Mohammad Umer Ansari is Senior Technologist for FCC in Shell
Global Solutions US Inc. In this position, he is responsible for technical
services for optimization, troubleshooting & catalyst selection for FCC
units in the Americas region and design of grass root & revamp projects for
FCC units. He has been working in refining and petrochemical industry for 25
years and has been with Shell for 15 years, holding variety of process
engineering and process control positions at manufacturing sites and central
organization. Umer holds Master of Chemical Technology degree from Indian
Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India.
Presentation: Designing Cyclones for Process and Mechanical Performance - Case Studies
Carlos Antonio Ahumada Morales has been a
Mechanical Engineer at the Ecopetrol Cartagena Refinery for 12 years. He has a
Master’s degree in mechanical Integrity and corrosion, and is certified in API
510/570/653 and Level II in MT/PT and Thermography.
Presentation: Challenges and Lessons Learned in the First Repair of Coke Drums at the Ecopetrol-Cartagena Refinery
André Luiz Dranka Bach is a Process Engineer at Petrobras Getulio Vargas Refinery. He has been working 17 years with Delayed
Coking Unit. His experience includes 6-year technical coordination/support of
refinery new DCU project, construction, commissioning, automation and DCS
configuration, operational training, and start-up. After, working with DCU
Optimization, Troubleshooting and Debottlenecking projects. He hods a B.S. of Chemical Engineering.
Presentation: DCU Main Tower LOPC: Integrity Operating Windows Analysis
joined Optimized Gas Treating, Inc. (OGT) in 2014, bringing more than 20 years
of experience to the company. During his
tenure with OGT, he has focused on becoming an expert in the field of sulfur
recovery. In addition, Matt supports and represents the sales team through his
position as a Senior Application Engineer, providing clients with knowledge in
gas treating and sulfur recovery techniques.
He assists OGT with marketing and licensing support for ProTreat® and
SulphurPro® worldwide by attending conferences, publishing papers, and giving
presentations. Matt holds a bachelor of science in Chemical Engineering from
Texas A&M University, a master of business administration from the
University of Houston, and he a registered PE in the state of Texas.
Presentation: Sour Water Strippers-Reliable Tools Translate to Reliable Designs
After ten years as a design engineering
with General Kinematics, Ben Belton transitioned into the role of Technical
Director supporting application sales to provide custom designed solutions to
meet various process needs around the world. With more than a dozen years of
experience with vibratory process equipment, Ben and General Kinematics are
able to support coke handling by providing a vibratory solution to dewatering
Petcoke. Ben received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of
Presentation: Mechanically Dewatering PetCoke using Heavy Duty Vibratory Technology
Gabi Bergeron is the Coker Process Engineer for
LyondellBasell at the Houston Refinery. Gabi has five years of technical
refining experience between LyondellBasell and Phillips 66. The majority of her
experience has been in operation engineering roles for hydrotreating and
delayed coker units. Gabi holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
with a minor in Business Administration from Louisiana State University.
Presentation: Design and Process Considerations when dealing with Low Temperature Drums
A chemical engineer by
training, since 2004 Joe has specialized in sulphur recovery, tail gas
treating, as well as support to amine treating and sour water stripping. Prior
to becoming a consultant, he worked as an engineer and technical supervisor in
in Canada’s Heavy Oil sector. His experience includes project review and
approvals, plant design and construction, commissioning and start-up,
turnaround planning and execution, failure investigations, as well as plant
optimization. He has a special focus on process safety and PHA support for gas
treating and sulphur recovery units. He has worked at locations throughout the
Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Joe has presented at international
conferences in North America, the Middle East, and South America. He is a
co-presenter of Sulphur Experts’ Sulphur Recovery Technical Training Course and
provides virtual and on-site training for engineers and operators around the
Presentation: SRU Overpressure: A Practical Discussion of Risks and Mitigations
Neal Cammy is
currently Manager of the Engineering Department at BLAC INC., a manufacturer of
high performance electro-hydraulic actuator systems for Coker, FCC and other
applications. Prior to joining BLAC INC. in 2011 as a Project Manager, Neal spent
31 years with UOP, a major licensor of FCC technology. Neal has a Bachelor of
Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the New York University Polytechnic
School of Engineering.
