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GPA Europe Virtual Series 2021

Be part of our digital journey continuing on Friday 19 February 2021, followed by monthly online sessions.

Registration is now open! Free of charge for our GPA Europe members. We'll bring sessions of substance with live Q&A. We will also have dedicated sessions for our Young Professionals.


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Welcome to the Virtual Series

Be part of our digital journey which began on 24 September 2020. Our next session is Friday 19 February 2021 followed by monthly online sessions and content.

We have added an additional 4 sessions in 2021!

Registration is now open! Free of charge for our GPA Europe members. We'll bring sessions of substance with live Q&A. We will also have dedicated sessions for our Young Professionals.

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Proud to bring inspirational speakers from across Europe.


Our great Sponsors

GPA Europe would like to thank our sponsors:

TechnipFMC Linde Engineering Fluor Ltd

If you are interested in Sponsoring an individual session, or the event series, please get in touch with us today for more information.


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It will be reviewed by our Technical Committee and if accepted we can help you to develop it into a compelling story and technical paper.

 


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We are delighted to present our Virtual programme to you. Please note this is subject to change.

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All Virtual sessions will be approximately 90 minutes, starting at 11:30am.

DATES

 

SESSION

     
24 September 2020   Executive Panel
     
8 October 2020   Young Professional Session 1
     
22 October 2020   Virtual Session 1
     
19 November 2020   Virtual AGM & Technical Meeting
     
10 December 2020   Virtual Session 3
     
14 January 2021   Young Professional Session 2
     
21 January 2021   Virtual Session 4
     
19 February 2021   Virtual Session 5
     
25 March 2021   Virtual Session 6
     
15 April 2021   Young Professional Session 3
     
22 April 2021   Virtual Session 7
     
20 May 2021   Virtual Session 8
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We are delighted to present our Virtual Programme to you. Please note this is subject to change.

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Our next Sessions

19 February 2021

11:30 - 13:00 GMT

"Gas Sweetening Technologies"

 

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

Speaker: Hiroaki Hasegawa, JGC Corporation

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.

 

Membrane requirements for efficient natural gas sweetening

Speaker: Patrick Schiffmann, Linde GmbH

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

Linde GmbH, 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.

 


 

Our Previous Sessions

24 September 2020

11:30 - 13:00 BST

Executive Panel: "What will COVID-19 mean for our industry now and in the next 18 months?"

 


8 October 2020

11:30 - 13:00 BST

Young Professional Session: "Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage"

 

Global Warming and Climate Change: Hoax or reality?  

Speaker: Dr Nejat Rahmanian, University of Bradford

Climate change is perhaps the most controversial global challenge that has emerged in the last decades and is a top agenda item in terms of its social, economic, political and technical impacts. The Paris agreement articulates the most recent international effort, negotiated by 196 countries, to combat climate change. The agreement aims to keep global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5°C. The latest UN report published in Oct 2018 confirmed that atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide is an increasing concern as it may cause global temperature rises to occur faster than it was previously expected. Historical meteorological data also shows that the average temperature of the earth has risen since the industrial revolution and the rise in global temperature is positively with unprecedented increases in greenhouse gas emissions and in particular carbon dioxide. However, there remains controversy over whether climate change is really occurring, how much has occurred, if greenhouse gases caused it, if any actions should be taken and, if so, what remedial actions should be and what is its economic impact. This is in spite of the fact that in the scientific literature there is a strong consensus that global surface temperatures have increased.


This presentation addresses the above, focussing on the UK and worldwide and presenting a number of possible engineering solutions to combat climate challenge.

 

CO₂ Capture using alternatives to amine-based capture agents and comparative studies

Speaker: Professor Chris Rayner, University of Leeds

Chris Rayner is Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Leeds, and is Founder Director of C-Capture Ltd., a University start-up which specialises in the development and application of highly efficient CO2 separation processes. C-Capture has developed a fundamentally new solvent based approach for separating CO2 from other gases. The technology significantly reduces energy requirements for the separation process, allows the use of inexpensive materials of construction, and has a substantially reduced environmental profile compared to current methods. Separation of CO2 from other gases is a key part of a low carbon economy, and examples will be discussed ranging from biomethane production by biogas upgrading, hydrogen production, and Europe’s first Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) demonstration project with Drax Power at Selby.

 


22 October 2020

11:30 - 13:00 BST

"Green Energy/ Energy Transition"

 

The Acorn Carbon Capture and Storage Project

Speaker: 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.

 

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

Speaker: Marine Juge, ENGIE

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.

 


19 November 2020

Timing TBC GMT

"AGM & Technical Meeting"

 

Turbomachinery Configuration for LNG Projects - Conceptual Selection

Speaker: Mounir MOSSOLLY and 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. 

 

An industrial and experimental case studies on hydrate prediction and inhibition

Speaker: Dr Nejat Rahmanian, University of Bradford

Authors: Nejat Rahmanian a*, Nejmi Söyler,a,b Farai Munashe Wandea , Bahman Tohidic
a Department of Chemical Engieering, Faculty of Engineering and Informatics, University of Bradford, BD7 1DP, UK
b Department of Chemical Engineering, Ondokuz Mayıs University, 55139 Samsun, Turkey
c School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK

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.

