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Brimstone Sulfur “Virtual” Symposium Details – Vail

September 14th through 16th, 2021

Conference registration begins Wednesday, July 21st at 08:00 PDT.

Click here (July 21st, 2021 at 8:00 PDT) to reach the registration page.

For a number of operating companies, Brimstone uses appointed “Seat Block Coordinators” who approve registrations for attendees from their companies. The July 21st date for registration does not apply to attendees from operating companies. Attendees from operating companies have until Tuesday, August 31st to register. If you work for one of the following companies, please contact your Company Seat Block Coordinator before attempting to register:


Company Coordinator Location
BP Ron Rozic Whiting Refinery
Chevron Bart Welch Pascagoula Refinery
ExxonMobil Tye Aikens Spring, Texas
Flint Hills Jacob Lundmark Pine Bend Refinery
HollyFrontier Wade Traylor El Dorado Refinery
Marathon Don Akers Russell, Kentucky
Motiva Ron Pitman Houston
Phillips 66 Jason Stavros Bayway Refinery
Shell Ganesh Kidambi Bangalore
Suncor Mark Young Calgary
Valero Vincent Wong 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.


Program Schedule


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 (Epic Mountain Express: 970-754-7433, www.epicmountainexpress.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.


Registration Fee

The symposium registration fee ($1,850.00 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 $210 per night, plus taxes and fees) 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 $90 and the cost for an extra seat at the Wednesday dinner will be $90.

The registration fee will be refunded in full if a cancellation notice is received on or before August 13th. After that date, if you find that you cannot attend but would like to 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
  • Dennis Koscielnuk, Jacobs Engineering
  • Rob Marriott, Alberta Sulphur Research Ltd
  • Domenica Misale-Lyttle, Industrial Ceramics
  • John Morgan, J.M. Campbell / Petroskills
  • Natalia Chacon, Shell
  • Elmo Nasato, Nasato Consulting
  • Phil Oberbroeckling, Houston Refining
  • Dave Sikorski, HEC Technologies Ltd.
  • Bart Welch, Chevron Products Company


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!


2018 Vail Presentations Titles

  • “Sulfur Production Reference Note Set”   John Morgan (Morgan-Denver LLC) and Elmo Nasato (Nasato Consulting)
  • “Startup Learnings – A Tale of 30 Years of Startup Experience”  Marco van Son, Dimitri Travlos (Jacobs Canada), Rein van Grinsven, Gerrit Bloemendal, Anne van Warneers, Siebrenn Mellema, and Aernot Henring (Jacobs Nederland BV)
  • Cameo Presentation:  “Tubesheet Protection Systems – Examining Gas Permeability Through Ceramic Fibre Paper” Michael Huffmaster (Consultant), Yuan Yanxiao, Sharon Maydak and Isaac Johnson (Pentair Flow and Filtration Solutions), Domenica Misale-Lyttle (Industrial Ceramics Limited), Elmo Nasato (Nasato Consulting)
  • Cameo Presentation“Hurricane Startup and  Shutdown Experiences at the  Motiva Port Arthur Refinery”  Ron Pitman (Motiva Enterprises)
  • “The Chemistry of the Claus Furnace:  Fundamentals Relating to Its Operation and Stability”  Peter D. Clark  (Canadian Sulfur Consulting Limited)
  • Cameo Presentation“High Temperature Sulfidation of Carbon Steel Under Claus Wasteheat Boiler Conditions”  Norman Dowling, R. Sui, Christopher Lavery and Robert Marriott (Alberta Sulphur Research Limited)
  • Cameo Presentation: “Formamide Formation and Control in Primary and Secondary Amine Solutions”  Al Keller  (Al, Chem. E. from Alchemy)
  • “Quench Water pH and NH3 Destruction, “Un-Vailed”  Nathan A. Hatcher, G. Simon A. Weiland, Clayton E. Jones, Steven Fulk, and Matthew D. Bailey (Optimized Gas Treating)
  • “Design Considerations for Natural Draft Ventilation in Molten Sulfur Storage Tanks”  Kenneth E. McIntush, Kevin Fisher, Darshan Sachde, and Carrie Ann M. Beitler (Trimeric Corporation)
  • “Case Study of Corrosion Rates of an Externally-Heated Sulfur Storage Tank”  Brandon Forbes (Controls Southeast Inc. / Ametek)
  • Wasteheat Boiler and Thermal Reactor Replacement  – Systematic Evaluation of Design issues and Solution Development”  Amber Khan, Matthew Kimmel (Shell Deer Park Refinery), Natalia Sifontes, Jim Jenkins (Shell Oil Manufacturing Support & Excellence), Roger Rangi (Shell Projects & Technology), Alan Mosher, Matt Rolfles (Black & Veatch), and Sean McGuffie (Porter McGuffie)
  • AMINE BEST PRACTICES GROUP (ABPG) Annual Technical Paper:  “Case Study:  Importance of Claus Unit Thermal Reactor Burner Flame Monitoring”  Philip Oberbroeckling (LyondellBasell Houston Refinery) and Nick Roussakis and Dave Sikorski (HEC Technologies), representing the Amine Best Practices Group
  • Alberta Sulphur Research (ASRL) Annual Technical Paper:   “Ammonia and Corrosion Rates Within the Claus Plant” Christopher B. Lavery, Norman I. Dowling and Robert A. Marriott  (Alberta Sulphur Research Ltd.)
  • Cameo Presentation: “A Study of SRU Tubesheet Corrosion Mechanisms”   Domenica Misale-Lyttle (Industrial Ceramics), Norman Dowling (Alberta Sulphur Research Ltd.), and Elmo Nasato (Nasato Consulting)
  • “Topics Within Sulfur Plant and Tail Gas Unit Startups and Shutdowns”  Greg Hanlon (Treating and Sulfur Solutions)
  • “Amine Best Practices Group  (ABPG) Annual Q&A” Lon Stern  (Consultant, representing the Amine Best Practices Group)
  • Annual Close Calls Workshop”  John Morgan (John M. Campbell / Petroskills) and Jay Davis (Chevron)


