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Agenda 2019

14:00 - 17:30
Technical showcases

 14:00 Optimization of the syngas centrifugal compressor with 4.5MW power saving
Presented by: Entechmach

 14:15  Combined integrally geared compression services in fertilizer applications
Presented by: Atlas Copco

 14:30  Technological challenges for synthesis gas compressor drive steam turbine in the trend of expanding production capacity of ammonia plants
Presented by: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd

 14:45 ALVIGO high-performance burner for secondary reformer
Presented by: Alvigo

 15:00 NIIK's experience in diagnostics and repairs of chemical production units
Presented by: NIIK (R&D Institute of Urea)

 15:15  Networking break (exhibition area)
 16:00 Urea-based stabilized and controlled release fertilizers
Presented by: thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions

 16:15  Successful repair of a severely damaged HP scrubber sphere due to undetected carbamate corrosion
Presented by: Stamicarbon

 16:30 GV Hybrid Scheme: An innovative approach to drastically reduce the energy requirement in the existing low-heat CO2 removal system based on Hot-Pot solution
Presented by: Giammarco-Vetrocoke

16:45  Planning considerations for unplanned events – Industrial ceramics requirements in syngas facilities
Presented by: Christy Catalytics

17:00  Over firing protection of reformers
Presented by: Haldor Topsoe

 17:15  Single stream 6000 MTPD ammonia plant using KBR’s Purifier™ based technology
Presented by: KBR



09:00 - 09:45
The outlook for nitrogen: A new era of investment and pricing

  • Recent nitrogen price developments and industry fundamentals.
  • China’s changing influence on the international nitrogen market.
  • The drivers and impacts of nitrogen capacity investment in locations with poor economics.
  • Key risks to the rerouting of urea trade flows in geopolitical uncertainties: Iran, India and China.
  • Nitrogen price differentials and the outlook for the ammonia, urea and nitrates markets


Speaker:
Laura Cross, Head of Nitrogen Analysis, CRU

09:45 - 10:15
Challenges in financing NH3 and MeOH projects – a refresher from a bank’s perspective

Commodity market risks and ideas on how to approach them
Don’t neglect environmental and social issues: what banks are looking for

Speaker:
Holger Weiss, Director, Acquisition and Structuring Oil & Gas, Petrochemical and Paper Industries, KfW IPEX-Bank

11:00 - 12:30
Future trends: The role of ammonia in the new energy economy

11:00 - 11:30
Catalyst deactivation in green Haber-Bosch process
Power-to-Ammonia, whereby Ammonia produced by renewable energy sources is utilised as a Carbon-Neutral Liquid Fuel (CNLF), has seen increasing attention as an option for the fluctuating energy supply and demand balance from renewable energy sources. However, the intermittent production rates seen in the power-to-ammonia process can lead to catalyst deactivation due to the presence of H2O and O2. This paper will present the results of a microkinetic model of ammonia synthesis and catalyst deactivation and the flexibility of Haber-Bosch reactor to the dynamic conditions of the feed.
Speaker:
Alireza Attari Moghaddam, Scientific Assistant (PostDoc), Institute of Energy and Process System Engineering, TU-Braunschweig

11:30 - 12:00
Potential of ammonia as CO₂-free fuel for power generation
CO2-free hydrogen energy will play an important role in developing a low-carbon society. Ammonia is a carrier of CO2-free hydrogen. However, cost and CO2 reduction in the life cycle are key issues to utilize CO2-free ammonia fuel. In this paper, the supply chain of CO2-free ammonia and its life cycle assessment are summarized to discuss the potential of ammonia as a CO2-free fuel for power generation.
Speaker:
Kazutaka Hiraoka, Assistant Manager of the Technology Innovation Center, JGC Corporation

12:00 - 12:30
50 mtpd and 300 mtpd Ammonia plants based on renewable energy
Safety considerations, new CO2-free energy sources and increasing regulation are just some of the trends that have influenced an increased demand for smaller NH3 plants. This paper presents a study for alkaline water electrolysis-based (AWE) 50 mtpd and 300 mtpd ammonia backend using minimal simple equipment to reduce investment cost. In addition, the paper presents the ability to use AWE-based hydrogen to be fed into conventional ammonia plant substituting natural gas.
Speaker:
Tobias Birwe, Head of Sales, Ammonia & Urea Division, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions

14:00 - 16:00
Technical innovations to enhance production economics

14:00 - 14:30
Implementation of advanced process control system

This paper presents a new predictive and adaptive advanced process control system that uses process dynamics, thermodynamics, physical-chemical models, and operating economics to handle complex processes across widely variable operating conditions. Benefits of the system include improved plant operation; minimization of operator intervention; minimization of constraint violations with better safety guarantees; reduction of energy consumption; improvement of throughputs; and better process performance information.

