Second Volume in Three-Book Series Focuses on Operator Training

Los Angeles (January 3, 2013) - San Dimas, Calif.-based OnQuest today announced that Roger Newnham, president of the company's Calgary-based subsidiary OnQuest Canada ULC, has completed Direct-Fired Heaters: Operator Training Manual, the second in his three-volume series on direct-fired heaters.

Direct-Fired Heaters: Operator Training Manual provides audiences in the petroleum and petrochemical industries with a detailed guide and reference to the operation of fired heaters. Focusing on safe and effective heating operations, it features detailed descriptions of heaters and heating processes, offering training objectives, photos, diagrams, charts and a glossary of industry terms.

Newnham has more than 35 years of experience in the design, engineering, fabrication and installation of heaters for petroleum refining and petrochemical companies worldwide. He has also been instrumental in developing controls and instrumentation and designing burner management systems for direct-fired heaters, along with burner revamps and maintenance of direct-fired heaters.

"This latest work represents another major compilation of valuable fired-heater information," notes Edward Shepherd of Chevron Corporation, who served as chair of the Task Force on ISO 13705/API560 Fired Heaters for General Refinery Service and who is an operations specialist at Chevron Global Manufacturing: "The graphics and straightforward approach to the subject matter are especially well suited for operator training. This volume is sure to be a valuable resource for the fired-heater industry for decades."

Newnham's book has proven an "invaluable reference since its publication," says Steven A. McMurray, senior technical advisor at PTT Global Chemical Public Company Ltd., in Thailand. "With the release of this companion volume, the industry finally has a much-needed reference with clear, concise training concepts."

Achmad Fathoni Mahmud, at the Pertamina Balikpapan Refinery Unity in Indonesia, says, "I appreciate the author's dedication to delivering structured and meaningful practical knowledge," and adds that he is "using this important book to train my frontline staff."

Newnham's third book in the series, dedicated to improving efficiency and lowering emissions, is in the final stages of completion. More information about the three-volume series is available at www.firedheaterbook.com.

Roger Newnham is a member of the Federation Europeenne d'Associations Nationales d'Ingenieurs (FEANI) and of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (UK). He graduated from Brighton University in Brighton, England. Newnham emigrated to Canada in 1980 and established OnQuest as an independent entity in Calgary, Alberta, to work with large oil and gas engineering, procurement and construction firms. Born Canada was acquired by OnQuest Inc. in 2005.