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Programme Gold Sponsors:

Sunday, 2 November
Sightseeing tour
(optional and separately bookable at cost - subject to availability and minimum group size of 10 attendees)
09:00 12:00 Paris City Tour
Monday, 3 November
09:00 12:30 Gas treating simulation in partnership with Optimised Gas Treating
09:00 12:30 Project delivery secrets from a contractor: Planning and execution
success and claims prevention in partnership with SNC Lavalin
14:00 18:00 Ensuring premium quality sulphur reaches the end user safely and
efficiently in partnership with Sandvik
14:00 18:00 Innovating to Zero Zero SO2 emissions approaches and
challenges in partnership with DuPont MECS
13:00 20:00 Registration desk open sponsored by Haldor Topse A/S
15:00 20:00 Exhibition open
18:30 20:00 Oxbow Welcome Reception
Tuesday, 4 November
07:00 18:00 Registration desk open sponsored by Haldor Topse A/S
07:30 08:45 Solvadis Champagne Breakfast
08:45 18:00 Exhibition open
09:00 10:30 Commercial programme
10:30 11:00 Refreshment break sponsored by BASF
11:00 12:30 Commercial programme
12:30 14:00 Lunch
14:00 15:30 Commercial programme
15:30 16:00 Refreshment break sponsored by BASF
16:00 17:00 Commercial programme
17:00 19:00 Outotec Drinks Reception
Wednesday, 5 November
08:00 18:00 Registration desk open sponsored by Haldor Topse A/S
08:00 19:30 Exhibition open
09:00 10:30 Technical programme
10:30 11:00 Refreshment break sponsored by BASF
11:00 12:30 Technical programme
12:30 14:00 Lunch
14:00 15:30 Technical programme
15:30 16:00 Refreshment break sponsored by BASF
16:00 18:00 Technical programme
18:00 19:30 Drinks Reception co-sponsored by Axens, Foster Wheeler, Sharplex and Technip
Thursday, 6 November Silver Sponsors:
08:30 15:30 Registration desk open sponsored by Haldor Topse A/S
08:30 15:30 Exhibition open
09:00 10:30 Technical programme
10:30 11:00 Refreshment break sponsored by BASF
11:00 12:30 Technical programme
12:30 14:00 Lunch
14:00 15:30 Technical programme
Friday, 7 November
07:30 17:30 Site Visit to TOTAL (optional and separately bookable at cost)

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Sunday, 2 November
Sightseeing tour
(optional and separately bookable at cost)
09:00 12:00 Paris City Tour
only for delegates who booked and paid for this tour additionally
Participants will meet in the Marriott Rive Gauche Convention Centre lobby at 15 minutes before departure to
board the bus for the tour. Approximate arrival back at the hotel will be 12:00.

Monday, 3 November
08:00 Workshop/Interactive sessions Registration
For delegates registered for the following sessions

09:00 Gas treating simulation Project delivery secrets from a contractor: Planning
In partnership with Optimised Gas Treating and execution success and claims prevention
In partnership with SNC Lavalin

10:30 Refreshment Break

11:00 Gas treating simulation (contd) Project delivery secrets from a contractor: Planning
In partnership with Optimised Gas Treating and execution success and claims prevention
In partnership with SNC Lavalin

12:30 Break

13:00 Workshop/Interactive Sessions Registration

For delegates registered for the following sessions

14:00 Ensuring premium quality sulphur reaches the Innovating to Zero Zero SO2 emissions
end user safely and efficiently approaches and challenges
In partnership with Sandvik In partnership with DuPont MECS

15:30 Refreshment Break

16:00 Ensuring premium quality sulphur reaches the Innovating to Zero Zero SO2 emissions
end user safely and efficiently approaches and challenges
In partnership with Sandvik In partnership with DuPont MECS

13:00 Registration desk open

Sponsored by Haldor Topse A/S

15:00 Exhibition open

18:30 Oxbow Welcome Reception (Exhibition Area)

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Tuesday, 4 November
07:00 Registration desk
Sponsored by Haldor Topse A/S

