Outstanding Achievement Award
Submit your vote for the industry’s Outstanding Achievement Award
Please select a person from our list of finalists below that you think deserves to win the industry ‘Outstanding Achievement Award.’ Multiple votes will be discounted.
The person with the most votes will be announced during the gala dinner and awards ceremony on the 20th March 2018 in Rotterdam – a few tickets are still available – click here for further information and to buy tickets.
Voting closes on 9th February 2018. For any queries please contact Margaret@tankstoragemag.com
Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Limited
HPS Ahuja, as CEO of Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Limited (ISPRL), has been leading from the front for creating India’s largest underground cavern storage facilities and setting national records in underground excavation.
He is a seasoned mechanical engineer from Bombay University, starting his career with Oil and Natural Gas Corporation and has over three decades of vast experience in the various aspects of the oil industry.
He has extensive expertise in well testing, stimulation and well completion of deep offshore exploratory wells drilled in the Bombay high oil and gas fields. Mr Ahuja has been associated with ISPRL since 2008. He has been involved in implementation of the phase one strategic storage programme of the Government of India at three locations namely Vishakhapatnam, Mangalore and Padur entailing storage of crude oil in underground unlined rock caverns.
Creating these marvels of engineering as strategic storages for the nation is quite a niche field in the oil industry. ISPRL was entrusted the job of building 5.33 mmt of crude oil storage by the Government of India. This is the first time that project of such a magnitude was undertaken in the country.
He was responsible for the building 5.33 mmt of the strategic crude oil reserves in underground rock caverns.
Under Mr Ahuja’s dynamic leadership, the ISPRL Padur site has achieved over 12 million safe man-hours without a lost time incident. Recognising Mr Ahuja’s outstanding work in creating these engineering marvels for the country, he has been empanelled by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas as a member of the hydrocarbon committee in the Confederation of Indian Industries.
Prakash has done monumental work in the field of storage tank design and construction.
Over the last 45 years that he has been in the sector, he has been associated with the construction of over 1200 storage tanks, primarily, for petroleum products, including low temperature tanks for LPG application.
He has worked on many innovations that have reduced construction costs, as well as enhancing construction safety.
• A hydraulic jacking method for construction of storage tanks.
• Development of hydraulic chain jacks.
• Weld back ropes.
He has also developed unique ways to:
• Increase the capacity of storage terminals by enhancing the height of existing storage tanks
• Restore and recondition the bottom shell course and bottom plate of tanks
• Enhance the storage capacity of floating deck tanks with extensive heating coils at the bottom
• Lift & restore the fallen and drowned floating deck of a floating deck tank.
Tristar Terminals Guam
Mr KK Vikraman (Vikraman) has been the driving force for the success of Tristar terminals Guam Inc. (TTGI) since the time it was acquired from Shell Guam Inc in November 2009.
TTGI has grown tremendously to be a major and preferred fuel storage and terminaling partner for various commercial, defense and government agencies in the island of Guam , an island territory of the United States of America in the western Pacific Ocean. Vikraman, a mechanical engineer by qualification, brings a rich experience of 33+ years in various facets of tank terminal management.
When Vikraman assumed the position of the General Manager of TTGI in 2010, the facility was in an unkempt and unsystematic state and the tank capacity utilization was below 25%. The terminal was not being utilized to its optimum commercial offering of 4 million US barrels. Vikraman developed a 5 year facility plan to increase storage utilization by initiating storage tank, pipeline and facility structure refurbishments.
The first task Vikraman undertook was commissioning the refurbishment of 3 tanks with a combined capacity of 1.2 million barrels in preparation of a long-term storage contract with one of TTGI’s largest client, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The fuel stored by DLA is of strategic national importance to the Government of United States of America and Vikraman was given a target to complete the refurbishment within six months.
Though the project was faced with multiple challenges ranging from lack of resources on Guam, to logistical issues arising from Guam’s remote location in the Pacific Ocean, Vikraman was able to complete the refurbishment within five months.
The combined value of all projects completed under Vikraman’s leadership is approximately $35 million.
Vikraman has made the operation of the facility efficient for both Tristar and its customers. For example, where the previous facility owner Shell Guam Inc. conducted operations with an excess of 40 employees, Vikraman led a small group of 30 employees to achieve the same level of operation. Apart from driving success for TTGI, Vikraman has also introduced and suggested innovative fuel blending methods to the local power agency, thereby bringing down their fuel costs and benefitting the utility consumers and payers.
Vikraman has led and initiated the company to partner with Government and non-profit agencies on Guam to promote and support various social welfare and environment programs like adopt a school, road adoption, bus shelter adoption, feeding the homeless, protection of wildlife, cancer awareness drives etc.
Vikraman has made a tremendous difference in the functioning, efficiency, safety and overall performance of TTGI. The capacity utilization rate of TTGI today being in excess of 80% is a testimony of Vikraman’s efforts and commitment to bring growth and value to all stakeholders.
Thomas Overbeck is owner and general manager of Timm Elektronik, a German developer and manufacturer for explosion-proof measurement and control equipment. In 2010, Thomas acquired Timm as part of an age succession plan and became owner of the 8-man company.
Ever since his studies, the graduated mechanical engineer gained broad experiences in the field of industrial goods industry and mechanical engineering in all facets of the development, production, sales and corporate management divisions. Over 25 years of professional activities in medium-sized companies from 10 to 25,000 employees, including more than 10 years in a leading position, have pushed Thomas’ interests and thrive to develop companies and reveal their potential.
With his experiences and passion for developing promising businesses as well as people, he managed to develop Timm over the last few years from a mostly European company to a mid-sized global acting company and active member of the tank storage community. Since Thomas took over, the product range has been completely replaced to become state of the art in the industry, the number of employees has tripled and sales have grown by 70%.
Sustainable growth and the satisfaction of his employees is very important to Thomas. The highest priority for Thomas is that each employee has all he/she needs to do his/her job the best way possible. Values like continuity, taking on responsibility and trust are building the foundations for his actions. The most important entrepreneurial motivation is to have an independent company that is well prepared and safely positioned for the future. Thomas delegates responsibilities and is dedicated to the development on young and willing future leaders. He invests a lot of time to share his know-how with his employees and future business professionals.
Thomas commits himself to the worldwide use of safety technology at the highest standards. Thomas travels a lot and talks to the people in charge. Although this can be a time-consuming process, in the end his arguments in terms of safety and prevention prevail.
The improvement of Germany and Russian relations takes a very important part in Thomas’ personality. He is founding member and President of the ‘Germany Russian Economic Federation.’ This not-for-profit association is an independent, non-partisan representation of the interests of medium-sized companies, family entrepreneurs and business people from all sectors and professions from Germany and Russia who are interested in promoting and maintaining economic relations between the two countries.
Rutger van Thiel is CEO of Alkion terminals. Alkion is a JV between Coloured Finches and InfraVia. Alkion bought LBC’s French and Iberian terminals and Rutger has played a vital role in significantly increasing the company’s footprint in Europe.
Prior to joining Alkion in 2016, Rutger worked with Oiltanking since 2000, including being the company’s CEO for over 3 years.
LBC Tank Terminals
Walter has been at the forefront of a remarkable change in LBC’s portfolio by divesting its French and Iberian heritage and focusing on the US Gulf Coast and ARA regions.
Since Walter joined LBC in 2015 his leadership has brought a major transition in the terminal portfolio, the terminal hardware and mindware (culture) at LBC.
Prior to joining LBC, Walter worked at Stolt-Nielsen over over 25 years.