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GPA Europe Annual Conference

GPAE Annual Conference Is on the Horizon

Join us 9 - 11 October 2023, BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany.

3 days. Endless Ideas. Celebrating 40 Years for GPAE. Registration opens 16 June.

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09:00 - 17:00
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Carl-Bosch-Straße 38 67063 Ludwigshafen

Welcome to our Annual Conference

9 - 11 October 2023


Get Ready

A conference and networking event organised by GPA Europe and hosted by BASF SE, organised for the European Gas Processing Industry. Celebrating 40 years of GPAE!


One of the strengths of GPA Europe is the large number of people who have been active members of our organisation and the industry for many years – several of whom will be presenting.

Our conference kicks off on Monday 9 October with a Workshop in the morning and BASF Plant Tours in the afternoon. The Technical Conference starts on Tuesday 10 October.
We have dedicated sessions for our Young Professionals on Monday 9 October. Find out more details here >


What's on?


YP Training Day


We have a one-day Young Professional Training on Monday 9 October.

It is Free.




Three-hour Workshop on Gas Treatment to reduce emissions.


Keynote Address


Don't miss the Keynote address by Dr. Lars Kissau, President, Net Zero Accelerator.


Panel Discussion


Two-hours bringing participants fascinating debate and big picture outlooks from some of the big names in the gas processing industry.



BASF Plant Tours


A limited number of spaces are available on the BASF Plant Tour.


Technical Conference


Hear from selected speakers during the three-day programme.





We have limited, but high quality, exhibition space. Would you like to exhibit your wares?



Registration Passes


Don't delay, check out our registration packages and pricing.



Welcome Reception


Join us at BASF "Gesellschaftshaus" for drinks and canapés with your fellow delegates.


Conference Dinner


The Conference Dinner 'Celebrating 40 Years of GPAE!'.



Companions Tour


Back for 2023!

We are happy to invite all companions of the GPA participants to a guided tour.





We have a limited number of discounted rooms available at the Radisson Blu Mannheim Hotel.



The Programme

We are delighted to present our 3-day outline to you:







Young Professional Training Day Annual Conference Annual Conference Annual Conference
Registration Registration Registration Registration
Young Professional Training Day Workshop Keynote Address Panel Discussion
Morning Session Morning Session
Lunch Lunch Lunch & Networking Lunch & Networking
BASF Plant Tours BASF Plant Tours Afternoon Session Afternoon Session
Welcome Drinks Reception Welcome Drinks Reception

Exhibitor Reception

Conference Dinner

Conference Close


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Workshop description

Gas Treatment to reduce emissions

In this three-hour workshop organised by BASF SE, Worley (Comprimo) and Axens.

The workshop is to be booked in conjunction with one of our conference passes.


Potential participants

This is a technical session. The session is intended for people in technical or business development roles who are courageous and confident enough to participate and contribute.

The numbers will be capped at 40 participants.

The workshop assumes prior knowledge of gas plant process units and principals and is aimed at experienced industry professionals (5+ years in industry).

If you are interested then don’t delay.


Workshop certificate

A Gas Processors Association Europe certificate will be issued to all attendees.



BASF Plant Tour

A limited number of spaces are available on the BASF Plant Tour starting at 2pm on Monday 9 October 2023.

The tour will take place in English.

The tours will finish at BASF "Gesellschaftshaus" for the Welcome Drinks Reception.

Spaces will be booked on a first come basis.



Keynote Address

Dr. Lars Kissau, President, Net Zero Accelerator


Lars Kissau was born in Karlsruhe, Germany in 1973. He studied Chemistry in Freiburg and Business Administration in Hagen, Germany. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Max-Planck-Institute in Dortmund in 2002.


Dr. Lars Kissau


Panel Discussion

Two-hours bringing participants fascinating debate and big picture outlooks from some of the big names in the gas processing industry.

“Europe’s Energy Transition: How can hydrogen and decarbonisation activities become accelerators for the European Gas Processing Industry“

Tilman Bechthold
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Tilman Bechthold, RWE Power AG
Section Description
Vice President, Head of Research & Development, RWE Power AG

Mr. Bechthold holds degrees in Process Engineering from RWTH Aachen and Business Administration from TU Munich and has been working in the energy industry in Germany, Portugal and South Africa for more than 30 years.

He started his professional career as junior engineer at RWE in Essen in 1992, followed by various operational and management positions in the field of power generation from gas and coal, e.g. Power Station Manager of Niederaußem Lignite Power Plant and Neurath-Frimmersdorf Lignite Power Plants. Since October 2020 he is responsible for the R&D activities of RWE Power AG.

Mr. Bechthold is member of the Executive Committee of IEA GHG (Technical Programme GreenHouse Gases of the International Energy Agency), member of the Coal Advisory Group of the European Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS), member of the Board and chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of vgbe (International Technical Association for the generation and storage of electricity) and member of the Board of DGMK (German scientific association for sustainable energy, mobility and carbon cycles).
Dr. Torsten Katz
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Dr. Torsten Katz, BASF
Section Description
Torsten Katz has been Head of BASF's Global Gas Treatment business since July 2023. Since 2001, he has held various positions in this division. From 2005 to 2008 he worked as Technical Marketing and Sales Engineer at BASF's Hong Kong office and from 2008 to June 2023 as Head of the Global Technology at BASF headquarters in Germany. In this role, he was responsible for OASE® Gas Treatment excellence activities and new business development in Gas Treatment. He began his professional career in 1997 in biotechnological research at BASF. Torsten holds a degree in mechanical engineering from RWTH Aachen University and subsequently received his doctorate in process engineering.


Companions Tour

We are happy to invite all companions of the GPA participants to a guided tour into the beautiful wine area of the Palatinate.

