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Petrochemicals Team

Andy Nicholson, Aromatics

Andy Nicholson is responsible for aromatics and derivatives in Europe, the Middle East and India for Argus DeWitt. Andy has 35 years experience in the petrochemical industry, including 13 years at ICI in the UK and Germany and eight years at Rhône-Poulenc/Rhodia in France.

He studied at the universities of Cambridge and Freiburg and is fluent in English, German and French.

Joe Duffy
Joe Duffy, Ethylene, Polymers and Derivatives

Joe Duffy joined Argus DeWitt in 2009 as Vice-President, Ethylene, Polymers & Derivatives, Europe Africa and the Middle East. Joe possesses considerable knowledge and understanding of the European olefins market, having previously worked for ICI, Huntsman and most recently Sabic, where he was responsible for the business management of Sabic’s olefins business in Europe. 

In his time at Argus DeWitt, Joe has worked on a number of consultancy projects covering the structure of the European olefins markets, investment opportunities in the Middle East and the potential for ethane imports to Europe. Joe is also responsible for the provision of regular client services for ethylene and polymers along with the monthly olefins outlook report. Joe has a B.Sc. (Hons) degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow.

Mazlan Razak, Principal Consultant

Mazlan Razak is a Principal Consultant in the Argus Singapore office. He has over 25 years of experience in the downstream oil and petrochemical industry. He started his career in the technical area as process engineer, production planner and shift production manager at Petronas’ refining operations before diversifying into business planning, corporate strategy, project management and commercial within the Petronas organisation. Mazlan launched his consulting career first with DeWitt and later with Nexant prior to joining Argus.

Mazlan currently leads Argus’ petrochemical consulting services in Asia as well as actively contributing in the energy consulting areas. He has consulted on refined products, natural gas, petrochemicals and fertilizers covering assignments dealing with products screening, feasibility studies, market dynamic analysis, price forecasting, economic modeling, technology assessment, competitive analysis, technical due diligence, M&A support, industry training etc. He has also presented papers at global/regional conferences on strategic market trends.

Mazlan holds a bachelor degree in chemical engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, US

Sarah Rae, Propylene, Polymers and Derivatives

Sarah is Argus DeWitt's propylene consultant focusing primarily on Europe and the Middle East. For 17 years prior to Argus DeWitt, Sarah held senior strategic purchasing management positions at Ineos, Tessenderlo Chemie and Rhodia, responsible for a wide range of materials including olefins, fertilizers and commodity raw materials.

Before this, Sarah held various management and project roles covering most aspects of the chemical business including business management, sales, planning and logistics. She graduated with a degree in geology from Leicester University and her first job was working with BP in the company’s UK oil exploration division.

Anne Huber

Anne Huber, Aromatics, Crude and Feedstocks

Anne Huber is a Principal Consultant for aromatics, crude and feedstocks, based in Houston. Anne has over 30 years’ experience in the refining and petrochemical industries. She worked for Chevron Corporation and affiliated companies, starting her career at Chevron’s Pascagoula, Mississippi, refinery in engineering and planning. Subsequent roles in regional supply and distribution in Houston included crude oil trading (physical and futures) and project management. With Chevron Phillips Chemical, Anne managed benzene feedstock purchases and precious metals catalyst. With Americas Styrenics, she managed the supply chain for feedstocks and styrene. Anne joined DeWitt & Company in 2010. 

Anne’s expertise includes refining and petrochemical supply chains and manufacturing economic analysis. She has completed single client work on various topics including reforming, pyrolysis gasoline, crude analysis, shale oil, pipelines and gasoline marketing. Anne is a graduate of Stanford University, with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering.

Chuck Venezia, Sr. Vice President, Petrochemicals

Chuck Venezia is Sr. Vice President, Petrochemicals and was a Principal of DeWitt & Company Inc., prior to merger with Argus Media, Inc. He has more than 20 years experience in the petrochemical industry.

He joined DeWitt in 2002 from CheMatch where he served as Executive Director, Latin America of the online trading platform for bulk petrochemicals. Before joining CheMatch, Mr. Venezia served as Area Manager, Latin America for Chevron Chemical Company. At Chevron, he managed the company’s polymer export sales and other chemical sales into Mexico and South America. Mr. Venezia holds an MBA and M.A. from Tulane University and a B.A. from Union College.

Steve Webber

Steve Weber, Petrochemicals

Steve Weber is Vice-President of petrochemical and refining consulting, based in Houston.

Steve has more than 35 years’ experience in refining and chemical plant management, engineering and operations. Steve began his career with Fina in 1979 as a process engineer and had various other assignments in the 1980s in the economics and planning and marine transportation groups for Fina in Dallas. In 1989, he moved to the Port Arthur refinery and later became operations manager at the site. Steve was named plant manager of the Total/GE Joint Venture Styrene Plant (Cosmar) in 1995 and refinery manager at the Big Spring, Texas, refinery in 1998. In 2000, he returned to Louisiana to manage both the Styrene JV and the Total Petrochemicals Polystyrene Operation. Steve was named senior manager of aromatics for Total in 2005. 

Steve joined Dewitt & Company in 2011 after spending three years with Solomon Associates in the refining and petrochemical consulting area. 

Steve is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA.

Paco Rangel

Paco Rangel, Toluene, Xylenes and PET

Paco Rangel has over 16 years of consulting experience in the energy and petrochemical industry. Areas of expertise include aromatics market consulting and price analysis, single client studies, manufacturing economic analysis, fuels supply chain and NGL pipeline management. Paco began his career at Accenture where he helped petrochemical clients in areas such as business process design, merger and acquisitions, and business process simulation. 

Paco joined DeWitt & Company as an olefins analyst in 2001 and spent 10 years working on analysis for both olefins and aromatics markets and he became Manager of Economic Services in 2008. Paco rejoined Argus DeWitt in 2014 after spending three years working on fuel supply chain and NGL pipeline projects for Energy Consulting firm Opportune LLP. Single client work includes various topics in reforming, alkylation, pyrolysis gasoline, and economic competitiveness in both olefins and aromatics value chains. 

Tony Devlin, Methanol

Tony Devlin brings with him 20 years of experience for Imperial Chemical (ICI) UK working in a variety of roles covering logistics, purchasing and sales management. He has acquired 10 years’ experience working  with Methanex Corporation as Sales Manager, and latterly as Procurement Manager for Europe, responsible for sourcing up to 500 kmt of methanol per annum from the market to supplement production and fulfill sales commitments. 

Tony was recruited by Dewitt & Company in 2011, and a year later Argus Media acquired the company. 

This study provides analysis of pygas, propylene, and butadiene out to 2018 to determine availability and impact in the different regions.

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