Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Ship Operators Waste Oil to Clean Marine Fuel Wins Honour for Company Boss

Innovative Engineering Process Creator Recognised with Award
Shipping News Feature
FRANCE – It is over a year since we first wrote about an innovative company based in Paris which had launched a project in Portugal gathering ‘slops’, waste oil products, from ship operators such as MSC and refining them into useable marine fuels. The aptly named ‘Ecoslops’ has continued this work and now one of the co-founders of the company, Michel Pingeot, has received a prestigious engineering award.

Msieu. Pingeot, now Ecoslops Honarary Chairman, and originally a graduate from the École Nationale Supérieure d'Électrochimie et d'Électrométallurgie de Grenoble (ENSEEG) over 50 years ago, began his career in 1966 as an engineer within the Heurtey group after completing his military service in the French navy. As President of Heurtey Petrochem he created the innovative P2R (Petroleum Residue Recycling) process before founding Ecoslops in 2009 in order to develop hydrocarbon waste processing plants using this method on an industrial scale. He then steered the construction and launch of that first industrial plant in Sines, Portugal last year.

The process which Msieu. Pingeot developed, and which turns the slops into valuable new fuels and light bitumen has meant he has now been recognised as winner of L’Usine Nouvelle magazine’s ‘Ingénieurs du Futur 2016’ (2016 engineers of the future) award in the business-creator-engineer category. On receiving news of the award he commented:

“I am humbled to receive this award, which recognizes 50 years of passion for my chosen job as an engineer and the corporate spirit that drove me to become involved in a new adventure by founding, at the age of 70, a start-up devoted to upgrading ship-generated hydrocarbon residue. It summarizes my vision that engineering is both a technical adventure and a human adventure, and it is this second aspect that gives it its true nobility.

”The teamwork we have accomplished within Ecoslops will always be a highlight of my professional career, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have put their trust in me through thick and thin.”

Photo: Michel Pingeot.