Oil & Natural Gas Special Interest Group
A community for process professionals


Toby Chancellor-Weale BEng MBA CEng FIChemE

Toby started his career in process engineering design with JPS Ferrum, continuing with M W Kellogg, Foster Wheeler, Bechtel and then Granherne. In 2001 he took a year out to gain an MBA from Imperial College Business School. Within the oil and gas industry he has specialised mainly on onshore gas processing and LNG projects in Nigeria, Norway, Russia, Australia, and the Middle East, and has also worked on the design of refinery complexes and offshore facilities around the world; most recently in Kazakhstan. Toby’s current role is as Chief Process Engineer for Natural Gas Processing at KBR. He is married to a divorce lawyer and they have two sons. In addition to SONG, Toby also sits on the board of the IChemE’s Energy Centre.

Events Organiser
Tony Griffiths BEng CEng MIChemE
Tullow Oil, UK

Tony’s career spans 20 years in oil & gas as process / facilities engineer & technical team leader based in London, Aberdeen, Perth (WA), Muscat (Oman), Accra/Takoradi (Ghana) & Houston (Texas).  Experience includes a broad range of study, engineering project and field operations roles for onshore and offshore facilities – and all development phases, including:  Feasibility/exploration support; concept screening & basis of design; FEED; detailed design & fabrication delivery; IHUC; project – to –ops transition; ops surveillance & optimisation; abandonment planning.  Technical specialties include produced water treatment & impact of production chemistry; optimisation of real-life/ floating processes; safe design/operation of flares, vents, drains; analysis of data/problems & presentation of solutions to complex/messy problems.  Currently studying distance-learning MSc Operational Research (due to complete end 2017) which focuses on techniques for problem structuring/ framing; multicriteria decision analysis; uncertainty & risk modelling; business performance & org effectiveness etc.  Based in W.London with Rosie + our 3 kids.

Webcast Officer
Stephanie Wong MEng CEng MIChemE
MOL (Europe Africa) Ltd

Stephanie joined Davy in 2008 after graduating from University College London. She held a dual role of Process Engineer and Process – IT coordinator. She spent four years at Davy, working on a number of China projects covering FEED design. In summer 2013, she joined MOL LNG offshore division as Owner Engineer to support new build Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU) projects in South America and Asia. She is a keen swimmer and enjoy travelling.

Publicity Officer
Alastair Whitehead MEng CEng MIChemE
Genesis, UK

Alastair has 13 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry.  He joined Bechtel’s graduate scheme in 2004 after graduating from the University of Nottingham that summer.  Alastair spent just over 6 years at Bechtel taking on a number of assignments covering pre-FEED, FEED, detailed design and commissioning roles and travelling to foreign climes including Iraq and Abu Dhabi.  Alastair is currently working as a consultant process engineer at Genesis in London having joined them in late 2010.  The majority of his time has been spent on onshore gas processing projects, although he has experience of oil refining, upstream processing and offshore developments as well.  He is married with two children and has no spare time. 

Education Officer

Nick Kendall MEng CEng MIChemE


Nick has 8 years’ experience in the Oil & Gas industry. He graduated with MEng from University of Nottingham in 2009, and gained CEng status in early 2017. Nick joined BP's Upstream Challenge graduate programme, within the Global Wells Organisation. Nick has worked in a number of roles in BP’s Global Wells Organisation including drilling engineering design and planning roles, Major Project planning, deepwater operations roles and he worked offshore for 18 months as a BP Wellsite Leader on a deepwater drillship in Angola. He has worked on projects in the North Sea (UK & Norway), Angola, Egypt and North Africa. Nick is now working as a Business Analyst within BP’s Downstream Mobility Taskforce, looking at the low-carbon and digital future of mobility for BP.

Nick is a keen sportsman, with a particular interest in rugby, cricket, tennis and golf. He also enjoys food, wine and travelling.

DannyInternationalisation Officer
Danny van Schie MEng FIChemE
Vitol, UK

Danny has over 22 years experience in the oil-, gas- and chemical industry, he is a Fellow Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and an European engineer.

