Lakshan Saldin



Oil & Gas


  • BEng. (Hons) Chemical Engineering
  • MSc. Project Management
  • Fellow ICHEME
  • Chartered Engineer
  • Member IOD

Specialisms / Skills

  • Expert Advisory
  • Expert Witness
  • Onshore Oil and Gas
  • Offshore Oil and Gas
  • Concept
  • FEED
  • Process Engineering

Lakshan is a globally recognised Oil & Gas industry expert advisor with experience covering all aspects and phases of engineering development and project management. He also undertakes expert witness work.

Recent assignments include:

  • Project Sponsor Nigerian oil field tank farm project
  • Project and technical advisor to a Nigerian oil facility life extension project.
  • Expert Witness services on a main contractor/client dispute.
  • Technical Advisor to a private equity organisation on an international oil and gas portfolio acquisition.
  • Expert Witness services on a shipyard/subcontractor dispute.
  • Technical Advisor on a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) facility replacement / renewal study in the UK North Sea.
  • Project Advisor to an offshore oil & gas development project in the Baltic Sea.
  • Technical Advisor to a UK Oil & Gas industry unmanned operations technology study

Xodus Group

Manager, Integrated Projects Group

Responsibilities included the strategic oversight and management of projects executed from the company’s London hub, development of new business and providing consultancy support to the company’s field development & advisory businesses on project management, development and execution issues.

Manager – Banda Development Company’s Engineer Services – Tullow Petroleum (Mauritania) Pty Ltd

Responsible for the management of owner’s engineer, project management and technical services. Seconded into client’s integrated delivery organisation as Deputy Project Manager.

Execution Advisor – South Lokichar Field Development Study – Tullow Oil Plc.

Responsible for the development of the project execution strategy, localisation & in-country contracting strategy and transport & installation strategy.

Project Strategy Advisor – Miran Field Development Study – Genel Energy Limited

Responsible for the development of project execution strategy, contracting strategy and development schedule.

Technical Advisor – B8 Field Financing Due Diligence – LOTOS Petrobaltic S.A

Responsible for technical and project execution due diligence aspects for conversion of a Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit to production service.

Study Manager – Lake Turkana Modular Development Study – Tullow Oil Plc.

Management of a technical feasibility and cost/benefit study for modular development of a remote oilfield processing facility.

Project Manager – Shaikan Field Development – Gulf Keystone Petroleum (UK) Ltd

Project Manager for a portfolio of front end engineering projects and studies to support the development of a field in the Kurdistan Region of Northern Iraq.

Process & Facilities Consultant – Financing Due Diligence Support – Camac International Limited

Responsible for technical and project execution due diligence aspects for the further development of a producing offshore field.

Independent Expert – Technical Engineering Review of CPF Change Orders – OMV (Yemen Block S2) Exploration GmbH

Technical expert presenting to the Yemeni Government on a cost entitlement review of variation orders on the Central Processing Facility.

Study Manager – Review of Concept Design – Iraq – JGC Corporation

Concept design and value improvement review for an oilfield development in central Iraq.


Operations Manager, Select Business Unit

Responsible for the definition, management and oversight of front-end and field/project development studies; and the provision of technical input and consultancy to the group and its clients on project development issues. Other functions of my role included securing business for the group, developing new clients and alliance partners and developing new market opportunities.

Facilities Advisor – Peregrino II Development- Statoil

Concept design and cost estimate development for a new drilling and facilities.

Facilities Advisor – Kraken FPSO – Teekay Petrojarl

FPSO concept for a UK North Sea heavy oil field.

Project Manager – Bressay Field PDQ Concept – Statoil

Conceptual design, value improvement and cost estimate development for a UK North Sea heavy oil field.

Amec Natural Resources

Engineering / Project Manager

Starting with Amec in 2001 as a Process Engineer I moved on to senior technical and project management roles on projects for various clients. In my time with the company I was also responsible for the delivery of a number of internal business projects including strategic resourcing, safety culture, acquisition integration, knowledge management & innovation.

Study Manager – EU ETS CO2 Reduction Feedstock Substitution Study – Confidential Client

Review of the regulatory background and an evaluation of the potential benefit to prospective EU customers of reduced CO2 emissions from feedstock substitution.

