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Expert Details

Desalination Plant Design, Engineering and Project Management

ID: 739053 France

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Expert is a Senior professional with 30+ years’ experience in design, engineering direction and EPC project management for desalination and power plants. He has a strong technical background as a designer in thermal / membrane seawater desalination (Multi-Stage Flash, Multi-Effect Distillation and Seawater Reverse Osmosis technologies). He also has experience with the development of innovative products and direction of R&D programs.

Accomplishments as Engineering and Project Manager include the successful completion of several international EPC projects in the Desalination and Power areas. Expert has covered senior roles in major EPC firms (including Alstom Power - now merged into GE Power - and Bilfinger Deutsche Babcock) and, more recently, in the international consultancy group Mott MacDonald. The experience includes the development of innovative products in the desalination field.

Expert has his Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Genoa University in Italy, and is fluent in Italian, French and English.

Expert has 6 publications and 1 patent.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1982 Degree: MSc Subject: Computational Fluid Dynamics Applied to Turbo-Machinery Institution: University of Genoa, Italy

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2017 to 2022 Employer: Mott MacDonald Italy Title: Technical Principal Department: Genoa
- Direction of multi-disciplinary engineering services for large EPC projects in power and desalination.
- Independent Expert on behalf of Developers / Authorities for major international seawater desalination projects.
- Certifying the completion and performance achievement of a 275,000 m³/day SWRO desalination project (Morocco).
- Senior Engineer for developing desalination integration solutions within Green Hydrogen projects (North Sea).
- Project Manager for design and engineering services on a CHP project including District Heating for a military base (UK).
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2014 to 2017 Employer: Bilfinger Deutsche Babcock Emirates Title: Desalination Director Department: Abu Dhabi
- Engineering, procurement and construction of an innovative Forward Osmosis desalination plant (Masdar, UAE).
- Rehabilitation of MSF desalination units in Mirfa Power and Desalination Plant (UAE).
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2011 to 2013 Employer: Alstom Power Systems (now merged into GE Power) Title: Engineering Director Department: Steam Power Plants, Belfort, France
- Start-up and organization of the French execution centre of the Renewable Steam Plant business.
- Direction of engineering of Ashalim B Concentrated Solar Power project (Israel).
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2009 to 2011 Employer: Alstom Power Systems (now merged into GE Power) Title: Programme Manager Department: Steam Power Plants, Belfort, France
- Definition, budgeting, launch and management of three R&D programmes for Concentrated Solar Power and Integrated Power & Desalination plants.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2006 to 2009 Employer: Alstom Power Systems (now merged into GE Power) Title: Desalination Manager Department: Belfort, France
- Integration between power and desalination systems in Independent Water and Power (IWPP) Projects, during tender and execution stages.
- Direct engagement in tendering and execution of Fujairah F2 IWPP project (2,000 MW power and 600,000 m³/day water production by hybrid MED / Reverse Osmosis desalination technology, UAE).
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1997 to 2006 Employer: ASTER Associate Termoimpianti SpA (Italy) Title: Head of the Desalination Unit Department: Desalination
- Direction of design, engineering and project management for the EPC supply of thermal desalination plants.
- Built up, developed and led a team of professionals in thermal desalination, which successfully executed 11 desalination projects (MED and MSF technologies) for major international contractors in Power / Oil & Gas and for public utilities.
- Led the development of in-house design capabilities in MED (Multi-Effect Distillation) technology.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1990 to 1997 Employer: SOWIT SpA (Italy) Title: Engineering Manager Department: Desalination
- Responsible for the design, engineering and commissioning of several MSF desalination plants for major international clients (ENEL, Ansaldo, ALSTOM, Uhde, Sonelgaz, JGC Corporation).
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1987 to 1990 Employer: Ansaldo SpA Title: Senior Process Engineer Department: Headquarters, Genoa
Process development of Combined Cycle Power Plants.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1982 to 2006 Country / Region: Italy Summary: Born and graduated in Italy, Expert worked in this country in the first period of his career, gaining experience as Process Engineer, Engineering Manager and Head of the Desalination Unit for major EPC contractors in power and desalination industries.
Years: 2006 to 2013 Country / Region: France Summary: Expert worked in France for Alstom Power (now merged into GE Power) from 2006 to 2013. The positions have been Desalination Manger, Programme Manager and Engineering Director.
Years: 2014 to 2017 Country / Region: United Arab Emirates Summary: Worked for Bilfinger Deutsche Babcock in Abu Dhabi as Desalination Director.
Years: 2017 to 2022 Country / Region: Italy Summary: Return to Italy in the role of Technical Principal in the Genoa office of the multinational consulting group Mott MacDonald.

Career Accomplishments

Publications and Patents Summary
Publications: 6
Patents: 1 (co-inventor)

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Appointed "Independent Expert" for plant inspection and performance test witnessing on the Agadir-Chtouka Seawater Reverse Osmosis desalination plant to certify construction completion and compliance with performance guarantees.
Vendor Selection
Vendor selection for major plant equipment and construction works is a typical task in EPC business.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Italian Native
English Fluent
French Fluent

Fields of Expertise

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