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John Downer

John Downer works in the London office of Penspen, a significant hydrocarbon engineering consultancy, where he has contributed to a variety of oil and gas projects around the world. John has championed within Penspen since the late 1990’s ‘soft engineering’ such as Value and Risk Management prompted by the awareness that such services are being increasingly demand-driven by clients. He is certified as a Professional in Value Management (PVM) to the European Standard BS EN 12973 ‘Value Management’. Other qualifications and professional memberships include a title of European Engineer (Eur.Ing) from the Fédération Européenes d’Associations Nationales d’Ingenieurs (F.E.A.N.I.), B.Sc. (Hons) from The City University, London, Chartered Engineer from the Engineering Council, Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE), and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, (MCIWEM).

He is also a member and co-opted Executive of the Institute of Value Management (IVM) in the UK and the Editor of the IVM magazine ‘Value’ which has a readership in the UK, Europe and around the world.

Although starting out in mainstream engineering design and construction which took him via water projects in south London to the streets of Calcutta, it is working in the milieu of oil and gas that he has developed in-depth project management experience of large capital value projects that combine complexity, quality and concerns about HSE issues. He has facilitated VM workshops to improve the value of projects with individual costs in excess of $1Bn including new oil field developments, plant enhancements, new infrastructure, mature field upgrades and offshore life of field option projects. The workshops he has led have helped workshop teams identify options with combined potential savings of 5 to 80% of project cost estimate value.

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