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GPA Europe Spring Conference 2020

Update 17 March 2020: The GPA Europe Spring Conference 2020 has been Postponed due to the situation surrounding COVID-19.

We’re already working hard in the background to reschedule our Spring Conference and will announce these plans once the situation has stabilised and circumstances are clearer.


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TOTAL, Tour Coupole La Defense, 2 Pl. Jean Millier, 92078 Paris, France
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Update 17 March 2020: The GPA Europe Spring Conference 2020 has been Postponed due to the situation surrounding COVID-19.

We’re already working hard in the background to reschedule our Spring Conference and will announce these plans once the situation has stabilised and circumstances are clearer.

A conference and networking event organised by GPA Europe and hosted by TOTAL on the theme of and organised for the European Gas Industry. This will be BIG!

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 with a day dedicated to our Young Professionals.


Why attend?

Our Spring Conference brings together business and technical leaders from a range of gas processing organisations, at the headquarters of TOTAL.

  1. Learn - Immerse yourself in three days of technical talks and presentations
  2. Explore - Discover innovations from GPA Europe partners in one space
  3. Connect - Take time to network with other attendees
  4. Have Fun - The week wouldn't be complete without our Conference Dinner. Additional activities include our Welcome and Exhibitor Reception

Hear from selected speakers during the three-day conference programme and discover information on innovative solutions to enhance your business.

With a range of speakers and conference sessions, and multiple networking events, our Spring Conference is the place to discuss strategy, build networks and collectively shape the future of the gas processing industry.

 


Our Sponsors

Meet Our Gold Sponsors
TOTAL

 

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Linde Engineering

 

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Fluor Ltd Process Vision

 

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We are delighted to present our 3-day programme to you. Please note this is subject to change.

Information is being added regularly so do come back!

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DAY 1

 

DAY 2

 

DAY 3

       
Young Professional Day
09:00 - 12:00
  Keynote Address
09:00 - 10:00
Technical Conference
09:00 - 12:15
   
Workshop
11:30 - 16:30
Executive Panel
10:30 - 12:00
     
TOTAL Demonstrations
12:00 - 13:30
TOTAL Demonstrations
12:00 - 13:30
TOTAL Demonstrations
12:15 - 13:45
     

Young Professional Day
13:30 - 16:30

 
Technical Conference
13:30 - 16:30
Technical Conference
13:45 - 16:30
       
Exhibitor Reception
16:30 - 18:30
   
       
Welcome Drinks Reception 
18:30 - 20:00
Conference Dinner
19:00 - 22:30
 

 

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We are delighted to present our 3-day programme to you. Please note this is subject to change.

Information is being added regularly so do come back!

Day 1

11:30 - 16:30

“LNG PLANT: TOWARD ZERO EMISSION” Workshop

Marc Fourneraut, TOTAL


 

Day 2

 

09:00 - 10:00

Keynote Address


10:30 - 12:00

Executive Panel


13:30 - 14:00

Membrane requirements for efficient natural gas sweetening

Patrick Schiffmann, Linde Aktiengesellschaft

Authors: Patrick Schiffmann, Tobias Keller, Alexander Brandl, Christian Voss

Linde Aktiengesellschaft, Linde Engineering
Dr.-Carl-von-Linde-Straße 6-14, 82049 Pullach/Deutschland

Natural gas (NG) has become an increasingly important resource for power production and as feedstock for the chemical industry. But as the worldwide availability of CO2 lean NG decreases, unconventional NG sources with high CO2 concentrations and considerable contents of heavy hydrocarbons (HHC) must be used. Removing CO2 from NG with membranes is a proven technology but, in many cases, conventional membranes lack stability against plasticization and degradation at high CO2 and HHC partial pressures, which increases the frequency of membrane exchanges and reduces the methane recovery.

To treat such gases more efficiently, a highly selective and under NG process conditions stable membrane is essential. Such a membrane has been developed in close cooperation between Evonik and Linde.  Extensive laboratory experiments and field data showed an excellent separation performance, HHC resistance and plasticization stability. In various commercial applications, a selectivity of approximately twice the value of conventional membranes has been proven. CO2 could be removed with considerably less hydrocarbon losses and reduced energy requirements. Additionally, the extended long-term stability of this membrane allows an extended replacement cycle and thus reduces downtime and associated costs.