We will start in the morning from the Radisson Blu hotel with a sightseeing tour trough the old town of Speyer. An English speaking guide will give us some insights to the history of the over 2000 years old city, which is located on the Rhine river. A small break and a free visit of the gorgeous cathedral are included as well.

Later, a bus will bring us to St. Martin a tiny and typical village in between the vineyards. There, we are going to enjoy a private Winetasting (English speaking) and snacks. Before we return back to the hotel, the companions will have some spare time to enjoy this palatinate flair.

NOTE: also non-alcoholic beverages will be served instead of wine!

St Martin



Don’t miss these opportunities for networking with your peers during your time at the GPA Europe Annual Conference.


Welcome Reception

Join us at BASF "Gesellschaftshaus" for drinks and canapés with your fellow delegates.

For those joining us for the BASF Plant Tours, you will be dropped off at the venue after the tour.



Exhibitor Reception

​Join us in the exhibition area, within the Conference foyer to speak with our exhibitors and network with your fellow delegates.


Conference Dinner

The Conference Dinner 'Celebrating 40 Years of GPAE!' on Tuesday 10 October set in the beautiful Rhine-Neckar region.


Daily Breaks

Join us in the Conference foyer for snacks and beverages during your morning, lunch and afternoon breaks.



Radisson Blu Hotel, Q7, 27, Mannheim, 68161, Germany

GPA Europe have secured a limited number of discounted rooms at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Mannheim.

This stylish hotel offers spacious designer rooms. Start your day in their modern gym with a morning power workout or relax after a long day by spending some time in our spa area with a Finnish sauna, bio sauna, and relaxation room. In the evening, excellent drink and snack options are offered in our ROOF Bar.

We have transport arranged from the hotel to BASF SE at the start and end of each day.

We can request additional nights at the hotel on your behalf, these are not guaranteed until confirmed by the hotel. We have a limited number of rooms available in our room block on Sunday 8 October and Wednesday 11 October at the conference room rate of:

  • Single Occupancy: £165 / €189
  • Double Occupancy: £182 / €209

Please note that the room rate we have secured for the conference dates cannot be guaranteed for any additional nights booked outside of these dates due to limited availability at the hotel.

Radisson Blu Hotel



From Frankfurt Airport

By train:

From the airport, take the train ICE 611 towards München Hbf, travel for 30 minutes and exit at Mannheim Hauptbahnhof.

By taxi:

Take the fastest route via A5 and A67, and arrive in approximately 47 minutes.


By Car

Radisson Blu Hotel

Address: Q7, 27, Mannheim, 68161, Germany




Address: BASF Tor 2, Building D105 (Gate 2)



Radisson Blu Hotel

The hotel is located in the heart of the city, in the midst of the Mannheimer Quadrate. You can reach the hotel easily from motorways A67, A5 and A6. Please be aware that vehicles in the Mannheim city center need a green emissions sticker (pollutant-group 4). There is a parking area with space for over 1,400 cars and two electric car charging stations for our guests. You can find direct access to the hotel on parking level P3 and the parking fee for 24 hours is EUR 15.



There is limited parking available, please let us know if you need to book a parking space.


Conference Pricing

Get the full GPAE experience with:

  • 3 days of sessions, including the general session, keynote speech, panel discussion and more
  • Admittance to evening events: Welcome Reception and 40th Celebratory Dinner
  • Attendee meals
  • Workshop
  • BASF Plant Tour
  • Exhibition

Book before 31 July to receive an Early Bird discount of £100 / €120 off each Conference Pass price.

Single Conference Passes

Single Conference passes aimed at an individual attending without their partner/spouse.


GPAE Member


Conference Only Pass (single)

£1,100 / €1,300

£1,200 / €1,420

Two-night Conference Pass (single)

£1,450 / €1,700

£1,550 / €1,820

Three-night Conference Pass (single)

£1,600/ €1,850

£1,700 / €1,970


Double Conference Passes

Double Conference passes aimed at an individual attending with their partner/spouse. This pass entitles your partner/spouse to attend the Welcome Reception, Celebratory Conference Dinner and the Companions Tour.


GPAE Member


Conference Only Pass (double)

£1,400 / €1,650

£1,500 / €1,770

Two-night Conference Pass (double)

£1,750 / €2,050

£1,850 / €2,170

Three-night Conference Pass (double)

£1,900 / €2,200

£1,500 / €2,320


Discounts Available

Early Bird Discount

Book before 31 July to receive an Early Bird discount of £100 / €120 off each Conference Pass price.


Member Discount

GPA Europe Members will receive a discount of £100 / €120 off each Conference Pass price.


Young Professional Discount

GPA Europe is offering Graduate Engineers the opportunity to attend the Technical Conferences at a discount of £400 / €460 on the fees paid by an accompanying senior engineer. The graduate engineer should not have attended a residential GPA Europe Conferences previously and have less than five years’ experience. Contact [email protected] for a discount code.


We are delighted to present our 2-day programme to you. Please note this is a provisional programme and subject to change. Information is being added regularly so do come back!



Gas Processing

Recent Improvements and Cost Reduction in the CANSOLV CO2 Capture Process

Speaker: Paul-Emmanuel Just, Shell Global Solutions

An extensive pilot plant test was performed to obtain operational data at higher regeneration pressure (4 bara instead of 2 bara) while using an enhanced amine blend of CANSOLV DC103. The key performance indicators (KPIs) monitored included regeneration energy, amine degradation rate and emissions. DC103 Alpha, in combination with high pressure regeneration (4.0 bara), achieved the largest reduction in reboiler duty compared to the base case (DC-103 at 2.0 bara) with up to 10% reduction in specific energy (GJ per ton of CO2 captured). The amine degradation rate remained constant for both amine regeneration pressures. The combination of a small relative increase in temperature and the inherent resistance of DC103 amine structure against degradation may explain this stability at increased pressure. The emissions at stack were monitored and the 24 hours average amine emissions remained significantly below the emission target level of 0.2 ppmv, excluding few events of abnormal operating conditions, such as plant trip. It was established that the use of the enhanced DC 103 blends can still meet the amine emissions commitments.

