Brimstone Sulfur Symposium Details – Vail
September 25 through 29, 2017
Conference registration begins Wednesday, June 14th at 07:30 PDT.
For a number of operating companies, Brimstone uses appointed “Seat Block Coordinators” who handle registrations for attendees from their companies. If you work for one of the following companies, please contact your Company Coordinator before attempting to register:
|Chevron||Bart Welch||Pascagoula Refinery|
|Phillips 66||Al Keller||Houston|
|ExxonMobil||Tye Aikens||Fairfax, Virginia|
|Marathon||Don Akers||Russell, Kentucky|
|Flint Hills||Jacob Lundmark||Pine Bend Refinery|
|Valero||Jim Asquith||San Antonio|
The symposium takes the form of organized presentations and panel discussions by industry experts, operating companies, and suppliers of products and services. In addition to the presentations and panels, each daily session will include one or more open-floor question and answer periods. These standalone Q&A sessions have proven to be a very important part of the symposium.
In addition to the papers mentioned above, annual presentations covering important subjects such as safety and regulatory issues along with plant startups and shutdowns are given each year. Alberta Sulphur Research Limited, the premier research organization for sulfur processing, presents one or more technical papers each year at the Brimstone Sulfur Symposium. Similarly, the highly respected Amine Best Practices Group provides a technical paper and a dedicated Q&A session. For a listing of recent presentations, see below. We limit the maximum number of attendees to around 90 registrants. We find that keeping the symposium to a modest size is key to encouraging participation.
|Monday||Evening Registration:||7:00pm – 8:30pm (optional)|
|Tuesday||Morning Registration:||8:00am – 8:30am|
|Day One Session:||8:30am – 5:00pm|
|Evening Mixer:||6:00pm – 7:30pm|
|Wednesday||Day Two Session:||8:30am – 5:00pm|
|Dinner:||6:00pm – 10:00pm|
|Thursday||Day Three Session:||8:30am – 5:00pm|
|Evening Mixer:||6:00pm – 7:30pm|
|Friday||Day Four Session:||8:00am – 11:30am|
Location and Transportation
The symposium will be held at the Sonnenalp Resort of Vail. Vail is approximately 120 miles west of the Denver International Airport. A shuttle van service to Vail is available at the Denver airport (Colorado Mountain Express: 800-525-6363, www.ridecme.com). Because there are so many Vail Village restaurants, shops and services within easy walking distance of the Sonnenalp, many attendees don’t bother with a car.
The symposium registration fee ($1,575.00 USD) covers all symposium materials and lunches. Attendees are responsible for their own hotel accommodations, breakfasts, dinners (except Wednesday evening, which is included) and transportation. The symposium is held in the Sonnenalp Resort Hotel, and discounted room rates (approximately $199 per night) have been arranged for our attendees. Spouses are always welcome at our conferences, but in order to keep costs under control, we will impose an additional fee for spouses who plan to attend the lunches or the Wednesday dinner. The cost for an additional seat at the three lunches is $80 and the cost for an extra seat at the Wednesday dinner will be $75.
The registration fee will be refunded in full if a cancellation notice is received on or before August 19th. After that date, if you find that you cannot attend but can send someone else from your company in your place, just have them register and send us an e-mail (or give us a call) and let us know. Please note that submission of a registration form signifies a commitment to pay the conference registration fee.
Sulfur Symposium Technical Advisory Committee
The Brimstone Sulfur Symposium is proud to receive guidance from a committee selected from among the in our industry. They help shape the format and content of the Symposia. The current Technical Advisory Committee membership includes:
- Thomas Chow, Fluor Energy & Chemicals
- Rob Marriott, Alberta Sulphur Research Ltd
- Alan Mosher, Black & Veatch
- Dennis Koscielnuk, Jacobs Engineering
- John Morgan, J.M. Campbell / Petroskills
- Elmo Nasato, Nasato Consulting
- Phil Oberbroeckling, Houston Refining, a LyondellBasell company
- Dave Sikorski, HEC Technologies Ltd.
- Lon H. Stern, Consultant (formerly Shell Global Solutions)
- Bart Welch, Chevron Products Company
- Al Keller, Phillips 66
Vail Open Golf Tournament
For several years now, some attendees of the Vail Sulfur Symposium arrive early and enjoy a little R & R in the mountains at one of the many excellent golf courses in the area. Join us on Monday morning for a fun golf event at the Vail Golf Club. Foursomes play in a Best Ball format with long drive, closest to the pin and other contests. There are numerous prizes each year donated by many of our attending vendor companies. Skill levels range from scratch golfers to absolute beginners, so don’t be afraid to come out and give it a try. (Trust us, no matter how bad you are, there will be someone worse.) Spouses are more than welcome. For more details, watch for an e-mail flyer and/or contact our Athletic Director, Russ Mason at (303) 792-9300 or [email protected]. Come join us and have some extracurricular fun!
2016 Vail Presentations Titles
- “Sulfur Production Reference Note Set” John Morgan (Morgan-Denver LLC) and Elmo Nasato (Nasato Consulting)
- “Low Emission Sulfur Plant Startups and Shutdowns – Options and Pitfalls” Hank Hudson, Susan Grigson, Kelley LaRue, Daryl Jenson and Adebola Oyedeji (Ortloff Engineers Ltd.)
- “SO2 Breakthrough Under a Microscope” Nate Hatcher, Clayton Jones and Simon Weiland (Optimized Gas Treating)
- Amine Best Practices Group (ABPG) Annual Technical Paper: “Understanding Iron Sulfide and It’s Pyrophoric Nature” Bart Welch (Chevron Pascagoula Refinery, representing the Amine Best Practices Group)
- “Designing a Robust Thermal Reactor” Michael A. Porter and Sean M. McGuffie (Porter McGuffie, Inc.)