07:30 Solvadis Champagne Breakfast

Conference Auditorium
Sponsored by ChemTrade Aglobis

Dress code for commercial programme business attire

Global Market Outlooks

09:00 The global outlook for oil and gas and impacts on the sulphur market
The ongoing impact of shale gas and tight oil: Will the US become an exporter and how will this impact
global gas flows?
Will European refineries remain competitive and how will this impact the sulphur market?
How are refinery outputs changing globally?
How will refineries processing sour crude be affected?
Richard Mallinson, Geopolitical Analyst, Energy Aspects

09:30 CRU sulphur outlook: Price dictators and saving graces

Exploring the implications of oil and gas market developments for the sulphur markets
Project update changes and market implications
Domineering China its role as a price dictator
Nickel the saving grace?
Kimberly Gustin, Senior Consultant, Fertilizers, Sulphur & Sulphuric Acid, CRU

10:00 CRU sulphuric acid outlook: A view of supply, demand and trade
How will changes to capacity dictate the emergence of new trade flows?
Environmental legislation and the effect on supply.
Europe: A tightening market?
How is Chinas role in sulphuric acid trade changing?
Peter Harrisson, Senior Consultant, Fertilizers, Sulphur & Sulphuric Acid, CRU

10:30 Refreshment & Network Break

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Sulphur Supply Outlook

11:00 Projects update: How will new projects and capacity increases change the sulphur landscape?
Status update on projects in the Middle East: Capacity expectations and timeframes
How will the Kashagan and Galkynysh projects in the FSU impact on global markets
What effect will Sinopec and China Oil refinery increases have on Chinese sulphur imports?

11:30 An update on SECA rules & their impact on the shipping market
Marc Pauchet, Senior Analyst, Braemar ACM Shipbroking

12:00 Upgrading Alberta bitumen for worldwide transportation Impact on sulfur production
Increasing light oil production in the USA is expected to lead to most Alberta Bitumen produced beyond 2015
being exported to Asia and other destinations, which in turn is expected to have a significant impact on
international sulphur markets.
This presentation will review current bitumen and SCO production capacity, relate it to world sulphur output
and describe how the new upgrading technology would enable bitumen export worldwide.
Peter Clark, Director of Research, Alberta Sulphur Research Ltd

12:30 Lunch

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Tuesday, 4 November
Acid Supply Outlook
14:00 Smelter acid outlook
Update forthcoming projects
Overview of current production sites and their outputs
Acid transport, logistics and trade flows: How is acid currently moving around trade maps and markets?
Ricardo Martnez Sanz, Sulphuric Acid Sales Director, Atlantic Copper S.A.U.

Demand Outlook for Sulphur and Acid

14:30 Phosphates: A key market for sulphur, but for how long?
Why is phosphate fertilizer production important to the sulphur market?
What are the short-term demand factors currently shaping the phosphates market?
How will rising phosphate fertilizer production impact the future of sulphur demand?
Alice Charlton, Consultant - Phosphates, CRU

15:00 Mosaic's supply revolution: Marine sulphur imports to Florida

The advent of direct imports of solid formed sulphur into Florida from the international sulphur supply chain,
following with implementation of Mosaic's 1 million tpa solid sulfur handling facility, are expected to change
North American and global logistical patterns, prices and supply options dramatically.
This presentation will explore the impact on the sulphur trade map, including the effects on oil sands
producers and opportunities that will arise in the global market.
Jerry dAquin, President, Con-Sul Inc.

15:30 Refreshment & Network Break

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16:00 Demand updates from the titanium dioxide industry

Overview of the titanium dioxide industry what growth potential is there for sulphate based vs chloride
based production?
Assessing the competitiveness of European and US producers against low-cost Chinese production
What is the expected growth of the industry?
Which regions are forecast to have the biggest growth rates?
What are the anticipated impacts of increasing environmental legislation in regards to disposal or
recycling of excess acid?
Thomas Cerny, Independent Consultant, TZMI, Inc.

