ØPlant Manager, Enron International, Cuiaba , Mato Grosso Brazil 1998 / 2000 (permanent staff)
Mobilization and plant operations & maintenance for the first large combined cycle power plant to be built in Brazil.A 480 MW CCGT facility with Siemens V-843A 150 MW Gas turbines. Assembled a world class mobilization team of third country nationals, hired local staff, conducted extensive training, (over 1,700 hours per operator) developed O&M and administrative procedures.
He implemented the concept of “Plant Technician” rather than the traditional “operator”. His staff was cross trained to provide all the maintenance activities that they were capable of handling, thus only the heavy maintenance was performed by the maintenance crew, reducing costs considerably. Train the trainer and systems experts programs were also implanted.
Excellent safety audit results obtained.High availability maintained despite many technology issues encountered with these new Siemens machines.Recommended commissioning schedule that will allow the company to earn several million dollars more that anticipated for Phase III commissioning.
Mr Schumacher also assisted in negotiating the PPA with the Brasilian utility and participated in all the construction processes, provided QA/QC oversight of the construction company and plant acceptance from commissioning to commercial operations.
ØPlant Manager, North American Energy Services, (NAES) Central Termica Patagonia, Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina July 96 to March 98 (3rd party O&M Provider)
Selected from a pool of candidates for construction oversight and to be the plant manager for two GE MS6001, DLN 1, 40 MW gas turbines in Southern Argentina.Generated punch lists consisting of over 300 construction items, thus ensuring a better quality job for the customer. When the first unit went commercial, just two and one half months after his arrival, all personnel had been hired, trained and the majority of all plant procedures were in place. Developed relationship with the three owners of the project.All staff cross trained to provide maintenance or operational activities.
As the only expatriate on site his job was to manage the plant and train the Argentine owner’s personnel to manage, operate and maintainthe plant themselves.Contract availability for the first year was 100% and our capacity factor, 99%.Recommended for promotion to Country Manager for NAES.
ØPlant Manager, Compania de Electricidad de Puerto Plata (Coastal Corp.) Dominican Republic, Carribean 1995/96(transferred to Coastal after plant was bought out)
Twelve Wartsila V32 heavy fuel 5.5 MW units.Nine engines on a floating barge and three on land based facility, total of 77 MW.
Took over a poorly functioning plant that was totally disorganized and shoddily maintained and operated. Directing a transition team he reduced staffing from 125 to 102 persons.Overtime reduced by 15 % within three months.Restructured the organization and implemented safety, administrative, operating and maintenance procedures.
Implemented CMMS system. Surpassed projected production figures and finished the year under well under budget.Recommended for promotion by the Country Manager and vice-president.
ØPlant Manager, Elcosa (Wartsila) 60 MW Diesel Plant, Puerto Cortes, Honduras.1994
Fast track project with Stork Wartsila 280 engines transitioning to 10MW units as they became available. Assembled a third country national transition team to assume the O&M from the start up crew that left before the first engines were commissioned.
Achieved 98 % availability with the base for future operations firmly established in six months.This was somewhat of a no win situation as owners were not committed to developing a quality O&M group. The O&M contract was let to another company.
ØPlant Manager, Ecopetrol (SSOI) Villavicencio, Colombia 1993/1994
LM 5000 STIG 120 gas turbine 50 MW.Supervised final stages of construction and start up.Hired local staff and implemented training and qualification processes. Received letters of congratulations from the President of the country, the governor, SSOI auditors and the owner. Excellent O&M audit results proved this site was the best of the four SSOI operated plants in the country.Success was achieved despite remote location and recurring problems including one attack from terrorist organizations that disrupted operations.
ØMobilization Manager, Ecopetrol (SSOI) Yumbo and Gualanday Colombia 1992/1993
Supervised the initial operations of two LM 6000 fast track plants.Arrived with only two more O&M people on the day the Gualanday plant began commercial operations.Within 60 days the sister plant also came on line.Commercial operations were successfuldespite limited resources.