14:00 - 14:30

DDR-type Zeolite Membrane: A practical solution for CO2 separation in the oil and gas industry

Hiroaki Hasegawa, JGC Corporation and NGK Insulators

JGC Corporation (JGC) and NGK Insulators, Ltd. (NGK) are jointly developing the DDR-type zeolite membrane system for CO2 recovery from associated gas and natural gas. This nano porous zeolite membrane prepared  on an alumina substrate has advantages such as high CO2/CH4 selectivity compared to conventional membranes, high durability and no restriction on the partial pressure of CO2 for operation. The DDR-type zeolite membrane system can therefore be applied at high pressure and with high CO2 concentration in gas production where conventional polymeric membranes can be significantly plasticized and lose their performance.

JGC and NGK have already completed the laboratory testing of the DDR-type zeolite membrane to confirm resilience and performance at high pressure and high CO2 concentration and assess the effect of impurity components. The DDR-type zeolite membrane system is now at the demonstration test stage where JGC has prepared and operated a DDR-type zeolite membrane system which can treat 3 MMSCFD of associated gas. The aim of the test is to evaluate the superior performance and the long-term durability of the membrane system using actual gas in a real CO2-EOR field. In this paper, up-to-date information for the membrane and progress on the demonstration test will be introduced.


15:00 - 15:30

"LNG in a Low Carbon World – A Roadmap to Decarbonize"

Jason Frost and Tim Cuttance, Aker Solutions

With energy companies moving towards a lower carbon future with increasing commitments to Net Zero emissions in the next 30-40 years, focus has shifted to minimizing the emissions associated with production of hydrocarbons.

Gas is still recognized as a transitional fuel in the energy supply, with increasing focus on carbon capture and storage as a means of converting the fuel to cleaner energy. Therefore, it is important to consider and minimize the emissions associated with the production of LNG.

This technical paper presents a roadmap to decarbonize LNG production facilities through:

  • utilization of the most appropriate technologies and equipment;

  • integration of renewable energy/high efficiency power plants;

  • technology efficiency optimization and design for carbon capture or carbon capture ready.

It will include an introduction to a cost effective modular carbon capture facility using state-of—the-art solvent technology, which can be incorporated into both new build greenfield facilities as well as existing plants.

We will demonstrate the various pathways to lower the CO2 per mass of LNG produced.


15:30 - 16:00

Turbomachinery Configuration for LNG Projects - Conceptual Selection

Mounir MOSSOLLY, TechnipFMC

Céline BELBOL, TechnipFMC

Refrigerant compressors are the pumping heart of any liquefied natural gas plant. Those compressors are centrifugal type, they vary in size and configuration, being influenced by the context of the project. Steam turbines, gas turbines (heavy duty or aero-derivative) and/or electric motors are all possible options to drive the refrigerant compressors. A single shaftline could couple one, two or three compressor casings depending on the liquefaction process technology and process balancing needs, and also linked to the output power(s) of the possible drivers options. This paper will technically elaborate on how decisions are technically made for selecting the optimum turbomachinery configuration of refrigerant compressors in LNG plants. The paper will list the various criteria that could be initially set (and given an importance weight), which shall be used as a basis for evaluation and decision making. Technical constraints that could be faced will also be discussed. This paper builds on technical experience attained through working on several conceptual and pre-FEED studies for turbomachinery selection in LNG projects.


16:00 - 16:30

The Acorn Carbon Capture and Storage Project

Adam Jones, Costain

The Acorn CCS project is a low-cost, low-risk, scalable, carbon capture and storage scheme that will not only enable the cost efficient carbon capture and storage of current carbon emissions from the onshore gas facilities at St Fergus, but is also a key enabler for the Acorn Hydrogen project where North Sea natural gas will be reformed into clean hydrogen. It is designed to be built quickly, taking advantage of existing oil and gas infrastructure and a well understood offshore CO2 storage site. The system is designed to be an enabler of other capture and storage projects including provision of CO2 shipping facilities in Peterhead Port and repurposing the existing Feeder 10 pipeline to enable capture of CO2 from wider regions. The project is led by Pale Blue Dot Energy Ltd supported by study partners Shell, Total and Chrysaor with Costain providing onshore and offshore facilities engineering and consultancy services.

