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Mel Sinquefield Joins Baker & O'Brien

August 5, 2016

Baker & O’Brien is pleased to announce that Mel Sinquefield has joined the firm as a Senior Consultant in our Houston office.

Mr. Sinquefield holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University and offers over 30 years of experience in upstream oil and gas exploration and production, downstream refining, and petrochemicals.  Mel comes to Baker & O’Brien from BP where he held a number of assignments in process engineering, health, safety, and environmental (HSE), and process safety management (PSM).  His engineering, supervisory, coaching, and managerial positions led him to assignments in Alaska, Colombia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Vietnam, Texas, Jordan, and Iraq.  Most recently he was the Health and Safety Director and Risk Manager for BP Iraq where he was recognized as a BP Helios Award winner for his contributions.  Prior to BP, Mel began his career with Exxon as an Operations Support Process Engineer at the Baton Rouge Refinery.

In addition to process operations, HSE, and PSM, Mel’s experience crosscuts major facility construction and commissioning, drilling and well operations, onshore and offshore seismic operations, and marine and diving operations.  Mel is a master root cause specialist and has led a range of investigations across the breadth of the industry, many of which involved casualties, major asset damage, environmental damage, and business interruption.  Mel served as the Safety Officer on the Incident Management Team Command Staff for Source Control in response to the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig oil spill incident.  Subsequently, he had on-the-ground crisis management responsibility for a number of post-conflict threats and attacks at oil and gas facilities in Iraq.

Mel is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Texas and Alaska, and holds a Six Sigma Black Belt.  He is a Senior Member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, as well as a Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers.