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Brimstone Sulfur Symposium – Vail

SonnenalpThe Brimstone Sulfur Symposia are widely recognized as highly interactive and productive gatherings for discussion of sulfur recovery and treating.  The Vail Symposium’s goals are to provide information aimed at improving the operating reliability, efficiency, and safety of sulfur processing units while minimizing operating costs. These are accomplished through presentation of relevant technical papers and sharing of information through informal open floor discussions along with extensive Question and Answer sessions.  This symposium will be valuable to everyone interested in furthering their knowledge of currently used processes and equipment, new technologies, and best practices for operation of amine, SWS, Claus sulfur recovery, and tail gas units.

The Vail Sulfur Recovery Symposium is held every September in Vail, Colorado at the Sonnenalp Resort.

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The hotel room reservation link will be provided in an email to confirmed registrants. Please note that the Sonnenalp has arranged discounted rates of $189 per night (plus taxes and fees) for attendees of the Brimstone Sulfur Symposium.  Also note that while spouses and/or guests are always welcome at our conferences, in order to keep costs under control we have added a special fee for spouses/guests who plan to attend the lunches or the Wednesday dinner. The cost for an additional guest seat at the three lunches is $80 and the cost for an extra seat at the Wednesday dinner will be $80.

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Virtual Vail 2020 Annual Brimstone Recovery Sulfur Symposium

Presented by Brimstone STS Limited
September 15th – 17th

Because we cannot hold our annual Vail Sulfur Recovery Symposium in person this year, we are instead organizing a virtual conference during our originally scheduled week of September 14th. This “Virtual Vail” will be a three-day online meeting held on the afternoons of September 15th – 17th (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday). Click here to visit the registration page.

The Brimstone Vail Sulfur Recovery Symposium covers the latest and most in-depth technical topics related to sulfur recovery. Each of the three sessions will last three hours followed by an optional one-hour general Q&A session. Like all our symposia, presentations will focus on sulfur recovery and amine treating. The presentations will be made by members of our vendor and operating companies, and will include technical papers by Alberta Sulfur Research and the Amine Best Practices Group.

Because this will be an online meeting, we are doing some things differently, including shorter presentations of about 30 minutes plus up to 10 minutes for Q&A. Here is this year’s schedule of presentations:

Tuesday, September 15th(11am – 3pm PDT)

Introductions (11:00am)
“Update on the High Temperature Sulfidation of Carbon Steel Under Claus WHB Conditions”
Robert A. Marriott, Ruohong Sui, Norman I. Dowling, and Christopher B. Lavery, Alberta Sulphur Research Ltd. (ASRL) (11:20am)
“Refractory Design Compatibility Study in SRU Thermal Reactors”
Haytham A. Al-Barrak and Mohammed M. Al-Ayesh, Saudi Aramco;  Andy Piper, Thorpe Specialty Services;  Nick Roussakis, HEC Technologies;  Elmo Nasato, Nasato Consulting Ltd (~12:30pm)
“Preventing or Extinguishing Molten Sulfur Tank and Pit Fires”
Carrie Ann Beitler, Darshan J. Sachde, Darryl Mamrosh, Ken McIntush, Trimeric Corporation (~1:40pm)
Open Floor Q&A Session  (3pm to 4pm PDT)

Wednesday, September 16th    (11am – 3pm PDT)

“Temperature Measurement Considerations for the Claus Thermal Reactor”
Matt Coady and Ted Keys, Delta Controls Corporation (11:15am)
“Hot and Humid Claus –  A New Perspective on Optimizing Claus Reactors”
Michael Huffmaster,  Consultant (~12:10pm)
“How Meaningful Are Rules of Thumb for Claus Ammonia Destruction?”
Al Keller, on behalf of the Amine Best Practices Group (~1:05pm)
“SRU Startups and Shutdowns – ‘Hot’ Topics”
Greg Hanlon,  Treating & Sulfur Solutions Inc (~2:00pm)
Open Floor Q&A Session  (3pm to 4pm PDT)

Thursday, September 17th    (11am – 3pm PDT)

“Amine Corrosion Troubleshooting With Acid Gas Enrichment Units”
Inshan Mohammad, and Bob Veroba, Sulfur Recovery Engineering Inc (11:15am)
Annual Mr./Mrs Sulfur Awards (Phil Oberbroeckling) (~12:15pm)
“Specifying Internals in Sour Water Strippers”
Brad Piggott, Carrie Ann Beitler, Ken McIntush, Trimeric Corporation (~12:30pm)
“Sulphur Recovery with COPE® Oxygen Enrichment Claus and OASE® sulfexx™ Tail Gas Treating”
Jenny Seagraves, ExxonMobil Chemical Company; Jay Haybayeb and Ashraf Abufaris, BASF Middle East; Blake Morell, BASF Corporation; Thomas Chow, Fluor Energy & Chemicals (~1:40pm)
Open Floor Q&A Session  (3pm to 4pm PDT)
This schedule may be subject to change.

The cost for this “Virtual Vail” Sulfur Recovery Symposium will be $300 per person, and registration will be handled through our normal symposium registration procedure. Click here to visit the registration page. Following successful registration, you will be sent a meeting code that allows you to participate. We are limiting this conference to 100 attendees, and as with our regular conferences, “seats” will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees will be expected to identify themselves with their names and company (or group) affiliation and participant contact information (based on registration data) will be shared afterward with attendees.

The meeting will use Zoom as our meeting platform, and please recognize that unlike our regular annual in-person symposium, we will not be able to guarantee confidentiality with respect to the content provided by our speakers or any verbal or written comments and/or questions.  Despite this, we expect to see some very informative presentations with some lively Q&A and discussion.

We look forward to returning to our regular in-person conference in Vail (26 straight years and counting) but until then, we hope to see you at this virtual version of the renowned Brimstone Sulfur Recovery Symposium.

Questions?  You can contact us by calling (909) 597-3249 or e-mailing to [email protected].