Vice President - Maintenance & Projects
Derek Becht is a chemical engineer with expertise in design, operation, and optimization of process equipment. He has supported every refinery process unit in either a process or operations support & management function. Derek has extensive experience supporting capital projects including two replacement FCC Reactors, new Crude Unit and FCC Main Fractionator pump-around heat exchangers, Crude Column Preflash internals, a Turbine Fuel Merox expansion, and
modifications to a UOP InAlk after a catalyst swelling mechanism caused a bulge in the reactor shell.
Derek has led multiple major optimization improvements in both energy efficiency and molecule management. Some key examples refinery wide heater operation audits with subsequent reductions in excess oxygen and Crude Unit Sat Gas Plant & FCC Unsat Gas Plant lean oil optimization studies. He has extensive process modeling experience in HYSYS, Petrosim, HTRI, PPM and FlareNet. These models have been utilized for test runs, design, and optimization.
In the turnaround area his work has included managing personnel, planning work scope, and acting as an individual contributor. Derek has supported million man-hour turnarounds that included over $50MM in capital project work as a Process Engineering Manager.
Throughout his career he has supported site safety initiative such as developing a new Safe Work Practice on exclusion zones, co-chairing a Risk Management Committee, and leading several Tier 1 investigations. In additions, he has been the lead process engineer for multiple HAZOP and Mechanical Integrity programs.
Mr. Becht received his Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering from Rowan University and his Masters in Business Administration from Indiana University.