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Brimstone Sulfur Symposium – Vienna

ViennaThe Brimstone Sulfur Recovery Symposia are widely recognized as highly interactive and productive gatherings for discussion of sulfur treating and processing.  The Symposium’s goal is to provide information aimed at increasing the operating reliability and efficiency of sulfur processing units while improving safety and controlling operating costs. This is accomplished through presentation of relevant technical papers, and sharing of information through informal discussions and 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.


2014 Vienna Sulfur Recovery Symposium Presentations


“SRU Reference Note Set” – Elmo Nasato  (Consultant)

Deactivation of Claus Activity by Carsul: Can Catalytic Activity be Restored?” –  Peter Clark  (ASRL)

“SRU & TGU  Startups and Shutdowns” – Gordon Finnie (BP) and Elmo Nasato  (Consultant)

“The Use of Porous Media Models and CFD for Sulfur Treating Applications” –  Mike Porter  (Porter McGuffie Inc.)

Predicting Corrosion Rates in Amine and Sour Water Systems” –  Nate Hatcher  (Optimized Gas Treating)

The Influence of Mass Transfer Model Parameters in CO2 and H2S Gas Treating Processes” –  A R J Arendsen  (Virtual Materials Group)

“H2S in Liquid Claus Sulfur – Its Occurrence, Measurement and Removal” –  Kevin Lesage  (ASRL)

“Time and Temperature Effects on Tail Gas Catalyst Performance” –  Mike Huffmaster, Fernando Maldonado  (Criterion)

Effect of Chamber Temperature on Purge Gas Flow Pattern” (Cameo) –  Dave Sikorski (HEC Canada)

“On-Line Removal of Heat Stable Salts in Gas Treating Amine Systems” –  Lorenzo Spagnuolo  (Dow Chemical)

“Refinery Upgrading Project – Amine and Claus Units Revamping”  (Cameo) –  T. Rossetti  (Siirtec Nigi)

Update on the Start-up of the World-Class Sulphur Recovery Facilities at GASCO’s Habshan 5 Integrated Gas Development (IGD)” –  Angela Slavens  (WorleyParsons)

“PANEL DISCUSSION:  Reaction Furnace/Wasteheat Boiler Reliability” –  Dave Sikorski (HEC Canada), Gordon Finnie (BP), Domenica Misale (Industrial Ceramics), and Mike Porter (Porter McGuffie)

“Safety Concerns with Look Boxes and Sulphur Seals – Is there a Better Way?”  (Cameo) Jim Hartman  (CSI)

“Catalytic Combustion: A Potential solution for Processing of Low Quality Acid Gas and Small Scale Sulfur Recovery” –  Peter Clark, ASRL

Important Opportunity:  Special Gas Treating Seminar presented by Optimized Gas Treating

Brimstone is pleased to announce an important half-day seminar titled, “Workshop on Gas Treating Process Performance” presented by Optimized Gas Treating, a highly respected amine services firm that offers software and consulting for amine treating.

This hand-on session will utilize case studies to learn about several important parameters that affect treating process performance.  Attendees will be able to experiment with several virtual plants in a process simulation environment.

Case studies include:

(1) Critical operating parameters in selective H2S removal;

(2) Tailoring tray designs to achieve selectivity well beyond what is usually thought possible;

(3) Process configurations and solvent additives for Acid Gas Enrichment;

(4) Predicting corrosion rates by integrating coupons directly into simulations.

A number of laptop computers will be provided for up to 20 participants; however, if a participant provides their own laptop, a trial copy of the ProTreat rate-based simulator can be installed before the workshop.  If you prefer this, please let us know early so ProTreat can be installed well before the workshop.  Please register for this workshop using the main Brimstone Symposium registration form and check the box for this important and informative session.

This optional add-on session will be held on Monday afternoon from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Salon Burggarten in the Hotel Bristol.  The fee for this special seminar is $175 USD.  Attendees can register at the same time they register for the Brimstone Symposium.  Don’t miss this opportunity to add to your understanding of these important process systems.



Last Year’s Vienna Presentations  (2013):


“SRU Capacity Expansion Using SO2Clean” –  Jeff Hammerstrom  (Calabrian) and Ron Schendel (Chemical and Refining Tech. Services)

“Ammonium Salt Formation in a Sulfur Recovery Unit” –  Muntazer N. Alawi and Ahmed Z. Attyiah  (Saudi Aramco)

“Understanding Today’s Limiting Factors on Reaction Furnace Linings”Andy Piper  (Thorpe Specialty Services)

“The Nature and Treatment of Sulfur Pit and Sulfur Tank Off Gases” –  Peter Clark   (Alberta Sulphur Research Limited)

“Khursaniyah Gas Plant Experience with Using a Preheat Gun During Sulfur Recovery Unit Dryout”Talal M. Hamoudah  (Saudi Aramco)

“SuperClaus Sulfur Wash in Saudi Aramco UGP” –  Ghannam Al-Ghannam  (Saudi Aramco)

“SRU & TGU  Startup/Shutdown Workshop”Greg Hanlon (Treating & Sulfur Solutions) and Doug Cicerone  (Cicerone and Associates)

“HCN  in Amine Systems: Ingress, Contamination, Prevention and Mitigation”Ralph Weiland, Nate Hatcher, Scott Alvis (Optimized Gas Treating) and Al Keller (Phillips 66)

“Accumulation of Liquid Sulfur in SRU’s” –  Ellen Ticheler, Rien van Grinsven, Anne Warners and Sander Kobussen   (Jacobs Comprimo)

“Performance Monitoring of Claus Catalysts” –  Pierre Crevier  (Axens SA)

“In-Ground versus Above-Ground Sulfur Sealing? An Industry Survey” –  Thomas Willingham  (Controls Southeast Inc.)

“Elastomers for Amine Treating Systems” –  Pat Holub  (Huntsman Corp.)

“SRU  Reaction Furnace / Wasteheat Boiler Reliability Panel Discussion” –  Dave Sikorski (HEC Canada), Steve Croom (Delta Controls), Domenica Misale (Industrial Ceramics), and  Andy Piper (Thorpe Specialty Services)

“CFD  Study of Reaction Furnace Safety Purging” (Cameo Presentation) –  Dave Sikorski  (HEC Canada)

“A History of Claus Catalysts” (Cameo Presentation)Koos Dirkson  (EuroSupport)

“The SMARTSULF System for Sulfur Recovery” (Cameo Presentation) –  Michael P. Heisel (ITS Reaktortechnik), Angela Slavens (WorleyParsons) and Hans Lidman  (Nynas AB)





Hotel Bristol,  Kaemtner Ring 1, Vienna Austria 1010

(43) 1 515160


You can use the above link to reserve your room at the Hotel Bristol.  Please reference “Brimstone” when calling the hotel (or reserving on-line) and provide our group code, which will be provided on your registration invoice.

Please note that the Bristol has arranged discounted rates of 240 Euros per night for attendees of the Brimstone Sulfur Symposium.  This cost includes taxes, breakfast, and internet service.   There is a limited number of discounted rooms available so make your reservations soon.  Also, please note that it will be required that non-local attendees stay at the Hotel Bristol during the Symposium.