Mike Haines

Mike Haines is a chemical engineer who has 34 years international experience with Shell companies initially in petrochemicals and later exploration and production. Since his retirement from the Shell Group 13 years ago he has also built up extensive experience in Carbon Capture and Storage technologies working for the International Energy Agency Green House Gas R&D programme. 

Mikes early career included design and operation of heavy petrochemical plants working at Pernis in the Netherlands, Stanlow in the UK and the Shell Chemicals head office in the Hague. He then switched to the upstream oil and gas business to engineer exploration and production projects including tests of advanced enhanced oil recovery methods during 6 years in the Sultanate of Oman. He subsequently spent 4 years in safety management first in Shell’s head offices in the Hague at the time of the dramatic accident to Piper Alpha in the North Sea and then in the field in Sarawak.  He returned to a head office role in process technology for Exploration and Production and finished his Shell career in the development of new technologies in the field of greenhouse gas emission reduction.  After retirement from Shell International  in 2002 he pursued this interest through a part time position as project manager with the IEAGHG R&D programme based in Cheltenham UK. Since 2010 he retired also from this position but has continued to provide consultancy services mainly to IEAGHG and also reviews research projects for the EU commission.  

Mike has expertise in process technology, project management and HSE. His key positions in recent years have been

  • Head of Safety, Environment and Security with Sarawak Shell Berhad
  • Head of Design Engineering Sarawak Shell Berhad
  • Senior Process Technologist – Shell Exploration and Production The Hague/Rijswijk
  • Project Manager – IEAGHG R&D programme
  • Director Cofree Technology Ltd. - his sole consultancy.

During his years in Shell Head office Mike lead many audits and design reviews of Shell’s major projects and operations around the world. He also worked on elements of the research and development programme for oil and gas exploration and production technologies. 

At IEAGHG he has managed twenty studies on all aspects of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and was closely involved in the successful CO2SINK demonstration of CO2 geological storage in Germany.   

Mike studied Natural Sciences and then Chemical Engineering at Cambridge University. He holds an MA and is a member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. He speaks English and Dutch.  Date of birth - 16 October 1944. Nationality - British



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