Instructor's Summary

Mr. Deryck Coetzer


Mr. Deryck Coetzer, MSc, BSc, is a Senior Chemical Engineer with over 25 years of extensive experience within Oil and Gas industries.  His experience covers Process Control & Optimization Engineering, Process Plant Troubleshooting, Chemical Engineering, Water, Effluent & Waste Water Treatment Systems, Catalyst Technology, HAZOP and HSE Management.  He is currently the Senior Engineering Manager of Sasol Technology.

Mr. Coetzer spent all of his career life working for Sasol Technology.  He held key positions in the Operations, Process Design, Production and R&D Departments of Sasol.  During these periods, he was able to identify & implement water reduction projects, clean up the Sasol waste sites to environmentally accepted standards, model various system for optimization, facilitated HAZOP studies and MFD reviews, solve various production problems, spearheaded Flare Stock Design, Process Control Strategy of the Coal Gasification Plant, optimization projects at fertilizer & explosive plants, design of piping systems for various projects, modifications and recommissioning of a “moth-balled” Ethylene Plant.  He was the major proponent for the economic & technical integration of all plants and businesses in the Sasolburg complex to improve the company bottomline.  He was also responsible for the research, development, process design, and implementation and commissioning of a plant to recover useful products from a dusty tar effluent which included filtration, distillation and logistics.

Mr. Coetzer has Master and Bachelor degrees in Chemical Engineering.  He is an active member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).  During the past ten years of his career, he has dedicated a portion of his time in developing young engineers and built up a reputation of a mentor and coach by sharing his knowledge to these younger professionals in achieving higher goals and bridging problems in their repertoire.  He considers this as a key competency.