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Brimstone’s Advanced Sulfur Recovery Course



When:                November 16th – 20th, 2020


Where:               Hilton NASA Clear Lake Hotel, Clear Lake, Texas


Cost:                   $3,800 USD per attendee


Instructor:         Elmo Nasato


Register:            (Click Here to Register)

Brimstone’s Advanced Sulfur Recovery Course covers advanced topics in sulfur recovery and is designed to expand and broaden the existing knowledge of your plant operators, engineers, and supervisors. A course such as this is possible due to the extensive hands-on experience of our outstanding instructional staff, many of whom have worked as Subject Matter Experts for their respective companies.  (Click to view our instructional staff.) Their vast experience allows informative back-and-forth exchanges on a wide range of sulfur recovery topics.

This course is aimed at people with at least two years of experience in the areas of sulfur recovery and amine treating. That said, we feel that even attendees with SME-level experience will leave with new and useful information.

Brimstone’s week-long Advanced Sulfur Recovery Course differs from our (and other) “fundamentals” courses in both structure and content.  Like our well-known Sulfur Recovery Symposia, the goal is to involve everyone in highly interactive discussions that are informative to all attendees. This advanced course covers and helps answer deeper topics including questions like:

  • What can we do to ensure ammonia destruction? Or BTEX destruction?
  • Will our Claus or TGU catalyst last to the next turnaround?
  • What are the safe ways to light or re-light a Claus reaction furnace (thermal reactor)?
  • How do I evaluate the validity of the various pieces of data from my operating unit?
  • Which design parameters are critical in thermal reactor/waste heat boiler design?
  • How do we safely sample lean and rich amine solvent to ensure reliable analysis?
  • What are the guidelines for identifying and correcting corrosion problems?
  • How should we interpret the results of a detailed amine HSS analysis?
  • What can we do to prevent and manage SO2 breakthroughs in the tail gas unit?
  • What are the best ways to manage catalyst in order to maximize operating life?

Periodically, attendees will be divided into small groups to work together on tasks such as:

  • process troubleshooting and plant data interpretation
  • equipment evaluation and selection
  • maintenance issues and downtime minimization
  • startup and shutdown procedures

The Brimstone Advanced Sulfur Recovery Course will feature an afternoon session working with the highly respected ProTreat® Sulfur Recovery and Gas Treating Simulator, guided by the Optimized Gas Treating staff. During this session, attendees will have the opportunity for hands-on exploration and troubleshooting of Claus, TGTU and amine plant operations. Such exercises help provide a better understanding of important parameters that affect the operation of their plants and are extremely helpful in teaching how to optimize and troubleshoot these sulfur processing units.


Advanced Sulfur Recovery Course Outline

Session 1 – Day 1, morning

  • Sulfur Recovery/Claus Process Overview
  • Claus Configurations/Design Options
  • Claus Equipment Overview:
    • Reaction Furnace/Wasteheat Boiler
    • Catalytic Stages and Reheaters

Session 2 – Day 1, afternoon

  • Claus Equipment Overview (cont’d):
    • Sulfur Condensers & Rundown Systems
    • Instrumentation and Control
    • Selection and Design Issues

Session 3 – Day 2, morning

  • Tail Gas Treating
  • TGU Configurations / Design Options
  • Incineration

Session 4 – Day 2, afternoon

  • Claus Unit Operations
  • Tail Gas Unit Operations
  • Claus & TGU Startups and Shutdowns

Session 5 – Day 3, morning

  • Claus Ammonia Destruction
  • Claus Oxygen Enrichment
  • Claus Stoichiometry
  • Claus and TGU Catalysts

Session 6 – Day 3, afternoon

  • Claus and TGU Troubleshooting and Diagnostics
  • Performance Evaluation Testing
  • Team Building Activity

Session 7 – Day 4, morning

  • Gas Treating / Amine Plant Operations
  • Sour Water Stripper Operations

Session 8 – Day 4, afternoon

  • Process Simulation with OGT’s ProTreat
  • Simulation Case Studies

Session 9 – Day 5, morning

  • Summary and Review
  • Open Q&A

Who Will Benefit from the Brimstone Advanced Sulfur Recovery Course?

These courses are intended for plant staff with at least two to three years of experience in sulfur recovery in any of the following areas:

  • plant operators
  • process and project engineers
  • supervisors and managers
  • plant maintenance staff

Anyone involved with your sulfur recovery and tail gas units who completes this training course will be better able and prepared to do their jobs.  We all share the same goals: safe, efficient, and cost-effective plant operations.

Course Registration:

Please use the registration form at this linked page:

The course schedule is from Monday, November 16th at 8:30 am to noon Friday, November 20th.  Lunches are included during the four full class days.  Space for the Advanced Sulfur Recovery course is limited and seats are allotted on a first-come, first served basis, so please make sure you register early.

Cost of Course:

The cost for Brimstone’s Advanced Sulfur Recovery Course is $3,800 USD per attendee.  Payment is due no later than one week prior to the beginning of the course by check or credit card (Visa, Mastercard or American Express) or by wire transfer.  Registration can be canceled up to seven days prior to the start of the course without penalty.  After that deadline, no refunds can be given.  Attendee substitutions are allowed.  Make checks payable to “Brimstone STS”.  All credit card payments should be made over the phone.


The Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake Hotel and Conference Center is located in Clear Lake, about 20 miles southeast of Houston.  It is about 40 miles from George Bush International Airport and about 15 miles from Houston Hobby Airport.

Typical Hilton NASA room rates are $140 per night + taxes, etc.  Please contact the Hilton directly at (281) 333-9300 to book your reservation.  The Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake hotel is located at 3000 NASA Road One (aka East NASA Parkway), Houston, Texas.

Request More Information:

If you have any questions or would like additional information about our training courses, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Contact Mike Anderson at +1-909-597-3249 or use the form below.

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Centennial, Colorado 80111

Tel: +1-909-597-3249

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November 2020 Training Course Cancelled.

Due to the challenges and uncertainties caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic, Brimstone has cancelled its November training course, “Advanced Sulfur Recovery Course”. We hope to reschedule these courses in the near future.