Hired all the local staff, established excellent relations with a concerned client and organized accounts with local vendors. Set up all maintenance procedures.Prepared the organization for incoming plant managers, drafted operational procedures. Prepared the plants for commissioning ceremonies by the President of Colombia.Received commendation from same for assisting Colombia during a severe energy crisis.
ØPlant Manager, Maraven Oil Company (SSOI), Cuidad Ojeda, Venezuela 1991-1992
Commissioned and operated a simple cycle LM 2500 at the Las Morochas site. Our 99.8 % percent availability the first year earned the company a $250,000 operating bonus and led to a five-year extension of the contract.Cultivated relations with the client that cut our invoice payment period to less than 45 days.Competitors were experiencing 180 day payment delays.Selected to lead the push into Colombia for the three new fast track LM 5000 projects.Implemented maintenance procedures and trained all the O&M staff.
ØInternational Field Engineer, Stewart & Stevenson.Porto Velho Brazil1988 - 1991
Technical Advisor/Trainer for 3 LM 2500 units in the Amazon Region of Brazil
Performed installation duties and commissioning of prototype synchronous condenser LM 2500 gas turbines.Assisted in translating the technical manuals to Portuguese.Conducted training classes and supervised all electrical and mechanical maintenance.
Sent to Salvador, Brazil to resolve problems in a six-unit plant that previous engineering technicians were unable to fix. The client was pleased to see that after a year, his plant was finally 100 % functional.Received written commendation for this effort.
Preceding four assignments were all with Stewart& Steveson SSOI
ØOffshore Electrical Supervisor, Reading and Bates Drilling Company, Worldwide 1984-1988
Based in Singapore, worked a rotating schedule offshore Brunei maintaining all electrical equipment for a self-elevating drilling platform.Assisted in implementation of the first computerized maintenance program in the fleet.Excellent performance led to being selected to head up the electrical refitting of a rig after an engine room fire.We re-commissioned this rig in only 6 weeks, faster than anyone believed possible leading to a return to service with $ 25,000 day rate from the client.Promoted to electrical supervisor for new construction MODU (mobile offshore drilling unit) project in Japan.
Later supervised the electrical installations and initial electrical portion of drilling operations for jack up and semi submersible drilling rigs in Argentina, Trinidad and Japan. Commissioned one of the first deep water offshore self-propelled drilling vessels with touch screen control applications using fiber optics.
ØField Service Engineer (ISC) a Stewart and Stevenson Company, 1980 - 1983
Worldwide – Over hree years traveling the world (Algeria, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Indonesia, Guatemala, Brazil and Malaysia) commissioning and servicing primarily SCR drives forland and offshore drilling platforms electrical systems.Promoted to field engineering supervisor with a staff of 12 field engineers.
ØUS Army Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center, Aurora Colorado 1975-1979
Outstanding performance as a student led to being offered and instructors position forbasic electronics, and electricity course at the US Army at Fitzsimmons Medical Center in Denver.
As an E-5 he filled an E-7 position. Recommended for promotion to warrant officer.Also apprenticed for one year in military hospitals repairing various medical equipment including x rays and cat scanners.Obtained an associates in sciences degree from Regis College in Denver.
Ø1973 - 1975 US Army Nakom Phanom Thailand.
Joined the Army in January 1973.Promoted from E-1 to E-5 rank in 21 months. Assigned to the Joint Casualty Resolution Center in Thailand with the mission to resolve the fate of soldiers missing in action in Vietnam.Obtained the Joint Services Commendation Medal.Participated in the evacuation of personnelfrom Saigon to Thailand in 1975.Selected to continue his education at the US Army school for biomedical equipment, the longest technical course in the US Army.
Mr Schumacher has attended a multitude of seminars and courses ranging from finance and accounting , personnel management, teamwork, ISO, safety, project managementto negotiating classes in order to be a well rounded executive.He has an associated degree in Sciences from Regis College and is enrolled in an InternationalMBA course with Kennedy Western University.He keeps current by reading the latest business books and attending seminars, most recently one titled Project Finance in Latin America.
Mr. Schumacher is an American citizen with permanent residence in Argentina.He keeps current in his field by attending courses in financial management, negotiating,and reading management books.