 


 

Day 3

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09:00 - 09:10

Safety Moment


09:10 - 09:40

Sour Water Stripper Challenges with Preventative Mitigation and Enhancement Efforts

Saudi Aramco

Authors: Paul, Mishar K and Omar Aljamea, Haradh Gas Plant Department, Saudi Aramco

HdGP sour water stripper (SWS) unit is designed to remove acid gas mainly H2S and CO2 as well as oil & grease to produce waste water prior to send to the waste water evaporation ponds by processing the plant feeds separated from gas and condensate through three phase separators (slug catchers and separators). There are two identical trains, each with design capacity of 185 GPM. The contaminated sour water is first processed through the de-oiling hydro cyclone to remove most of the oil & grease.  The acid gas then stripped-off from the sour water through the pre-flash drum and stripper column to meet the waste water specification of H2S, pH and oil & grease contents. Operating each SWS unit was challenging due to overpressure buildup, de-oiler inefficiency, polishing filter high DP, high stripper column temperature, stripped water pump and reflux pump failure, unstable reflux drum level and reflux flow caused by uncontrolled flow above design and high HC carry over  for frequent slugging of the slug catchers. As a result, stripped water gets off-spec frequently mainly high oil & grease and high solid contents, which impacts on the environment as well as overloading the waste water evaporation ponds in addition to SWS frequent operational upsets, which increasing the plant operating cost and at the same time, frequent dumping water to wet HC burn-pit to minimize slugging, consequences damage of the burn-pit. The overpressure also contributing for excessive flaring. The root causes were identified and several enhancement efforts were instigated in order to minimize the environmental impact as well as to reduce plant operating cost. This paper will share the short and long terms preventive, mitigation and enhancement efforts for the improvement includes both operating parameters and design changes to overcome the challenges.

Keywords: Haradh gas plant (HdGP), gallons per minute (GPM), differential pressure (DP), hydro carbon (HC).


09:40 - 10:10

Sohar LNG Bunkering project in Oman

TOTAL


10:45 - 11:15

How a poor prediction of absorber temperature can significantly impact Amine Unit efficiency

Speakers: Carmella Alfano, AXENS and Céline Volpi, TOTAL

Authors:

Carmella Alfano, Clément Salais, Géraldine Laborie, Manuela Arratia, AXENS, Rueil-Malmaison, France

Céline Volpi, Stefano Langé, Renaud Cadours, Claire Weiss, TOTAL, Paris La Défense, France

Designers / Licensors of amine sweetening units are subject to increasingly fierce competition which requires them to offer the amine solvent flow rate and absorption column height as fair as possible in order to be awarded. Defining a tight design requires having a valid and robust simulation model framework to best calculate the expected performance of the column. The calculation of the temperature profile within the absorber often plays a largely underestimated role during the design phases not only on the treated gas quality from the unit but also on the sizing of the equipment which can call into question the operability of even the gas plant. We will discuss in this article the impact of a poor prediction of the absorber temperature profile on the future capacity of the unit, on the sizing of the equipment and on the downstream units. A dedicated case study as well as operational data from a pilot plant unit will illustrate the discussion.


11:15 - 11:45

Sorbent-based Process for Organic Sulfur Removal from Natural Gas and Natural Gas Liquids

Gokhan O. Alptekin, PhD, SulfaTrap LLC

While the conventional acid gas removal systems based on amine scrubbing and caustic treatment are highly effective in removing hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and simple mercaptans from natural gas and natural gas liquids, these technologies are not highly effective for the removal of complex organo-sulfur compounds such as complex mercaptans (e.g., isopropyl mercaptan, tert-butyl mercaptan), sulfides (dimethyl sulfide, carbonyl sulfide), thiophenes (alkyl thiophenes) and disulfides (e.g., di methyl disulfide, carbonyl disulfide or methyl ethyl disulfide).  

SulfaTrap LLC is offering a new sorbent-based desulfurization processes that can remove organic sulfur contaminants from natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGL).  The desulfurization system uses a new proprietary adsorbent that can achieve a very high sulfur capacity and removal efficiency.  The sorbent is regenerated by applying a mild temperature swing cycle, with low energy input resulting in a cost effective process.

The paper will provide the details of the new technology and the results of large-scale pilot experiments showing the capabilities of processing natural gas and biogas, as well as from natural gas liquids (C4+ streams).  The results of several field tests at the gas processing facilities and refineries at the pilot scale suggest that the new technology can be successfully used in the treatment of a wide range of feedstocks containing different types of sulfur contaminants, with treated product meeting the sale gas/liquid product specification.  The sorbent maintains its chemical activity and mechanical durability for extended cycles.  High fidelity economic evaluations for stand-alone units treating NGL streams and polishers integrated with the conventional Acid Gas Removal Units (AGRUs) for natural gas treatment suggests favorable economics for the new technology. 


11:45 - 12:15

Demonstration of the next generation solvents for super selective H2S removal in a commercial tail gas treatment unit

BASF SE


13:45 - 14:15

Energy transition: threat or opportunities?

Christian Bladanet, TechnipFMC

Today, clean, carbon free, green energies make all the talk. Is it the bell tolls of the natural gas industry ?

For decades, the natural gas industry has been working toward improving the wellbeing of the humanity, by providing cheap, cleaner and abundant energies. During this journey, our industry has continuously developed technologies improving the efficiency and emissions of the gas processing facilities.

This paper will present how members of GPA Europe (producers, contractors and suppliers) are uniquely positioned to build on existing technologies, know-how and experiences to bring new, cleaner, potentially carbon free, energies to the world and generate a renewed growth through the energy transition path.


14:15 - 14:45

GERG (the European Gas Research Group) completes first stage of flagship biomethane project for CEN and the European Commission

Marine Juge, ENGIE Lab CRIGEN

GERG is pleased to announce the successful completion of the first phase of the European Commission funded project on removing barriers to biomethane injection in the natural gas grid and use as a vehicle fuel.

There is huge potential for biomethane transported in the gas network to play a significant part in decarbonisation of our energy system. As a substitute for natural gas, it allows use of existing infrastructure, while complementing intermittent renewable energy sources. However, some contaminants, inherent to the biomethane production processes, can be present in biomethane at a trace level. Depending on their concentration, these trace components (not present in natural gas) can interact with the gas chain infrastructure, and engines and boilers.

Two standards regarding biomethane have been published

•     EN 16723-1: specifications for biomethane for injection in the natural gas network;

•     EN 16723-2: automotive fuels specifications.

Limit concentration values are however lacking real world data. This can be a barrier for the development of biomethane in Europe as limits can be over prescriptive. For this reason, GERG and CEN launched a project in 2016 with the aim to identify the associated acceptable threshold for gas appliances and infrastructure. This paper present the results of the project.


15:30 - 16:00

An industrial and experimental case studies on hydrate prediction and inhibition

Nejat Rahmanian, University of Bradford

Formation of natural gas hydrates can cause serious problems during drilling and production operations in the oil and gas industry. This investigation reports the first study to predict hydrate formation using Aspen HYSYS® and HydraFlash softwares for various gas compositions and thermodynamic inhibitors (MEG concentrations at 10, 20, 30 and 40 𝑤𝑡% and Methanol concentrations at 10 and 20 𝑤𝑡%). Aspen HYSYS® is widely used in the petroleum process system containing thermodynamic inhibitor for this crucial purpose on prediction of solid phase behaviour. The simulated predictions are compared with results of available industrial and experimental data in the literature. It has been shown that HydraFlash software can accurately predict hydrate formation condition for a given industrial case, without having to carry out costly experimental work. This work also looked the effect of inhibitors and it appears that inhibitor type and concentration are determined according to condition of gas composition. MEG is consequently selected as the most ideal hydrate inhibitor for the industrial case. The hydrate formation prediction was carried out by HydraFlash for a high concentration of MEG inhibition at 40 𝑤𝑡% is up to 313 K with a pressure of 3111 𝑏𝑎𝑟. Finally, it is shown that both software packages are quite accurate and useful tools for prediction of hydrate for simple systems. However, HydraFlash can simulate more complex systems, including 13 different types of salts, while so Aspen Hysys covers sodium hydroxide as the common salt.


16:00 - 16:30

Optimized CO2 capture with DMX™ process

Speaker: Xavier COURTIAL, Axens

Authors: Axens, IFP Energies Nouvelles, TOTAL Refining & Chemicals and ARCELORMITTAL ATLANTIQUE ET LORRAINE SAS

CO2 capture & storage is foreseen as a necessity to limit global warming, as indicated by the International Energy Agency in the 2D scenario. Major initiatives have to be initiated in a near future with concrete actions to get efficient results in limiting global warming. DMX™ process is foreseen as a key driver to initiate such transition in the industrial world. This process is based on a second-generation amine solvent, allowing to drastically reducing CO2 capture cost in comparison to more conventional solvent such as MEA and others available solvents.

Based on the actual knowledge, techno-economic studies have been performed for 3 study cases and show significant advantage of DMX™ technology relatively to MEA : up to 30 % reduction in OPEX can be obtained for lower or similar CAPEX, depending on the condition.

Such performance would be demonstrated within the H2020 3D Project, based on pilot test on real industrial gas from ArcelorMittal steel mill plant in Dunkirk (France). The H2020 3D Project could also study the whole value chain for an industrial CCS application linking ArcelorMittal plant in Dunkirk to potential storages in the North Sea. The 3D Project coordinated by IFPEN involves 11 companies and academic partners from Europe.

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Meet Our Conference Speakers

Carmella Alfano
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Carmella Alfano
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Carmella Alfano is a Gas Technologist with Axens Solutions. She has over 14 years experience as a process engineer in gas processing including conceptual design, FEED studies, detailed engineering and operations. She graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. She is a professional engineer registered with APEGA.
Céline BELBOL
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Céline BELBOL
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Céline BELBOL
Head of Rotating Equipment
TechnipFMC

Mrs. Belbol, is currently the Head of Rotating Equipment Department of Technip FMC Paris with over 16 years of experience in the oil& gas and petrochemical industry.

She has started her career with Technip as rotating engineer, progressed to the position of team leader engineer in rotating equipment and to present position of Head of Rotating Department. Her technical experience has been gained through involvement in various Onshore/ Offshore projects in Oil & Gas and through team management of complex mega LNG project such as Yamal LNG or Coral FLNG project.
Christian Bladanet
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Christian Bladanet
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Energy transition: threat or opportunities?

Thursday 4 June, 13:45 - 14:15

Christian Bladanet has worked for TechnipFMC since 1996. He has held positions of responsibility on a variety of Gas Processing & LNG projects from conceptual design through to detailed engineering. He has worked in a number of Technip Offices around the world, including Paris, Perth and Kuala Lumpur. He was process manager for the Yamal LNG project. He is now Gas & Fertilizer Department Manager in the Process and Technology Division of Technip France. Christian also holds the title of “Main Expert” for Gas Processing within TechnipFMC’s College of Experts.
Xavier COURTIAL
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Xavier COURTIAL
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He obtains his Bachelor of Science in Industrial System Engineering at Université Joseph Fourier and his Master degree in Chemical Engineering at Institut National Polytechnique in Grenoble – France. In 2008, he obtains his PhD in Chemical Engineering at Mines ParisTech, Paris – France. He has worked as researcher and project manager in 3 research centres in France and South Africa from 2009 to 2013, before being R&D project Manager at Prosernat and then Technology Development Manager for natural gas treatment and CO2 capture at AXENS, Paris – France.
Tim Cuttance
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Tim Cuttance
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Tim has more than twenty years’ experience including lead roles designing Gas Processing, Oil, and LNG facilities both onshore and offshore. He has developed a depth of experience across all project phases from feasibility through FEED to EPC. He has designed gas processing and LNG facilities in locations reaching from polar to tropical latitudes.
Jason Frost
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Jason Frost
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Jason is a Senior Manager at Aker Solutions. He is chartered engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers. Jason graduated from the University of Exeter in 1990 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He has ‘almost’ 30 years of predominantly upstream engineering experience, both off and onshore, through the complete life-cycle: feasibility, concept, FEED, EPC, operations troubleshooting & decommissioning with significant gas processing exposure.

His current focus is on gas processing and low carbon technologies. He is the focal point in the UK for Aker Solutions CCUS technologies and is part of their low carbon taskforce.
Hiroaki Hasegawa
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Hiroaki Hasegawa
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Fourteen years experience as gas processing engineer for oil & gas industries. Experienced in developing membrane-based and solvent-based acid gas removal process, has excellent knowledge and understanding of fundamentals and applications of gas separation technologies.
Recently, developing CO2 separation system using DDR-type zeolite membrane for natural gas / associated gas processing. As a project leader, leads the technology development project of the membrane toward the commercialization.
Marine Juge
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Marine Juge
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Ms. Marine Juge is a project manager in the biogas biomass lab. M. Juge obtained her engineer degree at Ecole Nationale Supérieur des Ingénieurs en Arts Chimiques et Technologiques (ENSIACET) in Chemical Engineering and specialized in Conception and Analysis of Processes. She joined ENGIE in 2014 where she has been involved in several R&D projects related to the production of renewable biogas based on gasification of biomass and on methanisation processes. She is now project manager on methanization and green gas mobility. Moreover, she is the technical coordinator of the biomethane GERG project that will be presented during the conference.
Mounir MOSSOLLY
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Mounir MOSSOLLY
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Turbomachinery Configuration for LNG Projects - Conceptual Selection

Wednesday 3 June, 15:45 - 16:15

Mounir MOSSOLLY PhD. CEng.
Technical Advisor & Lead Engineer at TechnipFMC

Mr. Mossolly is currently the Honorary Chairman of IMechE Groupe France, he is a chartered engineer and has been a Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence by ASQ. Mounir holds a PhD in Project and Programme Management and a Master in Mechanical Engineering.

