Scott Sayles

Scott Sayles

Manager, Renewable Fuels and Alternate Feeds, Becht

Scott M. Sayles has over 46 years of experience as a refinery manager, engineer, and consultant in the renewable fuels, petroleum refining and petrochemical industries. His experience in leading technical due diligence for emerging technologies, alternative feedstock selection, and balancing operability/reliability for assets continues to bring successful projects on line and increase client profitability.

  • Owner’s Engineer for an existing hydrocracker revamp to renewable jet service for SAF blending. Projected to return was positive.
  • Assessment, design and operations assistance for co-processing seed oil on multiple existing diesel hydrotreaters. Process advice allowed achievement of run length goals and processing targets. Provided guidance on 14C testing to certify renewable diesel content.
  • Strategic studies and/or designs for many large projects for Ebullated/Slurry/Fixed Bed Resid Hydrocracking, Aromatics, Reforming, Hydroprocessing, and FCCU.
  • Studies and implementation to increase margins, improve yields and reduce operating costs at multiple refinery and petrochemical sites.

Bio refining strategic and studies/designs include:

  • Co-processing assessment, design, implementation and operation.
  • 100% renewable hydroprocessing facilities design both revamp and brown/green field producing reformulated diesel and reformulated jet suitable for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) blending.
  • Feed pretreatment unit evaluation, technology selection and implementation
  • Hydrogen production from gasification, steam methane/gas reforming and electrolysis.
  • Wood biomass gasification and Gas-to-Liquid (GTL) or Fisher Tropsch.
  • Alternate feeds (Europe Appendix IX, Municipal Waste etc).
  • Facility wide carbon intensity and carbon pathways for feedstocks processed or under consideration.
  • Carbon capture and sequestration studies.
  • Ethanol production and blending.
  • Established company-wide reformulated gasoline (RFG) reporting program.
  • Texaco R&D for heavy oil upgrading including, gasification, Fisher Tropsch (GTL), ebullated bed hydrocracking and other areas.

Management experience includes all aspects of a fuel refinery, dock, terminal, and pipelines. Corporate process engineering for multiple refineries including bringing Cumene unit, LSD and LSG projects on line and under budget. Operations manager for crude, vacuum, H-Oil™, Texaco gasification, distillate hydrotreating, amine regeneration and sulfur units.
Mr. Sayles holds a B.S. degree from Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI and an M.S. degree from Lamar University, Beaumont, TX; both degrees are in Chemical Engineering. 15 patents and many publications.