The following items will be beneficially impacted by high regeneration pressure: reduced CO2 compression power and number of CO2 compression stages; reduced reboiler duty and steam consumption; reduced regenerator column diameter and height and reduced regenerator condenser area.


TEG Accumulation Impact on Amine Based AGRU

Speaker: Mohammed Rumaih, Shaybah NGL Recovery Plant Department, Saudi Aramco

The carryover of Tri Ethylene Glycol (TEG) from upstream gas dehydration unit can impact Amine based Acid Gas Removal Unit (AGRU). Enclosed a case study for different TEG concentrations in amine solution and evaluating their impact on the unit performance, sweet gas specification and capacity.

The case study compares simulation data with actual unit parameters. Promax simulation software was used for the case study, where variety of concentrations were simulated ranging from 0-14 % TEG in amine based solution. The simulation output was then compared with one unit where TEG concertation has reached 13%.

The case study shows actual field data of different TEG concentrations, which can verify the simulation study output. The case study also highlights the tolerable TEG concentration for different plant loadings. Based on the tolerable concentration, the case study outcome can be used to review and update the AGRU operational and maintenance strategy accordingly.


Improving SRU flexibility and performance through Reaction Furnace Fuel Gas co-firing and Oxygen Enrichment



RotaSep for Combined Liquid and Solid Separation from Gases without Replaceables or Shutdowns

Speaker: Piet Geerts, SDS Separation Technology

RotaSep is based on a next generation gas-liquid and gas-solid separation technology using a rotating internal and centrifugal forces to separate 1 micrometer fine particles from gases in order to protect sensitive equipment like compressors. The unique performance of RotaSep in bulk gas flows results in relatively very compact separation packages that proves increasing distinct performance and advantages at increased operating pressure.

After 99.5% certified 1µm particle separation was shown in a demo unit earlier this year RotaSep showed a step-change in separation performance in removing liquids and fine solids from a natural gas stream on a North Sea offshore platform. Filter cartridges, multi-stage cyclone internals were not able to deliver this performance without frequent shutdown and maintenance. RotaSep has now resolved these issues and was the only technology to fit in the available space. With these results for RotaSep the applied platform technology offers large potential to service many processes in the existing and renewable gas processing facilities.


Horizontal Separation Membranes for CO2 Capture—First in Southeast Asia

Speaker: Srinivas Vadlamani, SLB

This abstract showcases the use of horizontal CO2 separation membranes for one of the world’s largest offshore carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) projects and the first such venture in Southeast Asia. The Phase 2 project objective is to recover hydrocarbons from CO2-rich natural gas permeating from the Phase 1 facilities, eliminating 3.3 metric tons of CO2e emissions per year.

Horizontal CO2 separation membranes were selected as the most economical solution for this application. The membrane technology offers numerous advantages over other acid gas removal technologies, especially for natural gas streams with high concentrations of CO2. Key advantages include the membrane’s compact and modular design, no need for solvent or pumps, long operating life, high energy efficiency, no foaming or other operational issues, and low capex and opex, leading to the lowest overall life-cycle costs. Additionally, a digital solution has been integrated for continuous performance monitoring, which enables operational tuning and proactive membrane replacement over the life of the project.



First Installation of Durasorb Cryo-HRU Technology to Address Coldbox Freezing and Increase LNG Production

BASF Process Catalysts Group


Liquid Hydrogen-NH3 and LNG Storage Comparison

Speaker: Nikos Xynopoulos, HelleniQ Energy

Authors: Nikos Diamantakis, Heriot-Watt University; Vassilis Kyriakou, University of Groningen, and Aleksandar Mirkovic, University of Belgrade

In this study, a comparative techno-economic analysis of short-term storage and transportation options between LH2, LNG, and NH3 is conducted/presented. The physicochemical properties, potential hazards, current production maturity level, and current transportation-storage options for the three energy carriers, are overviewed. More specifically, the main storage tank types for LH2, LNG, and NH3 are reviewed focusing on liquid stratification issues, boil-off phenomena, material compatibility, the role of He/N2, design considerations, pressure relief systems, and energy requirements. A simple recirculation/leakage simulation is conducted using ASPEN HYSYS for each storage tank option in order to highlight the similarities among them, as well as the challenges of each particular case. Their onshore and offshore storage feasibility status and future perspectives are finally discussed on the basis of these associated challenges, including potential ways to overcome them.




Greening up the Fossil Fuels: CO2 Capture



The Electrochemical Reduction of CO2 to Useful Products: A Review

Speaker: Mansoor Al-Shamari, University of Bradford

Authors: Mansoor Al-Shamaria,b,c, Ahmed Khodaryc, Dong Suk Hanb, Iqbal M Mujtabaa, and Nejat Rahmaniana,*

a Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering & Informatics, University of Bradford, Bradford BD7 1DP, UK

b The Center for Advanced Materials, Qatar University, Qatar 

 c Qatar Shell Research Technology Center (QSRTC), Qatar

*Corresponding author: [email protected]

The conversion of CO2 gas emission into value-added products such as organic acid (e.g. formic acid (HCOOH), oxalic acid (HOOC ̶ COOH)), alcoholic products (e.g. methanol (CH3OH), ethanol (C2H5OH)), hydrocarbon products (e.g. methane (CH4), ethane (C2H6)), and mineralization with carbonate and bicarbonate,  is a  promising technology for mitigating the negative impacts of carbon dioxide and other gas emissions from industrial activities and other anthropogenic pollution. The electrochemical reduction (ECR) process is commonly used to convert CO2 into valuable products, and this process's efficiency is dependent on various factors, such as electrocatalysts nanomaterials, electrode geometry, and electrolyte solution. Despite significant advancements in CO2 ECR, several challenges hinder its efficiency, including the high cost of electrocatalyst materials, selectivity toward target products, the effective surface area of electrodes, and reactor dimensions.  This article aims to summarize the chemistry of transition metals used for coating the cathodic electrode in CO2 ECR, the effects of various operating conditions on CO2 conversion to products and the mechanisms of reaction for some intermediate and final products will be will be explained.