Speaker:
Nenad Zecevic, Expert for Process Systems in Chemical Industries at PD Division, Siemens

14:30 - 15:00
Added value of digitalisation in the fertilizer industry
In the current climate, operators need to control and reduce CAPEX and OPEX to maintain competitiveness. In the context of industry 4.0, This paper will highlight the development of industrial analytics based on machine learning, operating data and equipment integrity status that provide a decision-making support for owners of operating plants. Applying these allow for productivity and maintenance optimization to be better planned, and can reduce unforeseen plant and equipment shutdowns.
Speaker:
Marco Scognamiglio, Data Scientist, Saipem

15:00 - 15:30
Improving efficiency and reliability to cloud-based connected services
Real-time optimization and predictive maintenance algorithms running in cloud-based environments (IIoT platforms) are starting to shape the future of best-practice operation of chemical plants. Several “building blocks” are required for such concept to successfully ensure real value for the plant operators. This paper will cover these “building blocks” and introduce how Topsoe with a strategic partner have developed a full-end-to-end connected services concept targeting hydrogen and ammonia plant optimization/efficiency, reliability as well as on-the-job training of plant personnel.
Speaker:
Michael Fjording, Director, Connected Services, Haldor Topsoe

15:30 - 16:00
Evolution of the design of the Ammonia converter
To increase NH3 production, a considerable benefit is obtained if the volume of the ammonia converter is utilized more efficiently. This paper will detail design improvements to the converter that allow for the installation of more catalyst in a given volume and to better utilize the catalyst volume. The new design can be installed as a retrofit in an existing plant or in a new-build plant. Examples will be shared, including how the catalyst volume can be increased by more than 20% by the installation of a new cartridge into the existing pressure vessel.
Speaker:
Klaus Noelker, Head of Process, Ammonia & Urea, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions

16:30 - 17:30
Commissioning case studies

16:30 - 17:00
Commissioning of KBR’s first KRES + Purifier Technology Ammonia plant at PAU
This paper will detail the successful commissioning of the 1900 MTPD PAU NH3 plant in Indonesia in August 2018. Commissioning of the plant was successfully completed in August 2018 with one of the lowest energy and natural gas consumption figures per ton of ammonia. This paper presents an overview of the project and unique features of this project and experience about the commissioning and start-up of the process facilities, the problems encountered and key lessons learned during the commissioning.
Speaker:
Annie Jing, Chief Technical Professional Leader - Ammonia & Syngas Technology, KBR Technology

17:00 - 17:30
Commissioning & start-up experiences if the Socar Carbamide project
This paper will give a detailed overview of the commissioning & startup of the greenfield fertilizer project of Socar Carbamide project in Sumgait, Azerbaijan. The project schedule, pre-commissioning, commissioning and initial start-up experiences; safety and performance metrics and lessons learned will be shared. 
Speaker:
Olli Saranto, PMC Project Manager & Commissioning and Start Up Advisor, Neste Engineering Solutions Oy

09:00 - 10:30
Stream A: New process, technology & process developments to increase production

NB: Stream A will primarily feature presentations relevant to ammonia, methanol and syngas production

09:00 - 09:30
Improvement to water gas shift process
The water gas shift process is a key process in most ammonia plants. This paper will review a new shift product which extends life allowing ammonia and hydrogen plants to increase their process reliability and production efficiency. The paper will review the new product development and it’s referenced application in large ammonia plants.
Speaker:
John Brightling, Ammonia/Nitric Market Manager, Johnson Matthey

09:30 - 10:00
Increase profitability, reliability and safety of your operation: New catalyst developments from Clariant
Catalyst performance is directly linked to the profitability of a plant, since the catalyst enables the chemical reactions which create the value for the plant owner. This paper will give an overview of new catalyst developments that include new promoted sulphur absorber, performance reports from a new reforming catalyst in a European Ammonia plant and advancements in the water gas shift technology. The respective improvements are supported by case studies from the industry.
Speaker:
Ignaz Hoehlein, Sales Account Manager, Clariant

