Our Company

Project Experts Impacting Communities

We work hand in hand with local governments, institutions and industry players to support asset development from funding on through to maintenance.

We do so with knowledge transfer in mind, to benefit local economies while raising community standards.

Our Vision

Develop Assets with Lasting Impacts

Our Mission

Utilize our extended global partnerships to develop profitable assets that impact local communities and deliver healthy returns to our partners.

Our Strategy

Creating Synergies Through Partnerships

Sustainable Economic and Social Empowerment, inspires what we do and gives purpose to our existence. By empowering people, our communities and partners we contribute to the advancement and development of sustainable assets.

We strive to bridge the gap between the African and American continents. By relying upon the power of partnerships and strong alliances, we deploy resources for long-term opportunities where we can transfer knowledge and support socio-economic development.

Our History

Years of Dynamic Evolution

Founded in 2015 by Tanzanian-born Verniss Dillon as an Oil & Gas Project Controls company, MicAyla has evolved over the years into an asset development group with interests in areas such as Tech, Acquisitions, Energy, and Real Estate.

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, MicAyla also maintains a presence in Tanzania.

With over 150 years of combined project experience, our teams have impacted some of the biggest projects and organizations in the world. Project sizes range from $100M to over $21B in multiple sectors from Commercial Real Estate, Infrastructure, Fabrication, and Oil & Gas.

our team

Leadership Team

“Partners in Economic and Ecosocial Empowerment”


MicAyla Inc.

2200 Post Oak Blvd,
Suite 1000
Houston, TX 77056

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Verniss Dillon

Verniss, born in Tanzania, grew up between his father’s homeland, the U.S, and the European and African continents. He has an Electrical Engineering background with 21+ years of experience developing assets and executing projects in the Energy, Industrial, and Infrastructural sectors globally.

Career Highlights:

  • Chevron, U.S. Consulted owner’s leadership team in developing a highly confidential $600M project implementing new technologies to reduce risks in refining processes.
  • RIL (Reliance Industries Limited), UAE & India. Consulted owner’s leadership in preparation and execution of Cocker Unit Turnaround project to maintain 1.2Mbpd refining capacity.
  • Marathon Petroleum, U.S. Consulted owner’s leadership teams in executing Turnaround and Capital projects across Marathon’s multiple refining assets in the U.S.
  • BP/HUSKY, U.S. Developed in-house earned value management systems saving $20M on project costs. Managed entire lifecycles of multiple major projects over $500M
  • BP (WRMP), U.S. Part of owner’s leadership team, from design to start-up, of a $10B refining asset modernization project.
  • North Texas Tollway Authority, U.S. Part of owner’s leadership team on a $21B tollway development project. Influencing funding decisions to sustain corridor development.
  • Peerless MFG, U.S. Led the implementation of companywide ERP systems increasing visibility and overall efficiency, saving time and money in fabrication and delivery.
  • Boeing at NASA, U.S. Wrote a recommendation plan for the evolution of the Space Shuttle Program into Space Exploration Systems in support of the National Vision for Space Explorations.

His career path led him to found MicAyla Inc. to develop sustainable assets and support both ends of the energy transition spectrum through innovative solutions, with an added focus on impacting local content through training and certification. In all his ventures, he strives to bridge gaps between the African and American continents.

Tom O'brien

Thomas has 34+ years project management and project service and controls experience in various sectors, such as, the oil & gas. infrastructure, buildings, power, petro-chemical commercial construction industries. Hands on experience in all phases of EPC work from FEED through execution and close out. Contract administration, , scope development and execution. Experience in onshore and offshore. As well as upstream and downstream work. Field Construction experience compliments outstanding technical skills.

SME in Planning and Scheduling, Project Controls, Risk Analysis and Claim Mitigation. Experience writing and auditing Project Execution Plans (PEPs) and Procedures. Expert use of industry software including Primavera P6 and MS Project. PMI Cost Management REP.

Career Highlights:

Project Services/Controls /Manager on the following Oil & Gas major projects:

Jazan ASU Project – Largest (6) Train Air Separation Units in the world. Jazan, KSA
BP Plant Wide Modernization Project included (4) new units (Crude, Coker, Hydrotreater, SRU) ($10.2B). Whiting, IN
Pipeline Crude Oil “C” Sunoco Oil
(4) Simultaneous New LSG Units ($2.1B). USA
(3) Simultaneous New Ultra-Low Diesel units ($900M). USA Regen Head Replacement & New COB Boiler, Marcus Hook PA Offshore Platform and Undersea pipelines replacement, Bahama Oil Co, Schedule Risk, Cost Risk, and Claims Management assignments include:

Defend claims for various clients in the Middle East.
Defended Claims and Deposed as Expert witness on FPL Co-gen, Marcus Hook PA ($750M).
Authored claim for a contractor for $3.6M, settled for $3.1M, Successfully Defended $20M delay claim on behalf of the owner on New Gas Oil Hydro Treater Unit ($1.2B).
Negotiated $20M claim to $6.2M), Successfully Defended schedule delay claim on behalf of the owner on Mining & Metal: Phase 2 & 3 New Tunnel and Aluminium Smelter ($14 B) Terms Confidential.

Caroline Alabi

Caroline has over 27+ years experience, with 15 years as a Project Controls Professional developing and implementing cost controls in capital programs and projects, with an emphasis in the oil and gas industry. Extensive experience in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM), and the downstream sector. Developed Estimate to Complete/Estimate at Completion workbook to forecast project at completion performance. A recipient of a Core Innovative award and an Outstanding employee performance. Provide constant Mentorship to the Cost Control team.

 Career Highlights:

  • Senior Project Cost Controller  for BASF: Responsible for cost control process on various large capital projects through detailed engineering and the construction phase of the project. Prepare, maintain project cost forecast, and proper variance explanation for the root cause analysis. Prepare Work Breakdown Structures, Cashflow, and preparation of project cost reporting.
  • Lead Cost Engineer for BP-Husky: Responsible for project cost forecast, Work Breakdown Structures, Benchmarking, Cashflow, Management of Change tracking, Finance, Procurement & Supply Chain Management Interface, and Project Reporting on projects more than half a billion dollars.
    Projects include Crude Processing Metallurgical Upgrade to safely enable increased capacity of Hi-TAN crude, feed optimization for the Desalters, and installation of a new FCC Naphtha Post Treater at the BP-Husky Refining LLC (BPH) Toledo Refinery in order to meet the US EPA Tier 3 gasoline regulations.
  • Lead Cost Engineer at BP GOM Thunderhorse Offshore Water Injection (Worley Parsons): A BP brown field project on water injection efficiencies on the Thunder horse platform. Where she was responsible for EPC cost reporting and forecasting, management of project change control, WIP /VOWD, internal financial reporting to Worley Parsons.
  • Project Controls Lead at BP Thunder Horse & BP Atlantis (FMC Technologies Inc) :FMC managed BP projects in the GOM for subsea production system; Scope included subsea trees, manifolds, pressure cap, and completions services to BP.