His current role with Vitol is that of Engineering Manager in the midstream development. He is responsible for high level conceptual design with a view to engage EPC type contractors to take the concept further into a (pre-) FEED and ultimately EPC. Project focus is on LNG and LPG in specific with a view to link up the company’s Upstream e+p business with the trading arms. Main focus of this role is to develop technical concepts and use commercial and technical knowledge to propose and support these new business developments. Using a gated process principle for the development of the projects with the aim to reduce risk, firm up cost and get buy-in of the stakeholders at each project gate. Stakeholders are internal clients (trading matrix, terminals and the Upstream e+p business) or 3rd party such as JV partners or (local) governments. In this role I am directly reporting to the CEO of the Upstream e+p business and the Head of the LNG and LPG matrices.

Danny has worked on all parts of the design aspects and the entire project development cycle. This includes conceptual design, basic and detailed engineering (pre-FEED), construction support, (pre-) commissioning and production. Projects varied from green field to debottleneck and expansion projects. His core technical expertise focuses on LNG (including FLNG/FSRU), LPG and synthesis gas applications.

Danny is also a part-time instructor with Petroskills, a leader in courses for the oil and gas industry. Courses he teaches are related to operator training for oil and LNG companies.

Other engineering experiences include gas compression, acid gas removal, desulfurization, dehydration, fractionation. HSE evaluations (HAZOP and HAZID), risk assessments (SIL review) and use of client design codes and international standards.

Specialties: LNG regas/liquefaction + small scale, FLNG, FSRU, LPG, Ammonia, Methanol, Gas Processing, Gas treatment.

Shakeel Ramjanee MEng CEng (Eur Ing) MIChemE

Shakeel graduated with first class honors in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London in 2008 and has worked in various roles in the upstream oil and gas industry spanning direct operations support to capital project process and commissioning. He is a Senior Process Engineer for Shell supporting upstream assets and currently based offshore as a field representative on a third party operated floating platform (FPSO) in the offshore UK/Norwegian sector. He is also currently pursuing a PhD back at Imperial College London and particularly enjoys travelling. 

Secretary & IMechE Liaison 
Chris Rasiah MEng CEng MIChemE
Genesis, UK

Chris has 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas, chemicals industry.  Chris began working at Kvaerner oil and gas as a graduate engineer where he gained experience in phases from Engineering through to Construction.  He has experience in upstream oil and gas and LNG design. His engineering design experience covers feasibility studies through to detail design of offshore and onshore plants.  He has worked for a small operator as senior project engineer for a field development in West Africa. Currently a Senior Process Consultant at Genesis.  Chris enjoys expanding his engineering understanding and the opportunity to share technical knowledge.  He enjoys cycling, squash, and swimming in his spare time.

Committee Member
Sarfraz Mohammed B.Sc. C.Eng. MIChemE
WorleyParsons Europe Limited, U.K.

Sarfraz is a graduate of The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus and has worked in Trinidad for over 15 years for operating companies including the state-owned Petrotrin refinery and BP Trinidad & Tobago.

In 2012, Sarfraz migrated to the U.K. with his family and switched to working for Engineering contracting firms. He has held Principal and Lead Process Engineer roles on a variety of Major Projects and Studies and is currently the Process Manager for the WorleyParsons London office.

In his spare time, Sarfraz enjoys exploring and attending events in London as well as visiting places of historical interest and natural beauty across the U.K. He dreams someday to reclaim his childhood hobbies of playing the Alto Saxophone and golf.

Committee Member 
Idris Shah MEng MSc MIChemE
Idris Shah used to cover the Asia Pacific region working for a boutique consultancy in the city, he used to analyse the upstream competitive environment, incorporating his background in oil and gas field exploration. Idris Shah’s prior experience includes working for a major oil field service provider, and analyst in the pipeline sector. He is currently working as a consultant in the pipeline sector, in the realm of NDT technology.
Idris received a Masters (MEng) in Chemical Engineering from University College London, and a second Masters (MSc) in Petroleum Systems from University of Surrey.

