved in the development and manufacture of specialty oilfield chemicals, including completions, production and water treatment chemicals. Dr. Mamman also later took on the role of Sales Manager Africa for Roemex Ltd. Before joining Roemex Ltd, Dr Mamman was Facilities Manager for the Centre for Process Analytics and Control Technology (CPACT), University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (Scotland), an Industry-Academia collaboration for the development and automation of analytical
techniques for process control.
Dr. Mamman holds a PhD (1998) and MPhil (1994) degrees both in Chemical Technology from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and a BSc (1986) in Applied Chemistry. He is a Chartered Chemist of Great Britain, a European Chartered Scientist and a member of professional bodies including Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC, CChem), National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE), The Electrochemical Society and Chemical Society of Nigeria. Dr. Mamman has numerous publications and conference papers to his credit. In 2014 Dr. Mamman was a Guest Editor for the American Journal of Chemical Engineering for their Special Issue on "Developments in Petroleum Refining and Petrochemical Sector of the Oil and Gas Industry".
Dr, Magnus Ekekwe has over 15 years' experience in the oil & gas industry covering the whole project maturation cycle for oil and gas facilities from feasibility through to commissioning/start up and operations.
His career has spanned, R&D, operations, process design and optimisation, process safety, commissioning, front-end, facilities and project engineering, water, and wastewater treatment.
He has been responsible for the design and specifications of water and wastewater treatment systems for oil & gas facilities and has provided technical water consultancy services to oil & gas processing facilities in Europe, Africa & the Middle East.
Dr Magnus Ekekwe graduated with a First-Class Honours Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria and started his working life with a 6-year stint at SmithKline Beecham Nig. Ltd in Production & Operations Management.
He then proceeded to the University of Strathclyde Glasgow (UK) where he obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering specializing in Bioremediation of contaminated wastewater.
On completion of his studies at Strathclyde University, he joined Shell International where he worked for over 15 years in several roles across different geographical regions.
He currently oversees the Water & Wastewater Treatment Division of Bowalds Energy, where he is responsible for growing the water & wastewater treatment portfolio of the Company.
He is also an Executive Director at Flourish & Associates Ltd, a UK based Health, Safety & Environmental Consultancy.
He is also the founder of African Language & Cultural Services Aberdeen, which provides a learning platform for African children born in diaspora to learn about their language and culture.
Saada is an Omani Water Management Lead Engineer in Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) who has a variety of experiences in upstream and downstream Oil & Gas sectors for more than 15 years. She holds a BSc from University of Bahrain from 2002.
Since joined PDO she worked in Gas processing as Concept engineer working on different Project phases (Asses, Select, FEED & Detail Design). Then she joined Water Treatment section and she worked also on various projects which involved assessing new technologies deployment, also assess and select Water treatment technologies for cEOR, tEOR, and water re-use projects. She is also collaborating with Academia, Government organizations and Research Centers to link water researches with latest challenges in Produced Water Treatment. Saada was an active technical committee member in the 2nd Middle East Oil Field Produced Water conference in Feb 2017 and Oman Energy & Water Conference March 2017.
35+ years in the water industry including experience in Water Treatment Equipment and Water Treatment Specialty Chemicals with a prevailing focus on Water Process Solutions development. Mr. Shannon has authored training texts on water treatment chemistry including detailed discussions on corrosion fundamentals, scale and deposit inhibition and biological control. During his career, he has held Senior Product Management positions in Water Treatment at Calgon Corporation (Water Management Division), Baker Petrolite (ChemLink) and Schlumberger in addition to Commercial and Engineering Leadership and Mentorship positions in the International businesses of Calgon Corporation, Baker Petrolite, GE Water and Process Technologies and HALLIBURTON. While living in Shanghai for GE Water, he built an APAC Engineering Team from a few to people to over 150 with centers in Bangalore, Karnataka, India; Singapore; Sydney, NSW, Australia; Shanghai and Beijing. Upon return to the United States, Dan built a world class Water Process Engineering Team that provided process solutions to maximize water use efficiency for clients in drought stricken regions of the world.
Mr. Shannon first applied his water process expertise to the oilfield at HALLIBURTON, as part of the Water Solutions business. At HALLIBURTON he developed projects on shore and offshore, in Brazil, Argentina, Angola and China. Now supporting accelerated development of the water knowledge base at Schlumberger, Mr. Shannon has lead the establishment a license arrangement with MYCELX for delivering environmentally and operationally beneficial technologies to the global Oil & Gas industry. IN addition, he has lead the acquisition of EVTN technologies for micro-footprint, macro-separations. Schlumberger is now leading the world in truly functional technology in treating the high viscosity waters in Chemically Enhanced Oil Recovery.
