Propane Dehydrogenation Operations Specialist

Job Title: Propane Dehydrogenation Operations Specialist
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Houston, United States
Salary: Competitive
Start Date: 2019-03-11
Reference: BH-103915
Contact Name: Daniel Fernandez
Contact Email:
Job Published: March 11, 2019 20:16

Job Description

Job Purpose:

Provides technical operations support to the project during process design package and front end engineering phases. In addition to  resolve and handle complex troubleshooting, design optimization and provide operations in-depth input during engineering studies for continuous improvement of plant safety, performance & reliability.

Key Accountabilities:

Provide in depth operations input during the major process studies e.g. PHA, HAZOP,SIL,HAZAM, PFD, P&ID reviews, during project development. In addition to provide input in process engineering design development such as equipment process data sheet, plot plan, H&M balance, inherent SHE review, risk assessment 3D model review, relief system sizing and basic process engineering calculations
Participate in developing operation philosophy e.g. equipment isolation, inventory/de-inventory, shutdown and start up , catalyst loading and unloading
Develop plant pre-commissioning/commissioning preparation and execution activities
Participate in  process optimization and capital efficiency programs to drive capital cost optimization.
Develop standard operating procedures and commissioning start up procedures
Develop cost benefit analysis during the multiple project gates to ensure cost effectiveness during the project development.
Provide operations input during technology evaluation and selection phase.
Provide MFG input to project owners cost based on operating experience, project scope and industry bench mark data
Review critical operating parameters and recommend for optimum operation condition to achieve maximum plant efficiency.
Provide operations in depth input to sustainability programs across the projects with close coordination with other functions
Develop staffing and qualification plans for the plant operations staff
Lead plant layout design, accessibility and equipment spacing that will lead to a cost effective layout


  • Achieving cost effective design with energy reduction & utility consumption.
  • Create fit for purpose design by creating capital efficiency design
  • Lead the operations activities during development engineering studies with no overdue items
  • Completion of study requests and operations support on time.
  •  EHSS compliance & completion of deficiency action on audit findings. 

Problem Solving/Decision Making:
  • Sound technical knowledge in the field of specialist, as the job holder is normally faced with challenges and involved in many undefined and open-ended complex situation that requires technical innovation and creative solutions.
  • Streamlined troubleshooting, investigation and root cause analysis to solve problems, and ability to articulate troubles and challenges to others for acquiring prompt and efficient support.
  • Peak in workload and increasing demand of services that calls for consistent efforts with high quality and prompt results to cope with business requirements.
  • The capability to analyze and challenge risk identification, assessment, and mitigation plans (for strategic, operational, process safety risk, etc.) to minimize business impact. The capability to take frequent decisions to assure the plant design will meet safe operation requirements.
+15 years experience in Propane Dehydrogenation (PDH) operations including the following areas, utilities, furnaces area, quench area, compression area, refrigeration area , fractionation area in operations as specialist  Including leadership role in shutdown/start up and turn around execution including developing procedures

Job Specific Skills:
Process Safety and Operations Management Systems such as PSM.
Management System Development & Improvement Skills
Decision Making Skills
Interpersonal Communication Skills