Presentation: Overview of Husky Superior FCC Explosion (April 26,2018) - CSB Final Report
Years of working with refinery clients across SE Asia, Middle East, North
Africa, Europe and North America.
Presentation: Coker - Feed Preheat Optimization
Dykun joined MEA, INC. in 2014 after graduating from the University of Illinois
at Chicago with a chemical engineering degree. Taras’ experience began as a
Field Service Engineer where he gained valuable expertise as a technical
specialist in electro-hydraulic technology. Taras was then promoted to
Applications Engineer where he applied his knowledge of chemical processes to
customer needs and solutions. Taras was then promoted to Sales Engineer, where
he is currently working with MEA’s customers and engineers to help advance the
ways electro-hydraulic actuation technology can improve process efficiency,
decrease cost of operation and maintenance, and improve safety for our existing
and new customers.
Presentation: IIOT and Safety with MEA’s FCCU Plug Valve Actuation Technology
Brandon Forbes has worked in the process
heating and sulfur industry for over 15 years with a focus on product
development and engineering design. He has helped develop and support CSI’s
most successful products including the bolt-on heating product suite and the
SxSeal above-ground sulfur sealing device.
Presentation: Sulfur Run-down Lines
Sherif Taha (Sherif Elsayed), Principle thermal engineer
at Lummus Technology Bloomfield, NJ office. With 17 years of experience in
shell and tube heat exchanger design.
Started as mechanical engineering for one of the largest Egyptian
contractors. Joined Lummus Technology team on 2008 as Thermal Engineer.
Responsible for Lummus Technology proprietary HELIXCHANGER heat exchanger
design and development activities. Helped in design methods maintenance and
With more than a decade of experience with Emtrol-Buell,
Steve has been involved in every aspect of FCC cyclone system design. In addition to cyclone design, he provides
troubleshooting and inspection expertise for clients that are experiencing
elevated catalyst losses or mechanical failures. Steve has been involved in the cyclone system
design for both the smallest and largest FCCU’s in the world, and he enjoys
working closely with clients to solve problems and improve FCC operation. Steve earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering
from Messiah College.
Presentation: Cyclone Metallurgy: Material Selection to Optimize the Reliability and Useful Life of the FCC Cyclone System
Francisco Fernandez is Technical Superintendent
at OQ Refining and Petroleum Industries in the Sultanate of Oman. He has over
15 years of experience in Refining, in several positions in process
engineering, operations, and projects. He joined OQ in 2017, to support the
commissioning of the first Delayed Coking Unit of the country. He currently
oversees the operation of the Heavy Oil Units at the Sohar Refinery, including
CDU/VDU, DCU and RFCC.
Garcia has been around the bottom of the barrel
processing technologies over the last 28 years and since 2017 is the Coking and
Visbreaking Technical Advisor at BP, providing technical and operational
support and oversight on heavy oil technology to 6 operating sites across the
world. Prior to that he held different positions at BP’s Castellon Refinery
including Coker Operations Superintendent and Senior Project Engineer. Prior to
joining BP in 2005, Gustavo held Operations, Process and Project Engineering
roles in Venezuela with Petrolera Ameriven and PDVSA. Gustavo is a Chemical
Engineer from the Central University of Venezuela.
Presentation: Blowdown Header Failure Learnings
As an Application Engineer, Mr. Gardner
works globally with end users and engineering companies to implement and
optimize BELCO® wet scrubbing and particulate control systems with a focus on
FCCs. Previously, Mr. Gardner worked as a Process Engineer at DuPont where he
supported the design of grassroots STRATCO® Alkylation Units and the revamping
of existing ones. Prior to joining DuPont, Mr. Gardner worked in the
Petrochemical Industry where he held multiple Process and Unit Operation
positions at Chevron Phillips Chemical in Sweeny, Texas. Mr. Gardner obtained a
Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of
Presentation: Pre-Cleaning FCC Flue Gas for Carbon Capture
Greg Gaudet is an Asset Integrity
Engineer with Canadian Natural Resources Ltd working at their Horizon Oil Sands
Operation. Greg brings over thirty years
of engineering, inspection maintenance and leadership experience in the
Canadian Oil Sands with him. He has
extensive experience in design and repair of pressure equipment as well as RBI
and FFS. In his Oil Sands career, Greg
has worked on some of the largest Coke drums in the world. He enjoys a good challenge and is looking
forward to sharing his experience with Coker Blowdown lines.
