Alain De Plaen, Vice President

Alain De Plaen provides clients with outstanding expertise in extracting the most value from a refining asset. Alain’s experience includes retrospective and projected margin analysis; asset optimization studies; development, audit and upgrade of PIMS-based models; critical investment reviews; processing optimization studies; and training courses in refinery economics. Alain also has excellent expertise in biofuels implementation, both from a producer’s and from a legislator’s perspective.
Alain holds a Masters of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Ecole polytechnique de Louvain and industry experience working in positions with ExxonMobil, Fina, and DSM.

Work History
Downstream Advisor - Vice President 2015 - Present
Nexidea - Consultant 2012 - 2014
SynergOil - President and Owner 2007 - 2012
ExxonMobil Corporation (UK and BE) - Europe Product Optimizer 2002 - 2007
ExxonMobil Corporation (BE and NL) - Facilities Planner 1999 - 2002
ExxonMobil Corporation (BE) - Operational Planning Antwerp Refinery 1998 - 1999
ExxonMobil Corporation (BE) - Process Engineer 1996 - 1998
Fina Antwerp Olefins (BE) - Process Engineer Steam Crackers 1995 - 1996
DSM Research (NL) - Researcher 1993 - 1994

Chemical Engineer (Masters Degree), Ecole polytechnique de Louvain (UCL, Belgium) - 1994

Professional Organizations

Royal Federation of Belgian Engineers (FABI)

Alumni UCL


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