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Jeff is currently a Distinguished Engineering Associate with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company in Spring, Texas. He has been employed with ExxonMobil for over 36 years and is currently the Global Technology Lead for ExxonMobil’s heavy-duty gas turbine fleet, including 18 GE Frame 6B engines.
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He graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1982. During his college career he also worked as a coop student for Mobil Oil where he helped build some of the first ”express lubes” in the country, and too at Exxon Chemical Co. where he got his first exposure to rotating equipment.
Jeff continued working with Exxon after graduation first in Linden, NJ, and then in Baytown, TX, where he has specialized in engineering, operation and maintenance of pumps, large turbo-compressor trains, and gas turbines.
Sam has been employed by Colorado Energy Management now (Heorot Power Management) for over 26 years and is currently the Operations Manager, responsible for all operations and mechanical plant maintenance for several sites, generating 580MW, with a variety of gas turbines, including Westinghouse, GE and Siemens.
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His career with Colorado Energy Management has encompassed a variety of rolls including that of a millwright during the construction of simple and combined cycle units, and too, as a field operator and a control room operator.
Sam’s combustion turbine expertise also includes Frame 5′ s and Pratt & Whitney FT8 Twin Packs.
Sam’s GE Frame 6 CT is one of the few peaking units approaching 4000 starts and 70,000 operating hours, where overhauls have been performed in-house.
James, better known as “JC”, has worked in the combustion turbine power generation industry for over 27 years. Beginning in 1989, JC served as a Production/Operations Engineer for Formosa Plastics Corporation (Baton Rouge, LA) for 19 years.
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In that role he oversaw the operation of three GE Frame 6B gas turbines each equipped with supplemental fired HRSGs, two back-pressure extraction steam turbine generators, package boilers, the plant compressed air system, and a 220 ton per day air separation plant.
In late 2008 JC moved to BASF (Geismar, LA) to work as a Utilities Department Technologist (alongside Mr. John F. D. Peterson). At BASF, he monitors the performance of two GE Frame 6B gas turbines (both steam injected and one capable of burning dual-fuel), four power boilers, the site compressed air system, a steam turbine generator, and the BOP equipment for the Utilities Department.
JC earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University in 1989.
John has been employed by Applied Energy LLC – owned and operated by Atlantic Power Corporation – for over 32 years. He has spent the entire time associated with the three San Diego Facilities, and has been the Maintenance Manager for the past 22 years.
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These cogen facilities consist of a Frame 6 plant, an LM2500 plant, and an LM6000 (upgraded from an LM5000 in 2009), all of which were built and brought on line in 1989. John is responsible for all areas of maintenance at the facilities.
Our Frame 6 plant has been a base loaded plant for the majority of its life, and is approaching 180K operating hours.
John has attended the Frame 6 User’s Conference for the better part of 20 years.
Brian has over 30 years experience in industrial facilities and power plants to call upon. Originally working in the trades, he accumulated over 20 years experience in industrial electrical and instrumentation work prior to serving as Maintenance Manager at the Foster Wheeler Martinez combined-cycle cogeneration facility.
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Brian has over 20 years experience with the plant’s two Frame 6 units.
As Maintenance Manager for the facility he has managed all aspects of turbine and balance of plant maintenance, as well as ensuring safety and environmental compliance for the Foster Wheeler Martinez facility
Brian, has been a member of the Frame 6 Users Group since its inception and a Committee member since 2004.
He holds a BS in Business Administration from John F. Kennedy University and lives with his wife of 30 years in Martinez, CA.
Mike Wenschlag started his career at Chevron in 1989 where he worked in operations at the newly built Cogen plant located in the El Segundo refinery.
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In 1995 he started working as a project coordinator on a refinery wide control system upgrade and a third Frame 6B unit added to the refinery. From 1997 to 2001 Mike was the operations lead outage coordinator for the El Segundo Cogen. From 2002 to 2008 Mike was the operations trainer at the El Segundo refinery.
After working a short time as a refinery supervisor, Mike went on to become the El Segundo Cogen Specialist until his addition to the Chevron Power and Energy Management team in June of 2013.
Currently Mike is the embedded support for the El Segundo Cogen plant that consist of 4 Frame 6B units equipped with a dual pressure supplemental fired HRSG’s along with the support equipment for the plant.
Zahi is the Utility Plant engineer at Huntsman Petro. Chemical where two GE Frame 6Bs(DLN) gas turbines provide plant power.
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He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University (class of 1980) where he subsequently joined Texaco Chemical. Co. which later became Huntsman in 1994.
Zahi’s professional experience includes engineering, operations, and maintenance of power boilers, gas turbines and heat recovery steam generators.