Presentation: Coker Blowdown Line Integrity
Kaitlin is a Consultant based in CRU’s London office. She
joined CRU in 2021 as part of the Multi-Commodity Analysis team before moving
to Consulting in January 2022.
Kaitlin has experience working across a range of commodities
including carbon products, petroleum crudes, steel, aluminum, fertilizers and
ferroalloys, with extensive coverage on biomass and waste valorisation
opportunities for various commodity markets. Recently Kaitlin has contributed
to studies including long-term technical carbon analysis, petroleum pitch
market analysis, regional emissions mapping for thermal coal mines, research in
green steel and work on supply of petroleum crudes under different
decarbonisation scenarios. Kaitlin has worked in a variety of disciplines
including long-term strategy and advisory work, greenfield primary research,
and managing long-term forecasting projects across commodities. Kaitlin holds
an MSc (Distinction) in Sustainable Resources: Economics, Policy &
Transitions from University College London (UCL). She is a guest lecturer to an
MSc module discussing ESG risk in natural resource projects at UCL’s Institute
for Sustainable Resources and has written research on behavioral economic
interventions for novel food-waste valorisation schemes. Kaitlin also holds a
BSc in French and Business Management from the University of Southampton.
Coking Hall - Keynote
Presentation: The Technical Carbon Supply Gap
Luke Glashan has over
10 years of experience in the thermal and hydraulic design of fired heaters and
proposal development. Beginning his career with Foster Wheeler (now Wood Plc.),
he has performed thermal and hydraulic design for dozens of delayed coker heaters
worldwide, from single-fired cabin types to Wood’s modern Terrace-Wall
double-fired heater. Luke’s paper on decarbonizing fired heaters with hydrogen
fuel firing was recently published in several major publications. Luke holds a
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University, USA, and is a
Professional Engineer in the state of New Jersey, USA.
Presentation: Decarbonizing your Fired Heaters with Hydrogen Fuel
Presentation: Slide Valve Degradation and Preventative Maintenance
(Virgil) Guzman is a Mechanical Engineer from the Universidad Tecnológica del
Centro (UNITEC) in Venezuela. Virgil joined TapcoEnpro in 2020 working as
Regional Sales Director for the Americas.
is a Senior Technical consultant at Veolia with 25 years of refining chemical
treatment experience. He has
successfully treated all aspects of refinery chemical applications including
process side antifoulants, corrosion inhibitors, desalters, fuel additives,
cooling towers, steam systems, as well as primary and secondary wastewater
treatment. Dan is the co-Author of
numerous published papers on topics such as reactor bed fouling treatment,
successful treatment of cooling towers using reclaimed water, development of
new cooling tower corrosion inhibitors, and heat exchanger monitoring. He resides in Southern California with his
wife and two sons.
Presentation: FCC Slurry Reboiler Fouling Control and Foulant Removal in an Using Advanced Antifoulant Chemistry
Ghadeer Hussain Mohamed is
Process Engineer at OQ Downstream Refining and Petrochemical. she is a graduate
from German university of technology and holds a Bachelor of Engineering in
Ghadeer has more
than 5 years of experience in Refining as a process engineer spent at OQ with
experience in RFCC and Delayed Coker Units.
She joined OQ
in 2017 and during her career she has been involved in many revamps,
troubleshooting exercises & two turnarounds.
Presentation: Coker - Feed Preheat Optimization
George Hoekstra retired from BP in 2009 after 35 years in
refinery process research and technology management. Since then he has offered
consulting services to independent refiners in the field of hydroprocessing
catalysts, including the refining industry’s only multi-client, open market
catalyst testing program.
George has also been an options investor for 40 years and
is a contributing author to Futures and Options Trader and Active Trader
Magazine. His options investing articles focus on analyzing price volatility,
finding bargains in the options markets, and how to start your own options
investing program. George is currently
President of Hoekstra Trading LLC.