Implementation of Rigorous Modelling and Optimization Tools for Sustainable Production of Green Ammonia

Speaker: Cristian Triana, Siemens Process Systems Engineering Limited

Only 40% of global CO2 emissions originate from power generation which can be decarbonized via renewable power, whereas the other 60% of CO2 emissions originate from industry, transportation, buildings, and others. Green hydrogen is a versatile energy carrier that can be applied to decarbonization, either used directly or in the form of its derivatives like methanol, ammonia, or e-fuels to replace traditional energy sources that are believed to be the cause of climate change. This work aims to focus on the challenges, opportunities, and future potentials with ammonia as a carbon-free chemical, by introducing and implementing cutting-edge simulation tools that allow for the exploration of wider aspects of the green ammonia process such as yield, energy consumption sustainability, to overcome barriers related to production, storage and usage. The use of advanced modelling can comprehensively explore the domain of various factors over KPI’s to assess the impact of different storage unit sizes, different energy management strategies to cope with fluctuations associated to wind energy and load on ammonia reactor to maintain stability within the system. This is done to optimize the process and reduce both energy consumption and gas emissions.


Hybrid Water-Splitting Technology as a Novel Approach to Efficiently Produce Green Hydrogen

Speakers: Nicholas Amotta,b and Bahman Amini Horric

Nicholas Amotta,b, Dan Somersb, Samantha Nicholsona, Bahman Amini Horric

a Fluor UK, Headquarter Office, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 7BF, UK

b Clean Hydrogen Limited, London, WC2A 2JR, UK

c School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, UK

As a non-toxic, renewable, transportable, and emission-free energy carrier, hydrogen is becoming a popular alternative fuel in the energy sector. We have recently developed a hybrid water-splitting technology based on the chemical looping principle by combining "hydrothermal" and "electrochemical" processes capable of delivering green hydrogen at high efficiency. At the heart of the patented process, a hydrothermal reactor, functioning as the oxidation unit, operates side-by-side with a modified alkaline electrolyser as the reduction unit to deploy a complete red-ox loop for water splitting. The hydrothermal reactor facilitates the reaction between water and an active metallic reagent in an alkali solution at 150 – 400 °C to directly produce hydrogen (1 – 200 bar). The thermodynamically favoured reaction between water and the active metal generates excess heat, which can be recovered as superheated steam and potentially converted to electricity to balance the renewable input. The modified-alkaline electrolyser operating at 15 – 85 °C reactivates the spent metal oxide composite (reduction step) and simultaneously produces hydrogen at the cathode surface. Such a dual hydrogen harvesting approach, plus the heat recovery system, leads to a much higher energy efficiency (~90%, measured with Surrey's prototype lab-scale system) compared to the state-of-the-art water electrolysis technologies like PEM and alkaline electrolysers (~60 - 70%). The process can be deployed as a containerised modular unit integrated with various forms of renewable (solar, wind, hydroelectric, etc.) for large-scale onshore, offshore, or remote applications.



See What’s Happening in Your Pipeline: The Future of Gas Plant Management

Speaker: Paul Stockwell, Process Vision

The paper explores both the financial the safety issues of allowing liquids into gas transmission networks that lead to $ms of lost revenue and pose serious safety threats.

The two fiscal measurements of flow and calorific value are compromised when liquids are present in dry gas streams. Monitoring gas flows with a new camera system is showing that many gas supplies, thought to be dry, actually contain liquids in mist flows and stratified flows. This paper shares videos of real-world installations and tests showing that many gas processors are giving away BTUs in the form of NGLs without knowing it.   

With the ability to look directly into high-pressure gas pipelines, this paper describes how this new technology is discovering that phase separation and NGL recovery systems are not necessarily performing to specification. Traditional analysis systems conforming to API standards to monitor water and hydrocarbon dewpoints can lead the industry to be unaware when fault conditions exist, allowing liquids to pass through custody transfer points without tripping alarms.

Using image processing and machine learning to categorize the severity of contamination is turning interesting videos into data that is being used as a new metric for process control.


How Enhanced Reality Technology Increases Operator Competency and Reduces Human Error

Speaker: Susanna Voges, Voovio Technologies S.L.

Authors: Susanna Voges and Jaime Aguilera, Voovio Technologies S.L.

The baby boomer generation continues to retire and turnover in the process industry (the great resignation) is impacting many manufacturing sites with severe ‘brain drain’ at all levels, especially operators. The industry is searching for ways to make onboarding of new hires and plant specific qualification more efficient and effective. Traditional methods, like classroom training and shadowing experienced colleagues and SMEs for an extended period of time, are important but no longer sufficient.

Moreover, these traditional ways to pass on procedural knowledge tend to be highly dependent on the individual (people), which hinders standardization. Over time, shifts develop different ways of doing things, departing from the original procedure or taking shortcuts. In many instances, this leads to practice in the field not reflecting the written procedure. Our industry has a clear need for more transparency and a higher level of control over the practical procedural knowledge of the workforce (tribal knowledge), as well as a way to check and measure the level of operator knowledge and procedural compliance.

In addition to the shortcomings of traditional training, a common cause for practice in the field not reflecting the written procedures is that the ‘procedure clarity’ is often suboptimal due to the ambiguities or general statements in the procedure steps.

