Faizal has over 35 years professional experience, more than 28 of which spent in the oil & gas, petrochemical and chemical process industries. This experience covers project engineering/project management, technical services, and scientific/technical consulting and management consulting. In addition to his broad technical experience, he has also spent more than 25 years in senior management positions in various companies with responsibilities in administration, marketing and sales and business development. Faizal has previously worked for several high profile companies, including Shell, Schlumberger, ICI, Risktec and DNV GL.
Faizal’s primary fields of technical specialization lie in health physics and industrial radioisotope technology. As regards the former, he has provided consulting and training support in radiological protection to a number of organisations. He served as a long-term Radiological Protection Consultant/Advisor to two major North American oilfield service companies, Computalog Inc. and Sperry-Sun International Inc., for whom he wrote detailed local rules and safety procedures, undertook detailed shielding design calculations for neutron and gamma-ray sources as part of licensing safety cases, and trained radiation classified workers and supervisory personnel. Faizal has also worked on various radiological risk assessment programmes. Apart from ascertaining those risks associated with his own work, he has provided assistance to local manufacturers in assessing for Chernobyl fallout in raw materials imported from Eastern Europe. He has also designed a radioactive decontamination procedure for oilfield wellheads and manifolds.
In the area of industrial radioisotope technology, Faizal has extensive field experience in the application of the technology to the troubleshooting and diagnosis of process plant problems. He has used radioactive tracers in various physical forms to detect leakage in buried pipelines, investigate residence times in process vessels and measure flow rates in pipelines and open channels. Additionally, he has applied on-line gamma-ray and neutron techniques to investigate oil well characteristics and distillation column density profiles, measure sludge levels in crude oil storage tanks and detect deposits in pipelines. Faizal has also spent time in the laboratory, using analytical techniques such as nuclear reactor-based neutron activation analysis and non-dispersive X-ray florescence for the elemental characterisation of industrial and environmental samples.
Faizal played a key role in the pioneering work in 1988 which led to the detection and confirmation of the problem of enhanced deposition of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) in oil production equipment on platforms situated in Malaysian waters. This problem has since been brought under the control of the Atomic Energy Licensing Act 1984 which stipulates a mandatory requirement for all offshore oil and gas operating companies to institute annual programmes for radiological monitoring, assessment and, if need be, decontamination, of production installations.
With regard to HSE & Risk management, Faizal has worked with companies and organizations in the oil and gas, nuclear, electronics, heavy manufacturing, automotive, aviation, oil and gas support services, and engineering and construction sectors to develop and implement their respective HSE Management Systems. He has conducted a number of environmental site assessments, either as part of a corporate compliance programme or an acquisition/divestiture due diligence. He has been engaged by Petronas Corporate HSE (now Group HSE Division) to co-facilitate a workshop on Corporate Social Responsibility for Petronas group senior management and was part of the team commissioned by Nippon Oil to undertake a supplementary environmental impact assessment of seismic activities in Block SK-333, the first onshore oil and gas exploration block in Malaysia since the late 1960’s. Faizal has also worked on a number of formal safety assessments, participating in HSE case studies, leading project risk assessment studies, performing HEMP reviews and remedial actions, and conducting risk assessment and incident investigation training and workshops.
Faizal has authored and published a number of technical papers and articles on nuclear applications and health physics, and has participated in various technical courses (as instructor/experimental demonstrator) and development programmes under the IAEA/UNDP Regional Co-operative Agreement Regional Industrial Project.
Faizal received a BSc. (Hons.) in Mechanical Engineering with Mathematics from the University of Reading, United Kingdom, in 1981. He is currently a Member of the New York Academy of Sciences (under the categories of Physics, History and Philosophy of Science, and Environment and Renewable Energy), as well as the Malaysian Nuclear Society.