10:00 - 10:30
Operational experience and modularization options of the Linde Ammonia Concept
This paper details the main process steps of the Linde Ammonia Concept (LAC TM) based on the first plants built, for both light hydrocarbons (LACTM.L1) and heavy hydrocarbons (LACTM.H). The product flexibility, which is based on the inert free syngas generation, allows production of co-products, such as industrial gases and methanol. Examples of NH3 production plants based on the LACTM will be highlighted.
Speaker:
Klemens Wawrzinek, BD & Technology, Linde AG

09:00 - 10:30
Stream B: Improving production economics for urea plants

Note, Stream B will primarily relate to urea, nitrates and finished fertlizer production

09:00 - 09:30
Efficiency and efficacy through simplicity in urea plants
The ability to achieve product quality, environmental compliance and easy maintenance are primary objectives for fertilizer producers to remain competitive while meeting sustainability requirements. Ensuring reliable solutions for materials and equipment will allow the attainment of long life while meeting product quality and emission control goals. This paper describes how this approach has been developed and enhanced through the application of new simple and reliable novelties.
Speaker:
Alessandro Gianazza, Xsight Division Syngas & Fertilizer Product Manager, Saipem S.p.A.

09:30 - 10:00
How to enhance the profit of Urea Complex by a smooth Integration with the Euromel® Melamine Plant
Producing melamine is an opportunity for a fertilizer complex to generate higher profits and, at the same time, to hedge the seasonal fluctuations of the urea market. This paper will demonstrate how the Euromel® Melamine process can be run in either an ammonia or urea plant, and will detail features of the process including easy integration, total-zero-pollution, low energy consumption, and high reliability.
Speaker:
Giuseppe Di Ruocco, Technical Director, Eurotecnica Contractors & Engineers

10:00 - 10:30
Raman spectroscopy: The innovative and reliable solution for on-line urea process control and analysis
In the majority of urea plants, the composition of process stream in the high-pressure synthesis is determined through laboratory analysis in terms of NH3%, CO2% and Urea %. However, there are a number of drawbacks in current sampling techniques. This paper will describe the features of a new online analyser based on Raman spectroscopy that is designed to measure the full composition and the most important Key Performance Indicators of the synthesis.
Speaker:
Luca Rugnone, Urea Manager, Casale S.A.
Co-speaker:
Carsten Uerpmann, Application Support, Endress + Hauser – Kaiser Optical Systems

11:00 - 12:30
Stream A: New innovations in methanol production

Note, Stream A will primarily focus on ammonia, methanol and syngas production

11:00 - 11:30
SynCOR Methanol™: The new low-cost route to methanol production
This paper describes a new route to methanol production, the Syncor Methanol™ process. The new route eliminates the need for a steam reformer, and the new reformer contains no tubes but operates with a single burner in the top of the reactor utilizing Topsoe’s proprietary burner design
Speaker:
Esben Lauge Sørensen, Technology Sales Director, Chemicals Business Unit, Haldor Topsoe A/S

11:30 - 12:00
Integrated process designs: Ammonia derivatives
The concept of methanol-ammonia methanol co-production has a long history there are many ways of producing both products in a single production asset. Co-production schemes can suffer from a degree of compromise because the incorporation of both MeOH and NH3 production capability into a single flowsheet can mean that the process conditions for both are suboptimal. This paper will detail a range of ammonia-methanol co-production technologies, which are both efficient and can accommodate any product mix.
Speaker:
John Pach, Technology Manager, Johnson Matthey

12:00 - 12:30
AdwinCombined™: A striking innovation for the co-production of methanol and ammonia
This paper details a new technology that allows the production of methanol and ammonia in a highly integrated process plant concept. This new plant configuration leads to substantial reductions for both consumption figures as well as investment cost compared to two individual stand-alone plants.  The process concept features the simultaneous operation of both product plants at nameplate capacity but also provides freedom of operation at partial loads. Furthermore, single operation modes are possible. 
Speaker:
Vaios Kitsos, Senior Sales Manager - Methanol Division, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG

11:00 - 12:30
Stream B: Increasing production and profitability of nitric acid and ammonium nitrate plants (I)

Note, Stream B will primarily focus on urea, nitrates and finished fertilizer production

11:00 - 11:30
NIIK’s experience in expanding nitric acid production through the construction of two single-pressure units
This paper will detail the design improvements of two single-pressure nitric acid units to enhance total capacity by 10-12 %, decrease natural gas consumption by 10-12 m3/t, ammonia consumption by 3-4 kg/t, and reduce air emissions. Details of the design parameters will be shared. 
Speaker:
Sergey Suvorkin, Director, Moscow branch, NIIK (R&D Institute of Urea)

