Technical Presentations – RefComm 2021

The Technical Program at RefComm 2021 was an excellent opportunity for Operators and Solution Providers to share Lessons Learned, Best Practices and new technologies to optimize productivity and safety to an international audience.

Presentations were given live or on a pre-recorded platform and will be open to all registered attendees of RefComm 2021. All presentations were followed by a live Q&A session facilitated by RefComm and the presenter(s).


Co-processing Bio-oil in Conventional Petroleum Refineries – Bob Baldwin, NREL

Use of Waste Plastics as a Refinery Feedstock – Bob Baldwin, NREL

Delayed Coking

Center Feed Device Workshop – Rick Torres with Corey Johnson, Tommy Conine, Chris Orino, and Shelby Shreve ,CIRCOR | DeltaValve

DCU Fuel Coke: An Environmental Refinery Enabler – Dr. John Clark, Clark Coking Consulting

Delayed Cokers and “Flow” Technologies – An Update – Mitchell Moloney,

Isolation Valve Workshop – Fil Jimenez with Ken Krause, Tommy Conine, Rick Torres, & Danny Ollre, CIRCOR | DeltaValve

A Coke Drum Bottom Unheading Device with Integral Feed Inlet – Dr. Mahmod Samman, Houston Engineering Solutions, LLC

Coke Drum Life Cycle Management – Premkumar Chinnaraj, Wood

Progressive Learnings from Recent Remote Operating Support – Freddys Guanipa & Juan Sansiviero, Wood

Market Outlook for Anode Grade Petroleum Coke and the Impact of Emission Control on the Cost Structure along the Value-chain – Justin Hughes, CRU | London

Petrobras’ Unique Strategy to Handle a Tarry Drum Scenario – Alessandra Mara de Bassi Froes & Thiago Amaral, Petrobras

A Comprehensive Approach to Life Extension of Coke Drums – Michael Trahan of Chevron & Dr. Mahmod Samman of Houston Engineering Solutions, LLC

Coker Heater Tube Failure During Pigging – Karly Moore, PBF Energy

Fluid Catalytic Cracking

Optimizing and Improving FCCU Performance Through SHARC, Shell’s FCC Kinetic Model – Todd Foshee, Shell Catalysts & Technologies

Shell’s Latest Improvements in FCC Feed Nozzle Technology – a Step Change in Performance – Todd Foshee, Shell Catalysts & Technologies

FCCU Main Blower and Wet Gas Compressor UCP Testing using Dynamic Modeling – Vahe Avetisyan, VVInEx

Optimizing FCC Gasoline Octane / Sulfur Performance – George Hoekstra, Hoekstra Trading Co.

FCC Flue Gas Filtration: Royal Dahlman has the filtration technology for the Oil Refiner to keep up with the future environmental and governmental stack emission regulations – Niels van der Horst & Roger Hage, Royal Dahlman

FCCU Frac Tower Bottoms Pump Isolation/ FCC Slurry Pump Isolation – Michael Lemechev, MOGAS

FCC Standby Posturing – US Refining Co.

What is the role of the FCC for the next Decade and how will it differ between each region of the US? – Mel Larson, Becht Engineering

Designing Condensate Drainage From Reboilers – James Risko, TLV Corporation

Eliminate Condensate Bottlenecks in Reboiler Discharge – James Risko, TLV Corporation

Maximizing FCC Profits By Matching Refinery Catalyst Needs in Dynamic Market Conditions – Nihan Dulger, BASF

Controlling Reboilers Heated by Condensing Steam or Vapor – Henry Kister, Fluor, Blasch Precision Ceramics

Solvent Deasphalting

Solvent Deasphalting (SDA) Fundamentals Workshop – Hemendra Khakhar, Wood

Solvent Deasphalting as Residue Upgrading Strategy – A Cheaper Route to Comply with IMO 2020 – Marcio Wagner, Petrobras

Novel Applications that Enhance Existing Residue Conversion Technologies – Michael Fitzgerald & Daniel Gillis, Chevron Lummus Global

Solvent Selection Criteria for Targeted Products in Deasphalting – Gopal Akilla, Wood

Processing Nonstandard Feedstocks – SDA Bottoms, Hydrocracker Bottoms, Visbroken Material, Stranded Fuel Oil – Vincent Frate, Poerner Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH

ROSE – Cost-effective and versatile solutions to improve refinery economics – Aamir Laasi, KBR

What to Do with the Resulting Pitch Stream – Marvin Petit-Homme, IPCO, LLC

From Art to Science, Changing Infrared 180 Degrees – Nagy Wassef, Quest Integrity Group, LLC

Debottleneck Considerations for SDA Units – Gopal Akilla, Wood

Sulfur Production & Processing

Case Study: High-Efficiency Sulphur Recovery Facility in a Developing Nation – Scott Kafesjian, Wood

Why amine systems fail – Philip Le Grange, Amine Experts

TopClaus® a gamechanger to the industry – Worley/Comprimo & Haldor Topsoe

Methodologies for achieving optimized temperature profiles and stable performance in the SRU Reaction Furnace – Uday Parekh, Blasch Precision Ceramics

Hidden opportunity: Maximize reliability of the waterside of Sulfur Recovery Units – Loraine Huchler, MarTech Systems & Elmo Nasato, Nasato Consulting

Utilizing tube wall temperature mapping in high temperature gas-to-gas heat exchangers to mitigate sub-dewpoint corrosion – CG Thermal

Biofuels Integration with Refinery Sulphur Complex – Case Study – Marco van Son, Worley/Comprimo

Successful SRU revamp with SPLITOXY – Diego Scilla, Siirtec Nigi

Reliable CEMS measurement from Sulphur Recovery Units – David Inward, SICK AG

Sulfidation Corrosion in a Claus Waste Heat Boiler: A Case Study – Simon Weiland, Optimised Gas Treating

Sulfur pit vent emissions: How to treat them well? – Yves Herssens, MECS DuPont Clean Technologies

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