Presentation: Economics of Octane Loss in FCC Gasoline Desulfurizers
Evan Hyde is the Director of Field Operations for Coking.com
Inc. Formerly he was president of Telaxe, a coker consulting firm. He
previously was president of C2 Nano Technology where they researched surface
treatments to combat fouling and corrosion issues in cokers and other
petrochemical process units. He was a Senior Engineering Advisor for Becht
Engineering Co., Inc. New Jersey. He has consulted on processing improvement
and reliability initiatives for delayed coking clients around the world. He
also participated in onsite peer assessments of Coker Units at eight refineries
which included improvements in maintenance work practices, process
enhancements, and turnaround scope optimization. Prior to joining Becht, Evan
worked for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, as a process engineer, with
assignments in research, and troubleshooting for heavy oil upgrading equipment.
He holds a B.S. of Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Marcelo Insaurralde is the
Commissioning Leader for the refinery projects at Pan American Energy. He
earned a Master of Business Administration at UADE Business School and holds a
degree in chemical engineering from Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina.
He has over 22 years of experience in projects, working with several leading
EPC and Oil & Gas companies, fulfilling assignments in Argentina, Bolivia,
España, France and USA. He joined PAE in 2017 as a commissioning manager where
he was responsible for the start-up readiness of the Campana Refinery expansion
project, the largest refinery project in the last 30 years in Argentina.
Presentation: The Commissioning of the Campana Refinery FCC Unit: A Case Study
Asmaa Kassab, Ph.D. is the R&D
Engineer Supervisor at MOGAS Industries Inc. She started her career with MOGAS
10 years ago after she obtained her doctorate degree in thermal fluid science
from Texas A&M University. She leads the MOGAS Research and Development
team in developing innovative technical solutions and serves as MOGAS’ subject
matter expert in new product development, simulations, advanced testing, and
Presentation: The State of Fugitive Emissions Qualifications
Kafesjian is the Director of Sulphur Technologies for Wood. Scott has over 30 years of experience in the
technology, design, commissioning, unit startups, troubleshooting, and revamp
of sulphur recovery facilities worldwide.
He also has a diverse background encompassing crude oil distillation,
hydrotreating, gas plant revamps, compressor stations, and other industrial
Scott has a ChemE
BS degree from UCLA, and ME and PhD degrees from the University of Utah.
Presentation: Don’t Scrap Your Old SRU, Rejuvenate It
Dr. Michael Kester is a Business Development Director at Endress+Hauser
Optical Analysis, focused on helping the refining and petrochemical industries
take full advantage of the most advanced laser-based optical technologies
available for process measurement and optimization. After graduating in 1995
with a PhD in Process Analytical Chemistry, he spent over 27 years applying
process analyzers in multiple industries in the capacity of scientist, industry
management, strategic account management, product management, and business
development for ABB, Honeywell, and Endress+Hauser. Dr. Kester has published
numerous articles in related trade journals and has patents on the optimization
of kraft pulping operations using FT-NIR spectroscopy. Originally from Canada,
he is an avid curler, and was once cast in an on-ice Reliant Energy commercial
with JJ Watt.
Presentation: Raman Spectroscopy Applications in the Refining Industry
Kline is the Director Concrete Repair Solutions for STRUCTURAL TECHNOLOGIES.
Tom is an expert in concrete evaluation and repair with over 40 years of
experience in forensic investigation and concrete restoration. He focuses on
the evaluation, assessment, repair, and strengthening of reinforced concrete
manages and directs a diverse group of technical experts in providing
design-build capabilities, developing turnkey repair strategies, and
implementing sophisticated and verifiable repair programs for a wide range of
concrete repair customers. His specialties include forensic investigation and
root cause analysis, engineered solution development, repair and restoration
strategies, and QA/QC plan development and implementation.
Tom is regularly a guest lecturer domestically and
internationally for various seminars, symposiums, and workshops for ACI, PCA,
ICRI, ASTM, ASCE, and many other trade organizations.
Presentation: Improving Reliability: Managing Sulfur Pit Material Removal Challenges
Mel Larson has over 40 yrs in the oil
industry, starting as a tech engineer, migrating to global consulting with a
focus on refinery wide optimization, and now with a focus on assisting clients
consideration of the “Energy Transition '' investment strategies. Mel has completed brown and green field
refinery build activities of which a few are not fully operational. Mel has worked throughout the North and South
American markets and also in Asia markets.
