Considerable in-house experience in the commissioning and start-up of commercial GTL projects.
Members of Velocys' technical teams have considerable experience in the commissioning and start-up of commercial GTL projects for Sasol.
Roger Harris, Velocys' Senior Manager for Operations and Technology Commercialisation, joined the company in 2014 after gaining 10 years' experience with Sasol where he was the GTL Technology Manager for their Business Development team. As well as spending significant time in R&D he was part of the start-up teams for new chemical technologies as well as Sasol's ORYX GTL plant in Qatar.
Roger's team was strengthened further in 2015 with the appointment of Johan Malan as Commissioning Manager, who is now an important member of project team for ENVIA Energy's GTL project.
During Johan's 10-year tenure at Sasol he was involved in the design, fabrication, start-up and operation of a range of units and technologies including a modularised regeneration system and culminating with the start-up of the Escravos GTL plant in Nigeria.
In February 2016 Velocys gained a greater equity share of the ENVIA project and a greater influence in the commissioning, start-up and operations of the plant. Since then Velocys has been supporting the EPC contractor, Ventech, in leading and executing the planning for the commissioning, start-up and operation of the plant. For example, the Company has provided, under contract, an operability review, operating procedures and commissioning management.
Under a secondment agreement with ENVIA, Velocys’ team of experienced GTL operations managers, operators and engineers have been on site in Oklahoma City since their deployment began in July 2016. This Velocys operations team, which is serving under the ENVIA Plant Manager, will bring essential support to the ENVIA team through commissioning, start-up and early stage operations, until the permanent operations team is phased in over a planned period.