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Prem Thomas

  • Abu Halifa, Kuwait
  • +965-66577601

Mechanical Engineer


Bachelors of Technology graduate with a total of 12 years experience, 10 of which are purely in Oil & Gas sector, specifically dealing with projects for KNPC, KOC, JO, EQUATE etc. in Kuwait. Played effective operational role and provided strategic input for the mechanical maintenance and tank construction division of a construction and contracting company in Kuwait in my capacity as Project Manager. Possess approvals with KOC as Mechanical Engineer (Tanks); hence I am well versed with the applicable industry standards such as API, ASTM, ISO and operational procedures involved. Successfully completed certified courses in inspection such as NACE CIP Level 1 and Level 2.

Work History

Oct 2011Present

Manager Projects

Tariq Al-Ghanim Gen. Trdg & Cont. Co. W.L.L. (ALMEN)

In my capacity as Project Manager, I was responsible for management of the interfaces between Client operations and project activities for the 5 years Tank maintenance contract with KOC (KOC/43116) and KNPC. I possess approval as Project Manager for both projects.

 My responsibilities included:

  • Preparing overall planning for the works at various locations spread out all across KOC, such as North Tank Farm, South Tank Farm, all GCs and Shuaiba refinery(KNPC).
  • Co-ordination & Supervision of tank maintenance activities such as De-commissioning, de-sludging & cleaning, mechanical repairs(re-bottoming, re-roofing, shell replacement, piping modification etc.), coating & lining of tanks, civil jobs(lowering and leveling, asphalt repair, tank foundation repair etc), installation of Fire fighting/Foam lines and commissioning followed by hand over.
  • Raising material requisitions and handling material and consumable flow to the various sites.
  • Allocation of manpower of various categories for carrying out the works.
  • Acting as a liaison between the Company and KOC/KNPC engineers & inspectors to ensure the smooth handling of the works.
  • Preparation and review of progress monitoring of the works in various sites.
  • Attending co-ordination meetings with KOC/KNPC/JO Maintenance & Safety Teams with regard to the works at hand.

I am also approved as a Project Manager for the EQUATE 2350 project for the Scaffolding & Decking services provided to various units such as Poly-Ethylene(PE), Poly-Propylene (PP), Ethylene Glycol (EG1 & 2), AROMATICS etc. 

Dec 2006Oct 2011

Senior Project Engineer

A.G. R. Ashkanani for Gen. Trdg. & Cont. Co.

As a Project Engineer, I was responsible for all the activities with regard to the Maintenance of Crude storage tanks in the Tank farms (NTF & STF) and all gathering centers for the project with KOC (KOC/37093). I also played a crucial role in the project with Hyundai Heavy Industries for the construction of 21 new tanks for KOC's new NTF & STF (KOC/27542). During my tenure, I have also dealt with the KNPC tank maintenance project (KNPC/CB1053).

 My responsibilities included:

  • Managing general site activities, including co-ordination of all Mechanical repair activities which includes roof plate, shell plate & bottom plates repair & replacement, associated piping repair, replacement & modification, Fire amd foam lines modification & installation blasting & lining activities for internal and external shell of tanks and its accessories.
  • Liaising with client engineers for the scheduling of activities as per the requirement of the Operations.
  • Co-ordination of inspection activities with both the Client and project owner’s side.
  • As a permit applicant, Obtaining the relevant work permit and entry permits.
  • Delegating the allocation of manpower, equipment, tools and consumables to various locations within the project site.
Apr 2006Dec 2006

Project Engineer

ALICO Kuwait for Aluminium  &  Light Industries Ltd.

ALICO being one of the premier companies specializing in the installation of aluminum & glass for high rise buildings, I have had the opportunity to work as a site engineer for various high rise building projects.

My responsibilities included:

  • General co-ordination of all site works and construction activities.
  • Planning and allocation of construction materials and manpower.
  • Creating work orders for materials and accessories that require onsite dimensions prior to installation.
  • Ensuring that all applicable safety requirements are adhered to, especially in the case of personnel working at heights.
Oct 2003Dec 2005

Project Leader

Atelier Outsourcing Solutions
Project Leader Trivandrum, Kerala, India. As a project leader, I was entrusted with the responsibility of managing a team of seven CAD Engineers. My responsibilities included: ü Delegating roles and responsibilities to each member of my team based on the work at hand. ü Co-ordination of day-to-day activities of the team. ü Handling various CAD packages for the Clients. ü I have worked on the following major projects, to name a few: Total Engineering Design Documentation at Apollo Tires, Trichur:-Apollo Tires is India's largest Tire manufacturer. The work involved conversion of existing manual drawings to AutoCAD with excellent accuracy and highly competitive speeds. The team was involved in the conversion of manual component and production drawings up to A10 size and dating as back as 1969. Digitization at VSSC Library:-Indian Space Research Organization(ISRO) was set up by government of India in 1969 to develop space technology and its application to various national tasks. The work at VSSC library Trivandrum involved digitization of newspaper clips, paper documents and large drawings.


Oct 1999Mar 2003

BACHELORS in Engineering (B.E. Mechanical)

VMKV Engineering College (Periyar University)


Communication Skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to present to clients and sub-contractors alike.
Sound technical knowledge
Able to understand and fully comprehend the requirements of both construction & maintenance work.
Familiarity with current standards
Well versed with all applicable standards and specifications as required by KNPC, KOC, PIC, etc. owing to my experience in the oil & gas sector.
Team player
Willing to work in a team, executing my responsibility fully and in a timely manner so as to facilitate the proper execution of works at site.
Time Management
Managed multiple work-sites and staff and developed the ability to prioritise workload and delegate tasks to different teams while monitoring the progress. Able to function efficiently under pressure.
IT skills
Well versed with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Project), Primavera P6.


OHSAS 18001

Occupational Health & Safety

ISO 14001

Environmental Management system

ISO 9001

Quality Management System

Coating Inspector Program (CIP Level 2)

NACE International Institute

Personal Information

Date of Birth:                                         4th October, 1981.

Place of birth:                                      Kerala, India.

Passport Number:                              G3667017

Visa Type:                                               Transferrable

Marital Status:                                      Married

Languages known:                               English, Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, Malayalam, Tamil.

Interests:                                                   Reading, Traveling, Music.

Valid Driving License:                         Indian and Kuwaiti (valid in the GCC).