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  • Vikas Kumar
  • Director, Large Capital Projects
  • Flint Hills Resources, Pine Bend Refinery, Rosemount, United States

Vikas Kumar is the Project Director leading the Coker Replacement Project for Pine Bend Refinery, Flint Hills Resources, LLC. Vikas leads a project team to manage the full life cycle of the Pine Bend Coker Replacement Project from origination through execution and start up. He joined Flint Hills Resources in 2015 at the Pine Bend Refinery and is focused on this project. Vikas started his career with oil refineries in India and then with a Canadian Oil Sands operator before joining Flint Hills. Over the years he has held various positions in operations and projects, most recently, Vikas was the Project Manager for another delayed Coker project in Canada. Vikas has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Panjab University, Chandigarh and a Master’s in Chemical Engineering, University of Alberta in Edmonton. Flint Hills Resources is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., which is one of the largest private companies in America according to Forbes. Koch companies have a presence in more than 60 countries and employ more than 100,000 people, with about 60,000 in the United States. Project Management, Operations Management with 25 years in design, procurement, construction, commissioning, and operations of petroleum refineries. Background includes: Nine years with Indian Oil Corporation ltd. With-it strong experience in process monitoring, economics, planning & coordination, 2 grassroots and 1 brownfield refinery projects, commissioning/startup, facility operational excellence and reliability. Over 12 years with the Horizon Oil Sands Project owned by Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. Initially Primary Upgrading followed by Secondary Upgrading complete project lifecycle with international and national EPCs, Operations Manager for Primary Upgrading (delayed Cokers, Sulphur trains), Project Manager for Debottlenecking DBM, Coker Fire Rebuild and Coker Expansion projects. Director, Large Cap Projects (May 15-current) Flint Hills Resources, Pine Bend Refinery, and Rosemount, Minnesota, USA focused on industry leading new 2 drum delayed Coker and other auxiliaries. Global EPC and regulatory experience with wide knowledge of most major EPC companies, solid experience with vendors form North America, Europe and Asia, wide contracting experience with various schemes. Global experience with refinery operations, leading safety and environment standards. Critical economic thinking and modelling for downstream. Proficiency in managing FELs, engineering design, familiarity with ASME, API codes, GPSA and other standards, thorough knowledge of downstream projects and operations, familiar with economics and planning models, industry future trends.