Meet the INCITIAS Team

Amanda Johnson

Principal Consultant – Paul Duncan

Paul Duncan is a Principal Consultant at INCITIAS. Having worked with Holger on various projects since 2007, they enjoyed a mutually respected working relationship. After finishing the technical design of the Malta LNG import terminal, it was the perfect opportunity to work together, and Paul joined INCITIAS in 2017.


Typically customer-facing, Paul is part of the INCITIAS Senior Management team, working with discipline engineers and principal engineers and client teams to help deliver studies for projects in the LNG and energy sector. A usual day would start with project emails, catching up with the team, liaising with clients on scheduling and preparing for work scope. Speaking with INCITIAS’ clients, management meetings and project work including preparing procedures, quality system planning, risk workshops, etc.


When discussing his career course, Paul recalls “I was keen avid sailor, competing throughout high school, interested in America’s Cup yachts.” He laughs and adds “I wanted to build the winning America’s Cup yacht and decided I would like to design them”. To pursue this, I studied Naval Architecture at the Australian Maritime College (AMC) in Tasmania.  After graduation, I discovered that yachts are a hobby and cottage industry, and moved towards working with small craft, workboats and marine waterjet propulsion systems.


2007 provided the opportunity to move into the energy industry, the best move he ever made. Paul thoroughly enjoys working with colleagues who are motivated, committed, and conscious of delivering projects safely. “Time, budget and safety are drivers of the project, and the industry moves swiftly,” Paul explains. 


Efficiencies and safety are high priorities for Paul. The concept of ‘what you walk past, you accept’ and the empowering of all staff to halt work, if they see an unsafe situation. Paul speaks emotively about the genuine expectation and concern for safety and the environment. Trying to minimise the impact on the environment and treating it with respect. Whilst not the inspiration to join the industry, it is the motivation for remaining in the energy industry for the last two decades.


A favourite part of his role includes the expatriate component, travel and on-site project rotations. Being on the ground in the project office, living and working across the globe. Part of Paul’s role includes visiting construction yards to evaluate, monitor and inspect ships. Experiencing and immersing himself in different cultures is GREAT FUN. Some of the inspections, really stick out in his mind. “There was one inspection on Kiribati, a tiny Micronesian island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean; the people I interacted with were some of the happiest people I have ever met!” Paul recalls. 


‘Working on the innovative mooring system designs for floating LNG units in British Columbia was one of the most enjoyable projects I’ve been a part of. fantastic to be part of a team (INCITIAS) that can deliver truly world-leading original equipment designs utilising proven equipment in new ways.”


Having recently joined the Whitehorse branch of the Victorian SES,

In his time away from the office, Paul enjoys adventuring in planes, cars, mountain bikes and on foot. His personal time, accompanied by his partner, is often spent hiking in the mountains, traversing winding roads and skiing. Travelling has been a life-long hobby; Paul enjoys being immersed in other cultures and eating where the locals eat. His favourite food is char kway teow, a Malaysian street hawker dish (the hotter the better!). His favourite country to spend time in is Norway, where he particularly enjoys alpine skiing. 


To explore more of Paul’s career, please see his LinkedIn profile.  


You can contact us to discuss how INCITIAS can assist with your project management requirements. 

Engineering Services

INCITIAS Services and Original Products are supported by in-house team of engineers and designers:

  • Naval architects
  • Process engineers
  • Mechanical and Marine engineers
  • Safety and risk engineers
  • Structural and civil engineers
  • Electrical and instrumentation engineers
  • Subsea engineers
  • Construction supervisors

Naval Architecture services:

  • Hydrodynamic analysis
  • Hydrostatic analysis
  • Offshore and nearshore mooring systems design 
  • Design in accordance with IMO and class requirements

Process Engineering services:

  • Cryogenic system engineering for LNG, ethane, LPG, and hydrogen
  • Chemical engineering for olefins, biodiesel, and chemical bulk handling
  • Natural gas networks
  • Fuel systems
  • Jetty topsides for conventional oil and LNG
  • FPSO topsides design
  • Process system commissioning

Mechanical and Marine Engineering services:

  • Original equipment and machinery design
  • Hydraulic and pneumatic system design
  • Cryogenic pressure vessel design
  • Piping systems design
  • Package engineering
  • Marine systems integrations
  • Cargo and ballast systems, HVAC, and cooling propulsion solutions

Safety and Risk Engineering services:

  • Explosion studies
  • Gas dispersion studies
  • Cooling water dispersion studies
  • QRA, HAZOP and HAZID coordination

Structural Engineering services:

  • Marine and offshore structure design
  • Structure life extension
  • Fatigue studies
  • Asset integrity

Electrical and Instrumentation Engineering services:

  • Load lists
  • Shore-to-ship power connections
  • Power system design
  • LV and MV engineering
  • Subsea electrical systems engineering
  • Process and machinery instrumentation design

Subsea Engineering services:

  • ROV operations engineering
  • Subsea intervention engineering
  • Subsea pipeline system design
  • Flexible flowline and umbilical design

FPSO External Riser turret mooring

Mooring Handling LIFTING BEAM GENERAL ASSEMBLY Original Equipment

Hose Reel 3D hybrid render

FPSO Bow Extension 3D modelling

FPSO Decommissioning

Our clients find our experience invaluable during FPSO decommissioning planning and execution, using the INCITIAS teams’ ability to assess the most suitable strategy, based on the project and local authority’s requirements. Our team has extensive experience in the design and installation of FPSO mooring systems, risers and umbilicals.


