Cool Planet names team for Alexandria plant

Cool Planet Energy Systems has announced the team that will lead the construction and operations of its first commercial plant, which will be built at the Port of Alexandria.

Randy Tucker, vice president, Capital Projects, will direct the project. Robert Djelveh will serve as vice president, Supply Chain, and Rex Downen will serve as construction manager. Tim Palculict will serve as plant manager.

The plant will convert wood into 10 million gallons of gasoline a year, while also producing a high-tech charcoal that helps soil hold more water and nutrients.

Cool Planet CEO Howard Janzen said the company has issued the contract for site preparation and is finalizing the front-end engineering design for the plant.

Cool Planet is also looking at opportunities to build plants in Asia and other international markets.

Tucker has 25 years in project management experience and previously served as vice president, IT Services, for Peabody Energy.

Djelveh most recently co-led PricewaterhouseCooper’s and PRTM’s supply chain and energy groups in China.

Downen has more than 30 years of experience as a project manager and site construction manager and has managed refinery construction and other large scale projects for ConocoPhillips, Canadian Natural Resources, and URS Corp., among others.

Palculict has more than 25 years of experience in plant management, having started up 12 plants in the fuel and petrochemical industries