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Erik Hupje

Maintenance, Reliability and Asset Management Leader

Erik Hupje
Brisbane City (4000) Australia (Queensland)
Professional Status
About Me
Genuine Maintenance & Reliability leader with credibility up and down the line. 20+ years’ experience in the Upstream Oil & Gas sector worldwide. Can effectively challenge the status quo and deliver change. Experience in managing teams up to 40 FTE and execution crews up to 300 FTE. Positive approach with excellent delivery ethic. Strong in simplifying complex situations, driving delivery, and improving performance.

Areas of expertise:
- Maintenance execution, planning & scheduling, maintenance strategy development and implementation (RCM, RBI, PMO), maintenance contract management, SAP-PM

- Asset Integrity & Process Safety Management

- Operations Readiness & Assurance and Asset Management

Operations Readiness Lead

Arrow Energy
Since June 2017
  • Shell secondee into Arrow Energy leading the Operations Readiness effort for the multi-billion Surat Gas Project consisting of 2500+ CSG wells and 16 compression trains.
  • Responsible for development of the operations & maintenance philosophy, operations & maintenance organisational design, operating expenditure estimate and frame a corporate transition towards remote operation from a centralised control room.

Engineering & Maintenance Process Manager

Arrow Energy
May 2013 to June 2017
  • Shell Secondee into Arrow Energy responsible for the development and implementation of maintenance & integrity business processes in Arrow Energy, including inspection management.
  • Maintenance Lead for multi-billion Bowen Gas Project during FEED.
  • Company focal point for Asset Integrity – Process Safety (2017 onwards).

Senior Maintenance & Integrity Engineer

Petroleum Development Oman (PDO)
March 2009 to May 2013
  • Shell Secondee into PDO which is Non Operated Venture operating 130 producing fields, 6,000 producing wells across 100,000 km2 and a global leader in EOR.
  • Lead team of 25+ EPC, subcontractor and company staff developing Maintenance Management Systems incl. SAP Maintenance Build for Qarn Alam Steam Project, a $1.5bln Greenfield Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) project.
  • Implementation of risk-based maintenance (RCM, RBI, IPF) resulting in significant cost savings, reduced deferment whilst improving integrity (e.g. first implementation in PDO of RBI for relief valves)
  • Developed and implemented internal verification process to demonstrate Safety Critical Elements (SCEs) meet their Performance Standards prior to start-up. Setup of SCEs in SAP for integrity assurance.

Regional Technical Integrity Assurance Manager

Shell EP Asia Pacific
February 2008 to March 2009
  • Shell EP Asia Pacific is the regional upstream directorate consisting of Shell operated companies in Malaysia, Brunei, Philippines and New Zealand.
  • Ensure that new global technical integrity management processes and standards are embedded within the company’s regional operations by coaching and supporting asset teams and facilitating cross asset learning.
  • Member of the Global Asset Integrity Implementation Team responsible for the development of the Technical Integrity Framework (TIF) precursor to the Asset Integrity – Process Safety (AI-PSM) standard.

Head Maintenance Execution

Shell Philippines Exploration (SPEX)
December 2005 to February 2008
  • SPEX operates the Malampaya deep water gas-to-power project consisting of an offshore platform, onshore gas plant connected by a 500km subsea pipeline. Malampaya gas powers 40% of Luzon province (incl. Manila).
  • Responsible for the execution of all maintenance activities on the Malampaya assets, optimising facility reliability and production capacity. Managed a team of 40+ expatriate & local employees and contractors.
  • Reduced the backlog of overdue safety critical maintenance by 90%, returned PM compliance from 60% back to >98%,
  • Step change in maintenance execution performance through planning & scheduling. Restructured team to drive accountability.
  • Platform Shutdown Coordinator and Company Site Representative on accommodation vessel (POB 300) during 25-day shutdown. Completed >95% of scope with no injuries. Managed helicopter, vessel and material movements through two typhoons.
  • Secured senior executive approval for a $26mln project to liquidate overdue maintenance (major risk to safety, integrity and reliability).
  • Changed execution strategies for relief valve re-certifications and plant inspections, which enabled completion on time but at 35% of the cost.
  • Resolved outstanding commercial and technical disputes as Contract Holder of Rolls Royce Gas Compression Packages.

Maintenance Improvement Lead

Shell Philippines Exploration (SPEX)
January 2004 to December 2005
  • Lead a Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) program developing supporting tools and work processes and leveraging the company’s SAP system.
  • Implemented Risk Assessment Matrix to prioritise corrective maintenance (precursor to global SAP solution)
  • Member of the Global Tactical Team developing the maintenance measures and reports for the global Reliability Dashboard in SAP.
  • Developed monthly maintenance and engineering performance reports and developed improved maintenance strategies.
  • Delegate for Head of Maintenance Execution, responsible for execution of all onshore and offshore maintenance.

Asset Strategist

Shell Philippines Exploration (SPEX)
July 2002 to January 2004
  • Developed an Activity Based Cost Model, which triggered a significant reduction in future operating costs and increased NPV of the assets.
  • Developed the Asset Reference Plan for Malampaya, summarizing design, operations philosophy, performance, life cycle strategies, and business improvement plans.
  • Developed the asset management systems enabling the transition from a construction project to a revenue generating asset.
  • Developed performance management tool to track and visualize all operational KPIs for the Malampaya Asset.
  • Supported regional team with the scoping and development of a KPI Monitoring tool used across new Asia Pacific regional organisation.
  • Benchmarked Malampaya operations & maintenance worldwide utilising both internal and external benchmarks.

Asset Analyst

Shell UK Exploration & Production
October 2000 to July 2002
  • Supported three Asset Managers and the General Manager of the Gas Supply Group with business analysis and strategy development.
  • Developed the strategic planning document for all of Shell’s operations in the Southern North Sea.
  • Coordinated annual business planning cycle for the Southern North Sea. Developed risk based production targets enabling the organisation to meet production targets which had been missed in preceding years.
  • Coordinated annual McKinsey benchmarking exercise, identifying areas for improvement, targets and gap closure plans.
  • Developed the annual Opex target and 5 year Opex forecast.

Instrumentation & Process Control Engineer

Shell UK Exploration & Production
November 1997 to October 2000
  • Instrument Engineer on new offshore compression platform. Responsible for onshore pre-commissioning and offshore commissioning of all instrumentation and control systems (ESD, DCS, F&G)
  • Designed and commissioned data handoff for offshore fiscal metering system to onshore supervisory system. Designed and commissioned DCS Man Machine Interface incl. control loop functionality (control narratives).
  • Designed tie-in of new F&G system into existing F&G system without shutdown through extensive offshore surveys; avoided 7-days deferment.
  • Design & implementation of brownfield plant modifications including additional line of sight gas detection, improved protective functions
  • Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals
  • Association of Asset Management Professionals

MSc Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis & Management

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

1991 to 1997
  • Passion for travelling, hiking and beach fishing
  • Strong interest in history