Conference Presentations – Galveston 2018

Dale Wilborn, Chevron El Segundo - Presenting in Galveston 2017Presentation topics for RefComm® Galveston 2018 are categorized in 3 tracks: Delayed Coker, Fluid Catalytic Cracker and Sulfur (Amine, Sour Water, Claus, Tailgas). This is an excellent opportunity for Operators and Solution Providers to share Lessons Learned, Best Practices and new technologies to optimize productivity and safety.

Delayed Coker

Delayed Coker

Seeking Presenters and Topics of Interest

  • Case Study on solving hot drum issues
  • Advanced Process Control
  • Energy Efficiency best practices
  • Product specifications for internal and external customers
  • Optimizing coke handling equipment
  • Inspection insights before and during turnaround
  • Coker Crane Reliability
  • Coping with Tier 3 specifications
  • The effect of MARPOL and the IMO 2020 target of 0,5% sulfur content of transportation fuels
  • How lower Fuel Oil specs affect FCC/Coker operations
  • Data, automation and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
  • Breakout Discussion Groups
    • Furnaces: Fouling, design, feedstock, steam, hot spots, pigging, spalling
    • Safety: Egress, Power loss, Un-heading top and bottom head
    • Maintenance/ Reliability:  Valves, Decoking Valves, Drill water Piping/Bypass valves, Drum Cracking, Maze and pump issues, PM of emergency equipment
    • Operations: Steam Generation in Decoking, Drill stem issues, training, valve interlocks
    • Process:  Managing feedstock, low process velocity, hot drums


Fluid Catalytic Cracker

Seeking Presenters and Topics of Interest

Recently Requested by a Refining Company:

  • Efficiency in Starting a T/A from Decon to Turnaround Status
  • Methods to Reduce Coking in the Bottom of the Frac Tower
  • How to Mitigate Reduced Flow in the Slurry System due to Plugging Near the End of the Run
  • How do you Define Operational Excellence?
  • How to use IIoT to Better Troubleshoot
  • Achieving 1st Quartile Reliability
  • How to Empower your Employees

Other Topics of Interest:

  • The effect of MARPOL and the IMO 2020 target of 0,5% sulfur content of transportation fuels, implications of Tier 3
  • Managing the emissions rules changes, especially venting
  • Advanced Process Control
  • Reducing T/A cycles to remain within emissions compliance
  • Operating with different Integrated Operating Windows (IOWs)
  • Equipment monitoring to minimize shutdowns vs planned outages?
  • Data, automation and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) – the wave forward
  • Safety Integrity Level (SIL) systems and how to set them up and use them
  • Catalyst Management, Additives and Rare Earths
  • Feedstock Issues
  • Corrosion and Refractory
  • Monitoring, Troubleshooting, Optimization, and Operations Issues
  • Turnaround/Maintenance/Inspection/Radiography
  • Revamps New Technologies to Increase FCC Productivity
  • After Your Revamp – Assumptions, Parameters and Operating in the New Conditions
  • Afterburn Lessons Learned
  • Mechanical reliability highlights on the FCC and how are they being managed
  • Vibration monitoring
  • Distance from maximum capacity (is there a safe operating window that is lower than flat out as the new norm)
  • Training and Equipping your Operators

Sulfur Recovery

Sulfur Recovery

Approved for the Program

Seeking Presenters and Topics of Interest

  • Sulfur Recovery Losses
  • Optimizing Operations
  • H2S Leak Detection and Response
  • Handling Changes/Trends in Feedstock
  • Dealing with Contaminants
  • Hot Spots Due to Refractory Damage/Improper Installation or Design Issues; Cold Startup Can Cause Corrosion
  • Instrumentation Preventive Maintenance
  • Guidelines on Permits and Event Emissions Caps
  • Heating Configuration and Improvements
  • Increasing Capacity with Oxygen Enrichment or Plant Retrofit
  • Data, automation and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)/ Industrie 4.0
  • SRU Heartburn Panel
  • Implications of Euro 5 and 6 and Marpol Annex VI
  • The effect of the IMO 2020 target for .5% sulfur content of transportation fuels

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