Prakash Kumar Karunakaran

Custodian Engineer, APC / GTS Digital Lead Mechanical and Process Department

Prakash Kumar Karunakaran is the Custodian Engineer and Group Technical Authority for Advanced Process Control (or APC) in PETRONAS.  In this role, he is accountable for all the Advanced Applications in PETRONAS.

He started his career in PETRONAS LNG Complex in Bintulu, the 3rd largest Liquefied Natural Gas plant in the world.  After more than 10 years, he transitioned to Melaka Refinery, the largest crude refinery in Malaysia.

After about 18 years in the field, he moved to Group Technical Solutions, a central process and engineering consultancy for PETRONAS group.  He currently provides technical solution delivery for the entire PETRONAS from Upstream to Downstream.

His other roles includes being the Digital Lead for Group Technical Solutions and as a member of the Leadership Team of the 3000 strong Chemical Engineering fraternity in PETRONAS.

His biggest passion is in the area of capability development and have conducted technical training for more than 700 Chemical Engineers in PETRONAS.

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