Release date: 4 November 2016
Process engineer, Alex Kelly, was selected as a finalist for his ability to innovate, his technical excellence, a passion for safe operations and his commitment to reducing environmental impact. Alex has also been recognised for his work to inspire and mentor the next generation of engineers.
As the technology lead for one of BP's petrochemical plants he helped achieve a record production rate, implemented a 'first of its kind' upgrade and achieved a record 10 year low in feedstock and utility usages. On a separate project, Alex led a multi-disciplinary team on an emissions reduction project. Utilising the latest technology, Alex identified and successfully implemented an opportunity to reduce NOx emissions by 20% with zero capital expenditure. Outside of his core role, Alex is a member of the BP Schools Link team and has organised and run a number of events and engineering days in schools and colleges.
Alex joined BP as a graduate in 2011, and has spent time in operations, research and the Acetyls optimisation team, before his current role in the Acetyls project team in Hull, where he’s responsible for leading the plant process modelling for SaaBre, the next generation of acetic acid technology.
The IChemE Awards were created to celebrate excellence, innovation and achievement in the chemical, biochemical and process industries and have been running since 1994. There are around 30 Awards available to enter, including two new Global Award categories: Team of the year and Biotechnology.
The IChemE Awards ceremony takes place in November in Manchester. Seventeen awards will be presented including the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemical and Process Engineering. This year’s award ceremony comprises of seven finalists from various parts of the world including the UK, Ireland, India, Malaysia and Singapore.
A panel of senior IChemE judges has already completed 50% of the marking, but the final 50% will come from an online vote by IChemE members. Eligible members were sent voting information on 24 or 25 October and voting was open for a limited time.
A selection of videos from the IChemE Global Awards 2016 Finalists are available on YouTube.
The ceremony was held last night (3 Nov 2016) at the Palace hotel in Manchester and was hosted by Adrian Chiles. There was a record number of nominations and an extremely high calibre of finalists this year. However we are really pleased to announce that Alex has won the prestigious Young Chemical Engineer of the Year. Congratulations Alex!
Alex was also recently presented with a ‘Rising Stars’ award. The award recognized Kelly’s work for being the technology lead for one of BP’s petrochemicals plants. He led the process engineering for a major expansion project, developing a process design that included several innovative solutions.