One of the major activities in the last 15 yrs has been in the support
of M&A activities as major oil companies divest of refining assets.
Presentation: Setting the Stage for the Next Decade
Lucas is a Senior Process Engineer with over 40 years
of experience working on all units and aspects of refining. For the last 25 years, his focus has been
mainly on coking. Before joining BP in
2006, Rick was with Flint Hills Resources and Chevron. He has a Chemical Engineering degree from the
University of Cincinnati.
Nik came to FLEXIM 15 years ago with a background in
biochemistry. Beginning in technical sales, service, and operations for 13 US
States and Western half of Canada, Nik is presently Regional Sales Director for
North America. Much of Nik’s experience involves the further development of
solutions for refineries, specifically high temperature, severe service
Presentation: Noninvasive Flow Measurement Developments & Innovations for Severe Service Refinery Applications
Christian manages and supports Voovio’s
sales and operations in North America. He joined Voovio in 2012, after working
several years with a leading Engineering, Procurement & Construction
company in the UK and United Arab Emirates. Christian has had a broad
international background, having lived with his family, studied and worked in
countries including the UK, Spain, Germany, Russia, the UAE and, most recently,
the United States, which he now calls home.
Presentation: Solving the Skills Gap Challenges in Sulfur Recovery with Knowledge Automation
Mitch graduated from Princeton University in
1979 with a BSc in Chemical Engineering and is a registered PE in Texas. He
worked with ExxonMobil for 40 years, retiring in 2019. He has worked as a
consultant with Becht for over three years as a process engineering and resid
upgrading specialist. He has been
married to his wife Laura for 41 years, has two children in their 30’s and 2
grandchildren. He started his career at
Bayway Refinery in NJ, then joined the resid upgrading world in 1989, and has
focused on delayed coking, visbreaking and resid upgrading for 34 years.
Highlights were serving as the process start-up lead for the Venezuelan Cerro
Negro Upgrader in 2001 and the Antwerp DCU in Belgium in 2018. He enjoys delayed coking, languages (Spanish,
Dutch, French), art, sports and Belgian beers, not necessarily in that order.
Presentation: The Transfer Lines & the Coke Drum - What is going on in there?
Presentation: The State of Fugitive Emissions Qualifications
Nasato is a process engineer specializing in sulfur recovery, amine treating
and sour water processing. He has more than 35 years experience in the sulfur
recovery industry, including experience with design, retrofit, start-up and
optimization of sulfur recovery units,
sulfur handling units, amine units, sour water stripper units, and tail gas
cleanup units. On-site field activities
have included support of construction activities, turnaround assistance and operator training.
graduated from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada with a B.A.Sc. Chemical Engineering (1987) with an option in
Management Science. He currently is the
president of Nasato Consulting Ltd. In addition, he is the lead
instructor and serves on the Brimstone
Sulfur Recovery Symposium Advisory Committee and the Technical Advisory Committee for the Laurance Reid Gas
Conditioning Conference, and has served
on the Board of Directors for Alberta Sulphur Research. Elmo has also
taught courses in the Chemical
Engineering departments of the University of Toronto and University of Waterloo. He has been awarded eight patents
for SRU operation, oxygen enrichment and
sulfur degassing technologies, has published 42 papers and has made over
74 presentations at conferences worldwide.
Presentation: Sulfur Recovery Process, Design, and Troubleshooting
is a globally recognized industry expert in the development and application of
advanced telerobotic systems and processes for application in the nuclear
power, fossil power, and industrial process industries. Most of his career has
been focused on the mitigation of materials degradation issues using welding,
machining and NDE technologies. He started his career with WSI in 1983 after
graduating with a BME from Georgia Tech.
Presentation: Advancements in Coke Drum Life Extension Repair Technology and Design
Ron Pitman is a Subject Matter Expert for Crude, Sulfur,
and Utilities in Motiva’s Central Technology group. A Technical Leader with 22 years of
demonstrated success in process engineering management, operations management,
technical support, and plant optimization as well as 6 years of nuclear power
plant experience in the US Navy.
