Preparing for the Energy Transition
The first Technical Workshop for employees from different engineering specialties was held in Buenos Aires as a three-day event featuring speakers from the Energy Transition team and other areas, including experts who traveled especially to Argentina from Spain and Italy.
The Technical Workshop hosted from November 21 to 23 as part of Techint Engineering & Construction’s Energy Transition Training Program was billed as a special opportunity for the company’s different Engineering specialties.
The three-day program featured an impressive array of speakers who covered a wide range of topics such as: renewable energies (wind, solar and biomass), carbon capture, hydrogen and ammonia as energy carriers, and the uses of E-fuels. It was an opportunity to dive deep into a number of subjects covered by the company’s various webinars held earlier over the year.
Two speakers traveled from Europe, especially to share their knowhow with the audience on this occasion: José Olmo Ruiz, Civil Design Lead Engineer at the Engineering office in Seville (Spain), and Paola Foglia, who is a Process Engineering Coordinator in Milan (Italy).
“We launched this first workshop in Buenos Aires, but the idea is to repeat it around the world at the company's Engineering offices, such as those in Quito (Ecuador), Mumbai (India), Milan (Italy) and Mexico,” explained Hernan Milberg, Energy Transition Sr. Manager.
“The topic of the Energy Transition is prompting a great deal of interest, especially among young people both within and outside the organization. The entire work team of this new department has been very closely involved in organizing the workshop, with really high levels of dedication, as working on these projects generates a very special kind of energy. People feel like they are doing their bit to have a cleaner planet,” enthused Milberg.
During the first day of the workshop, Oscar Scarpari, CEO of Techint E&C, pointed out that this training space is an opportunity to network with colleagues from different areas and cultures. “The energy transition is both a challenge and an opportunity for the company. This is why we are so proud to have the contributions and commitment of a team able to respond to the global need to decarbonize industrial activity,” affirmed Scarpari.
Looking ahead to the future
Nahuel Micone, Energy Transition Sr. Principal, was in charge of the Energy Transition Training Program, whose purpose, he explained, was to ensure the Engineering team is progressively more involved in the design and development of products linked to the energy transition.
Each day, the program began at 9 am. and lasted until 6 pm. In the first panel, José Olmo Ruiz and Carlos Pérez, Electrical Design Lead Engineer (also at the Seville office), discussed renewable energies with a focus on solar photovoltaic technology and wind energy. Olmos Ruiz emphasized the multicultural aspect of this type of events and the “chance to meet all the employees with whom we work online every day face-to-face.”
Next up were Florencia Giovagnoli, Process Design Principal, who spoke alongside her colleagues Julieta Medina, Energy Transition Principal, Nahuel Micone and Tomas Fassi, a Piping Design Specialist Engineer about the pros and cons of carbon capture.
“I think it’s really important for Techint E&C to be working on these issues that are front and center on the agenda. I believe that everyone can contribute from wherever they are: as much those of us from other projects as those people who are just starting out and have the opportunity to train and learn,” shared Giovagnoli. Along the same lines, Medina added that, “I hope that we can continue to offer this type of training opportunity, as it’s crucial for us all to understand what the company is capable of doing in terms of the Energy Transition, regardless of what each one of us actually does in their daily work.”
On the second day, Paola Foglia, Juan Carlos Diosdado, Mechanical Design Lead Engineer in Mexico, Tomas Fassi and Andres Llorens, Process Design Principal, dove deep into the area of hydrogen production. “There are several studies underway, and challenges that must be addressed, in order to direct the development of hydrogen production and transportation, as it’s one of the energy vectors with the most promising capacity to eliminate CO2 emissions,” explained Foglia.
To conclude the second day, the team from Spain, made up of Maria Angeles Graciani, Process Design Lead Engineer, Sara Couso, Mechanical Design Engineer, and Fernando Gómez Uribarri, Mechanical Design Lead Engineer, presented a panel on biomass.
On the third day, Daniel Paz, Process Design Technical Executive, Sabrina Petronelli, Process Engineer, were joined by Edwin Acosta, Energy Transition Specialist Engineer in Ecuador, to talk about the production of green ammonia.
Then, Daniel Paz and Rosa Velasco, Process Design Lead Engineer in Mexico, teamed up with Juan Carlos Diosdado for a detailed presentation of the fuels involved in E-fuels and opened a debate about the opportunities they offer to the company.
Finally, Pedro Napoletano, Chief Engineering Officer, gave a keynote speech at the closing session where he talked about the importance of projects related to the energy transition. He emphasized the relevance of training spaces such as this workshop, which enable employees to get a real sense of perspective of the scope of these projects. It’s also an opportunity for them to recognize their potential and acquire the tools to prepare for future challenges. In a world that thinks green, wound up Napoletano, Techint E&C has a unique opportunity to attract the kind of talent that will strengthen its positioning as a cutting-edge company.
At Techint E&C, we’ll be holding more of these workshops and webinars as part of our Energy Transition Training Program in the different regions where we are present, so we can be better prepared to tackle projects that take us further down the path towards decarbonization.