16:30 Sulphur as a Fertilizer

What opportunities are there for sulphur fertilizers?
Which are the major markets for demand?
How will this industry impact on the wider sulphur industry?
Cyrille Allais, Petrochemicals R&D Specialist, Shell Global Solutions International BV

17:00 Close of Day One

17:00 Outotec Drinks Reception (Exhibition Area)

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Wednesday, 5 November
08:00 Welcome Coffee
Sponsored by BASF

08:00 Registration desk

Sponsored by Haldor Topse A/S

Conference Auditorium
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Stream A: Sulphur Stream B: Sulphuric Acid

New and Recent Projects Sulphuric Acid Catalyst
09:00 CASE STUDY: Mishraq sulphur purification 09:00 PRODUCT LAUNCH: How to effectively
facility manage and reduce emissions in sulfuric acid
Uday Parekh, Vice President, International plants using state-of-the-art MECS Catalysts
Business Development, Devco Tom Brouwers, Product Manager - Sulfuric Acid
This paper will describe the project development and Plants & Catalyst, DuPont Sustainable
execution of the design, fabrication and installation of a Solutions
fully functional sulphur purification facility for the Mishraq This paper will showcase the commercial results of the
State Sulphur Company in Iraq. The case study will detail GEAR catalyst, which lowers SO2 emissions while
the history of the project, including a full description of the increasing acid production, extending operating time and
SCD process, project development and financing, project increasing energy savings. The paper will also detail a
execution including design, procurement, fabrication, new cesium catalyst formulation which promises
preassembly and installation. improved performance.

09:30 Direct reduction of SO2 to sulphur 09:30 PRODUCT LAUNCH: From nano-scale studies
Herv Baron, Project Manager, Le Gaz Integral of working sulphuric acid catalysts to
By dint of detailed modelling, backed up by careful improved industrial scale sulphuric acid
experimental and pilot-scale trials, LGI has developed a production
process for converting smelter gas SO2 to elemental Kurt Christensen, General Manager, Haldor
sulphur by reduction with methane that is optimized to Topse A/S
avoid soot formation, the main technical disadvantage of Topse recently introduced new advanced in-situ
the process in the past. It will be used at the Norilsk techniques, including Raman, infrared and electron
smelter in northern Russia, where logistical difficulties in microscopy, to directly resolve the dynamic state of
the winter preclude conversion to sulphuric acid. catalyst samples interacting with an SO2/O2/SO3 gas
mixture at temperatures up to 600C. These techniques
provide unprecedented insight into, for example, a
simulated converter start-up and can explain macro-scale
phenomena in the industrial converter such as catalyst
colours, oxidation states, melt transformation, melt
extraction by dust, pressure drop build-up and catalytic

10:00 CASE STUDY: Successful SMARTSULF unit 10:00 Catalysts - 'Heart' of the sulphuric acid
starting up at PEMEX Salamanca refinery process
Michael Heisel, General Manager, Lisa Krumpholz, Product Manager Oxidation
ITS Reaktortechnik Catalysts, Clariant Produkte (Deutschland)
SMARTSULF technology performs sulphur recovery GmbH
and tail gas treatment in just two catalytic reactors at Clariant has recently introduced a new SO2 oxidation
overall sulphur recovery efficiencies of 99.5% or more. catalyst which operates at even lower temperatures than
This paper describes the technical and commercial cesium catalysts currently on the market. Case studies of
benefits of the process and provides an account of the real plant experience with the new catalyst will be
start-up and successful performance test of an 80-t/d unit presented, along with supporting data from laboratory
processing amine acid gas and SWS off-gas at PEMEXs findings.
Salamanca refinery.

10:30 Refreshment & Network Break 10:30 Refreshment & Network Break
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Process Control Sulphuric Acid Technology
11:00 Sulfur recovery on-line analysers from front 11:00 CASE STUDY: Commercialization of MECS
end design through life cycle ownership SolvR regenerative SO2 recovery
Stuart Simmonds, Business Development technology
Manager, AMETEK Process Instruments Steven Puricelli, Director Business
The paper covers three topics relating to SRU process Development, MECS, Inc. - DuPont Sustainable
analyzers: An industry survey solicited from three user Solutions
types: i) Start up and FEED engineers; ii) Operations; iii) This paper covers the operating data and history of the
End user analyzer engineers; The utility of SRU feed SolvR technology installation at Southern States
forward control; Lessons Learned from the viewpoint of Chemical and presents the process options available to
a start up engineer. How things go wrong from the use this technology for expanding sulphuric acid
initiation of FEED, through detailed engineering to production capacity (up to 20% on a double absorption
systems integration to end user hand over. plant) while at the same time achieving emissions of 20
ppm SO2.

