Angel Tapanes Ramirez, who has been working with Sherritt for 18 years, currently serves as a thermal engineer within the Energas engineering team in Cuba. Angel holds a doctorate (PhD) in boiler and power plant performance. Additionally, Angel also acts as the Energas Technical Subcommittee President and regularly collaborates with the Unión Eléctrica de Cuba (UNE).
Angel studied mechanical engineering at Matanzas University and also worked as a professor for 13 years. However, in 2003 Angel moved to Energas to work as an operator at Sherritt because he wanted to learn about the technology being used for natural gas processing, and about the combined cycle power plant. Sherritt was a pioneer in using this type of technology in Cuba. Later, he became a process engineer in charge of monitoring the natural gas processing plant, gas turbines and combined cycle power plants. Angel also provided support to the Boca de Jaruco Combined Cycle Power Plant design team between 2005 and 2013.
As a thermal engineer, Angel has supported the improvement of environmental performance at Energas. He has been involved with the carbon credit audits conducted at the division since February 2014. Angel prepares regular reports on greenhouse gas emissions for Energas by following IPCC Guidelines for National GHG Inventories. His team focuses on collecting and reporting all GHG emissions at the facility from both stationary and mobile equipment so that sources can be correctly identified, and targets may be set to reduce our environmental impact in Cuba.
In Angel’s words, “I have been working with Sherritt for a long time because Sherritt has proven to be a leader in safety conditions and a pillar on innovation in natural gas processing plants and combined cycle power plants. I feel lucky to work at Sherritt surrounded by a number of high-quality and committed professionals.”
“The environment and the impact our operations could have on the surrounding communities has always been a priority for Sherritt Oil & Gas and Power. For years, the gas associated with oil production was flared until Sherritt built power plants to utilize this gas, which improved environmental conditions and helped meet Cuban power demands. Monitoring and reporting on the efficient utilization of this gas is the responsibility of Angel, who reports these results to Energas senior management and the board members. Angel understands the importance of environmental stewardship and continues to seek improvement in ensuring that the maximum amount of gas delivered for power generation is utilized properly.”
–Mike Emmett, Manager, Environment, Health, Safety and Training, Oil & Gas and Power