Chris Catalanotto works for Siemens Water Solutions and is based in Houston, Texas. As a native from New Orleans, Louisiana he attended the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, LA where he received his degree in Industrial Engineering. Over the past 10 years with Siemens in Oil and Gas, Chris has filled many roles, often at the same time, such as Principal Application Engineer, Capitol Project Manager, Upstream Technical Support Engineer and Business Development Director. During this time, Chris has also developed a very good network within the upstream oil and gas industry and has an excellent understand of the direction and challenges being faced by the industry with reference to produced water treatment.
Emily is completing her final year of her PhD in Environmental Engineering at the University of Houston in Texas (graduating in May). She was awarded a National Science Foundation fellowship that provided her with the opportunity to teach college level courses at the university and in a local high school and as well as travel to Europe twice for her research. Emily's PhD dissertation research involves quantifying oil in water using confocal microscopy and investigating reusing produced water for irrigating agriculture as a potential water management strategy. Emily has presented twice at the Produced Water Society annual seminar in Houston Texas and is currently the chair of the PWS Young Professionals committee.
Ms. Henthorne, Sr. Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Water Standard, has 25+ years of experience in the water treatment industry. She is recognized worldwide as a leading expert in water treatment for oil and gas, industrial and municipal applications. Ms. Henthorne has been ranked #5 out of 25 of the Water Industry's High Fliers in WaterWorld magazine and currently sits on the board of the Produced Water Society. From 2007-2009, Ms. Henthorne was President of the International Desalination Association (IDA) and sat on the Board of Directors for sixteen years. Prior to joining Water Standard, Ms. Henthorne headed the desalination business for CH2M Hill, acting as technical advisor on challenging projects around the world. Ms. Henthorne holds three U.S. patents in water treatment, with multiple US and international patents pending. She holds a Master's of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry.
Xandra Turner, P.E., is Vice President and principal of Water Vision, Inc., Katy, Texas, the developer of Thincell industrial water treatment technology. She has more than 35 years experience in water treatment and environmental solutions for the oil and gas industry and multiple industrial applications. Her varied roles have included corporate management; product engineering;strategic solutions and innovation leadership; and global business development. Xandra holds a petroleum engineering degree from University of Texas, Austin and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. She is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Produced Water Society.
Mr. Victor Imevbore is the Managing Director of Environmental Resources Managers Limited (ERML); one of the foremost sustainable development consulting and management firms in Nigeria today.
He holds a BSc in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Ibadan and a MSc in Geographical Information Systems (Coastal Erosion) from the University of London.
He has managed ERML since 1996, soon after the company was established. From its humble beginnings in 1996, with only one support staff, Mr Imevbore successfully grew the company's stature and size to one of the most admired environmental and sustainable development consulting firms in Nigeria. By 2002, ERML was well known within the Nigerian oil and gas industry and internationally as a provider of quality environmental services.
Although an Engineer by training, Mr. Imevbore has exhibited a natural flair for the multi disciplinary field of sustainable development consulting. He has an enviable reputation as one of the best-rounded sustainable development practitioners in Nigeria and demonstrates not only the knowledge of pure science applications to environmental management of industrial activities, but also the social and cultural dimensions. His training as an engineer is readily identified in the way he has successfully applies scientific concepts to finding fit-for-purpose solutions to environmental challenges, particularly in the upstream oil and gas sector. He regularly manages large interdisciplinary expert teams on sustainable development studies and is also an established consultant with several oil and gas companies, other sectors, State Governments, Nigerian regulatory agencies, the World Bank/International Finance Corporation (IFC), UN Agencies and Financial Institutions in Nigeria.
In recognition of his scientific achievements, Mr. Imevbore received the distinguished Scientist award from the Faculty of Science of the respected Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in 2004, while the Environment Magazine honoured him as one of those who shape the environment in 2008.
He is a well-respected resource person on environmental issues and expert witness on knotty environmental litigation. Over the last 6 years, he has played a valuable role in the Nigerian oil and gas industry conferences on Health, Safety, Security and Environment, and is currently involved in various research areas including technology options to achieve zero harmful discharge of produced water in the Nigerian environment.
Victor Imevbore is married with a daughter and twin boys.
Anwuli Irene Ofuani is a Lecturer at the Department of Private and Property Law at the University of Benin, Nigeria. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Benin, Nigeria and was admitted into the Nigerian Bar in 2006. She also holds a Master of Laws degree in Marine and Environmental Law from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
She is a currently a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Her research interests include Marine and environmental law issues especially issues at the intersection of environmental law and oil and gas law as well as disability rights.
Dr. John Walsh
Director - Technical Water Treating at Cetco Energy Services