These challenges and shortcomings directly impact operational productivity due to long onboarding times and unplanned equipment downtime as a result of operating errors. They also directly impact plants’ safety performance, especially where actions cannot be automated and secured by safety instrumented systems. The flawless interaction of operators with the asset is an important layer of plant safety.

Enhanced Reality (ER) technology has been proven to solve the challenges described above. It allows simulating standard operating procedures in a photorealistic 3D environment (digital replica) for users to review, practice and test on standard operating procedures on-demand and on any device. Manufacturing organizations can capture their practical procedural expertise (Tribal Knowledge) and are able to measure and track procedure competency across their operators. This methodology has been labelled Digital Twin of the Person (DToP) by Gartner (1), referring to the human-centric approach of this technique.

Our presentation will include case studies from some of the process industries biggest companies that demonstrate the impact of improved procedure clarity and more consistent execution, which reduces unplanned events and speeds up operator onboarding while capturing more ‘tribal knowledge’.


Tuesday 10 October Speakers

Paul-Emmanuel Just
Section Title
Paul-Emmanuel Just
Section Description
Paul-Emmanuel Just is principal Science Expert s at Shell Global Solution B.V. He has more than 15 years of experience in gas processing. He started in Montreal, Canada, where he oversaw the development of new amine solvents for post-combustion CO2 and SO2 capture. He also took part of several piloting campaigns on the field to demonstrate the CANSOLV CO2 process. He joined the CO2 Abatement team at the Shell Technology Center Amsterdam in 2018, where his broader scope of research now includes other types of capture technologies such as non-aqueous solvents, membranes and solid sorbents. Paul-Emmanuel Just was born in 1974 in France. He obtained a M.Sc. degree in Physical Organic Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry, with minors in Electrochemistry and Spectroscopy from the University Paris VII, France. Paul-Emmanuel Just has authored numerous scientific papers in various areas: polymers, organic synthesis and carbon nanotubes, Carbon capture. He is regularly invited as speaker to international conferences.

Session Title: Recent Improvements and Cost Reduction in the CANSOLV CO2 Capture Process
Mohammed Rumaih
Section Title
Mohammed Rumaih
Section Description
Graduated from Newcastle University in 2016 with bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. Working with Aramco since then as a gas plant process engineer, providing engineering & operational support to different segments of the plant such as gas sweetening, NGL recovery and Utilities.

During his 7 years of experience with Aramco he worked in different roles such as:
• Operation foreman
• Area and Lead process engineer
• Environmental and compliance Engineer.

He published and presented different technical papers mainly covering topics related to gas processing.

Session Title: TEG Accumulation Impact on Amine Based AGRU
Piet Geerts
Section Title
Piet Geerts,
Section Description
Piet Geerts has a background in Process Technology (Mechanical Engineering) from TU-Eindhoven where he graduated in 2013 on the first RotaSep pilot project in the Dutch natural gas net. He worked several years in the Oil & Gas, Food, Pharma and Renewables for various Engineering and Consulting firms. After graduation he worked parttime on RotaSep technology and joined SDS in 2020 as a Technical Application Manager where he is responsible for the technical side of product and business development (engineering, manufacturing, R&D, technical sales support, PMC strategy).

Session Title: RotaSep for Combined Liquid and Solid Separation from Gases Without Replaceables or Shutdowns
Srinivas Vadlamani
Section Title
Srinivas Vadlamani
Section Description
Srinivas C Vadlamani is presently working as Manager- process Engineering at Schlumberger India. His present roles include design and operations of the oil, water and gas processing plants with various technology best fits for the most challenging fields across the world. He heads the Process Engineering group of Schlumberger in India. He is also the SME in gas group at Schlumberger and Principal Trainer for the membrane-based technologies.

Before joining Schlumberger, Srinivas worked with industry giants like GE Energy in gasification and IGCC domain and with UOP as Technology Specialist -Gas Processing & Hydrogen groups.

Srinivas had an overall 19+ years of experience in chemical industry and more than 16 years in Oil and Gas Industry.

Srinivas earned a B. Tech in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Plant Design from NITK Surathkal.

Session Title: Horizontal Separation Membranes for CO2 Capture—First in Southeast Asia
Nikos Xynopoulos
Section Title
Nikos Xynopoulos
Section Description
Nikos graduated with a master’s degree from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), from the Chemical Engineering Department, and majored in NH3 synthesis under Professor Michael Stoukides, who honored him with his supervision. He received his master's degree in Petroleum Engineering (Scholarship Awarded from Hellenic Petroleum) from the Technical University of Crete (TUC) and continued his post-graduate studies in Oil & Gas Engineering at the University of Aberdeen. Nikos started his career as a chemical engineer in the desalination industry (Watera Hellas-former Culligan Greece) and continued as a Technical & Quality Control Supervisor and lead project engineer for a major Greek ship supplier; well experienced in STS equipment regarding LNG and crude oil. Furthermore, he worked as a chemical engineer for Nalco Water and was accountable for the chemical treatment program for major Greek refineries, and gained significant experience in Boiler Water Treatment, CDU Anticorrosion Treatment & Cooling Tower Water Treatment. He also worked at Motor Oil Hellas Corinth Refineries as an operations engineer at the Gasolines Complex and as a blending engineer at the Fuels Distribution Department. He is currently working as a senior chemical engineer at Hellenic Energy.

Session Title: Liquid Hydrogen-NH3 and LNG Storage Comparison

Wednesday 11 October Speakers

Mansoor Al-Shamri
Section Title
Mansoor Al-Shamri, University of Bradford
Section Description
Mansoor Al-Shamri, Laboratory and Quality Manager at Qatar Shell GTL- The world's largest gas-to-liquid (GTL) plant. I am the site process focal point for Pearl GTL products (upstream & downstream). I am a certified auditor for ISO 9001, 14001, OSHA, and ISO 17025. Managing Greenhouse gases with significant achievement in reducing CO2 emissions at Qatar Shell GTL.
I was working in QAFCO (Fertilizer company), then Qatar Gas Company (LNG) the biggest LNG producer in the world.

I am a Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering at Bradford University, with more than 25 years of technical and managerial experience.

Session Title: The electrochemical reduction of CO2 to useful products: A Review
Cristian Triana
Section Title
Cristian Triana
Section Description
Cristian Triana obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degree in chemical engineering from The National University of Colombia at Manizales as part of the research team in Chemical, Catalytical and Biotechnological Processes research group (PQCB in Spanish) focused mostly on sustainable production of biofuels in Caldas, Colombia. Cristian later joined the CPSE research group in London during his work as an academic researcher at University College London with his PhD thesis entitled: “Towards improved ethanol production from lignocellulosic biomass”. Since 2017, Cristian has been working as a Senior Applications Engineer in the Energy and Chemicals BU at Siemens Process Systems Engineering.

Session Title: Implementation of Rigorous Modelling and Optimization Tools for Sustainable Production of Green Ammonia
Dr Bahman Horri
Section Title
Dr Bahman Horri
Section Description
Dr Bahman Horri is a Senior Lecturer of Chemical Engineering and the MSc programme leader in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the University of Surrey. He is also a Sustainability Fellow at Surrey's Institute for Sustainability and an adjunct research fellow at Monash University. He coordinates the research studies in green hydrogen, solid oxide fuel cells & electrolysis cells (SOFCs/SOECs), and thermo-electrochemical water splitting, holding five US/European patents, 60+ papers in top-tiered journals, 5 book chapters, and 25+ presentations as the keynote, invited, or plenary speakers in the national/international conferences. He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Monash University in 2012 (Australia). The national and international communities have recognised his research in hydrogen and fuel cell with multiple awards, including IAAM Lecture Award (2023, Sweden), Research Supervision Award (2022), Innovation Award in Emerging Technologies (2021, UK), Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship Award (2021), Postgraduate Publication Award (2012, Australia), etc. He is currently the PI of several research and commercialisation projects in Energy Materials and Sustainability sponsored by the EPSRC, the Royal Academy of Engineering, Innovate UK, the Royal Society, and the private sector. So far, he has secured as PI over £2m in different competitive research grants. He has also developed a Spin-Out company (Clean Hydrogen Ltd.) at the University of Surrey for commercialising his patented technology on hybrid water-splitting. With a multidisciplinary research and engineering background dedicated to ceramic fuel cells and material science, he is a member of IChemE with CEng and CSci qualifications. He is also a member of the scientific board of H2FC-Supergen (the hydrogen and fuel cell hub, UK), a member of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE), an associate Editor of Frontiers (in Materials Process Engineering) and a Guest Editor of Energies, and Fellow of Higher Education Academy (UK FHEA).

Session Title: Hybrid Water-Splitting Technology as a Novel Approach to Efficiently Produce Green Hydrogen
Paul Stockwell
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Paul Stockwell
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With a long history of dewpoint measurement systems, in 1991, Paul Stockwell created International Moisture Analysers (IMA). From the outset, the company intended to have the ability to look at multi-species analysis, and Paul served on working parties for the National Physical Laboratory in the UK for the improvement of moisture measurement. Providing dewpoint measurement training for a variety of techniques for measurement engineers. With 35 years of experience in oil and gas systems, Paul was instrumental in the introduction of laser absorption spectroscopy using tunable diode lasers for natural gas measurements assisting in the development of the first TDL system for natural gas which has now become the industry-standard method for moisture measurement in Natural Gas. As Managing Director for 20 years, Paul has gained insight into the safety and cost impacts of processes and their problem areas.

The development of LineVu, a permanent monitor for gas/liquid separator efficiency, has revealed some surprises and shown that we still do not know everything about what is going on in gas systems and gas pipelines. In 2017 Paul led the de-merger of IMA to form Process Vision. Paul is named inventor on 16 granted patents, with 22 pending patents, and firmly believes that a thorough understanding gained through imaging can make a significant difference to the oil and gas industry.

Session Title: See What’s Happening in Your Pipeline: The Future of Gas Plant Management
Susanna Voges
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Susanna Voges, Voovio Technologies S.L.
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Susanna Voges studied Process Engineering at Hamburg University of Technology, where she also obtained her PhD in Process Engineering from the Institute of Thermal Separation Processes in 2008. She started her career in chemical industry joining BASF late 2007. At BASF she had different functions in technical development, working on the design of key equipment for CAPEX projects, troubleshooting at production plants and on process and production optimization. Coming back from an overseas assignment, which implied setting up a regional process engineering hub for Asia Pacific in Shanghai, she eventually joined manufacturing in early 2016. After a total of six years in pigments production as a production manager and later as a plant manager she decided to join Voovio Technologies in early 2022 in order to serve the industry with innovative solutions for some of its most pressing needs.

Session Title: How Enhanced Reality Technology Increases Operator Competency and Reduces Human Error

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Digital Technical Posters will be displayed within the Exhibition Area. Each Poster will have a 5minute presentation.


Optimization of a Back-up Condensate Stabilization Unit

Abbas Rajaei, Nejat Rahmanian*

Chemical  Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering and Informatics,  University of Bradford, UK

*Corresponding author: [email protected]

This study investigates the effectiveness parameters of a back-up condensate stabilization process (BCSU) in achieving the desired product specifications. The focus is on the key operating parameters of pressure and temperature of separators, which play a significant role in satisfying the required Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) of the products. The selection of the optimal operating pressure and temperature is crucial based on the process condition. The reduction of waste hydrocarbon production is also an essential factor in selecting the stabilization unit configuration. Three case studies are presented that examine the effectiveness of different temperature and pressure settings on three potential back-up stabilization process configurations. The results show that the selection of the right stabilization unit configuration can significantly reduce waste hydrocarbon production, economically worth, and less hydrocarbon emission, which is environmentally friendly, and improve the quality of the condensate product, helping to meet the required product standards. 


