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09:00 - 17:00
UreaKnowHow.com Clinic: Safety first!… but what are the safety risks in urea plants? (Click to expand)

Safety first… but what are the safety risks in urea plants?

Monday 26 February, 09:00 - 17:00

Safety is a number one priority in any urea plant. But what are the safety risks in urea plants? And how can operators manage and mitigate these risks within their organisation? Working on safety not only means a safer workplace for all of us but also means a higher reliability of your plant. Safety pays back!

All urea melt and granulation licensors CASALE, GGT, NIIK, SAIPEM, STAMICARBON, TEC and tkIT will be invited to present their latest insights related to safety and reliability.

UreaKnowHow.com will present important process safety management practices that can be applied to prevent accidents,hazards and unplanned shutdowns. 

Several critical safety and reliability risks will be discussed in detail, including leakages in the high-pressure synthesis section and hydrogen explosion risks in various urea plant sections. Practical and vital safety tips on how to behave in a urea plant will be shared. Furthermore, the latest safety incidents will be shared and lessons to be learned will be discussed.

The clinic is a separately bookable component. Operators will receive complimentary registration but must pre-register.All other organisations wishing to book the clinic are subject to a registration fee of £500 (+20% UK VAT)*

To book your place for the UreaKnowHow Clinic you will need to register here for the Nitrogen + Syngas event. 

*VAT only applicable to UK based companies.


14:00 - 17:45
Technical showcases

14:00 Ammonia plant capacity and reliability improvements by vertical waste heat boiler replacement with well proven solutions – a joint CASALE + ARVOS initiative
Joerg Weidenfeller, Director, R&D, ARVOS GmbH 
Francesco Baratto, Deputy Dept Head - Syngas Process Dept, Casale

14:15 Application of interchangeability technologies for synthesis gas compressor drive steam turbine in fertilizer plant
Masataka Yamada, Engineer, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor Corporation

14:30 Attractive technology solutions for small-scale utilization of stranded and associated gases
Esben Lauge Soerensen, Senior Sales Manager, Haldor Topsoe

14:45 Battling urea synthesis loop impairment: An insightful idea that averted shutdown and catastrophic deterioration
Asim Rasheed Qureshi, Process Engineering Manager, Engro Fertilizers Limited

15:00 Energy Recovery universal loop for evaluation of hydraulic turbocharger application in CO2 removal process
Max Shirazi, Engineering Application Director, Energy Recovery

15:15 Make-up syngas drying unit

Victor Zhulin, Deputy Director for Development, ALVIGO / GIAP

15:30 Hazardous area motor/drive protection principles and optimum selection criteria in fertilizer plants
Magnus Dahlin, Portfolio Sales Manager, Siemens 

15:45 Inert catalyst support media and hold down media: Overview and best practices
Brian Osborne, President & CEO, Christy Catalytics

16:00 Inspection technologies and their application in high pressure equipment of urea synthesis loop
Qingxin Tang, Ph.D, Material and Analysis Technology Division, Toyo Engineering Corporation

16:15 Large capacity revamp of KBR & GIAP design ammonia plants in Russia/CIS
Girish Patel, Director Technology – Ammonia & Syngas, KBR Technology

16:30 Optimization and reliability enhancement of CO2 recovery unit
Mohsin Mukhtar,
Ammonia Plant Head, Engro Fertilizers Ltd

16:45 Reduce construction cost and risk by modularisation of ammonia/urea plants
Andreas Schulter, Head of Group Layout Ammonia & Urea, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions  

17:00 Results using a new multi-stage scrubbing technology for granulation
Wilfried Dirkx, Licensing Manager, Stamicarbon BV 



09:00 - 10:30
Session 1: Market outlooks and opportunities for producers (Click to expand)

Auditorium sponsored by Casale

09:00 - 09:30
Global nitrogen outlook: Has the recovery begun?
- The outlook for global capacity as investment slows.
- Cost competitiveness: What is the new price floor and who is the marginal producer?
- Trade flows shift as new capacity comes on stream
- Are prices starting to recover?
- Nitrogen cost curve with new low cost capacity: Who is making money right now and who is marginal? 
- How are costs expected to evolve?
- How has the cost curve changed and what is the implication for prices?

Speaker:
Doug Hoadley, Head of Nitrogen Analysis, CRU

09:30 - 10:00
Iran Fertilizer Methanol Market overview, outlook, challenges and opportunities
Speaker:
Mohammad Hasan Peivandi, Chairman of the Board, Tamin Petroleum & Petrochemical Investment Company (TAPPICO)

10:00 - 10:30
Capital markets perspectives of the nitrogen industry
Speaker:
Jonas Oxgaard, Senior Analyst – US Chemicals, Bernstein Research

11:00 - 12:30
Session 1: Market outlooks and opportunities for producers (Click to expand)

Auditorium sponsored by Casale



11:00 - 11:30
Recent regulatory developments in the EU
Two major pieces of legislation that will affect the nitrogen and fertilizer industry are in preparation: the new fertilizer regulation and ETS, the emissions trading scheme. The presentation will briefly review the status and possible impact of these legislations on the industry.

Speaker:
Antoine Hoxha, Technical Director, Fertilizers Europe

11:30 - 12:00
Charting a course for methanol as a marine fuel
Methanol is the world’s most widely shipped chemical commodity, and there is now an historic opportunity to move methanol from ship’s cargo holds to their fuel bunkers. Methanol’s use as a marine fuel provides shippers and port facilities with an affordable option for compliance with tightening emission requirements. Produced from a wide range of feedstocks – including a variety of renewable pathways – methanol provides an ideal “future proof” pathway to sustainable shipping.  The presentation will examine potential market development strategies to advance the use of methanol as a marine fuel, and provide a comprehensive list of all research and development projects with methanol as a marine fuel.
Speaker:
Greg Dolan, CEO, Methanol Institute

12:00 - 12:30
Ammonia as an energy vector: Opportunities for the future
Speaker:
Eystein Leren, Senior Innovation Manager, Yara International ASA

14:00 - 15:30
Session 2: New plant designs for large scale production (Click to expand)

Auditorium sponsored by Casale

Large scale production offers nitrogen and syngas producers attractive opportunities to take advantage of economies of scale and reduce capital costs per tonne of installed capacity. However, to date, plans for large scale trains have been limited by reliability and equipment considerations. This session will highlight three options for large scale plant design. 



14:00 - 14:30
4,500MTPD single-train ammonia plant based on proven technology
Speaker:
Klaus Noelker, Head of Ammonia / Urea Process Department, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions

14:30 - 15:00
Rethinking economy of scale – a new ammonia plant concept
Speaker:
Svend Erik Nielsen, Fellow, Senior Proposal Manager, Haldor Topsoe

15:00 - 15:30
Casale series 6000: New opportunity for the highest single line integrated production
Speaker:
Sergio Panza, Process Manager, Syngas Process Dept., Casale SA

16:00 - 17:30
Session 3: Performance and capacity enhancements (Click to expand)

Auditorium sponsored by Casale

Optimising the performance of operating plants, via performance improvements, capacity enhancements and increasing energy efficiency are key opportunities for ensuring profitable operations. This session will outline several approaches operating companies can take to improve their bottom line operations.    



16:00 - 16:30
Increase reforming capacity with minimum modifications
Speaker:
VK Arora, Director - Process and Operations, KPI (Kinetics Process Improvements, Inc.)

16:30 - 17:00
Optimise syngas production via process analysis as a key process control enabling technology
Author:
Peter van Vuuren, Director of Optograf™ Business Development, SpectraSensors, Inc.

17:00 - 17:30
Ramp up the performance of your steam reformer
Speaker:
Nikolai Musko, MSc, PhD, Senior Process and Catalyst Specialist, Syngas Technologies, Haldor Topsoe A/S

09:00 - 10:30
Session 4A: Ammonia operations and troubleshooting (Click to expand)

Auditorium sponsored by Casale

This operator-led session will feature a selection of case studies focussing on the end-user experience of a variety of operating scenarios. Operational problems and their solutions will be shared.

09:00 - 09:30
Commissioning of a worldscale ammonia plant
Speaker:
Venkat Pattabathula, Global Ammonia Technology Manager, Incitec Pivot Ltd
Co-speaker:
Avinash Malhotra, Vice President Syngas Technology, KBR

09:30 - 10:00
Sharing 25 years of unique operating experience of a modern ammonia plant
Speaker:
Pothamsetti Harinarayana Reddy, Head of Production Dept/General Manager Production, Nagarjuna Fertilizers and Chemicals

10:00 - 10:30
Heat recovery steam generator design with online mode changeover capability from turbine exhaust gas mode to ambient air mode without disruption in steam generation
Speaker:
Hira Shaukat, I&C Engineer, Engro Fertilizers Ltd

09:00 - 10:30
Session 4B: Urea: New technologies and concepts (Click to expand)

Auditorium sponsored by Casale

Applying new technologies and concepts to existing plants enables operators multiple options for efficiency improvement, energy consumption and CAPEX reductions. This session will highlight three approaches. 

09:00 - 09:30
Stamicarbon’s ultra-low energy design
Speaker:
Nitin Joshi, Licensing Manager, Stamicarbon BV

09:30 - 10:00
Toyo’s approach to digital fertilizer
Speaker:
Keigo Sasaki, Process Engineer, Toyo Engineering Corporation

10:00 - 10:30
New JCM compressors and turbines successfully applied in a world-scale Ammonia-Urea complex
Speaker:
Laurence Wei, International Marketing Manager, NEWJCM

11:00 - 12:30
Session 5B: Urea: New technologies and plant design (Click to expand)

Auditorium sponsored by Casale

In a low-price market environment, it is imperative for operating companies ensure CAPEX is controlled when considering investment in new plants and value-added product derivatives. These papers will explore how new technologies and plant designs can benefit producers.

11:00 - 11:30
Small scale fertilizer production realised: A competitive and sustainable path forward
Speaker:
Joey Dobree, Product Portfolio Manager, Stamicarbon

11:30 - 12:00
A new urea solution and UAN plant based on the existing standby facilities Rinat Anderzhanov
Speaker:
Rinat Anderzhanov, Head of Process Department, NIIK (R&D Institute of Urea)

12:00 - 12:30
Euromel® Melamine Plants: Total Zero Pollution with Smooth Operation and Easy Maintenance. Case Study: Reactor Bundle Cleaning
Speaker:
Giuseppe Di Ruocco, Process Manager, Eurotecnica Contractors & Engineers SpA

11:00 - 12:30
Session 5A: CO2 removal and energy efficiency (Click to expand)

Auditorium sponsored by Casale

Energy costs are a significant portion of operating costs and CO2 removal is a particularly energy intensive process. Optimising the energy efficiency of a plant can have a positive impact on OPEX, and this session will demonstrate three different approaches.

11:00 - 11:30
KBR’s true cold wall add-on ammonia converter enhances ammonia production and energy efficiency in CFCL plant
Speaker:
Ravishankar Subramanian, Chief Technical Advisor – Equipment Engineering, KBR

11:30 - 12:00
Optimisation of CO2 removal units in ammonia plants via formulated solvents
Speaker:
Armin Hassanzadeh, Research Scientist, The Dow Chemical Company

12:00 - 12:30
The energy efficiency of the Giammarco-Vetrocoke low energy CO₂ removal process is dramatically increased implementing a GV innovative multi-stage regeneration scheme
Speaker:
Luigi Tomasi, General Manager, Giammarco-Vetrocoke
Co-speaker:
Walter Giacopini, Senior Process Engineer, Giammarco-Vetrocoke

14:00 - 15:30
Session 6B: Safety (Click to expand)

Auditorium sponsored by Casale

Safety is a key area of concern in all fertilizer plants. This session will explore specific safety challenges in a variety of operating scenarios and present potential solutions for mitigating safety risks. 