11:30 - 12:00
Contaminants and their effect on catalytic gauze performance in nitric acid plants
Nitric acid is produced by the catalytic combustion of ammonia on precious metal gauzes according to the Ostwald process. Impurities and contamination of the catalyst gauze system can result in reduced efficiency and shortened campaigns. This paper will show the different sources of impurities and will describe the influence on process performance. Several preventative solutions will be explored that can help to minimize the amount of contamination on the gauze surface.
Speaker:
Oliver Henkes, Senior Technical Service Manager, Heraeus Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

12:00 - 12:30
Stamicarbon’s dual pressure nitric acid technology with high energy recovery
This paper introduces a new dual pressure nitric acid process, which has a single-train capacity range of 600 – 1600 tpd. The new technology promises high energy recovery via a high tail gas temperature feature which will be detailed in the presentation.
Speaker:
Leon Postma, Research & Development Engineer, Stamicarbon BV

14:00 - 15:30
Stream A: Effective emissions management and CO2 removal

Note, Stream A will primarily focus on ammonia, methanol and syngas production

14:00 - 14:30
Overcoming problems with a pellet style SCR DeNOx unit in an SMR Furnace
This paper describes operational problems experienced with a pellet type selective catalytic reduction (“SCR”) catalyst used for NOx reduction of a steam methane reforming (“SMR”) furnace flue gas stream, and how those problems were completely eliminated by changing to a corrugated honeycomb style SCR catalyst. The upgrade improved stack emissions and the production efficiency of the unit.
Speaker:
Klavs Beldring, Global Market Manager, Refinery & Chemical Applications, Umicore Denmark, Aps
Co-speaker:
Ken Wohlgeschaffen, Hydrogen Network Team Leader, Chevron Products Company

14:30 - 15:00
Challenges in the operation of OASE solvent systems
Amine based solvents for CO₂ removal in ammonia plants have come in to existence in early 1980s and energy consumption of these systems were the lowest. Ever since, more than 200 ammonia plants were operating with BASF's OASE solvent system which was earlier known as aMDEA. In this paper, the challenges in pre-commissioning, commissioning and operation of OASE solvent systems will be described.
Speaker:
Venkat Pattabathula, Global Ammonia Technology Manager, Incitec Pivot
Co-speaker:
Torsten Katz, Global Technology Manager, BASF

15:00 - 15:30
Low NOx retrofit project to meet new EU emissions directives and increase efficiency
To meet new EU directives on emissions and increase throughput/capacity, a European fertilizer plant needed to replace 105 dual fuel (oil and gas) burners. The plant required the new burners to fire a single fuel, at NOX levels less than 120 mg/Nm3, CO levels less than 10mg/Nm3, and noise levels less than 85 dB(A). EU directives on emissions require NOX levels not to exceed 100 mg/Nm3. This paper will share details of the burner retrofit solution.
Speaker:
Nigel Palfreeman, Managing Director, Zeeco Europe Ltd
Co-speaker:
Nick Johnson, Applications Engineer - Process Burners, Zeeco Europe Ltd

14:00 - 15:30
Stream B: New developments in urea production

Note, stream B will primarily focus on urea, nitrates and finished fertilizer production

14:00 - 14:30
MicroMist™ Venturi Scrubber application at Koch Fertilizer
Worldwide, fine particulate emission regulations are becoming increasingly strict. This paper will detail the application of new high-efficiency scrubbing technology designed to remove submicron dust and ammonia gas at extremely high efficiencies being capable of meeting the most stringent emission levels. The technology has been deployed at the KOCH Enid facility and this case study will detail the project realisation and results.   
Speaker:
Elisa Puci, Process Engineer, Stamicarbon BV

14:30 - 15:00
Modernization of the CO₂ centrifugal compressor in the urea production
The CO₂ centrifugal compressor has a defining role in urea production. Modernisation of the compressor can allow for significant capacity increases. This paper details the modernisation of the CO₂ compressor to raise capacity from 950 to 1300 tons of urea per day. Examples from a modernisation project for PJSC Acron, which increased capacity by 25% and efficiency by 15% will be shared.
Speaker:
Aleksandr Liubimov, Head of Advanced Development and Design Department, Entechmach