Oxygen in Post-Combustion CO2 - Efficient Removal for Transportation and Utilisation

Johnson Matthey

Natural gas remains an integral component of the future energy and feedstock mix. As the world is pledging to reduce the effects of global warming, it is increasingly important to address the carbon footprint associated with its utilisation for power generation and “grey” chemistries. Many variants of Carbon Capture Utilisation and Sequestration (CCUS) technology are successfully applied in industry, but there are still challenges in achieving the increasingly stringent specifications for transmission and utilisation of the captured CO2.

For post-combustion CO2, one of the most concerning components is oxygen. Oxygen can affect the transmission systems’ integrity (corrosion), the ability to use the CO2 for food preservation and deactivates catalysts during chemicals manufacture. Bulk CCUS systems do not address the removal of oxygen, this has to be done as a polishing step downstream of main unit. Catalytic oxidation is the simplest and most economic process over platinum group metal catalysts however, the challenge is retaining the efficient catalyst performance in the “witches brew” that most CO2 stream are. How to get the best out of your catalyst system?


Improving the output from LNG trains or reducing its footprint for greenfield project, using Dual Enhanced surface tubes in non-cryogenic exchangers

Nicolas Bilbault, Kelvion Thermal Solutions

Air Cooled Heat Exchangers (ACHEs) have a direct influence on Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) production plants and especially on the refrigeration loop (refrigerant condensing and mixed refrigerant compression services). Moreover, ACHEs are by far the largest equipment items by area, having a direct impact on the plant size, and therefore on its capital expenditure. Designers of LNG plants are always trying to find solutions for increasing heat outcome from the ACHEs keeping the footprint of the plant acceptable.

Based on the above, a consortium made of Kelvion Thermal Solutions (KTS), Wieland Werke and Technip Energies, have developed a dual enhanced surface finned tube called “DIESTA” for ACHE application to optimize LNG plants efficiency. DIESTA finned tubes have microstructures inside and outside which create turbulence and therefore increase the heat transfer coefficient on tube and air sides.

 Figure 1 – Diesta finned tube

KTS offered the DIESTA finned tube technology to an ongoing LNG project in order to reduce the size and cost of ACHEs. The project team saw a good opportunity to reduce operating cost and improve future LNG production, keeping the footprint of the facility unchanged. The project team then asked KTS to fine tune ACHE design using maximum process flow rates for the 5 ACHEs of the refrigeration loop.

KTS also offers DIESTA in all major new built LNG plants in order to reduce the footprint of the ACHE and its associated pipe-rack support leading to large scale savings and reduction of C02 emissions associated to the production.

The DIESTA finned tube technology allows for improving the ACHEs efficiency and performance.


Sustainable Biogas Purification via Mobile Filters Using Renewable Activated Carbon

Frank Gänshirt and Charles-Elie Lefaucheur, Desotec

Activated carbon is widely used through deep bed filters or dry scrubbers for biogas purification.

Virgin and impregnated grades adsorb undesirable impurities contained in biogas, such as H2S, S-based molecules, VOC and siloxanes.

This scrubbing is very efficient, practically mandatory as polishing step, to meet stringent specifications of biomethane for grid injection.

Activated carbon was mainly produced from coal or renewable sources, depending on required pore size distribution and stream purification conditions.

Desotec strongly focuses on the development of renewable grades to gradually displace coal based grades. These combine high performance with a reduced environmental impact. By having an equal or even better purification efficiency, operation costs can be reduced.

Besides, the application of mobile filters enables the reactivation of spent activated carbon, resulting in a closed-loop recycling and drastically increasing the sustainability of mobile activated carbon filter solutions.

After patented R&D investigations, Desotec will be soon ready to exclusively offer the reactivation of activated carbon highly loaded with sulphur (up to 50%). This will complement the reactivation of VOC-loaded spent grades.

At last, needing no upfront investment and easily put in place on industrial sites, mobile filters are convenient solutions for routine operations and peak situations.


Post-Combustion Carbon Capture: from Onshore to Offshore

Ming Yang Lee, Sulzer Chemtech

The post-combustion carbon capture (PCCC) of flue gas streams using amines is relatively well-established for onshore facilities, including two commercial scale units in coal-fired power plants in North America. The application of PCCC to offshore vessels, such as FPSOs and LNG carriers, is a nascent trend which presents new challenges. The primary difference is that the PCCC columns installed on floating vessels are subjected to tilt and motion, so-called “moving columns”, leading to detrimental effects on column efficiency and capacity. Moreover, if successfully implemented, the PCCC CO2 absorber will be the largest ever moving column to be built.

The paper assesses the knowledge available to design PCCC moving columns, by examining several topics. Firstly, an overview of industry experiences with moving columns, primarily in FLNGs and FPSOs, is discussed. Secondly, an overview of industry experiences with onshore PCCC is discussed. Thirdly, the translation of a stationary PCCC CO2 absorber design into a moving column design is analyzed, considering the susceptibility and sensitivity of the column to maldistribution. Furthermore, a comparison against a high-pressure CO2 absorber in a FLNG is performed.


Support of Design Engineers and Plant Operators by a Digital Platform

Ralf Notz and Kai Binder, BASF SE

In the last years, BASF developed OASE® connect, a digital platform for its OASE® gas treatment applications. This platform provides various customer support like access to a knowledge center with training material, analytical data, OASE® digilab and a simulation tool. Latter one can be preset with plant specific settings and is the key element for analysis and for optimization of plant operation.

In the first part, this paper describes the challenges that had to be solved to be able to provide the necessary intellectual property protection as well as fine-grained access controls and configuration to the customer’s needs. With an increasing number of simulations and an increasing complexity, being able to scale-out the computational resources got more and more important. This led to the development of a cloud-based solution.

