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Process Engineering and PHA

Ulises Franco

Chemical Engineer. (Universidad Nacional - Bogota, Colombia)

Ulises has more than 30 years of professional experience as process engineer, managing operations to produce hydrocarbons and chemical products for the Oil and gas industry in leading positions in the areas of engineering, projects and operations.


Has built his process safety experience working onshore and offshore for upstream, downstream, gas processing and LNG processing facilities. Has deep knowledge of codes and engineering standards related to process safety disciplines.


Skilled in the use of methodologies and tools to identify, evaluate, prevent and continuously reduce risks. High capacity of analysis, assertive criteria for decision making and ability transferring knowledge for professional development of others.

Management Systems - Power generation and distribution

Raul Avendaño

Electrical Engineer. (Universidad Nacional de Colombia - Bogota, Colombia)

31 years of experience in the oil & gas industry at leadership positions in the areas of Operations, Engineering and Projects. Raúl is skilled developing, implementing and integrating management systems with the fundamental elements of process safety applied to the business. Has integrated standards as ISO, SEMS and OGP to Management Systems including elements like leadership, organizational capability, risk management, design, operation, optimization, process safety, performance indicators and management of change.


He is recognized by his ability to analyze and synthetize huge amounts of information translating into strategies and measurable action plans.



Auditing and Performance

Hernando Gaviria


Petroleum Engineer. (Universidad de America - Bogota, Colombia)

Hernando counts an experience of more than 27 years in the oil & gas industry working in Colombia and the United States. During his career he has worked for the areas of drilling, commissioning, HSE and operations obtaining an integral knowledge of the oil & gas sector.


In the administrative areas has been contract manager and member of auditing committees.

Integrity Management / Risk Analysis

Jose Luis Baez

Metallurgic Engineer. (Universidad Tecnologica de Tunja - Boyaca, Colombia)

Almost 20 years working in the areas of integrity and risk management associated to the oil & gas industry. Deep knowledge of standards and codes related to fabrication, maintenance and inspection of pressure vessels, piping systems an pipelines.


Has been largely involved in projects and operations developing in the last years special ability to model consequence scenarios related to process safety risks in industrial plants, pipelines and drilling wells.

Has developed practices for the management of technical risks and has presented papers in local and international process safety congresses.


Wells drilling and Completion

Carlos Barros


Petroleum Engineer.  (Universidad de America - Bogota, Colombia)
Carlos has joined the CSP as Senior Drilling Advisor with more than 20 years of experience in oil fields. His expertise areas are drilling fluids, waste management and drilling solid rock and complex tectonic formations.

Initiating as field engineer he developed his career occupying leading positions in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Argentina ending as technical manager in Hassi Messaoud Argelia. In Colombia performed as Well Site Leader participating in different projects for the Cusiana y Cupiagua fields. His most challenging assignment was as WSL of the TTRD project from BP in charge of the first AC rig arrived to Colombia performing 16,000ft lateral drillings. 

Wells Integrity

Claudio Castañeda

Metallurgic Engineer. (Universidad Tecnologica de Tunja - Boyaca, Colombia)

Claudio has 30 years of experience working for international companies involved in facilities, pipelines, wells drilling and completions and projects execution.


Has been in charge of leading positions looking after quality assurance, operational discipline and process safety management in challenging and complex environments.


Is a leader focused in various incident prevention and resource optimization. Has been author and presenter of technical papers in global symphosiums.


Earthing and Grounding Systems

Ernesto Briceño

Electrical Engineer. (Louisiana State Universisity - Baton Rouge, Lousiana, USA)

Ernesto counts 35 years of experience in the oil & gas industry performing in the areas of engineering, construction, operations and maintenance related to power generation plants, high and low voltage systems and solar power installations.


Has deep knowledge of industrial codes and standards related to the electric discipline and manage with expertise in lightning protections and earthing and grounding systems. His wide experience has provided him with the ability to identify failures in systems and equipment to determine root cause.


Is highly familiarized with methodologies and tools used for the identification and evaluation of Process Safety risks.

