Patrick Auzou has spent his entire career at Gaz de France. He gradually worked his way up to Shift Manager, a position that plays
an essential role in overseeing the delivery of liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Upon graduating from vocational high school, Patrick was hired as a professional electrician at the Le Havre terminal in July 1972. He was assigned two main tasks: to serve as a maintenance electrician as well as a substitute on the shift teams, which enabled him to take part in operating the Le Havre terminal’s facilities. He became a technician with the instrumentation service in 1979.
Four years later, he became one of five Shift Managers at the Le Havre terminal. Appointed by the site manager, shift managers operate the terminal’s various facilities, while making sure to follow all indications established by the hierarchy. Their mission consists of receiving, storing, regasifying and injecting into the transport network all LNG delivered by LNG carriers, while ensuring optimal conditions in terms of safety, quality and cost. To carry out this mission, they manage a team scaled to match the size of the facility. They also manage maintenance work on a daily basis, while optimizing facility availability and safety.
Forty-eight hours before the arrival of an LNG carrier, shift teams begin the process of cooling the ship’s offloading equipment. When the LNG carrier arrives at the mooring jetty, the shift manager inspects the cargo and validates all commercial documents. If the cargo is accepted, the manager attaches the offloading arms. Next, the LNG is pumped into the terminal’s storage tanks. The LNG is later removed from the storage tanks by low-pressure immersion pumps, before it is pressurized and regasified using seawater heat exchangers. Finally, it is aromatized and injected into the transport network.
After the Le Havre terminal closed in 1989, Patrick moved to the Montoir-de-Bretagne LNG terminal, where he managed the “Transported LNG” technical division for 6 years. This division procures equipment and oversees various operations performed on transport or distribution networks. For example, the division implements mobile regasification stations to supply industrial or residential customers (municipalities, factories, etc.) during network maintenance requiring depressurization.
He was named one of the terminal’s shift managers in 1995.
Appointed Lead Operations Manager in 2003, he later joined the team in charge of renovating the Montoir-de-Bretagne terminal in 2006. Lasting almost 6 years, the project was a considerable challenge. Work was divided into sections and largely subject to Decree 95 of French law, which stipulates a closed and independent worksite managed by a coordinator. During the renovation process, the terminal continued to carry out all of its missions without interruption.
Hired in 1980 to take part in the Montoir-de-Bretagne LNG terminal’s expansion, Alain Goy now serves as Elengy’s Technical Service Head.
Alain began working as a technical studies engineer at the Le Havre terminal, as well as the Montoir-de-Bretagne terminal, shortly after it was first commissioned. He spent three years working on the construction of the new terminal’s third storage tank, helping to compile the authorization request and performing quality control tests on site.
At the same time, he also took part in feasibility studies for a new LNG terminal in Fos Cavaou, a project that was later abandoned until it reemerged 20 years later in 1999! Alain then worked as an engineer with the Production and Transport Division’s Technical Service. He oversaw the entire project from preliminary studies to contract signing to follow-up inspections at the site.
“I gravitated toward LNG very early on.”
In addition, Alain worked on other operations at different LNG terminals: the Fos Tonkin renovation; the Montoir-de-Bretagne redesign, which needed to adapt to a heavy spike in its activity following initial LNG shipments from Nigeria in 1999; and the installation of automated safety systems at Montoir-de-Bretagne and Fos Tonkin.
Following the creation of Elengy in 2009, Alain took over the Technical Service (30 engineers), which provides support to the operators of three LNG terminals in France and takes part in planning and managing Elengy’s new construction projects.
Named a “top expert” in his field in 2010, Alain is regularly asked to participate as a technical consultant in peer reviews of the Group’s international LNG projects.
Active for over 20 years as a research engineer at CRIGEN, one of the GDF SUEZ research and technology laboratories, and a representative of the Group in several international committees, Hugues Malvos knows every link in the LNG chain.
