Meet Your Instructors

Ben H. Spooner, B.Sc., P. Eng

Principal Engineer – Amine Treating

Ben is a Petroleum Engineer with over two decades of experience providing technical support to the amine industry as an operator, technical specialist and as a consulting engineer. He joined Amine Experts in 2003 and has worked in over 25 countries on hundreds of various amine systems, providing expert assistance and advice regarding plant operations, troubleshooting, optimization and operator training.

He has written and presented papers worldwide at various conferences such as Laurence Reid, SOGAT, NACE and Sulphur. Ben is one of the primary speakers at Amine Experts world-recognized Amine Treating Course and heads our amine service practice area. He is responsible for aligning our amine services with customer needs and ensuring our position as a world-leader in this area is maintained. Engineer Spooner is the key technical contact for clients seeking information and support on amine-related issues.

Gerald E. Bohme, B.Sc., P.Eng.

Principal Engineer – Sulphur Recovery

Gerald is a Chemical Engineer and Senior Consultant with 25 years of experience in all aspects of the process engineering work conducted by Sulphur Experts. Gerald’s expertise is global and includes plant inspections, testing and plant optimization for the sour gas and oil refining industries, including completion of optimization projects in more than 200 operating facilities in more than 50 countries.

Gerald is a regular speaker at the Sulphur Experts world-recognized Sulphur Recovery Technical Training Course and is very active in training plant operators and engineers through our specialized on-site training programs.

Michael Sheilan P.Eng., B.Sc

Principal Engineer – Amine Treating and Dehydration Operations

Michael has been involved in the gas processing industry for 39 years.  He has a long history of expertise in training operators and engineers in gas processing as well as troubleshooting all aspects of upstream gas treating processes. More recently, he has focussed on dehydration and amine sweetening as a senior principal engineer for both Amine and Dehydration Experts.  He is one of the Principal Speakers of the Amine Experts’ 5-day Amine Treating and Sour Water Stripping courses, as well as the 4-day Dehydration Course. Mike has.

He is an authority on gas processing and has provided technical support to over 500 facilities in every continent (except Antarctica). He has been published in the Oil and Gas Journal, Hydrocarbon Processing, LNG Magazine and Chemical Engineering magazine and has presented at various conferences, including the LRGCC, GPA Midstream, NACE, SOGAT, Sulphur and AFPM. Michael is also a Senior advisor to the Laurance Reid Gas Conditioning Conference in Norman, Oklahoma. He has multiple publications on topics as far reaching as Inlet Separation and Filtration, Amine Sweetening, Glycol Dehydration, Corrosion and Sour Water Stripping. He is also one of the principle authors of the Amine Treating and Sour Water Stripping textbook. Michael is a Professional Engineer in Alberta (APEGA), is a member of Gas Processors Association of Canada (GPAC) and the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE).