|2014 Conference Speaker: Francois de Toit|
Francois is co-owner of Unique Energy Solutions, operating out of South Africa . His career in the Oil and Synthetic Oil businesses stretches over 34 years . During this period he has been involved with troubleshooting , plant design , plant operation optimization, technology development, optimization and technology evaluations, which included involvement in plant piloting studies . He has been exposed to most of the technologies utilized in Crude Oil refining, Synthetic oil Production and Refining . Hydro processing technologies is one of the key technologies found in both of these industries, and they have allowed him to gain significant experience on catalyst systems to Hydrotreat and Hydrocrack crude oil fractions, coal tar fractions, shale oil fractions and synthetic oil fractions . This work has also included feed treatment investigations and Reactor system analysis to ensure optimal catalyst utilization and lifespan .