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Ib Steinmetz, a founding principal of Hydrocarbon Engineering Associates, has extensive chemical engineering and managerial experience in petroleum refining, petrochemical processing, and crude oil production technology.

Mr. Steinmetz's professional career spans a variety of increasingly responsible engineering and managerial positions in the petroleum industry with Sun Company, Inc., Philadelphia, PA and prior to that with the Lummus Company, London, England.

Special areas of expertise include project and contract management, process design and development, process evaluation, environmental/risk assessment, and quality control of petroleum products.

  • Process design of grass-root petroleum refineries, refinery expansion and revamps, including crude units, catalytic cracking units, cokers, visbreakers and thermal cracking units, deasphalters, reformers, hydrogenation and hydro-desulfurization units. Process engineering and development of distillate hydrotreating, jet fuel and gasoline treating, and deasphalting.

  • Process design and development of solvent and naphthenic lube processes and specialty oils, including lube hydrocracking, hydrotreating, solvent extraction, deasphalting, and dewaxing. Developed process design basis for major Caribbean grass-roots lube oil refinery.

  • Process design of chemical and petrochemical units, including synthetic rubber and ethylene cracking units. Process development and engineering of methyl-tertiary-butyl-ether (MTBE), polypropylene, ethylene-propylene copolymer, polyesters, nitriles, adhesives, and fertilizers. Developed one of the first commercial MTBE processes.

  • Process development and design of heavy crude processes, including hydrotreating, coking and deasphalting processes. Developed new process for dehydrating and separating heavy California crude oil.

  • Quality assurance, compliance and upgrading of the refining, transportation, and distribution of gasoline and fuels products.

  • Comprehensive assessment of the technology and competitive position of integrated multi-refinery corporation, including fuels, lubes and petrochemicals refining, pipeline and marine transportation, and refinery product distribution and retail marketing.

Mr. Steinmetz has a Master of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Delaware. He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He has numerous publications and patents to his credit.

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