14:00 - 14:30
Risk registers for ammonia and urea plants: A global learning tool for the fertilizer industry
Speaker:
Dan Cojocaru, Director Process Safety, AmmoniaKnowHow.com

14:30 - 15:00
Hazardous area motor/drive protection principles and optimum selection criteria in fertilizer plants
Speaker:
Mats Hagman, Sales Engineer, Siemens AB

15:00 - 15:30
Inspection for high temperature hydrogen attack
Speaker:
Charles Thomas, Principal Consultant, Quest Integrity

14:00 - 15:30
Session 6A: Plant and project economics (Click to expand)

Auditorium sponsored by Casale

When investing in a new plant or plant configuration, ensuring sound project economics is key to controlling capex and opex. This session will provide practical considerations for a number of options. 

14:00 - 14:30
An economic case for ammonia plant relocation
Speaker:
Dallas Robinson, Projects Director, BD Energy Systems

14:30 - 15:00
Linde Jubail: Case study of advanced plant control for polygeneration of ammonia and industrial gases
Speaker:
Klemens Wawrzinek, BD & Technology, Linde AG

15:00 - 15:30
Cost effective approach for nitrogen-based fertilizer projects
Speaker:
Massimiliano Sala, Syngas & Fertilizers Product Management, SAIPEM

16:00 - 18:00
Session 7B: Urea operations and troubleshooting (Click to expand)

Auditorium sponsored by Casale

This operator-led session will feature a series of case studies on operating challenges. The problems will be detailed using root cause analysis and the solutions applied to correct the issues will be shared. 

16:00 - 16:30
Rupture in tube of high pressure heat exchange HP stripper …
Speaker:
Mohamed Mostafa Shams, Urea Maintenance Section Head, MOPCO

16:30 - 17:00
Momentary appearance of unusual vibration and temperature spikes on CO₂ compressor and steam turbine
Speaker:
Muhammad Umar Riaz, Operation Engineer, Fatima Fertilizer Company Ltd

Co-speaker:
Mohsin Murtaza, Machinery Maintenance Engineer, Fatima Fertilizer Company Ltd

17:00 - 17:30
Case study: Ammonia and urea revamp project
17:30 - 18:00
Urea plant revamping at Veliky Novgorod
Speaker:
Michael Drewes, Market Manager Fertilizer, Atlas Copco Gas and Process Division
Co-speaker:
Ulrich Schmitz, Marketing Manager, Atlas Copco Gas and Process Division

16:00 - 18:00
Session 7A: Effective emissions management and revamp options for ammonia and syngas (Click to expand)

Auditorium sponsored by Casale

Emissions regulation is continually evolving across the world and is one of many reasons for considering a revamp of existing facilities. This session will examine how new technologies and revamp options can be applied. 

16:00 - 16:30
POXSYN™: A clean and cost effective technology for syngas production
Speaker:
Alexander Rösch, Manager, HYCO & Lurgi Technologies, Air Liquide Globale E&C Solutions US

16:30 - 17:00
Advances in environmental efficiency and strategies for compliance
Speaker:
Mahesh Gandhi, Senior Process Engineer, KBR

17:00 - 17:30
Novel approach to ammonia plant revamps with ZoneFlow™ Reactor Technology
Speaker:
Sanjiv Ratan, Director of Marketing and Product Development, ZoneFlow Reactor Technologies

17:30 - 18:00
New plate heat exchanger design and its use in the ammonia converter
Speaker:
Evgeni Gorval, Senior Process Engineer, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions

09:00 - 10:30
Session 8A: Methanol (Click to expand)

Auditorium sponsored by Casale

This session will examine the technical history of methanol production before delving into case studies on operational scenarios and a new strategy for revamping methanol plants.