11:30 Measurement of H2S in methyl-diethanol 11:30 Strong sulphuric acid system upgrades
amine (MDEA) with laser based Raman opportunities in retrofitting acid plants
photometry NORAM Engineering & Constructors Ltd
Robert Hegger, Vice President Sales & Guy Cooper, Director, Sulphuric Acid Business,
Marketing, Applied Instrument Technologies, NORAM Engineering & Constructors Ltd
This paper presents some important aspects of recent
Raman spectroscopy, which measures the characteristic upgrade projects successfully executed by NORAM in
frequency deviations caused by excitation of the various retrofitting the strong acid system of existing acid plants.
molecules in a mixture by monochromatic light, is more These plant upgrades achieve increased plant reliability,
specific than IR absorption spectroscopy and is increased equipment longevity and higher plant
unaffected by the presence of water. This paper performance.
describes a laser-based instrument for monitoring rich
and lean H2S loadings in MDEA solution so as to
maintain optimal performance of this high-selectivity
12:00 Digitalization: Chances to improve plant
12:00 Next generation SRU control Also for SWAG performance
Aernout Henning, Principal Process Control Stefan Bruner, Product Engineer Sulfuric
Engineer, Jacobs Nederland BV Acid, Outotec GmbH
Introduced in 2008, Jacobs Nederlands ABC+ system for This paper will demonstrate the opportunities of applying
continuous control of combustion air feed to the SRU digitalisation to sulphuric acid production, including
burner added feed-forward control based on on-line improvements in operational safety, plant reliability and
analysis of the amine acid gas (AAG) feed to an array of compliance with environmental legislation.
control parameters based on temperature, pressure, flow
rate and tail gas composition measurements. The latest
version, which includes SWS off-gas analysis, has been
in operation for a year in a UK refinery.
12:30 Lunch
12:30 Lunch
Heat Recovery
14:00 Water and energy balance new concept for
14:00 Desulphurization of coke oven gas in steel
the optimisation of SA plants in remote, dry
and power industries with COKE-SMAX
advanced technologies
Philippe Malsan, Business & Development
Mahin Rameshni, President & CEO, Rameshni
Manager, Technip Corporate Services
& Associates Technology & Engineering LLC
This paper will present the optimisation of the energy
production and water consumption from the sulphuric acid
A zero-emission system for purifying coke oven gas from plant integrated in a phosphate fertilizer complex located
steel works is based on the COKE-SMAX process, in in a remote desert area. The case study will discuss in
which acidic components are absorbed in aqueous detail, the procedure and calculations for finding the
ammonia, desorbed and washed to recover ammonia, optimum electrical production and water savings.
followed by Claus sulphur recovery.

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14:30 Recycling H2S and CO2 to produce syngas: 14:30 CASE STUDY: MOSAICs use of MECS Heat
new technology and process line-ups Recovery System (HRS) Operator Training
Flavio Manenti, Professor of Chemical Simulator (OTS) for Training at New Wales
Engineering, Politecnico di Milano facility
Under the right conditions, H2S and CO2 can be made to David Dericotte, Business Development
interact at high temperature to produce synthesis gas (H2 Manager, DuPont Sustainable Solutions
+ CO) and elemental sulphur. The paper will describe the This paper will detail the development and
investigation of the detailed kinetics of the process, the implementation of a bespoke operator training simulator
identification of the optimal conditions, the design of a for heat recovery systems at Mosaics acid plants. The
high-temperature reactor and the feasibility of an paper will cover how MECS worked with Mosaic
industrial plant. operators to develop, test and validate the OTS and
share the experience of operators using the system.
15:00 H2S scavenger processes and acid gas
removal 15:00 Workshop: Hydrogen Gas Incidents
Marc Schulz, Engineering Manager, Ultrafab This workshop will focus on issues concerning hydrogen
Industries LLC gas incidents that have occurred in the sulphuric industry
The paper presents liquid scavenger technology as an worldwide. The session will highlight topics such as
adjunct or an alternative to amine absorption as a method underlying causes, suggestions for mitigation and
of removing H2S from sour gas streams in new facilities prevention.
or as a retrofit.

