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Expert to Discuss Complexities of Oil Industry

August 16, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Gerrit Burcheim, a professional metallurgical engineer, will present an overview of the oil industry at the Rotary Club of Kahului meeting on Monday, Aug. 20, at noon in the banquet room of the Dunes at Maui Lani in Kahului.

The talk will focus on refining and distribution (downstream).

"Although oil and refined products are a commodity, it is a very complex business, technically challenging and requires huge capital outlays," said Burcheim. "There are always a lot of misperceptions in regards to oil companies and their business practices."

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Gerrit Burcheim will present an overview of the oil industry at the Rotary Club of Kahului meeting on Monday, Aug. 20, at noon in the banquet room of the Dunes at Maui Lani in Kahului.

Burcheim will provide insight from his two decades of experience working for two integrated global oil companies--ExxonMobil and BP. He also consulted for oil refineries for over a decade. His specialty is predicting where damage will occur in refining equipment and helping devise maintenance and repair plans for fixed equipment.

Burcheim has a bachelor's and master's in science from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked as a corrosion/materials engineer in refineries and in central engineering groups for ExxonMobil and BP. He then helped co-found a consulting company that provided specialized engineering services to refineries. They recently sold their interests in that company.

He and his wife, Mary, moved full-time to Maui two years ago. They intend to start a new company in about 18 months here on Maui.

Rotary is an international service organization whose object is to "encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise."

The Rotary Club of Kahului, chartered Sept. 5, 1955, meets weekly at the Dunes at Maui Lani in Kahului. Lunch is $20 or a $5 program fee is charged.

 
 

 

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