We can support the client decommissioning plan with the following services:


  • Decommissioning option selection study and recommendation
  • Cost estimate and assessment of cost escalation
  • Contracting strategy options selection and recommendation
  • Integrated owner engineering team
  • Original equipment to unlock value in the decommissioning plan
  • Project management of decommissioning team and sub-contractor


Examples of typical deliverables for FPSO Decommissioning are:


  • Execution plan and cost estimation
  • Riser, umbilical and mooring disconnection analysis
  • Vessel spread selection and market enquiry
  • Decommissioning story board, tools and resource lists 
  • Design and build of original equipment 
  • ROV campaign support
  • Decommissioning schedule and procedure
  • Request for quotation, bid assessment and recommendation 

Single Point Mooring system

Turret Mooring

Independent Verification Design

Working together with INCITIAS, clients can obtain objective evidence of asset compliance with project requirements.

With our independent verification design process, INCITIAS applies an efficient risk-based assessment method to prioritise critical elements of the asset.


An INCITIAS comprehensive review can include:


  • Desktop review of design documents
  • Review of HAZID, EIA and QRA findings
  • Risk ranking of asset elements
  • Preparation of review plan
  • Client approval of review plan
  • Execute review plan, including on-site performance verification
  • Issue of certification certificate

We work together with our clients to ensure the appropriate level of review is carried out.

Operations & Maintenance Support

INCITIAS combines our Engineering expertise with real world Operations and Maintenance experience.  We support our clients with O&M development and management activities including:


  • Enterprise management system development
  • Organisation structure development and evaluation
  • Systems and procedures development and review, including detailed procedures, permits and work systems
  • Emergency response systems
  • Defining specific port operations requirements
  • Operation and maintenance training and competency assessment
  • Commissioning activities

Integrated Owner’s Engineering Services

We support Owners with engineering, technical, and project management expertise across LNG, marine, and vessel conversion projects. Our clients can minimise risk and maximise opportunities earlier in project execution, with INCITIAS Owner’s engineering services. 


INCITIAS can provide integrated owner’s engineering services for onshore and offshore projects from a client office, site location or remotely from our offices in Melbourne. 


Typical services are:


  • Design and construction management
  • Customised risk management solutions
  • Specialist LNG process and marine engineering
  • Budget implementation, scheduling, and cost control
  • Non-permanent on-site dedicated offices for project



Indicative deliverables are:


  • Technical document reviews
  • Project bankability documents 
  • Basis of design
  • Functional performance specification
  • Resource plan and project schedule
  • Request for quotation and technical bid evaluation
  • Participation in HAZID, HAZOP, QRA, design reviews
  • FAT (Factory Acceptance Tests) certification
  • Work packs for installation contractor

We can be as involved as you require. From specialist resources who consultant on specific aspects of your project, to the provision of a fully integrated Owners team. 

At INCITIAS we develop tailor-made delivery solutions to match your project’s execution strategy and risk profile. Offering a full range of alternative delivery methods enables us to deliver the most effective project outcomes for you.

CLP Jetty Installation during the daytime

Advisory Services

INCITIAS offers integrated technical and commercial advisory services to assist clients advance their projects and provide support for their decision-making process. Clients can reduce risk and maximise opportunities by accessing our team of advisory specialists’ wealth of experience.


Typical advisory services are:


  • Technology assessment and selection. 
  • Commercial risk assessment.
  • Pre-feasibility, feasibility, and pre-FEED and FEED studies.
  • Contract review against the project technical performance.
  • Independent review of project execution plan.

INCITIAS techno-commercial advisory services aligns commercial drivers with feasible and proven technical solutions. Our team’s experience includes facility selection, financial assessment, contracting strategies, construction management and project operations. Assisting clients meet their business objectives using our capabilities to provide insights and solutions. 


Indicative deliverables are:


  • Site selection study
  • Environmental pre-assessment 
  • Technology options, recommendations and definition
  • Review of contract commitment against the facility performance
  • CAPEX and OPEX estimates
  • Financial models, NPV calculation, tolling model, and sensitivity assessment 
  • Project bankability document pack
  • Probabilistic models combining queueing and Monte Carlo assessment for logistic studies
  • HAZID, HAZOP, QRA and project risk assessment 
  • Operations and training requirements definition