15:30 Refreshment & Network Break 15:30 Refreshment & Network Break
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Sulphur Recovery
16:00 Putting the SUPERCLAUS process to the test 16:00 Workshop: Hydrogen Gas Incidents (Contd)
over 25 years Many of these incidents have a common thread. Knowing
Bruce Klint, Director of Engineering, Sulphur the potential causes will assist plant operators,
Experts Inc. maintenance personnel, engineers, and designers to
The paper will present a comprehensive overview of 25 minimize the risks of these incidents. Four to six different
years of SUPERCLAUS performance testing worldwide. incidents will be presented, and the panel will discuss the
Drawing on actual field data, it will present practical events leading to the incident, the effect, and the action
lessons learned by operators that can be applied as an taken.
operational how to guide to ensure optimum The session will include presentations that will be geared
SUPERCLAUS performance. towards practising engineers with various degrees of
exposure to the sulphuric acid process, plant operation,
16:30 CASE STUDY: Advantages of modular and plant maintenance. The Workshops objective is to
construction for small scale SRU in harsh assist engineers in evaluating the operation and the
climates maintenance of their plants. Following the presentations,
Thibaut Heim, Process Engineer, PROSERNAT there will be a panel discussion providing participants with
There is increasing industry demand for modular small- an opportunity to have their questions answered by our
capacity SRUs to be able to operate in very cold, remote distinguished panel of experts in the industry
locations. This paper will demonstrate how modular Moderator:
fabrication has been applied to address logistical and Rick Davis, President, Davis & Associates Consulting
operational challenges in recent acid gas treatment Inc.
projects comprising gas sweetening, S recovery, tail gas Panellists:
incineration and liquid sulphur degassing units. Steven Puricelli, Director Business Development,
DuPont Sustainable Solutions
17:00 Utility considerations for sulfur recovery units Hannes Storch, Vice President Sulphuric Acid & Gas
Elmo Nasato, President, Nasato Consulting Cleaning , Outotec GmbH
This paper will identify the key design and operating Rene Dijkstra, Technology Manager Acid, Chemetics
considerations for the utility side of an SRU, highlighting Inc.
the importance paying keen attention to the utility side Jim Dougherty, Process Engineer, Mosaic Company
during normal day-to-day operations in order to ensure David Ash, Engineering Manager - Sulphuric Acid,
reliable, safe and high on-line operation of the SRU. INEOS Enterprises

17:30 RAM analysis for sulfur recovery units

Mauro Alberto Galbiati, Process Engineer,
Siirtec Nigi SpA
Reliability, Availability and Maintainability (RAM)
analyses, are gradually becoming a standard requirement
for the front-end engineering design phase deliverables
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for oil and gas and refineries industries. This paper is 18:00 Drinks Reception
about the RAM analysis assumptions and conclusions Co-sponsored by Axens, Foster Wheeler,
that were applied and obtained for a sulfur recovery unit Sharplex and Technip
in an Italian refinery for which a minimum availability of
98.5% had to be granted.

18:00 Drinks Reception

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Sharplex and Technip

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Thursday, 6 November
08:00 Welcome Coffee
Sponsored by BASF

08:00 Registration desk

Sponsored by Haldor Topse A/S

Conference Auditorium
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Stream A: Sulphur Stream B: Sulphuric Acid

Tail Gas Treatment Metallurgical Acid
09:00 Foaming prevention in TGTU amine units 09:00 CASE STUDY: Heavy corrosion protection
Ben Spooner, Senior Process Engineer, maintenance of copper smelter gas cleaning
Amine Experts facilities
Foaming in the amine absorber of a TGTU results when Hanno Hintze, Director Sulphuric Acid, Aurubis
SO2 contaminates the water in the quench tower, raising AG
CO2 recycle to the SRU and sulphur emissions from the Roland Guenther, Sales & Project Manager,
stack. . Amine Experts has developed solutions to the STEULER-KCH GmbH
problem using specific non-proprietary testing, analytical This case study describes heavy corrosion protection
and operational strategies. maintenance works at Aurubis Hamburgs copper
smelter. During the most recent shut-down, the 40 year-
old quench towers required maintenance of the gas inlets
and rebricking of major parts of the carbon brick lining.
The paper will share insights from the development of the
project and lessons learnt.