Presentation: MOTIVA PAMC Sulfur Tank Lowered Emissions and Sulfur Pit Degassing
Andrea Pusceddu is the
Technical Director at IMI Remosa and he has been with Remosa for 23 years.
Andrea holds a Master Degree in
Mechanical Engineering at Cagliari University. In his free time Andrea enjoys
traveling with the family, reading and practicing biking and running with
Presentation: FCC: Back to the Future!
Gary is the Director of Coking and Fired
Heater Technology at Phillips 66 in Houston. Formerly, Gary previously worked
for Foster Wheeler, Fluor and Lummus Technologies.
Presentation: Using Tunable Diode Laser Instruments to Improve the Safety of Fired Heater Operations
R. RISKO, CEM, PEM, MBA recently retired from his position
as president of TLV Corporation, Charlotte, NC, where he was responsible for US
and Canadian operations. He has 46 years of steam systems experience, has
authored more than 60 technical articles, provided webinars to over 3,000
attendees globally, and presented papers for the Kister Distillation Symposium,
Distillation Experts Conclave, Fractionation Research Inc., AFPM, AIChE, the
Ethylene Conference, RefComm, IPEIA, IETC, eChemExpo, AEE World, and ASHRAE. He
co-invented the world’s first combination
pump/traps and created the “Extended Stall Chart” for draining
stalled coils, heat exchangers, and reboilers, and the Drop-down Loop Seal
(DDLS) concept for vertical risers in flashing condensate lines.. A past
chairman of the FCI, he is currently active in FCI and ANSI standards
development. Jim is an avid tennis and guitar player and has three energy
Presentation: Optimize the Reliability of Steam- Assisted Flares
motivated, and empowered individual using refinery learnings and experiences to
improve unit operations and troubleshoot process issues. A chemical engineer and oil refiner with in-depth knowledge on Delayed
Coker, Hydrogen, Sulfur Units and Coker Naphtha/Gas Oil Hydrotreaters. Chemical engineer with ~11 years of experience in the oil refining
industry and is specialized in technical support services in process units
particularly in delayed coker. Developed process unit improvements in terms of safe and optimized
operation, energy consumption and environmental compliance.
Presentations: Massive Clogging in DCU after April 2019 Earthquake Incident
Reduction of Coke Drum Overhead Line Fouling Rate
Sack has nearly 20 years of structural engineering experience in the field of
power generation and petroleum refining with a focus of structural design at
elevated temperatures. He has extensive
experience with the design of utility and industrial boiler and environmental
equipment design. He is a structural SME for fired heaters, flue gas cooler,
and waste heat boilers.
Sack received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The University
of Toledo. Mr. Sack has also completed
graduate level course work at The University of Akron towards a Master of
Science Degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on structural design. He
is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Alaska, Connecticut, New Mexico, and
Presentation: The Do's and Don'ts for FCC Refractory
Vance has been focused on the fugitive
emissions aspect of stationary sealing for most of his 40 year career. His
customer base includes the largest refineries and chemical producers in the
world. He is Chesterton’s subject matter
Expert and attends API meetings on behalf
of the company. He has been married to his childhood sweetheart for 42 years
and has 2 adult children and 5 grandchildren. He still plays competitive tennis
and is working to improve his golf game.
Dr. Mahmod Samman is the
president of Houston Engineering Solutions. He has thirty years of industry
experience mostly in damage assessment, repair, and life extension of coke
drums. His state-of-the-art techniques in this field are utilized around the world.
A licensed professional engineer in Texas, he has a Ph.D. in Engineering
Mechanics from Duke University, he has published writing in numerous
publications, and holds four issued and pending patents. He is a member of ASME
and ASCE and a committee member of API 579/ASME FFS, API 934G and API 934J.
Presentation: First Coke Drums with Tongue-and-Groove Skirt
Maciej Szklar is an Operational Engineer at
the Gdansk Refinery. 7 years of experience in the refining industry. Took an
active part in a successful commissioning and start-up of the first delayed
coking unit in Poland and the first commercial implementation of closed coke
Presentation: Implementation of Closed Coke Slurry System in
Gdansk Refinery - Three Years of Experience
Experienced in the technical field for more than 28 years. Started the journey as a panel man and operator for the Delayed Coker Unit (DCU) before being recognized as a DCU specialist and supervisor. Proceeded to be the manager for fire and safety as well as the refinery shift manager to expand the expertise beyond a single unit and increase knowledge regarding the inner workings of the refinery. Currently holding the position for Senior Manager in Sour Conversion Area ensuring unit stability and reliability.