SONG in Malaysia
Robert Bruce, PE, GE, AFIChemE
MMI Engineering, Malaysia

Robert has nearly 30 years’ experience in planning, developing, feasibility studies, designing investigation and technical studies, and preparing and implementing work plans for a variety of upstream and downstream petrochemical projects.  These include major projects in the United States, Thailand, Indonesia (Java, Sumatra, and Irian Jaya), Malaysia, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Columbia, Peru, Bangladesh, China, and Kazakhstan.  Robert is currently working as a Director of Southeast Asia Operations with MMI Engineering based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Past Chairmen:

BrianBrian Songhurst BSc FIChemE ACGI

Brian organised SONG’s monthly lectures and one day seminars for over 25 years. He started his career as a commissioning engineer for BP at their Rotterdam refinery and moved on to process engineering for Davy and McDermott and front end and subsea engineering for AMEC. Brian was project manager for the pilot subsea separator on the Argyll field in the North Sea. He was sales manager for Granherne/KBR and Engineering Manager of the LNG Import Terminal Group with M W Kellogg. Brian was director of LNG with ThyssenKrupp Uhde Energy & Power Consultants in London. In 2013 Brian was awarded the IChemE’s Arnold Greene Medal for his long term contribution to the IChemE.

Brian's wife is a retired school teacher now enjoying their six grandchildren. They have three sons all in their early 40s - a software architect, a doctor and a dentist. He spends his spare time learning to play the guitar and improving his 150 year old house in St Albans.

George Hall MA MEng CEng FIChemE

CB&I UK Ltd, UK George has over 35 years’ design experience, starting out as a graduate trainee process engineer at Humphreys and Glasgow, working on refinery projects and rising to process department manager. His first offshore project was the detail design of North Cormorant, followed by Clyde, Tern and then Miller. His experience covers the North Sea, the Middle East and the Caspian. He now works as a manager of field concept studies, but keeps in touch with the real world by doing the occasional bit of detail design, quality assurance and auditing on projects such as Buzzard. Without ever actually changing jobs himself, he has seen his employer change from Humphreys and Glasgow into Kvaerner, then into CB&I John Brown and now into CB&I. His main project outside work is ticking off ascents of the Scottish hills (100% of the Munros, 100% of the Corbetts and 12% of the Grahams, so far).

Dr Trevor Scrase CEng FIChemE

Trevor Scrase passed away in September 2014. He was a graduate of the University of Birmingham and worked in the oil and gas contracting business for 40 years. Trevor was chief engineer in the Oil & Gas Division at Foster Wheeler, Reading. Previously he was an engineering and study manager with John Brown (now CB&I), working in many countries including two years carrying out oilfield development studies and planning in the Western Siberian oilfields. Prior to this he was manager of the Concept Development Group and chief process engineer in the John Brown Paddington office. Trevor was married to Margaret, a podiatrist, and they have four adult children.

John Endacott BSc CEng FIChemE

John was treasurer and committee member of SONG for longer than he cares to remember and accepted the post of chairman for one year in order to ease himself into retirement. He started his career working at Milford Haven Refinery and then emigrated to South Africa working on a high pressure polyethylene plant. On returning to London three years later he joined MHE followed by FW working on the design of petroleum treatment facilities. When the North Sea offshore platforms were being constructed he rejoined MHE working on the original Brent C and Statfjord A platforms and has since spent most of his career working for contractors and oil companies on offshore designs. He was involved in the design, construction, installation, commissioning and operational support for the Nelson platform. Until retirement he was working for Petrofac UK Ltd in Woking as a process studies manager for both offshore and onshore oil and gas facilities, many of which are located in remote and hostile locations.

Paul Dolan CEng FIChemE

Paul is a senior partner of Bytealloy, an oil and gas plant design consultancy; which provides design support services for refinery, offshore platform design and field development. He covers both technical and managment roles within project design teams. Paul's career before and after the MBA at EAP, Paris, has been in engineering based oil/gas production related companies including BP, Exxon, Shell, Statoil, Brown & Root, Amec and Kvaerner.

Brian Oswald CEng FIChemE

Brian graduated from UMIST in 1970, as a BP-sponsored student. At BP the first half of his career included refinery process development, biotechnology, and venture company start-up. The latter brought him into technical management in the upstream oil and gas production area, moving from gas flare systems into oil and gas separation technology and operation, and then into a senior process engineering position on site. His main current focus combines management of a step-out technology programme and leading a Fluids Separations consultancy group.

Professor Stephen Richardson FREng CEng CSci FIChemE

Stephen is Professor of Chemical Engineering, Deputy Rector and Principal of the Faculty of Engineering at Imperial College London. His research interests include all aspects of oil and gas production, particularly blowdown, venting and flaring. He is co-editor of the journal Process Safety and Environmental Protection (IChemE Transactions Part B), and has acted as a consultant to many organisations and as an expert witness on the Piper Alpha and Ocean Odyssey Inquiries.

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