CRIGEN (Research and Innovation Center for Natural Gas and Renewable Energies) is one of the Group’s research and technology laboratories. Dedicated to natural gas activities and new energies, it employs 350 people, including 250 researchers. Among these, approximately 20 work on LNG. Hugues Malvos is part of this special team.
After joining Gaz de France in 1995, he worked at the Nantes/Roche-Maurice testing site from 2000 to 2002. During that time, he managed a project focusing on the maritime transport of LNG (behavior and technologies), conducted in parallel to the selection of technology for the GDF SUEZ Global Energy, Provalys, Gaselys and ships.
Hugue Malvos later managed several research projects concerning LNG terminals and LNG behavior, notably in terms of the safety, environmental and human aspects of these topics. He also led research into LNG technologies relating to offshore, liquefaction and new applications.
In his view, the data collected at the testing station, “led to a precise understanding of LNG in matters of safety and helped develop more efficient software.”
In twenty years with CRIGEN, Hugues Malvos has studied a vast range of topics covering every link in the LNG value chain including liquefaction, maritime transport and regasification. Research conducted by CRIGEN has served to qualify equipment (sluice gates, insulation, ventilation hoses, etc.), create new technologies for storage, regasification and liquefaction (such as the CII Integral Incorporated Cascade liquefaction process) and develop software for modeling LNG behavior and safety (such as EVOLCODE, LNG Master, CARGO, Roll-Over Predictor, LNG Bunkering software, etc.).
Alongside his tasks at CRIGEN, Hugues Malvos also plays an active role in several international organizations: he is secretary of GIIGNL (International Liquefied Natural Gas Importers Group) and represents the GDF SUEZ Group within the LNG program led by GERG (European Gas Research Group). He also takes part in SIGTTO (Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators) and GIE (Gas Infrastructure Europe). “Working with international experts is exciting,” Hugues Malvos explains. “We initiate common projects to continue improving safety within the LNG industry.”
Hugues is currently recognized by the GDF SUEZ Group as a “key expert” in LNG.
“ Working with international experts is exciting. We initiate common projects in order to continue improving safety within the LNG industry. ”
Sylvain Bourdon spent a large part of his career aboard LNG carriers built by Gazocean: the Edouard L.D., the Provalys and the GDF SUEZ Global Energy.
Sylvain Bourdon learned the ropes first as an engineering officer and later as a lieutenant on the Edouard L.D., one of the last steam turbine ships in service, which transported LNG between France and Algeria. Promoted to the rank of Officer First Class in the Merchant Marine in 2005, he joined Gazocean to take part in building its ultramodern ships (Provalys, Gaselys, GDF SUEZ Global Energy), designed to be equipped with the latest propulsion systems developed by engine manufacturers.
He was part of the crew chartered for the maiden voyage of the Provalys – inaugurated in Saint-Nazaire harbor in 2006 – and served on board as Second Engineer until 2010. In this role, he oversaw maintenance operations and kept equipment in working order (electricity generation, ship propulsion, air compressors, electric systems). In addition, he prepared inspection and repair reports, monitored and optimized the performance of the Wartsila Dual Fuel 50 6L and 12V engine, while also managing the engine crew.
Between 2010 and 2014, Sylvain Bourdon served consecutively as Chief Officer on the GDF SUEZ Global Energy, the Gaselys and the Provalys. In addition to managing technical and commercial gas operations, he implements the Safety Management System, ensures compliance with international and private standards and attends to the well-being of the crew.
Since 2014, Sylvain Bourdon is on assignment in Paris as a maritime contract manager with the GDF SUEZ shipping team. The team handles contracts between chartering parties and shipbuilders, and also tracks LNG carrier performance (speed, energy consumption). He will hold this position until 2016, as he awaits his next experience at sea!
“ It gives me a chance to see what goes on backstage, notably in terms of the constraints imposed by sales and vetting (evaluating ships and their crews). From the ship, it’s hard to get a sense of all this preparatory work done in advance. ”