Presentation: Solving Fractionator FZGO Line Clogging Issue During Start-up
Lukasz Strzemkowski is an Operational Engineer at the Gdansk Refinery. 7 years of experience in the refining industry. Took an active part in a successful commissioning and start-up of the first delayed coking unit in Poland and the first commercial implementation of closed coke slurry system.
Presentation: Implementation of Closed Coke Slurry System in Gdansk Refinery - Three Years of Experience
Herbert ‘Herb’ Telidetzki has over 35 years engineering experience in
the petroleum refining industry. Prior to retiring from Marathon Mr.
Telidetzki was the Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) and Alkylation
Specialist where he provided operational support for nine of Marathon’s
FCC and Alkylation units. Mr. Telidetzki was also an FCC and Alkylation
consultant with KBC Advanced Technologies and has provided technical
support for Amerada Hess and Esso Canada. In addition to FCC and Sulfuric Acid Alkylation,
Mr. Telidetzki has also provided technical support for hydrotreaters, hydrocracking, and
Presentation: Biofeed Co-Processing Considerations and FCCU Co-Processing Impacts
Martin Taylor is the Manager, Sulfur Technologies for Bechtel Energy Technologies
& Solutions, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, USA. His experience includes design,
troubleshooting, consulting, commissioning, and start-up of sulfur-related
units such as amine, sour water, SRUs, tail gas treating units, etc. for the
last 20+ years. Martin has five patents
plus patents pending for technologies in and around the sulfur industry. Martin earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering
and a M.S. in Natural Gas Engineering from Texas A&I University in
Kingsville, Texas, USA.
Presentation: The Community SWSPlus Concept – Turning Trash To Treasure
Willis joined CRU in February 2017 with more than five years
in metals sales, production, and procurement activities. As Head of CRU+ he is
responsible for a team focused on efficiently delivering CRU data and custom
reports which fall outside of the subscription or consultancy/advisory service
offerings. Before moving to CRU+, Willis managed consulting projects across a
wide range of mined commodities, metals and fertilizers. Willis has significant
experience in ferroalloys (silicon, manganese, vanadium & niobium), steel
metallics and raw materials, base & minor metals (zinc, tin, germanium), as
well as broad coverage across fertilizer markets for nitrogen, phosphorus,
potash and sulphur.
Willis holds a Masters in Finance from Colorado State
University and a BA in Political Science from Washington & Jefferson
College. Willis is based in CRU's Pittsburgh office.
Tran is the Coker Operations Manager for the LyondellBasell at the Houston
Refinery. He is responsible for the
safe, reliable operations and optimization of the Delayed Coker Unit (DCU).
Lead a production team of 7 Operations First Line Supervisors, 60 Operations
Technicians, and support staff that includes HSSE, engineering, maintenance,
has over 23 years of leadership and technical refinery experience including 9 years
of technical and operations leadership roles and 17 years of DCU technical experience
as a process engineer, process technologist, technical team lead, and operations
management at LyondellBasell and ExxonMobil.
holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Texas
A&M University and Master of Business Administration from the University of
Presentation: Challenges and Requirements of Proper Operation for Compressor Anti-Surge Valves
Wall is a mechanical engineer for BP with seven years
of experience. During his time at BP, he has worked as the maintenance and
reliability engineer at the Whiting refinery coker. Andrew has a degree in
mechanical engineering from Purdue University.
Over 10 years as USA Sales Rep for
Universal Weld Overlays, Inc (now FLINT Wear Technologies LP) working with
refineries, fabricators, and OEMs to find solutions to service life issues
related to corrosion and/or wear in pressure equipment. Previously Western US
& Canada PTA and HVOF Sales at Deloro Stellite.
Presentation: Fabrication and Overlay of Swing Elbows for Erosion and Corrosion Resistance during On-Line Spalling in Delayed Coker Units