09:00 - 09:30
Methanol production: A technical history
Speaker:
Daniel Sheldon, Senior Process Engineer, Johnson Matthey

09:30 - 10:00
AdWinMethanol® Technology
Speaker:
Christopher Frank, Vice President Sales Methanol & Hydrogen, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG

10:00 - 10:30
Partial oxidation: A new revamping strategy for methanol plants
Speaker:
Francesco Baratto, Deputy Dept Head - Syngas Process Dept, Casale

09:00 - 10:30
Session 8B: Fertilizer finishing (Click to expand)

Auditorium sponsored by Casale

In the current low-price environment, opportunities for producers to value-add to their product lines, and ensuring a high-quality product is paramount for profitability. These papers will demonstrate how producers can achieve this. 

09:00 - 09:30
Neem Coated Urea- A fiscal approach for farmers
09:30 - 10:00
Getting your urea plant read for high-value fertilizer production: assessing process, capacity and safety
Speaker:
Christopher Muehling, Director, Global Innovation Technologies, Koch Agronomic Services

Co-speaker:
Dan Kuttenkuler, N-TEGRATION Licensing Engineer, Koch Agronomic Services

10:00 - 10:30
How to save energy, improve cooling efficiency and achieve lower and more stable final product temperatures: Azomures case study
Speaker:
Claudio Forniciov, Executive VP, Solex Thermal Science Inc.

11:00 - 13:00
Session 9A: Catalysts and catalyst media (Click to expand)

Auditorium sponsored by Casale

This session will focus on practical operational solutions to problems associated with catalysts and catalyst media. The operational challenges and their solutions will be outlines and lessons learned will be shared.

11:00 - 11:30
Silica migration phenomenon: The important role of catalyst support and hold down media in ammonia plant reactor performance
Speaker:
S. Sajjad Hosseininia, Process Engineer, Pardis Petrochemical Company

11:30 - 12:00
Practical considerations for the design and protection of catalyst beds against fouling and poisoning
Speaker:
Prasanth Kumar, Technical Director (Middle East & Africa), Clariant

Co-speaker:
Emmanuelle Biadi, Business Development Manager, Pall Corporation

12:00 - 12:30
Recovering the activity of ammonia synthesis catalysts
Speaker:
Dr Mohamed Abdel Atty Ahmed, Production Centre Manager, MOPCO
Co-speaker:
Mohammed Mahmoud El-Gharbawy, Senior Process Engineer, Misr Fertilizers Production Co. (MOPCO)

12:30 - 13:00
Optimising the synthesis loop with high activity ammonia synthesis catalyst
Speaker:
Tom Davison, Process Engineer, Johnson Matthey

11:00 - 13:00
Session 9B: Nitric Acid (Click to expand)

Auditorium sponsored by Casale

This session will provide a series of papers on optimisation of nitric acid plants.

11:00 - 11:30
Extending campaign length for high pressure nitric acid plants by optimising gauze catalyst design
Speaker:
Jens Hesse, Global Head of Sales – Heterogeneous Catalysts, Heraeus Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

11:30 - 12:00
Improvement in start-up procedure in ammonia oxidation
Speaker:
Dr Jürgen Neumann, Representative, Hindustan Platinum Pvt. Ltd.

12:00 - 12:30
Nitric acid revamping is now possible with Casale high pressure bleacher scheme
Speaker:
Jean-François Granger, Process Manager Nitrates & Phosphates, Casale

12:30 - 13:00
Improving plant efficiency through process modelling
Speaker:
Dr Gabriele Aksomaityte, Technical Sales Manager, Johnson Matthey

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