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The Rhizome Energy team is led by Bob Coates & Raj Sharma who together has more than forty-seven years of experience in the Oil & Gas, Marine and Energy industries, with an expert level of knowledge in mechanical & piping and Single Point Moorings.

Key Personnel

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Bob Coates


Bob Coates started his career serving an apprenticeship as a ship’s draughtsman in the design office of a Lowestoft shipyard and subsequently gained Honours Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and in English Law as a mature student. In recent years, he has been a board member of well-known and established engineering companies in the SPM (single point mooring) sector of the industry.

He has a vast range of experience in; Project Management, Project Engineering, Piping & Mechanical Design including Stress & Materials, and Packaged Equipment Specification. He has a detailed expert level of knowledge of all types of SPM & turret mooring systems (internal, external, and dis-connectable), CALM buoys, and associated fluid transfer/swivel systems.

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Raj Sharma


Raj Sharma is a qualified Marine Engineer. He studied Marine Engineering in India and then completed BSc Honours Degree in Marine Technology from the United Kingdom. He has more than 12 years post-graduate experience in the Offshore Oil & Gas, marine Industry, within piping & mechanical discipline. He has been discipline leads in past employments and has many years of project engineering experience. He gained significant design experience of piping & mechanical systems for Floating production systems and other floating systems (FSO/FSU’s, FSRU, etc.). In addition, he also has a good understanding of Buoys and Subsea PLEMs.

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Adrien Emerich

Project Engineer

Adrien Emerich started his career at Rhizome Energy Limited. He completed his Master’s Degree in General Engineering at ECAM Lyon, France and subsequently completed a First Class MSc Honours Degree in Advanced Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leicester. He is always keen and enthusiastic to work on new projects and ensure satisfactory completions. He aims to grow with the company, and work on multidisciplinary projects in the UK and abroad.

Other team members within Rhizome Energy are experienced engineers with a multi-national background. All team members have individually between ten and thirty years’ experience in their particular discipline. Their particular fortes include; pipe stress analysis (static & dynamic), process, pipeline engineering (onshore & offshore), naval architecture, structural, mechanical, electrical & instrumentation, safety and equipment specification & procurement.

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