In the context of his expertise in turbomachinery, Mr. Mossolly has been involved within TechnipFMC in Paris in some of the largest, most complex and challenging LNG development projects worldwide, such as the pioneering Prelude Floating LNG (FLNG) project, the Yamal (Arctic) LNG project and Coral FLNG project, amongst others .
Mishar Paul, Msc.Eng.,P.Eng.,FS Eng (TÜV)
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Mishar Paul, Msc.Eng.,P.Eng.,FS Eng (TÜV)
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Have been working as a lead process engineer in Hawiyah NGL and Haradh Gas plant of Saudi Aramco for more than 5 years with about 25 years of extensive experience in plants operation, process design for large projects and operations in the gas processing, fertilizer industries and industrial working experience in Canada, Japan Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh. Major experiences:
Plant operation trouble-shooting, report writing, supervising, mentoring, process simulation modeling, detailed design and Flare & Relief system design, PFDs and P&IDs review. Conducting HAZOP and SIL study. Conducting ProMax Simulation training. There are eight international publications in different internationals Journals.
Patrick Schiffmann
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Dr Patrick Schiffmann
Section Description
Dr Patrick Schiffmann is group lead Membrane Technology in R&D Adsorption & Membranes of Linde Engineering. His responsibilities reach from the process design of commercial membrane and hybrid membrane-adsorption plants to the coordination and management of R&D projects. Since 2014, he has worked for Linde Engineering and is a recognized specialist for membrane technology within the company.

Patrick studied Process Engineering at the TU Berlin and did his PhD in membrane technology at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg/Germany. He has published papers in national and international journals, filed patents and regularly represents his work in international scientific conferences.
Céline VOLPI
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Céline VOLPI
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Céline Volpi has 15 years of experience as process engineer in the oil & gas industry, with a specific focus on the acid gas management. She is currently Acid Gas R&D Project Leader in TOTAL EP Acid Gas entity. She previously worked for engineering and licensing companies for gas processing projects, from feasibility studies to EPC but also for unit test run or revamp studies.
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“LNG plant: toward zero emission”

The world requires energy to meet its development needs, but this energy must be locally more environmentally friendly and globally less harmful to the climate. How do we ensure better living conditions for a future world population of 9 billion people and at the same time reduce CO2 emissions to prevent global temperatures from rising beyond 2°C.

In comparison with coal, gas can divide the overall GHG emissions by two. It is therefore the energy of choice for the transition toward carbon neutral economy and it will be possible only if gas is competitive vs coal.

Workshop

To get natural gas from fields to market, there are two monetization options: pipeline and liquefaction. LNG accounts for around 10% in the worldwide sales of gas and is developing.

  • But bringing natural gas to liquid phase is energy intensive which leads to around 10% self-consumption in liquefaction plants. In addition, prior to being liquefied, gas needs to be purified from its non-desirable components, including CO2. In most of the existing plants, this CO2 is vented to atmosphere.

 

Therefore, it is our responsibility to find the technical ways to reduce GHG intensity in the LNG plants.

One option of high interest is the connection to an electrical grid, when available, provided its reliability is high enough and electricity tariffs competitive. Of course, it depends mainly of the energy used for electricity generation. In Norway for instance, 98% of electricity is of renewable including 95% from hydroelectricity.

But when no electrical network is available, the problem becomes much more complex and reducing the emission may become prohibitive.

The objectives of the workshop are to identify the solutions that could be implemented to reduce the emissions of LNG plants. Two cases are proposed:

  • New projects on which all solutions can be contemplated (All electrical, Renewables, etc)
  • Existing plants considering the common architecture using heavy duty gas turbines with their own Power Generation Unit (PGU)

 

Potential difficulties or show-stoppers will be also be highlighted.

 

The workshop is to be booked in conjunction with one of our conference passes and will cost £200 / €230.

