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GPA Europe Technical Meeting and AGM 2023

Welcome to our Technical Meeting and AGM 2023.

A 1-day event in London alongside our AGM.

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The Clermont Hotel, Charing Cross, Strand, London WC2N 5HX

Welcome to our Technical Meeting & AGM

Thursday 23 November 2023

A 1-day event in London alongside our AGM.

We will start our meeting at 11am GMT with three high quality technical presentations, followed by our AGM at 3pm GMT.

We will have a Networking Drinks Reception after the AGM.


The Technical Meeting is £50/€60 to cover the lunch.


A virtual option for the AGM is available, however this is for the AGM only, not the Technical Meeting.


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Please find links to the following documents for the meeting:


Proxy Voting Form

Financial Statement of the GPA Europe Year Ending 31 December 2022

Minutes of the previous AGM

Delegate List

Minutes of 2023 AGM



We are delighted to present our 1-day programme to you. Please note this is a provisional programme and subject to change. Information is being added regularly so do come back!


Time   Session
10:00 - 11:00       Welcome and Registration
11:00 - 11:45   Transporting Hydrogen
Sertan Cansu, Fluor
11:45 - 12:30   Desublimation for CO2 Capture
Werner Friedl, Kelvion Thermal Solutions
12:30 - 13:30   Lunch
13:30 - 14:30   Digital Twins – Key to Optimising Process Operations
MySep Pte
14:30 - 15:00   Break
15:00 - 16:00   AGM
16:00 - 18:00   Networking Reception


Move that Hydrogen:  A closer look at the various Hydrogen Transportation Pathways
Sertan Cansu, Fluor

Direct electrification of processes within industrial and mobility sectors is often an option to achieve carbon neutral solutions. However, processes such as steel making, long-haul aviation and shipping are hard-to-decarbonise sectors and require molecules for energy input rather than electrons due to their specific chemical properties, energy density and storability.

Hydrogen has been identified as a key input for reaching decarbonisation targets by many countries. To create a climate-neutral Europe, the European Hydrogen Backbone (EHB) initiative has been established by the participation of thirty-one energy infrastructure operators. The EHB aims to accelerate the EU’s decarbonisation journey by defining the critical role of hydrogen infrastructure.

The EU’s strategy aims to install electrolysers within Europe, as well as promoting the large-scale import of clean hydrogen from regions with a lower cost profile.

Large monetary funds are being set up for clean hydrogen production.

Another key component of the clean hydrogen economy that is often overlooked is the challenge associated with large-scale transportation of clean hydrogen and its derivatives from low-cost production sites to end-markets.

What is the best way (safe, economical, scalable) to transport hydrogen across continents? Ammonia, gaseous (compressed) hydrogen, liquefied hydrogen, or Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers (LOHC)?

A holistic study that covers all the abovementioned pathways is considered to evaluate the challenges and opportunities associated with each path. Due to different maturity of each process and availability of transportation means, a high-level evaluation and comparison of these pathways rather than the exact costs, will be presented.


Desublimation for CO2 Capture
Werner Friedl, Kelvion Thermal Solutions

Desublimation is a not widely known substance separation method for gas mixtures. However, at KTS, desublimation is a well-established process for which we have been delivering equipment for more than 60 years for several applications. This successful history started in the 1950’s with the separation of phthalic anhydride as a product from a gas phase reaction. During the last few decades we have been expanding the range of application, finding new substances which can be separated using desublimation. Carbon dioxide is one of these applications, for which we have not only carried out a deep theoretical work with universities and well-renowned international institutes, but also, we have delivered desublimators for a full-scale pilot plant where our desublimators achieved the stringent requirements of the customer. We will present the results of this theoretical work, as well as the outcomes of the pilot plant.


Digital Twins with Rigorous Separation Modelling – Key to Optimising Process Operations 

Tom Ralston, MySep Pte Ltd

Increasingly, process digital twins are being applied across oil & gas facilities to optimize operations.  These digital twins are usually based on commercial process simulation platforms with a detailed representation of the key process operations.  In upstream, midstream and downstream processing, operators target maximization of facility revenue and profit, without compromising safety or reliability. Process engineering teams will have to build a digital twin which represents all the important unit operations whilst embodying sufficient rigour to capture the fundamental system constraints. Phase separation is a key unit operation in many oil & gas processes – how can that be digitalized?

The presentation will include demonstration of a steady-state production digital twin, showing how it can be used to understand the real operational constraints, and the revenue impact these have on facility operations.  Additional material will touch on dynamic digital twins in production and examples from LNG and Downstream sectors.


Sertan Cansu
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Sertan Cansu
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Sertan Cansu is a Senior Process Engineer at Fluor Amsterdam Office. He holds Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Bogazici University (TR) where he also obtained his BSc degree. He has a total of 15 years work experience in the Refinery and Petrochemical Industry. Besides working as a process engineer, he worked also for the operational analytics and performance management; masterplan and decarbonization studies of the Refinery-Petrochemical Complex in strategy & portfolio and capital investment departments.

The presentation is the result of his study to develop himself for the changing norms of the industry along the path of the energy transition.
Werner Friedl
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Werner Friedl
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Born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1974
School and High School: Deutsche Schule (German School) Bogotá
University: Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Title: Ing. Químico (Chemical Engineer)
Post-Grad studies: RWTH Aachen, Bioprocess Engineering
Production Chief at Empresa Colombiana de Soldaduras (2001-2002)
Production shift supervisor, then process engineer and R&D at Carboquímica (2002-2004)
R&D director at Protabaco (2004-2006)
Since 2007 at KTS Germany in Bochum (formerly GEA Luftkühler) in different positions: Project and sales manager, R&D, Proposal Team at the Product Line Desublimators.
Tom Ralston
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Tom Ralston
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Tom has a multifaceted career spanning experimental and analytical heat transfer research, software development, and process engineering. With technology leadership roles at the UK National Engineering Laboratory (NEL), Hyprotech and AspenTech, he has been instrumental in shaping heat transfer software businesses and driving digital process engineering growth. His work with AspenTech culminated in the high-level integration of the EDR software suite, with Aspen HYSYS and Aspen Plus process simulators. This made rigorous heat exchanger simulation available to process engineers optimizing operations and process designs. Over the past 8 years with MySep Pte Ltd, his expertise has guided product development, market strategies, and partnerships. He currently leads MySep Pte Ltd’s business development for digital process engineering and has recently published on process Digital Twins in LNG Industry Journal and in Petroleum Technology Quarterly.

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