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For the design and development of the Oil & Gas Conference, programme, the organising team has created a Committee of Experts which will consist of renowned professionals with decision-making capacity in the field of technological innovation, all of them representing leading companies:

  • Javier Valdés. Independent Professional. Drilling and Production former Manager. HIDROCARBUROS DE EUSKADI (GRUPO EVE).
  • Claudia Suarez. Operations Engineer. HIDROCARBUROS DE EUSKADI (GRUPO EVE)
  • Rafael Gonzalez Martín. Head of the Process Department. PETRONOR.
  • Alex Eizmendi. Business Relationship Director. AMPO.
  • Juan Carlos Latasa. Refining & Petrochemical Division Director. IDOM.
  • Javier Quintela. Industrial Director. LOINTEK.
  • Diego Herrero. Corporate Director Innovation & Technology. TUBACEX GROUP.
  • Juan Andres Diez de Ulzurrun y Moreno. Director General Ingeniería. ENAGAS.

Juan Carlos Latasa is an industrial engineer specialising in Energy Processes from the School of Engineering in Bilbao (University of the Basque Country) and member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). He has more than twenty-three years of experience as a design engineer at processing plants and energy generation plants, and is also a design engineer of critical equipment such as reactors or special heat exchange equipment, and a process engineer.

Mr. Latasa has carried the responsibility as the engineer in charge of design and engineering at the Processing Plants Department of the MECANICA DE LA PEÑA company for turnkey projects for Petróleos Mexicanos – PEMEX (isomerisation, hydro-treatment, sulphur, HDS and crude pretreatment units, etc.), Director of Turnkey Projects for the Finnish multinational company WÄRTSILÄ (co-generating plants for industrial sectors) and Engineering Project Manager and Senior Engineer for Process and Energy Coordination for the IDOM ENGINEERING AND CONSULTANCY company, involved in plant process engineering for the main companies of the sector such as REPSOL, CEPSA, PETROPERU, PEMEX, ECOPETROL, TOTAL, etc.

Javier Valdés, Technical mining engineer by the University of the Basque Country UPV (1982), he began his professional career at ENIEPSA (subsequently REPSOL EXPLORATION) in 1982, working in different operational areas: Logistics and supply in drilling operations (land and offshore) 1982-1985, Supervision of Marine Production 1985-1990, Head of Marine Facility 1990-1993.

In 1993, he joins an engineering team in order to develop the Gaviota field as an underground natural gas storage facility and the production readiness of the Albatros satellite field (Bizkaia). In 1995 he was part of the same team working on the development of the Poseidon marine gas field until 1997. In this project he worked in the areas of design and well completion, installation of underwater production trees, commissioning of facilities, testing and start-up. From 1997 to 2001 he participated in land projects, the first one in the Tifernine crude oil production field in Algeria (12,000 bpd) working on well completion, set-up and commissioning of facilities, and the second one in the “Western Desert” in Egypt, in a project with three gas plants and more than 50 producing wells as Technical Assistance Manager (TAS).

In 2001, he returned to Spain as Head of the Gaviota storage operations, then occupying the position of Chief of the Base from 2003 until 2008.

En 2001 regresa a España como Jefe de Operaciones del Almacenamiento Gaviota, para ocupar en 2003 el puesto de Jefe de Base hasta el año 2008.

En Julio del año 2008 se incorpora a SHESA (Sociedad de Hidrocarburos de Euskadi) como Responsable de Operaciones de los diferentes proyectos que esta empresa desarrolla.

Francisco Javier Quintela is an industrial engineer specialising in mechanics from the Higher Technical School of Industrial and Telecommunications Engineers in Bilbao. Specialist university degree in Automated Design and Production Systems, as well as an MBA, both from the Spanish Distance University (UNED).

He began his professional career 30 years ago as Design and Subcontracting Monitoring Engineer at DISEER Llodio. After this period, he was Design Engineer and then Head of Engineering at SANTAZ-CENSA in Porriño (Pontevedra).

He remained for 10 years at MECÁNICA DE LA PEÑA, S.A. in different positions such as project engineer, welding manager and ending as Chief Engineer of Pressure Vessels.

His work at MECÁNICA DE LA PEÑA is in the design and manufacture of large or complex pressure chambers for the chemical and petrochemical industry, in projects of the most prominent international engineering and large multinational companies.

He was Head of the Engineering Division at EQUIPOS NUCLEARES, S.A. Director of Assignments, equivalent to Director of Engineering Projects. Responsible for developing the design engineering, or more precisely, for the supply and assembly of turnkey projects at IDOM, multinational engineering and supply company of turnkey plants.

He is currently Industrial Director at LOINTEK, an engineering company manufacturing capital goods and supplying turnkey industrial plants for the energy and petrochemical sector. He carries out management duties related to mechanical engineering and manufacturing process engineering and is head of production and quality control. He is directly responsible for 120 staff at a company employing 150 people.

Rafael González Martín, Head of the Processes Department at the Muskiz PETRONOR-REPSOL refinery. Engineer (Industrial Automatics and Electronics) for the University of Mondragón, MSc in Control Engineering (UMIST, UK) and PhD in the Department of Automatics (Faculty of Science – UNED).

27 years of professional experience: 4 in control projects for the Mondragón Cooperative Group, 22 years as an Advanced Control Applications and Optimisation Engineer at the PETRONOR refinery, 7 years as Head of Optimisation and Process Control Department, and currently in the post of Head of Processes for one year.

He delivers several courses and seminars relating to Advanced Control and Optimisation. He is a member of the Executive Committee of ISA Spain as liaison to ISA Spain at CEA-IFAC. Is a member of the IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control) Industry Committee.

Diego Herrero, Industrial Engineer from the School of Industrial Engineering of Bilbao (1993 ) . ESEUNE MBA Business School.

After working several years in engineering and industrial services, he joined Tubacex in 1998 , within the area of ​​Engineering as Project Manager and later as Director of Engineering .

Since 2006 is Corporate Director of Innovation and Technology . During this period Tubacex has undergone profound changes in its product range , introduced in critical applications in the field of exploration and production of oil and gas.

Claudia Suárez is a mining engineer, having graduated from the University of Oviedo School of Mining Engineering in 2014. She began her professional career in Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness, where she took part on energy sector research projects for two years.

In 2016 she joined the Basque Energy Agency as a member of the Hidrocarburos de Euskadi team, working on natural gas drilling and production projects.

As an operations engineer, Claudia combines her gas production data analysis and mine engineering work with fieldwork, including well drilling and servicing operations.