Safe Work Practices and Occupational Safety

Fernando Medina

Ingeniero de Industrial. (Universidad de Bosque, Bogotá, Colombia)

Specialist in industrial health, with speciaization in Top Management from Universidad Externado de Colombia. More than 30 years of experience in the areas of Occupational Health, Industrial Safety and Environmental Management for the petrochemical industry.


Experienced in the implementation and optimization of loss control systems, HSE, risks and controls with focus in quality systems, OHSAS 18001, ISO 14001, SG-SST. Instructor in control operational risks (Job Safety Analysis, Risk Assessments).


Also knowledgeable in permit to work systems, safety based on behaviors, defensive driving, work in heights, confined spaces, emergency planes, environmental management plans. Holds license in Occupational safety and Nebosh certification.


Environmental Management Systems

Marco Vinicio Cardenas


Ingeniero Químico. (Universidad Nacional - Bogotá, Colombia)

More than 30 years of experience in the environmental discipline and the development of environmental impact studies. Marco have great knowledge of the environmental regulations, projects environmental management, environmental compliance assurance, environmental management systems, environmental management plans and contingency plans.


Has performed in leadership positions in charge of license management and environmental permits for corporations. Currently performs as consultant in aspects related to environmental viability and surveillance for compliance with legal environmental requirements.

Marco was reconognized during his time in BP exploration as regional Authority in environmentl issues.


Corrosion Management Systems

Instrumentation and Metering Systems

Mario Granada

Instrumentation and Control Engineer. (Universidad Nacional - Bogota, Colombia)

Mario has more than 25 years working for the areas of engineering, projects and operations in the hydrocarbon industry. His large experience in the design of control architectures and in the installation, testing and start up of Distributed Control Systems (DCS) for processing plants, pumping/compression stations and pipelines have provided him with an integral knowledge of his discipline.

Counts with a wide knowledge of Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) and is considered an expert in metering systems and equipment for the custody transfer of hydrocarbons.


Process Safety Management / Performance Indicators

Clara Inés Arbelaez

Chemical engineer. (Universidad Nacional - Medellín, Colombia)

Clara Inés counts more than 20 years of experience in the oil & gas industry developing engineering processes for projects related to industrial plants and performing operational analysis to processing and production facilities.

Holds more than 10 years in leadership positions associated to development of chemical processes, diagnosis and implementation of process safety management systems, selection and measurement of performance indicators and benchmark studies referencing oil & gas companies at global level.


Skilled leading incident investigations she has been instructor for different Process Safety subjects. Clara is also a specialist in occupational safety from the University of Antioquia, which allows her to associate process safety disciplines with the cultural aspects of work in the organizations.


Carmen Candedo

Chemical Processes Engineer. (Universidad de La Habana, Cuba)

More than 20 years of experience in the identification of risks and the implementation of corrosion management strategies for projects, operations and base management for the oil and gas industry. occuppying leadership positions in functional and operational groups.


Skilled understanding and communicating options to manage risks associated to corrosion from early stages of a project allowing to establish engineering criteria for inherently safer design.


Proactive, responsible, fosters a systematic management of the risks by applying lessons learnt and continuous improvement of management process and practices associated to her discipline adding value to the business.


We are building our network of subject matter experts.
Are you a recognized expert in any of the following Process Safety engineering disciplines?

The Process Safety Council is looking for experts of the Latinamerican region in different disciplines of Process Safety to provide support to companies that process or manipulate hazardous substances. Are you considered expert in any of the following?

- Process Safety Mangement Systems

- PS Culture Development

- Stakeholder Outreach

- Engineering and safety codes and standards

- Incident Investigation

- Projects Management and Execution

- Projects Commissioning and start up

- Safe Work Practices

- Emergency Management

- PS Audits

- Performance Indicators and Measurement

- Contractor Management

- Social Responsibility

You can be member and assessor of the Council postulating your name for the evaluation of the Technical Committee of the CSP-LA.  Please let us know at:


- Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS)

- Digital Security

- PS Management of Change Systems

- Quantitative Risk Analysis

- Asset Integrity

- Operational Procedures

- Process Knowledge Management

- Relief and depressurization Systems

- Relief and Safety Valves

- Corrosion

- Explosion studies

- Well Integrity

- Process Safety in offshore operations

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