15:00 - 15:30
Strategic material selection and proactive corrosion prevention in urea plants
This paper reviews potential corrosion modes which may occur on various sections of urea plants, as well as the synthesis section, and this also presents preventive measures against corrosion including online corrosion monitoring technology which has been applied to a commercial urea plant.
Speaker:
Sho Kubota, Material & Corrosion Engineer, Toyo Engineering Corporation

16:00 - 18:00
Stream A: Ammonia operations

Note, stream A will primarily focus on ammonia, methanol and syngas production

16:00 - 16:30
Move the limit: How to bypass reformer limitations and safely push plant production
Speaker:
Sergio Panza, Technology Manager (Ammonia), Casale S.A.
Co-speaker:
Koos Overwater, Vice President Hydrogen Product Line and Technologies, TechnipFMC

16:30 - 17:00
Challenges of operating and Ammonia plant in Libya
Libyan Fertilizer Company (LIFECO) operate two Ammonia plants in Libya with  a combined annual capacity of 900,000 tonnes of urea and 150,000 tonnes of merchant ammonia. Political unrest and other related external interference have meant both the Ammonia plants suffered several interruptions in the past, while many experienced operators have also left the plant. Thus restarting the plant after extensive outages was a challenge. This paper will share how the catalyst provider and operators worked together to restart the plant.
Speaker:
Prasanth Kumar, Technical Director (Middle East & Africa), Clariant
Co-speaker:
Masoud S Mansour Eltawirgi, Process Engineer Ammonia Plants, LIFECO

17:00 - 17:30
Poisoning of the pre-reformer catalyst
A new pre-reformer catalyst was applied in an ammonia plant, with a guaranteed life-span of 3 years, but experienced early deactivation. Extensive study was done along with spent catalyst microscopic analysis to establish root cause of early poisoning.
Speaker:
Arshad Naveed, Ammonia Process Engineer, Engro Fertilizers

16:00 - 17:30
Stream B: Granulation and finishing developments

Note, stream B will primarily focus on urea, nitrates and finished fertilizer production

16:00 - 16:30
The operation of a high-temperature pan granulator in an AN/CAN fertilizer production plant: 35 years of lessons learned
The case study focusses on an AN/CAN Plant installed in 1982 with a capacity of 600MTN/D of AN grade or 800TN/D of CAN grade fertilizer. The production plant is feed by AN solution 99.5%. The initial installed HTPG and the additional related equipment were extensively modified from the first installation. The paper will explore the advantages and disadvantages of a pan granulator vs drum granulators.
Speaker:
Theodora Kouloura, Deputy Plant Director, New Karvali Fertilizers
Co-speaker:
Evangelos Petkos, Deputy Manager Production, New Karvali Fertilisers SA

16:30 - 17:00
Innovations in Stamicarbon’s granulation design, from conventional fluid bed to multi-functional product diversification
This paper charts the evolution of the fluid bed granulation technology and its benefits including increased capacity alongside reduced capex, opex and footprint. Special focus will be given to the newest expansion of the technology: a multi-functional granulation design that is able to produce specialty products such as UAS in addition to urea. The new technology can be applied to existing as well as greenfield plants.
Speaker:
Barbara Cucchiella, Process Engineer, Stamicarbon BV

17:00 - 17:30
The value of enhanced efficiency fertilizer to the end user
While urea is a popular nitrogen source, as much as 50 percent of the nitrogen applied can be lost to the environment. One way for growers to protect against N loss is to utilize an enhanced efficiency fertilizer (EEF). These products can include treating urea with a urease inhibitor or using a nitrification inhibitor designed to protect nitrogen from loss and be readily available for plant uptake. Using case studies, the paper will address key details of EEF and the associated environmental and economic benefits.
Speaker:
Chris Muehling, Director, Global Innovation Technologies, Koch Agronomic Services
Co-speaker:
Dan Kuttenkuler, N-Tegration Licensing Engineer, Koch Agronomic Services

09:00 - 10:30
Stream A: Energy efficiency improvements

Note, stream A will primarily focus on ammonia, methanol and syngas production.

09:00 - 09:30
Improving the efficiency of three Ammonia-Urea complexes for IFFCO
Energy efficiency is key to profitability. The energy-efficiency of a fertilizer complex depends on all its units and the way they are integrated. The paper describes the energy optimization of three Indian ammonia-urea complexes and illustrates the results achieved by the relevant process units. Challenges and details of the project will be shared.
Speaker:
Damiano Marzari Chiesa, Senior Process Engineer, Syngas Dpt., Casale S.A.