09:30 Benefits of heat-stable salts in tail gas 09:30 Recovery of mercury from sulphuric acid to
treaters sub-mg/l concentration levels using molecular
Clay Jones, Senior Development Engineer, recognition technology
Optimized Gas Treating, Inc. Neil Izatt, Vice President, IBC Advanced
Heat-stable salts (HSS) such as thiocyanates and Technologies, Inc.
thiosulfates formed as degradation products in amine gas Mercury commonly shows up as a toxic impurity in
treating units actually enhance H2S absorption efficiency. sulphuric acid produced from off-gases from copper, zinc
The paper explains why that is and provides guidelines or lead smelting. IBC has developed a reagent that
2+ 2+
as to how much HSS should be left in the system. selectively binds Hg and (to a lesser extent) Hg2 in a
solid form that can be filtered off from the acid and can be
worked up to recover the mercury values in concentrated
form, avoiding the need for environmentally-dubious
disposal methods.

10:00 Time and temperature effects on tail gas 10:00 New integrated solution for the treatment of
catalyst performance sulfur containing ores
Michael Huffmaster, Consultant (Professional Eric Eccleston, Process Manager, FluoSolids
Engineer), Michael A. Huffmaster, PE, LLC Technology, Technip
Fernando Maldonado, Business Development Tom Brouwers, Product Manager - Sulfuric Acid
Manager Tail Gas, Criterion Catalysts and Plants & Catalyst, MECS Europe/Africa BVBA -
Technologies DuPont Sustainable Solutions
Conversion of sulphur species to H2S in the reduction
The treatment of sulfur/sulfide containing ore with
reactor of a TGTU is a function of catalyst activity, reactor
concomitant production of sulfuric acid is a process route
space velocity and temperature. The paper provides an
frequently used in the mineral industry. A new global
assessment of the impact of these principal variables on
technology solution for the treatment of sulfur containing
both catalyst bed design and performance.
ores is presented in this paper. The technical advantages
and the benefits for the industry brought by the integrated
solution are presented and discussed.

10:30 Refreshment & Network Break

10:30 Refreshment & Network Break
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SRU Equipment Sulphuric Acid Materials and
11:00 Effects of mixing on main reaction furnace 11:00 Computational model of large capacity molten
chemistry and total cost of ownership sulphur combustion spray efficacy and
Sander Lems, Research Engineer, process efficiency
Stijn Hoffland, Sales Manager, Kathleen Brown, Research Engineer, Spraying
Duiker Combustion Engineers Systems Co.
Reaction kinetics and empirical evidence will be used to This paper presents the results of a detailed spray
show that thorough mixing in a high-intensity burner is injection modelling study demonstrating the scale up of
more important than high temperature and residence time the spray solution as well as the 100% spray combustion
in the destruction of NH3 and BTEX, in reducing COS requirement at these elevated sulphur flow capacities.
and CS2 formation and in maximizing sulphur generation Results from laboratory tests and full scale industrial
in the Claus SRU furnace. The impact of this on the total settings will be shared.
cost of ownership will be shown.

11:30 CASE STUDY: High SRU reaction furnace skin 11:30 Improved performance with split-flow gas-gas
temperature heat exchangers
John OConnell, Sulfur Specialist, Saudi Kim Nikolaisen, Senior Process Engineer,
Aramco NORAM Engineering & Constructors Ltd
When an SRU furnace was returned to operation after a This paper describes important design aspects of the
correctly executed refractory replacement, the furnace split-flow gas-gas heat exchangers to better understand
skin temperature was abnormally high, which led to a their advantages and limitations in comparison with
significant loss of refinery production. Following an conventional equipment designs. Case studies will be
exhaustive root cause analysis, the refractory lining was given to show how plant operation is improved by the
redesigned to take account of factors such as vessel and installation of gas-gas heat exchangers.
firebrick emissivity, flame geometry and maximum flame
and adiabatic process temperatures.

