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What will be on the agenda this year?

Below is the provisional program for RefComm Galveston 2024. Please check back here for program updates, abstracts speaker information, dates and times over the next few weeks:


Safety Issues Related to Refinery Operations
Stephen Klejst, Executive Director of Investigations and Recommendations, US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board

DCU Hall

Solids Handling
Urban Showe, Project Manager, Sankyu Arabia (YASREF)

BPCL DCU Commissioning: Issues and Solutions During the Last 5 Years
Alex Mathew, Rotating Machinery Engineer, Bharat Petroleum (BPCL)

Loss of Coker Heater Charge Pump Suction
Clint Titzman, Technical Manager, LYO

Delayed Coker Unit Online Spalling Performance and Other Improvements using Tubacoat Technology
Sanjay Lodha, Global Business Director, Tubacex

Coke Fines - The Bane of Delayed Coking & Coke Calcining
Mitchell Moloney, Process Specialist, Coking.com

Coker Crane Reliability and Integrity Management, Lessons Learned
David Gibson, Michael Achkman, ExxonMobil

Coke Drum Un-heading Flange Distortion and Leakage Issues
David Gibson, ExxonMobil

Lean Management Implementation and Digital Twin Tools
Eduardo Pavani, Distillates & Heavies Asset Economist, Axion Energy - Campana Refinery

A New Technology for Quality Assurance of Weld Overlay Repair of Coke Drums
Dr. Mahmod Samman, President, Houston Engineering Solutions LLC


Mitigating Failures of Abrasion Resistant Refractory Linings
Jerome Garot, Senior Project Manager, Anchoring Specialist, SILICON RAW

Utilizing Robotics and Drones to Drive Safe, Efficient Inspections in Hazardous, Inhospitable, and Inaccessible Plant Systems and Components
Ron Kessler, Vice President, Robotic Inspection Solutions, Team Industrial Services

FCCU Safety Roadshow
Richard - FCC Subject Matter Expert / Alex - Lead Process Engineer, Richard Grove, Chevron and Alex Maller, Technip Energies

The Important Role of the Mass Balance for Heavy Oil Processing
Julie Valentine, Director, Global Refining and Sustainability Measurement Solutions, Emerson

Reducing Emissions and Fuel Consumption in Fired Heaters
Larry Emch, Intergrated Global Services (IGS)

Reducing Refinery Greenhouse Gas Footprint in the FCC
Brian Benoit, US Refining Process Technical Director, VEOLIA Water Technologies & Solutions

Sulfur Hall

Innovative Way to Detect Refractory Failure and Lowering OPEX on Temperature Sensing
Bob Poteet, WIKA

Sulfur Plant Thermal Reactor Temperature Measurement - Tools, Technologies, and Tactics
Pedro Ott, BD Lead & Sr. Application Engineer, Optimized Gas Treating Inc.

Middle Ground: Finding SRU/TGU Improvement Through Catalyst Selection
Brian Visioli, Global Director, SRU/TGU & Purification Adsorbents, Evonik

Design Modifications to Overcome Operating Challenges at Very Low Turndown Rates
Scott Kafesjian, Director of Sulfur Technology, Wood