Pre-Conference Workshops

On Sunday 18 March there will be three pre-conference workshops that delegates can attend. At the end of the workshops delegate can attend the "Meet the exhibitors reception" from 16:30 to 18:30

Workshop Details


09:00 - 17:00 - Amine experts training course


The amine treating training course presented by Amine Experts is internationally renowned for the practical knowledge that it imparts to attendees. More than 300 courses have been presented worldwide, from which 7000 engineers and operators have benefited.  The course will last one day and provides attendees with an understanding of the pivotal aspects of amine treating. 

The Amine Treating course is a shortened version of the in-depth 5-day training that is offered annually in Canada, Asia, USA and Europe and will cover the following key topics:

  • The Principals of Amine Treating
  • Optimal Operating Conditions
  • Foaming and Solvent Losses
  • Heat Stable Salts and Degradation
  • Corrosions Mechanisms in Amine SystemsReasons for Amine System Failure
  • Calculations

The goal of the course will be to orient attendees to amine systems, impart the knowledge needed to avoid common mistakes and equip them with the tools for basic field troubleshooting.

The course will be presented by Philip le Grange. Working for Amine Experts, Philip has performed troubleshooting, optimizing, commissioning and training worked on more than 50 amine systems across 23 countries. He has been in the oil and gas industry for 10 years and prior to consulting has worked in both Operating Engineer and Plant Designer roles for chemical solvent systems.

Please note the workshop is separately bookable at a cost of $795 per delegate  

09:00 - 13:00 - Sulphur recovery workshop

Workshop Overview

In sour gas processing, the sulphur plant itself is highly inter-dependent on upstream and downstream gas processing units such as acid gas removal (AGR) and enrichment (AGE), tail gas treating (TGT), and sour water stripping (SWS).  Experimenting with full-size production plants to improve understanding of process behaviour can be a career limiting learning process.  However, process simulators have become increasingly realistic.  With the availability of mass transfer rate based simulation of gas processing, and the recent introduction of a first principles based sulphur plant simulator, it is now possible to convert an entire gas treatment facility into a virtual plant.  Today, simulation allows real understanding to be gained by doing precisely what cannot be done in the plant—experimentation.  The workshop is designed to dissect and understand several broad aspects of modern sulphur recovery.

Workshop Objectives

The workshop, run by Optimized Gas Treating, is designed to help you gain more in-depth understanding of Claus-type SRUs and improve their performance through:

  • Studying feed preparation techniques in controlling H2S quality, hydrocarbons and NH3 content
  • Controlling combustion air and understand the importance of the air demand analyser
  • Evaluating how tail gas clean-up directly affects SRU performance
  • Understanding the kinetics of thermal reactions in the furnace and WHB, optimising catalytic converters, sizing and rating sulphur condensers, and dealing with sulphur storage, handing and degassing.

Who Should Attend

The workshop is intended for

  • Engineers relatively new to gas treating and sulphur recovery
  • Technical managers and engineers engaged in plant design, production, troubleshooting and revamps of process units in acid gas removal and sulphur production
  • Process equipment suppliers, particularly of towers used in gas treating and catalyst vendors

Workshop Contents

A one-half day, hands-on workshop using process simulation software and covering the topics:

  • Thermal Reaction: contaminant destruction (NH3, BTEX, hydrocarbons); the evil step cousins – CS2, COS, and trace sulphur; oxygen enrichment; Waste Heat Boiler recombination reactions and heat flux implications
  • Sulphur Condensers: equipment design & rating; H2S/H2SX/SO2 solubility; entrainment
  • Catalytic Conversion: optimal operating temperature; catalyst selection; COS/CS2 conversion vs. Claus reaction; modelling SOR vs. EOR conditions
  • Sulphur Storage, Handling, and Degassing: sulphur viscosity, product quality, H2S degassing 
  • Tail Gas Clean-up: effect of NH3 and SO2 on quench column and amine system performance; EOR design and operation considerations

A limited number of laptop computers will be provided, restricting the hands-on aspect of the workshop to a maximum of 20 participants.  If you wish to use your own computer, an evaluation copy of ProTreat? software must be installed before the workshop—please contact conferences@crugroup.com before the workshop to arrange this.

14:00 - 17:30 - SRU Burner workshop

Workshop overview

In this workshop we will focus in on the burners in the sulphur recovery unit (SRU). We will discuss the key aspects with regard to the design and operation of the SRU main and incinerator burners. Specific attention during this training will be given to the refractory design and pyrometers, since high processing temperatures play a critical role in these combustion sections.This training will have a practical approach and is mainly intended for plant operators and other disciplines who are frequently involved in the operation of SRU’s. 

Workshop Contents

SRU burners in gas plants (by Duiker Combustion Engineers)

  • Why a well mixing main burner so important for my SRU
  • Design and operational aspects of SRU Tail Gas Incinerator burners

Refractory linings in SRU units (by Gouda Refractories)

  • Starting points of the refractory design 
  • Refractory material selection 
  • Special points off attention in order to make the refractory lining more robust 
  • Failure mechanisms in refractory systems in reaction furnaces 

Pyrometers on main reaction furnaces (by Lumasense)

  • Why temperature measurement inside your reaction furnace is important 
  • How to measure temperature 
  • Dos and don´ts for IR-temperature measurements 

SRU burners (by Duiker Combustion Engineers)

  • Safety and reliability of electrical spark igniters
  • How to reliably detect a flame

This workshop will be jointly presented by three companies: Duiker Combustion Engineers, Gouda Refractories and Lumasense. Representing Duiker Combustion Engineers Mr. Roelof ten Hooven and Mr. Dennis van de Giessen in their roles as technical sales consultants have both been working on many projects across the America’s, China and the Middle East in the sulphur recovery industry. The refractory topic will be presented by Mr. Peter Plaizier. He has been with Gouda Refractories for more than 20 years and is their technical consultant for oil and gas projects. He has been advising the SRU industry for many years. Mr. Joerg Roessler is technical sales consultant for Lumasense and has trained many operators in the field about how to operate their pyrometers.    

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