12:00 In-ground versus above-ground sulfur sealing 12:00 Maintenance as an instrument to ensure the
An industry survey operation of a sulphuric acid plant
Jim Hartman, Corporate Business Development, Andreas Hopp, Head of Application Technology
Controls Southeast, Inc. Department, STEULER-KCH GmbH
The paper presents the results of a survey conducted in On account of the aggressive operating conditions,
2014 of the experience of sulphur experts from operating sulphuric acid plants have to be shut down regularly for
companies, engineering/ procurement/ construction firms, protective maintenance. This presentation shows the
and technology licensors with the range of commercially various problems faced when sensibly and purposefully
available sulphur sealing technology. Key design maintaining and servicing a sulphuric acid plant. It will
considerations influencing selection are presented, along detail the necessary repairs without losing sight of the
with the benefits, weaknesses, and total installed costs need to minimize production loss.
for current sulphur sealing options.

12:30 Lunch
12:30 Lunch
Sulphur Recovery Operations
14:00 CASE STUDY: To sulphur wash or not to
sulphur wash? 14:00 Fluoro-thermoplastic liners for sulphuric acid
Aisha Akram, Process Engineer, Milford Haven applications - an update on installation
Refinery methods and materials
Soot formation on Claus catalyst, as evidenced by a rise Mirko Lotz, Business Development Engineer,
in back-pressure at the thermal reactor, is most likely to Quadrant EPP AG
occur when support gas is being used. Though it leads to Fluorinated thermoplastics provide effective protection
a loss in SRU processing capacity, operators are often against corrosion by condensing sulphuric acid, as in off-
reluctant to intervene with a sulphur wash, as sub- gas lines in smelter acid plants, provided the lining
dewpoint operation is not the norm. This paper shows materials are correctly selected, properly installed and
how the unit can recover without intervention, how long it skilfully welded. The paper will discuss these and the
takes and what the impact on catalyst activity is. impact of external standards such as ASME-RTP 1 and

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14:30 CASE STUDY: De-mothballing acid gas 14:30 Predictive maintenance of fiberglass
enrichment and low-strength acid gas reinforced plastic equipment
processing retrofit options for sulphur Geoffrey Clarkson, CEO, UTComp Inc.
recovery This paper will describe a non-destructive technology for
Nasser Alqahtani, Process Engineer, Araiba evaluating FRP equipment and will monitor the effects of
Natural gas processed through the Haradh Gas Plant corrosion and damage in order to determine maintenance
contains so much more CO2 than H2S that the removed and replacement needs. Case studies will be referenced
acid gas has historically been flared off. To eliminate to show how the technology has been used on FRP
flaring, a formerly mothballed acid gas enrichment system equipment in SO2 gas cleaning and weak sulphuric acid
has been revamped with a reduced number of mass service.
transfer stages, which reduces CO2 removal.

15:00 Innovative process for multi-point sequential 15:00 Plastic materials for sulphuric acid services
SO2 injection in Claus sulfur recovery unit Karin Jacobson, Research Leader, Swerea
Jack D. Allenberg, Senior Process Consultant, KIMAB
Sulfur Operations Support, Inc. In its long-running research programme on the use of
polymers in sulphuric acid process equipment in
This paper describes a new proprietary process utilizing
collaboration with end-users and materials and
distributed SO2 injection to increase the capacity of
equipment suppliers, Swerea-KIMAB has identified PVC
existing Claus units. It also reduces the equipment
materials and welding rods and fluoropolymers for high
requirement for new gas plant applications by eliminating
acid concentrations (>93 wt-%) and FRP and rubber
the requirement for traditional thermal reactors, large
linings for 72-85 wt-% acids.
waste heat boilers, and traditional reheaters. Test data
and initial results will be shared.

15:30 Close of Conference

15:30 Close of Conference

Friday, 7 November
07:30 - Site Visit to TOTAL Normandy Refinery
17:30 (exact times and cost to be confirmed
delegates have to be booked on this tour and must pay an additional fee to attend)
Implemented at the heart of the estuary of the Seine, it was in 1933 that the Normandy refinery was built in the
surroundings of Le Havre.
Nowadays it is a 360 hectares area on which around 12 million tons of crude oil are transformed into everyday life
products (gasoline, diesel, sulfur, lubricants, etc.). The Normandy refinery supplies 13% of consumed products of
France and more particularly to the Paris area.

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CRU Events. CRU Events disclaims all liability for any tort or damage arising out of any statement or opinion made in any paper or presentation by
any guest author or speaker.

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