Project Manager – Rumaila Oil Field Services – BP

Responsible for the overall contract management of a portfolio of studies, front end and engineering support projects.

CPF & FPSO Topsides Engineering Manager – Ichthys Gas Field Development Project – INPEX Browse

Responsible for the overall control, direction and supervision of all topsides engineering activities on the project covering over 100,000t of topsides across both facilities.

Study / Engineering Manager – Clair Ridge SELECT Stage – BP

Responsible for the management of technical definition of platform options, cost estimates & schedules and support to client’s decision-making process. Engineering Manager in latter part of concept stage and transition to engineering definition.

Study Manager – SunState GTL Project Pre-FEED Study – Pacific GTL

Responsible for conceptual design study and cost estimate for a novel coal seam methane-based Gas to Liquids project in eastern Australia.

Review Team Leader – North Rankin NR2 FEED Verification – Woodside Energy

Responsible for the leadership of the multidiscipline review team and external consultants assessing the technical integrity and adequacy of contractors designs for specific high-risk elements of the project.

Engineering Manager – Britannia Platform Additional Accommodation Project – ConocoPhillips

Responsible for the delivery of preliminary and detailed engineering phases of the project.

Engineering Manager – Minerva Platform M3 Project – BG Group

Responsible for the management of engineering and other home office functions during the detailed design phase of the project.

Engineering Manager – Unit 2 Material Replacement Project – Karachaganak Petroleum Operating b.v. (KPO)

Large scale brownfield replacement of heavy wall high pressure pipework on 700 MMscfd / 550 barg sour gas (7.7% H2S) reinjection plant located in Western Kazakhstan.

Project Engineer – Aje Field Development Study- Bluewater Energy Services

Study to assess the economic and technical feasibility of a novel FPSO equipped with both a conventional oil-gas-water separation plant and a gas-to-liquid (GTL) plant, involving the marinisation / optimisation of a very large onshore process within FPSO design constraints.

Study Manager – Gas to Liquids Technology Group

Responsible for the management and delivery of a number of facility concept & feasibility studies for various international energy company clients.

Offshore Engineering Co-ordinator – Bonga FPSO Integrated Completions Team – Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company

Responsible for the management of the multi-discipline offshore construction engineering team.

HUC Engineer – Bonga FPSO Topsides Integration – Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company

Responsible for definition of offshore construction scope prior to sailaway and management of onshore construction interface between subsea umbilical / controls systems and topsides facilities.

Process Engineer – Bonga FPSO Detailed Design – Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company

Responsible for the detailed design of for a number of topsides systems.

Parsons Energy & Chemicals Group

Process Engineer

Process Engineer – Sulphur Forming Project – Tengizchevroil (TCO)

Process engineer for the detailed engineering development for a 6,600 tonne/day a sulphur forming process.

Process Engineer – RACT II NOx Reduction Study – Lyondell-Citgo, Houston Refinery

Refinery-wide assessment and mitigation of NOx emissions.

Project Engineer – Sulphur Recovery Process Technology Group

Responsible for the management of studies and basic engineering design packages.

Process Engineer – Hydrocracker Expansion – Saras, Saroch Refinery

Detailed design development for a new 55,000 bpd mild hydrocracker unit.

Process Engineer – Ahmadi Water Distribution Study – Kuwait Oil Company

Development of a mains water distribution / usage / debottlenecking model for Ahmadi town..

Process Engineer – Miscellaneous Projects Contract – Esso, Fawley Refinery

Process Engineer on a number of refinery projects.

Saldin, L., Healey, M., & Parker, K. (2016) Managing project uncertainty: The Delphi Method, Journal of Petroleum Technology, March 2016

Healey, M. & Saldin, L. (2016) The Social Network: how your organisation really communicates, Rail Professional Magazine, June 2016

Healey, M., Parker, K. & Saldin, L. (2016) Using ‘nudge’ techniques to influence behaviour in an engineering office, SPE Intelligent Energy Conference and Exhibition, September 2016

Parker, K., & Saldin, L. (2018) Understanding your organisation, Rail Professional Magazine, September 2019