- “Amine/Sulfur Turnaround Strategies – Saving Upfront” Michael Estrada (Shell Puget Sound Refinery) and Jim Jenkins (Shell International Exploration & Production)
- Alberta Sulphur Research (ASRL) Annual Technical Paper: “Fundamentals of Sulfur Degassing” Peter Clark and Rob Marriott (Alberta Sulphur Research Ltd.)
- “Troubleshooting SCOT TGU Quench Tower Fouling and Yellow Quench Water” Keith Lucke and Rick Johnson (BP North America) and Halle Brooks (BP North America Products, Illinois)
- Cameo Presentation: “Controlling Sulphur Pit Fires – Measurement of the Limiting Oxygen Concentration for a Molten Sulfur Fire” Norm Dowling (Alberta Sulphur Research Ltd.)
- Panel Discussion: “Applicable North American Standards for Construction and/or Modification of Sulfur Recovery Facilities” Philip Oberbroeckling (Houston Refining), Alan Mosher (Black & Veatch), Marco van Son (Jacobs Canada) and Jay Davis (Chevron Pascagoula Refinery)
- Cameo Presentation: “Update: Effect of RF Chamber Temperature on Purge Gas Flow Pattern” Nick Roussakis and Dave Sikorski (HEC Canada)
- “Low Temperature Tail Gas Kinetic Functions – What They Are – Really” Fernando Maldonado and Karl Krueger (Criterion Catalysts) and Michael Huffmaster (Michael Huffmaster Consulting)
- “Sulfur Plant and Tail Gas Unit Startups and Shutdowns” Greg Hanlon (Treating and Sulfur Solutions) and Elmo Nasato (Nasato Consulting)
- Panel Discussion: “War Stories: A Series of Brief Presentations and Open Conversation About Novel and/or Interesting Experiences Relating to SRU Operations and Equipment” Facilitated by Dave Sikorski (HEC Canada) with short presentations by various attendees.
- Cameo Presentation: “H2S, SO2, COS and CS2 Measurement in Sulfur Recovery Plant Tail Gas Using a Close Coupled UV Absorption Analyzer” Kurt Webber and David Haydt (Galvanic Applied Sciences) and Matthias Franz (PIER Enterprises GmbH)
- “Amine Best Practices Group (ABPG) Annual Q&A” Lon Stern (Consultant, representing the Amine Best Practices Group)
- “Fundamentals: Solvent Management in the Amine Plant” Scott Waite (MPR Services and Tessenderlo Kerley Inc.)
2015 Vail Presentations Titles
- “Sulfur Production Reference Note Set” John Morgan (John M. Campbell/PetroSkills) and Elmo Nasato (Nasato Consulting)
- Alberta Sulphur Research (ASRL) Annual Technical Paper: “Corrosion in Claus Tail Gas and Pit Off-Gas Lines” P.D. Clark, N.I. Dowling and C.B. Lavery (Alberta Sulphur Research Ltd.)
- “Fundamentals of Sour Water Strippers” Al Keller (Phillips 66)
- Amine Best Practices Group (ABPG) Annual Technical Paper: “Reaction Furnace Recommendation for Protective System Design” Jay Davis (Chevron Pascagoula Refinery, representing the Amine Best Practices Group )
- “A New Era in Sulfur Degassing” Al Keller (Phillips 66) and Thomas Willingham, Brian Groves, and Brandon Forbes (Controls Southeast, Inc.)
- “SRU High Pressure Drop Troubleshooting Techniques” Steven Ross (Shell Chemical, Mobile Facility)
- Cameo Presentation: “Molten Sulfur Storage Tank, Loading, and Vapor Ejection Systems Review” Ken McIntush, Darryl Mamrosh, and Carrie Beitler (Trimeric Corp.)
- Panel Discussion: “A Review of Ammonia Destruction in Claus Reaction Furnaces”
- Hosted by Dick Wissbaum (Aecom), featuring Peter Clark (Alberta Sulphur Research Ltd.), with Steve Croom (Delta Controls), Dick Wissbaum (Aecom) and other contributors.
- Cameo Presentation: “Load Dependent Refractory Hot Spot Investigations” Dave Sikorski (HEC Canada)
- “Molten Sulfur Fire Sealing Steam Requirements – Proposed Modifications to NFPA 655” Alan Mosher (Black & Veatch) and Sean McGuffie and Dennis Martens (Porter McGuffie)
- “Turning Down the SemCAMS KA Gas Plant SRU” Marco van Son and Shashank Gujale (Jacobs Comprimo), David Roddick and Wade Martineau (SemCAMS), and Eric Roisin (Axens)
- “Claus and Tail Gas Unit Catalyst Performance Evaluations and Operational Tricks to Prolong healthy Life Cycles” Lorrel Hodgson and Eric Roisin (Axens)
- “Sulfur Plant and Tail Gas Unit Startups and Shutdowns” Greg Hanlon (Treating and Sulfur Solutions) and Pierre Crevier (Crevier Process Consulting)
- Panel Discussion: “War Stories – A Series of Brief Presentations and Open Conversation About Novel and/or Interesting Experiences Relating to SRU Operations and Equipment” Dave Sikorski (HEC Canada), Steve Croom (Delta Controls), Jim Hartman (Controls Southeast), Domenica Misale (Industrial Ceramics), and Andy Piper (Thorpe Specialty Services).
- “Amine Best Practices Group (ABPG) Annual Q&A Session” Lon Stern (Consultant, representing the Amine Best Practices Group)
- “API 521 SRU Reaction Furnace Wasteheat Boiler Evaluation for Overpressure Due to Tube Rupture” Dennis Martens (Porter McGuffie) and Alan Mosher (Black & Veatch)
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