09:30 - 10:00
KBR KRES Technology: 25 years of successful application in ammonia plants
Speaker:
Alexander Ivanov, Chief Technical Leader, KBR Inc.

10:00 - 10:30
Increasing the capacity of ammonium nitrate plants
This paper will highlight the latest revamping developments to increase capacity and reduce emissions for ammonium nitrate plants. The paper will feature examples of recent projects.
Speaker:
Aleksandr Vasilyev, Deputy Technical Director, ALVIGO/GIAP OJSC

09:00 - 10:30
Stream B: Materials of construction

Note, stream B will primarily focus on urea, nitrates and finished fertilizer production. 

09:00 - 09:30
A safe approach for the design and fabrication of high-pressure equipment with heterogeneous material
Speaker:
Giovanni Rinaldi, Engineering & Projects Execution Director, Belleli Energy CPE

09:30 - 10:00
The importance of pigtails material selection in steam reforming
Speaker:
Barinder J S Ghai, Regional Technical Marketing Manager, EMEA, Sandvik Materials Technology

10:00 - 10:30
Alloy 699 XA - A newly developed alloy for application under metal dusting conditions
Speaker:
Tatiana Hentrich, Application Engineer Sales, VDM Metals International GmbH

11:00 - 12:30
Stream B: Operational case studies, incident analysis and safety

Note, stream B will primarily focus on urea, nitrates and finished fertilizer operations.

11:00 - 11:30
The AXO Welding and GPIC partnership: A benchmark in realising high safety standards and high on-stream figures
Speaker:
Abdulmunem Alnajjar, Process Plant Superintendent, GPIC
Nader Abdulrahim, Inspection Superintendent, Gulf Petrochemical Industries Co. (GPIC)
Mauro Orsini, CEO, AXO WELDING SRL

11:30 - 12:00
Practical solutions to challenges encountered and experience sharing for multiple dry gas seal failures
Speaker:
Muhammad Amir Abdullah, Operations Engineer, Engro Fertilizers
Co-speaker:
Haider Ali, Maintenance Engineer, Engro Fertilizers

12:00 - 12:30
Ammonia Converter Replacement in a Safe convenient and economic viable manner
Speaker:
Robert Lin, Chief Technical Advisor - Ammonia & Syngas Technology, KBR Technology
Co-speaker:
John Junming Li, Chief Mechanical Engineer, KBR Technology

11:00 - 13:00
Stream A: Reformer management strategies for increased reliability and productivity

Note, stream A will primarily focus on ammonia, methanol and syngas operations. 

11:00 - 11:30
Temperature fluctuations in down-fired reformer furnaces
Down-fired reformers can experience operational problems evidenced by large swings in reformed gas outlet and tunnel exit flue gas temperatures. The result can be catalyst tube and outlet pigtail failures leading to unplanned shutdowns. This paper will present the results into a number of studies into the causes of these temperature swings and the actions required to correct the problems.
Speaker:
Dan Barnett, Vice President of Engineering, BD Energy Systems

11:30 - 12:00
Balancing production and reliability in a steam reformer
The steam reformer ranks highly in plant risk assessments, due to complex damage mechanisms and consequences of failure.  However, the risk associated with the reformer is highly dependent on its operation. This paper describes an engineering methodology for understanding risk, particularly in catalyst tubes, and making decisions regarding operation.  A successful case study of a reformer unit optimised by through iterative inspection and engineering will be shared.
Speaker:
Dan Drabble, Engineer, Quest Integrity

12:00 - 12:30
An innovative internal and external 360 degree reformer tube inspection technology
Reformer tubes are exposed to extreme operating conditions and are susceptible to various degeneration mechanisms. In this paper, damage mechanisms affecting the complete 360° circumference of the reformer tube wall will be discussed and a new method for detecting this damage around the complete circumference.
Speaker:
Jerry Adams, President, Reformer Services

12:30 - 13:00
Reduce stress and increase throughput of reformer tubes
Fouling from different sources will cause poor design or operation of reformer tubes which can lead to premature tube failure. Application of regular cleaning procedures, according to appropriate analysis can improve the technical conditions of the tubes increasing the safety margin and extending the predicted average lifetimes. This paper will share case studies demonstrating the financial and energy savings benefits that an operator can realize when applying proprietary cleaning technology to their primary reformer tubes.
Speaker:
Peter Richter, Managing Director, IKR Richter Technology

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