2017 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 – Part 2” Hank Hudson, Susan Grigson, Kelley LaRue, Daryl Jenson, and Adebola Oyedeji  (Ortloff Engineers)
  • “Burner Replacement With State of the Art Technology to Improve Unit Flexibility and Reliability”  Jonathan Cole and John Wheeler (Shell Oil Products, Convent Refinery), Jim Jenkins (Shell Oil Products US) and Gilbert Medrano (Shell International E&P)
  • “Use of Caustic Scrubbers on Vent Streams from Molten Sulfur Storage and Shipping Equipment”  Kenneth E. McIntush, Darryl L. Mamrosh, Darshan Sachde and Carrie Ann M. Beitler  (Trimeric Corporation)
  • Cameo Presentation :  “Understanding Installation of Steam Tracing for Long-Term Application Success”  Carson Hannah and Thomas Perry (QMax Industries)
  • Cameo Presentation :  “An Assessment of Hydrogen Sulfide Stability in Samples of Aqueous N-methyl Diethanolamine Solutions”  Clare Worley, Allen Day, and Jim Hill  (Dow Chemical)
  • “A Quality Filtration System: Critical for Improving Plant Performance and Operational Economics”  Ron Pitman (Motiva) and Sharon Maydak (Pentair)
  • Cameo Presentation :  “Improved SRU Control with Double Air Demand Configuration”  Matthias Franz  (Pier Enterprises GmbH) and David Haydt and Kurt Webber (Galvanic Applied Sciences)
  • “Sulfur Plant and Tail Gas Unit Startup and Shutdown”  Greg Hanlon (Treating and Sulfur Solutions) and Doug Cicerone (Cicerone & Associates)
  • Cameo Presentation :  “A Demonstration of CFD Analysis Techniques Necessary to Accurately Model Thermal Reactors”  Sean M. McGuffie, Michael Porter, and Anthony DeFilippo  (Porter McGuffie)
  • “Design and Operation of a Robust and Reliable Waste Heat Boiler”  Elmo Nasato (Nasato Consulting), Marco Van Son (Jacobs Canada), Frank Scheel (Jacobs Netherlands), Thomas Chow, Cliff Lawrence and Sarah Radovich (Fluor), Domenica Misale-Lyttle and David Barrow (Industrial Ceramics Limited), and Mike Huffmaster (Consultant)
  • “Reliability of Boiler Tube Protection Systems – A Case Study: Operation in Air-Based vs Oxygen-Enriched Conditions”  Domenica Misale-Lyttle (Industrial Ceramics Limited), Nick Engelhardt (Valero) and Elmo Nasato (Nasato Consulting)
  • Cameo Presentation :  “New Insights with Rate-Based Claus Waste Heat Boiler Modeling” Nathan A. Hatcher, Clayton E. Jones, Simon A. Weiland, and Steven M. Fulk  (Optimized Gas Treating)
  • “Improved Ferrule and Tube Design for Prevention of Film Boiling in SRU Waste Heat Boilers”  Clinton J. Schulz (Citgo Corpus Christi Refinery)
  • Cameo Presentation :  “Out of Two Make One – Reduction of Operating Costs at OMV Aderklaa Gas Plant”  Justin Lamar (Black & Veatch) and Andreas Ecklmair (OMV)
  • Amine Best Practices Group (ABPG) Annual Technical Paper:  “PHA Vulnerabilities Discussion”  Jay Davis (Chevron Pascagoula Refinery, representing the Amine Best Practices Group )
  • Alberta Sulphur Research (ASRL) Annual Technical Paper:  “The Effect of Methanol in the First Catalytic Converter”   R.A. Marriott, C.B. Lavery, and N.I. Dowling  (Alberta Sulphur Research Ltd.)
  • “Amine Best Practices Group  (ABPG) Annual Q&A” Lon Stern  (Consultant, representing the Amine Best Practices Group)
  • “Multiple Shutdowns For SRU Plant DP and Reliability Issues”  Andres Novoa (Shell Martinez Refinery), and Natalia Sifontes (Shell International E&P) and Jim Jenkins (Shell Oil Products US)


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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