 

Potential participants

This is a technical workshop. The workshop is intended for people in technical or business development roles who are courageous and confident enough to participate and contribute. A knowledge of LNG is a must.

To facilitate collaborative work and creative environment the workshop numbers will be capped.

If you are interested then don’t delay.

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Meet Your Facilitators

Further Facilitators will be added shortly.

Marc Fourneraut
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Marc Fourneraut
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Marc Fourneraut joined TOTAL in 1986, working in refining branch in various operation positions until 1995. In 1996 he moved to E&P, successively appointed in Indonesia, Myanmar and GABON. In 2001, he was sent to the Head Quarter, in charge of several gas development projects. From 2005 to 2010, he moved to Abu Dhabi in the Business development team, in charge of various gas development projects. In 2011, he came back in the Development division, in charge of innovative gas technologies and CO2 capture and sequestration, then manager of the Advanced Technologies team. Since 2016, he is Manager of the team responsible for developing the LNG Plant of the future which must be less CAPEX intensive and with a low GHG footprint.
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During the lunch breaks, TOTAL are running 30 minute demonstrations.

There is no charge for this. Places are limited to 30 participants per demonstration - we have enough slots of everyone. Please register your time slot with us on the day.

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

Exhibitor Reception

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

​Continuing the evening and following on from the exhibitor reception, we would like to invite you all to take the short walk to Pullman Paris La Défense Hotel for drinks and canapés.


Conference Dinner

For our Conference Dinner step back into the Roaring Twenties at La Coupole restaurant. Since 1927, La Brasserie La Coupole has been the unmissable symbol of the history of Montparnasse.

Meet us in the Pullman Paris La Défense Hotel lobby at 7:00pm, where we will take a coach to the restaurant.


Daily Breaks

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

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GPA Europe have secured a number of discounted rooms at the Pullman Paris La Défense Hotel.

In the heart of one of the largest business centers in Europe, 10 minutes from the Champs-Elysées, the Pullman Paris La Défense is a cosy and luminous break in the center of La Défense. 

This upscale hotel offers design and spacious rooms. Savour delicious moments at the Quinte & Sens restaurant with its open kitchen. You can also enjoy the bar, fitness, WiFi and private parking. 

Attendees will be required to make their own way over to the Tour Total for the Conference - a short 10 minute walk.

We can request additional nights at the hotel on your behalf, these are not guaranteed until confirmed by the hotel. 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.

 

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From Charles de Gaulle Airport or Orly Airport

By Taxi

Only taxis located at stations at the Arrivals gates are authorised to take charge of customers. These official taxis are recognisable by the light sign located on the roof of the vehicle. If you are approached at the exit from the baggage claim area by people claiming to be taxis, we recommend declining their proposal.

Address: Tour Coupole La Défense, 2 Pl. Jean Millier, 92078 Paris, France


From Gare Du Nord Train Station

Take the RER B or RER D one stop to Châtelet - Les Halles. Change onto the RER A for 3 stops to La Défense - Grande Arche. Use Exit 6 for Tour Total or Exit 2 for the Pullman Paris La Défense Hotel.


By Car

Address: Tour Coupole La Défense, 2 Pl. Jean Millier, 92078 Paris, France


Parking

There are a limited number of visitor car parking spaces at the Tour Total. If you are planning to come by car, please let us know and we can arrange parking for you. There is also parking with the surrounding area.

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Please find below details of the Conference Passes available and associated costs.

Conference only pass (single)

Member: £950 / €1,100

Non-Member: £1,100 / €1,275

  • Full access to the Conference
  • Exhibitor Reception
  • Welcome Reception
  • Conference Dinner

Please note that no accommodation is included with this package cost.


Conference only pass (double)

Member: £1080 / €1,250

Non-Member: £1,230 / €1,425

  • Full access to the Conference
  • Exhibitor Reception
  • Welcome Reception for two
  • Conference Dinner for two

Please note that no accommodation is included with this package cost.


