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Freese and Nichols Hires Dan McKenzie, PE, to Lead Oil and Gas Group: 1/23/2019


Dan Purschwitz, 817-735-7574,
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DALLAS – Jan. 22, 2019 Freese and Nichols, Inc., has bolstered the growth of its energy services by adding Oil and Gas Group Manager and Practice Leader Dan McKenzie, PE, a veteran of the oil and gas industry who has led a variety of multimillion-dollar projects.

McKenzie has spent almost four decades developing broad and deep experience in gas processing, treating, gathering, compression design, construction, operation and optimization. He most recently was a regional engineering manager for a large firm engaged in gas gathering, treating, processing and distribution and in crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquid (NGL) transportation.

“Dan’s experience on the owner side of the industry will give us additional insights into clients’ needs so we can have an even better understanding of how to help them achieve their goals,” said Freese and Nichols Division Manager Kevin Johnson, who had been leading the practice.

McKenzie, who will be based in Freese and Nichols’ Dallas office, has handled projects in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma and on the Upper Louisiana Gulf Coast. His accomplishments include:

  • Training and overseeing engineers to manage large grassroots projects, such as cryogenic and treating facilities, compressor stations and pipelines
  • Serving as a business development analyst and project manager for crude oil/petroleum product terminal and pipeline projects
  • Managing all phases of engineering and construction for three large gas gathering/compression systems in the United States (Anadarko Basin, San Juan Basin and Giddings Austin Chalk), including treatment and processing
  • Developing large, efficient well-tie programs, building cross-country pipelines, and developing GIS and mapping programs
He has held leadership roles with the Gas Processors Association, North Texas Gas Processors Association, Instrument Society of America and Pipe Liners Club of Tulsa.
He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.

About Freese and Nichols
Freese and Nichols, Inc. is a professional consulting firm serving clients across the Southeast and Southwest United States. With sustainability in mind, Freese and Nichols plans, designs and manages infrastructure projects. It is the first engineering/architecture firm to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Learn more at