The second part of the paper describes the use of the OASE® connect simulation tool for monitoring of the current process operation and optimization of operating conditions. With input of operating data, the tool allows the simulation of the “as is” status. Based on the results, a second simulation can be triggered, which uses an optimization algorithm under consideration of side conditions to determine improvements for plant operation. Although these simulations can be triggered manually, a greater benefit is achieved by integration into higher-level systems for overall plant monitoring and optimization. The described OASE® connect simulations can be integrated via the CAPE-OPEN interface into such systems.

Nicolas Bilbault
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Nicolas Bilbault
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My name is Nicolas Bilbault and I have been working now for Kelvion Thermal Solutions for almost 30 years now.

The company strategic pillars are the Green tech for H2, CCS/CCUS, and bio fuels, the LNG sector, the High tech with Data center sector, the service and our conventional business in Oil and Gas industry.

As Vice president of Global Sales & Solutions for LNG as well as ACHE Product Line Director, I am reporting to the corporate office in Germany but based in Nantes, France. Managing the ACHE product line from a global prospective and supporting the sales of all our Heat Exchangers for the LNG industry is my daily duty. We have engineering & manufacturing capabilities in all continents. I worked in various positions in the company starting by on-site support to our customers for our product installation in my early years, through project management, sales and lately working in the holding.

Technical Poster: Improving the output from LNG trains or reducing its footprint for greenfield project, using Dual Enhanced surface tubes in non-cryogenic exchangers
Kai Binder
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Kai Binder
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Kai is a Senior Global IT Manager at BASF’s OASE® Gas Treating Excellence Team since 2019. In his role, he is involved in the development of the OASE® software solutions as well as the IT infrastructure.

Kai obtained a computer science degree from the University of Applied Sciences Heidelberg (2002). Prior to BASF, he worked as a consultant and software architect leading teams and supporting large custom software development projects for leading companies and agencies.

Technical Poster: Support of Design Engineers and Plant Operators by a Digital Platform
Frank Gänshirt
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Frank Gänshirt is the Regional Sales Director in charge of the DACH area at Desotec company.

Graduated Master of Business and Administration from the Massey University of Auckland, he has been developing since then globally a strong experience in the field of energy-efficient clean air solutions, in particular for HVAC and clean room applications, and dedusting units.

As purification expert for gaseous and liquid applications, he offers mobile filter solutions utilizing activated carbon grades, which are reactivable and gradually more and more renewable. This closed-loop recycling business model suits effectively to the biogas and biomethane segment, among others.

Technical Poster: Sustainable Biogas Purification via Mobile Filters Using Renewable Activated Carbon
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Charles-Elie Lefaucheur is the Business Development Manager in charge of the biogas and biomethane segment at Desotec company.

Graduated Doctor of Materials Science & Engineering from INP Grenoble, he has been working globally in the waste management and chemicals industries, leading business development and greenfield projects of plant set-ups.

Developing the use of mobile filter solutions utilizing activated carbon grades, renewable in a preferred way, at a pan-European level is key to him. Biogas players such as operators and EPCs are steadily looking for cost-effective and regenerative cleaning-up technologies for biogas purification, what is Desotec's core business grounded on circular economy.

Technical Poster: Sustainable Biogas Purification via Mobile Filters Using Renewable Activated Carbon
Lee Ming Yang
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Lee Ming Yang
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Lee Ming Yang is a Senior Technical Consultant at Sulzer Chemtech. He specialises in the process design and simulation of distillation and absorption columns. He is also the technical expert on the mass transfer and hydraulic behaviour of structured and random packing.

Ming Yang graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2011 with a degree in Chemical Engineering.

Technical Poster: Post-Combustion Carbon Capture: from Onshore to Offshore
Ralf Notz
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Ralf Notz
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Ralf Notz is a Senior Global Technology Manager at BASF’s OASE® Gas Treating Excellence Team since 2013. In his global role, he is involved in the design and optimization of OASE® acid gas removal units as well as in the development of OASE® connect.

Ralf graduated in Chemical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart, Germany (2004). He holds a doctorate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Stuttgart about the topic “CO2 capture from power plant flue gas by reactive absorption”.

Technical Poster: Support of Design Engineers and Plant Operators by a Digital Platform
Abbas Rajaei
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Abbas Rajaei
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Abbas Rajaei is a Chemical Engineer with over 12 years of experience in the chemical and petrochemical industry. He has collaborated with international engineers from Technip, Siemens, and Nargan on various projects. Notably, he participated in the commissioning and pre-commissioning of the world's longest Ethylene Pipeline, the WEP. Currently pursuing a Chemical and Petroleum Engineering MSc at the University of Bradford, Abbas aims to blend his industry experience with cutting-edge research to make meaningful contributions. His latest investigation involves optimizing a Back-up Condensate Stabilization Unit to reduce waste hydrocarbon production, improve product quality, and minimize hydrocarbon emissions, all while being economically and environmentally friendly.

Technical Poster: Maximizing Efficiency and Minimizing Environmental Impact in Back-up Condensate Stabilization
Dr Simon Saul
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Dr Simon Saul
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Dr Simon Saul is the Regional Sales Manager for gas processing in Europe & FSU at Johnson Matthey. Simon holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Manchester and is based in the Northwest of England. After completing a post-Doc in 2005, Simon began his industrial career as a Chemist at Baker Hughes with responsibility for sour gas sweetening applications in upstream oilfield operations. After developing his gas processing expertise and progressing into technical management, Simon has spent the past 16 years in commercial management and business development roles, working for several different companies serving the global Oil and Gas industry and covering Europe, Middle East, and Africa regions.

Technical Poster: Oxygen in Post-Combustion CO2 - Efficient Removal for Transportation and Utilisation

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