Freek van Heerden
Consulting Partner, Director
With over 40 years experience, Freek has expertise in project & engineering management, front end engineering, project development and integration. He has worked extensively in gas/coal to liquids and chemicals.
Freek holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering and has more than 40 years’ experience. Freek has been involved in gas- and coal-to-liquids projects since 1998. He was the engineering manager on the Qatar and Nigeria GTL plants during the front-end loading phase. During this time, various other GTL and CTL studies were also undertaken in areas like the North Sea, Australia, Angola, Canada, USA, India, China and South Africa. Starting in 2006 he was the technical director responsible for the clean fuels EURO II implementation in Secunda as well as the later EURO IV Concept studies both for Secunda and the Natref refinery. The upgrading of the Temane / Pande Central processing facility, the ROMPCO pipeline and the expansion of the Secunda CTL plant to accommodate the additional natural gas was also concluded under his technical guidance.
Freek is co-author of a book on programme management.
Freek’s areas of expertise include:
- Multi-discipline engineering management
- Project management frameworks and models
- Project stage-gate processes
- Role of the owner project team
- New Business Development
- Project engineering quality management and project auditing
- Ensuring that strategic business objectives are met
- Integration of complex petrochemical megaprojects
- Project scope development, tracking and management
- Project risk management.
By Freek van Heerden, Corne Thirion and Jurie Steyn. Introduction Natural gas is a fossil fuel consisting primarily of methane (CH4) and is the cleanest of all hydrocarbon fuels. It generates carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas, upon combustion and is therefore not...
By Anton Putter, Freek van Heerden and Herman van Heerden. Introduction The question often arises on the best way to start a natural gas (NG) industry or grow the NG industry in a country. South Africa is a good case in point where the NG industry has stagnated over...
In this article, we discuss the different natural gas storage methods and the safety and environmental considerations in both transport and storage of natural gas. Introduction Transportation of natural gas is intricately linked to its storage infrastructure. If...
The efficient and effective movement of natural gas (NG) from producing regions to consumption regions requires an extensive and elaborate transportation system. In many instances, NG produced from a particular well will have to travel a great distance to reach its...
Much has been written about the Covid-19 virus pandemic, the impact it has had on the world economy and how it will necessitate changes to the way we have traditionally interacted with other parties. At this time, nobody knows precisely what the future holds, but we...
In this article we address the areas where the engineering manager must take the lead for a project to be a business success Introduction The role of the engineering manager in projects was previously described using the ten knowledge areas of the Project Management...