My name is Thomas Stuenkel. I’m a free-lance commissioning engineer / commissioning manager in international plant engineering. I commissioned different water treatment plants and petrochemical plants worldwide on my own or in multicultural commissioning teams.

Today I want to give you a short overview about a few of my recent projects in plant commissioning:

PV Crystalox Solar Silicon GmbH, Bitterfeld, Germany
szs engineering GmbH, Langen, Germany
Production facility for solar-grade silicon. Member of commissioning team. Commissioning, operating and consulting activities.
Commissioning Engineer
Since April 2009

National Petrochemical Industrial Co. (NATPET), Yanbu, Saudi Arabia

Lurgi AG, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

Construction of PDH plant. Member of commissioning team. Pre-commissioning and commissioning activities.

Commissioning Engineer

January 2007 till November 2008

SLOVNAFT a.s., Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Linde-KCA-Dresden GmbH, Dresden, Germany
Construction of Polypropylene Plant PP3. Coordination of commissioning activities among client, customer and licenser.
Commissioning Coordinator
October 2004 till September 2005

S.C. ROMPAK S.R.L, Pascani, Romania
ONDEO Industrial Solutions GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany
Construction of a biological wastewater treatment plant for a yeast manufacturer. Commissioning and warranty run of the plant.
Commissioning Manager
February 2004 and November 2003

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Commissioning & Plant Start-Up Training

August 27, 2009

I am developing a basic commissioning training course for people to get an understanding of the basic techniques of a plant commissioning and start-up process.
The course should be as well a team-building event for the commissioning crew.
If you would join such a training course, which topics should be covered and which questions should be answered [...]

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Jobs for German speaking freelance engineers

June 28, 2009

Today I have some questions to you:

Are you a freelance engineer?
Do you have a qualification as a welding engineer, mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, commissioning engineer or quality engineer?
Do you speak German and English?
Are you looking for a job?

Did you answer all four questions with “yes”?
OK, I invite you to follow me to my new website [...]

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Job offer: Freelance Welding Engineer in Northern Germany – Fluent in German is a must

June 19, 2009

Es wird ein Schweißfachingenieur für eine Raffinerie in Norddeutschland gesucht.
Die knappen Anforderungen des Kunden sind:

Nachgewiesene Erfahrung im Rohleitungsbau
Erfahrung beim Bau von Hochdruckleitungen

Es geht darum, dass der Bau eines Tanklagers sich zeitlich verzögert hat und es soll eine 2. Schicht eingeführt werden. Es wird der stellvertretende Baustellenleiter für die Aufsicht dieser Schicht gesucht. Es wird mit [...]

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Commissioning Resources for Commissioning Engineers & Commissioning Managers

May 27, 2009

Have you ever searched for the right information, the right company or the right standard during your commissioning activities on site? And have you been in a hurry to find it? I know this very well.
Today I start to compile all the important links which I used or I am using for my commissioning job. [...]

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Social bookmarking now on

May 20, 2009

I just added the nice plugin Sociable at my blog. Now you are able to share all posts and pages on with your friends trough your preferred social network.
At the end of each post and page you will find a set of small icons which are linked to the different social bookmark services like [...]

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Commissioning Job Board online

May 11, 2009

The new job board for commissioning related jobs went just online!
If you are an employer or looking for freelance commissioning engineers or commissioning managers you can post your commissioning related job offer for a limited time FREE of charge. Just click the following link to start posting your first job offer:
Post a new commissioning job
If [...]

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What the Heck is RSS?

May 9, 2009

And why should I care?
Good questions. First, here’s why you should care.
Unlike getting website updates or ezines by email, RSS feeds give you absolute, 100% complete control over the situation.
You don’t have to reveal your email address. If you want to stop receiving content, you don’t have to request to be “taken off the list.”
One [...]

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Farewell party at the Red Sea in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia

May 7, 2009

When I finished my commissioning engineer job in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia the shift supervisor Abdullah al Nakhli from NATPET organized a very nice party at the Red Sea in November 2008. I want to say again “Thank you!” to him. It was a nice time to work with him and his team at the PDH [...]

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Job opportunity: Commissioning Engineer for a waste water treatment plant in Romania

May 5, 2009

A German company who is building a municipal waste water treatment plant in Romania is looking for an experienced COMMISSIONING ENGINEER. He should be able to communicate in English and Romanian.
Duration approx. 1 year.
If you are interested in this job contact Thomas Stuenkel by using the contact form.

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