Charlie Hirst has over 25 years of experience in international project management, refinery/plant engineering, construction management, cost control, and contract administration. Charlie began his career with Caltex Petroleum Corporation and subsequently worked with the Chevron Corporation when Caltex became part of Chevron. While with Caltex and Chevron, Charlie provided technical and project management support to worldwide affiliates.
After completing an assignment as a cost control and project engineer during the construction of a grassroots refinery in Thailand, he served as the Engineering, Construction, and Commissioning Manager on a grassroots lube oil blending plant project in China. Following the successful start-up of that plant, he was assigned as Facility/Project Engineer at the 260,000 barrels per day, Bahrain Petroleum Refinery, where he worked in all areas of plant engineering.
He has conducted refinery incident investigations, participated in HAZOP studies, and conducted troubleshooting activities to resolve equipment performance problems – all areas in which his experience in dealing with the design and maintenance of rotating equipment, columns, piping, tankage, and pressure vessels are a significant asset. Since becoming a consultant in 2007, he has advised clients on a wide range of issues, including project disputes, insurance claims, project monitoring, and industry accidents. Charlie, who is fluent in Spanish, has provided testimony in both international arbitrations and in civil court.