Two-night participant pass (single)

Member: £1,450 / €1,670

Non-Member: £1,600 / €1,845

  • Full access to the Conference
  • Exhibitor Reception
  • Welcome Reception
  • Conference Dinner
  • Single occupancy accommodation on 2 and 3 June 2020 at the Pullman Paris La Défense

Two-night participant pass (double)

Member: £1,600 / €1,850

Non-Member: £1,750 / €2,025

  • Full access to the Conference
  • Exhibitor Reception
  • Welcome Reception for two
  • Conference Dinner for two
  • Double occupancy accommodation on 2 and 3 June 2020 at the Pullman Paris La Défense

Workshop

£200 / €230

  • Access to the Workshop on Tuesday 2 June 2020
  • To be booked in conjunction with one of our conference passes

YOUNG PROFESSIONAL DISCOUNT

GPA Europe is offering Graduate Engineers the opportunity to attend the Technical Conferences at a discount of £200 / €230 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. Simply complete the form and on submitting your registration form, enter in one of the following coupon codes:

GBP Payments: GPAYP20TOTG

EUR Payments: GPAYP20TOTE

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General Conference

When and where will the GPA Europe Spring Conference take place?

The GPA Europe Spring Conference 2020 is currently being rescheduled and we will shortly announce the new dates.

What is the address of the Tour TOTAL?

Tour Coupole La Défense

2 Pl. Jean Millier

92078 Paris

France

What is the common language spoken at the conference?

The official language of the conference is English, and all general sessions will be presented in English.

What is the recommended conference attire?

Casual to business dress is appropriate.

Is there an email contact for questions?

Yes, you can send general questions to [email protected]


Registration

What are the registration fees for the event?

You can view our pricing on our pricing page >>

What payments do you accept for registration?

When registering, you may pay by credit card or bank transfer.

Are there any discounts?

Yes, we offer discounts for GPA Europe members and Young Professionals. 

What is included in the registration fee?

Your registration fee for a full conference pass entitles you to the following:

  • Exhibitor Reception
  • Welcome Reception
  • General Sessions, including the Keynote Address and Panel Discussion
  • TOTAL Demonstrations
  • Lunch and Refreshments
  • Conference Dinner
  • Workshop (if selected)
  • Accommodation (if selected)

 

Is there a deadline for registration?

No, there's no deadline. You can register online through to the first day of the conference. However, there are discounts for early registration. 


Conference Access

Will I need a badge to get in?

Yes, a conference badge is required for entry into the conference and should be worn at all times. You'll be able to pick up your badge at the registration desk which will be open throughout the duration of the conference.

The registration desk will be located in the reception of the Tour TOTAL. The registration desk will be open from 08:00hrs on the morning of the conference. We recommend you arrive early as security checks will need to take place so the registration process will be longer than usual.

You will be required to hand in your passport or ID when you register and collect your badge, please do not arrive without your ID or you will not be able to access the conference.

Do I need a visa to attend the conference?

There are a few countries that require a visa for entry. We recommend checking in advance with your country's local consulate for details and requirements.

How do I obtain a visa invitation letter?

In order to request a visa letter from GPA Europe, please be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Full name on passport
  • Date and place of birth
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Passport number, place and date of issue, and date of expiration

 

Are you a government official?

Visa invitation letters will be submitted for approval for attendees who have requested a letter and have completed registration data for a full conference pass, including payment. Please note, we can only issue visa letters for fully paid attendees and you will need to allow two to three weeks for your embassy to process your request.


Meals

What special dietary requirements are accommodated with the meals at the conference?

If you have any special dietary requests, please be sure to inform us during the registration process.


Hotels

Does GPA Europe offer hotel accommodation?

Yes, GPA Europe have a limited number of discounted rooms booked at the Pullman Paris La Défense Hotel. In order to access this discount, you will need to book through us.

​Do I need to contact the hotel to book my reservation?

No, when you register with us, you will have an opportunity to request your hotel and your check-in and check-out dates. A hotel reservation will be made for you.

Can I extend my stay?

Yes, we can check the availability with the hotel to ensure the discounted room rate. Please note, additional room nights are not guaranteed and will be booked as and when requested.

​How close is the hotel to the Tour TOTAL?

The hotel is a short 10 minute walk from the venue.


Travel

Is there parking available at the Tour TOTAL?

There are a limited number of visitor car parking spaces at the Tour TOTAL. There is also parking with the surrounding area.

What is the best method of travel to the Tour TOTAL?

If travelling from either of the airports, the quickest method of transport is via Taxi. If travelling from the Gare du Nord the RER will take you within a 5 minute walk of the Hotel and Tour Total.


Sessions

Can I preregister for sessions?

There is no need to pre-register for sessions, all sessions are open to all attendees. The only exception is the Workshop which is limited to 30 spaces, we advise pre-registering at your earliest convenience.

Can I get copies of the material presented at the conference?

Yes, the papers will be provided to all delegates.

Click here to view sessions for past GPA Europe conferences >>

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