Technical Presentations – RefComm 2021

Presentation GuidelinesAbstract Submission

The Technical Program at RefComm 2021 is 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.

We welcome abstracts from all organizations, but presentations authored or co-authored by refinery personnel will be given priority. Presentations will be given live or on a pre-recorded platform and will be open to all registered attendees of RefComm 2021. All presentations will be followed by a live Q&A session facilitated by RefComm and the presenter(s).

The Call for Technical Presentations is now open. Please submit your abstract to Becky Peterson. Abstract submission is free but abstracts accepted to the program will be subject to a registration fee.

We’re looking for topics like the ones outlined below


Vendor Spotlight

Approved Presentations:

Next Generation Tooling Technologies for Coker Vessel Life Extension – Pedro Amador, AZZ Infrastructure


Delayed Coking

Approved Presentations:

Center Feed Device Workshop – CIRCOR | DeltaValve

Heater Tube Failure – a US Refining Co.

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

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

Refinery Blackout Case Study: Consequences and Handling of Delayed Coker Unit – Udaya Gubbal,  OQ , Sohar Refinery, Oman & Virendra Manral, Chevron Lummus Global, Houston, USA

Isolation Valve Workshop – CIRCOR | DeltaValve

A Combined Coke Drum Bottom Unheading Device and Inlet – Dr. Mahmod Samman, Houston Engineering Solutions, LLC

Coke Drum Life Cycle Optimization – 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

Seeking Presentations from these categories:

  • Problems and lessons Learned from Recent Startups
  • Resid Sampling Techniques
  • Main Issues with Automatic Unheading Devices
  • Reliability of Coke Drum Overhead Piping

Fluid Catalytic Cracking

Approved Presentations:

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

Clarifying Lost Profits in a Post Pandemic Refining Industry – Victor Scalco, General Atomics

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, Royal Dahlman & FiltroGlobal LLC

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

Seeking Presentations from these categories:

  • Latest Offerings for Catalysts and Additives
  • US Refinery Presentations about Feed Trials, Experiences, and Case Studies
  • Heat Balance Calculations between Regenerator and Reactor
  • Desalter Impact on FCCU Operations

Solvent Deasphalting

Approved Presentations:

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, Amec Foster Wheeler

Implementation of Modifications for Improved SDA Performance – Marathon Catlettsburg SDA Unit – Gopal Akilla, Amec Foster Wheeler USA

Seeking Presentations from these categories:

  • Processing Nonstandard Feedstocks – SDA Bottoms, Hydrocracker bottoms, Visbroken Material, Stranded Fuel Oil
  • SDA Solvents
  • SDA Configurations
  • Debottlenecking Existing Residue Conversion Units.

Sulfur Production & Processing

Seeking Presentations from these categories:

  • Process optimization and design
  • Advances in environmental and energy efficiency and strategies for compliance
  • Equipment improvements and optimization
  • Operational challenges and solutions
  • Best practice health and safety initiatives
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