 


10 December 2020

11:30 - 13:00 GMT

"Future Energy"

 

Energy transition: threat or opportunities?

Speaker: Christian Bladanet, TechnipFMC

Authors: Christian Bladanet and Marieke Maenhaut, TechnipFMC

For decades, the natural gas industry has been working toward improving the wellbeing of societies, by providing safe, affordable and abundant energy. During this journey, our industry has continuously developed technologies improving the efficiency and emissions of the gas processing facilities.

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

This paper will present emerging ways to produce, store and transport carbon free or carbon neutral energies and how members of GPA Europe (producers, contractors and suppliers) can contribute to this movement, by building on our industry know-how and experiences.

 

The Shell Blue Hydrogen Process

Speaker: Matt Mardell, Shell Global Solutions

To meet net-zero-emission ambitions, low-carbon hydrogen production must increase rapidly. “Blue” hydrogen production from natural gas along with carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) is necessary to bridge the gap until large-scale hydrogen production using renewable energy becomes economic. The cost of carbon dioxide (CO2) already makes blue hydrogen via steam methane reforming (SMR) competitive against grey (without CCUS), and the Shell Blue Hydrogen Process (SBHP) further increases the affordability of blue hydrogen for greenfield projects.

 


14 January 2021

11:30 - 13:00 GMT

Young Professional Session: "Digitalisation"

 

Boost your engineering workflow: Digitalization in the design and optimization of acid gas removal units

Speaker: Dr. Ralf Notz, Senior Technology Manager, BASF SE

The application of steady-state process simulation is well established in the engineering workflow for the design and optimization of production plants e.g. in the chemical industry or for oil- and gas processing. In an initial step, the plant configuration has to be set up in a process modelling environment (PME) like Aspen HYSYS®, Aspen Plus®, ProMax®, Pro/IITM or UniSim®. The flow sheet is defined by the combination of unit operations, which are connected by material streams and/or energy streams. Depending on the complexity of the unit operation model, different level of detail is required for setting up the process simulation. As example, an equilibrium stage model for a distillation column does not require geometric input like diameter or height, but only the number of equilibrium stages. In contrast, as example a detailed mass transfer model for an absorption column in an acid gas removal unit requires such geometric input. If the PME uses a sequential-modular solution approach, the proper specification of the latter unit operation model poses a challenge to the design engineer and usually requires numerous iteration steps until the required product specification is achieved and engineering guidelines, e.g. hydraulic limitations, are fulfilled. One part of this paper will discuss how an equation-oriented solution approach of the numerical problem can significantly reduce this effort by applying direct specifications of target values. In the same way, simulations for optimization of existing plants can be carried out very efficiently. Furthermore, an equation-oriented approach comprises the possibility of transferring the steady-state process simulation into a dynamic simulation.

The result of the steady-state process simulation is the heat and material balance for all material and energy streams. In a subsequent step, these data are used for creating technical data sheets for equipment. If both steps are carried out within one PME, the generation of technical datasheets may be partly or fully automated. However, when simulation models of special unit operations are only available in in-house or proprietary simulation tools, the workflow typically requires manual transfer of data between these tools and the PME. This procedure is inefficient, due to the time and resources required to manually transfer the necessary data. It also introduces risk of transcription errors, which can lead to inconsistencies in the heat and material balance.

The main focus of this paper is to illustrate how the engineering workflow can be improved by CAPE-OPEN. The CAPE-OPEN standard defines rules and an interface to allow communication between Computer Aided Process Engineering (CAPE) applications such as between a PME and a so-called process modelling component (PMC), which can be e.g. a thermodynamic model or the model of a unit operation. The implementation of the CAPE-OPEN interface as unit operation will be described for the example of BASF’s simulation tool OASE® connect for the OASE® gas treatment technology. As result, the full OASE® connect simulation can be embedded as unit operation into any CAPE-OPEN compatible PME. This implementation of the CAPE-OPEN interface is unique in the sense that the OASE® connect calculation is not carried out on the same computer or server as the PME, but on a BASF server. This approach allows for the protection of intellectual property of proprietary simulation tools.

The embedding via the CAPE-OPEN interface allows data to flow seamlessly between a PME and a PMC, so that the user can always produce a consistent heat and material balance. In the unavoidable case of changes in operating conditions or design parameters, such as the gas throughput or the feed gas composition, the updated simulation results are automatically reflected in all connected downstream documents, further enhancing efficiency. As result the application of the CAPE-OPEN interface allows savings in time and effort and facilitates effective work-sharing between offices worldwide.

 

Field operator and management training using Virtual Reality and a reactive digital twin

Speaker: Fabrice Rey, Technip France

With more complex plants in remote locations, operating companies have the challenge of finding new ways to train field operators that are less costly and more efficient. The offer of an introduction to plant operations and the acquisition of new operation skills without leaving the office is a personal development opportunity much appreciated by today’s personnel including managers and millennials.

As an illustration of the digital transformation of the Oil & Gas industry, this presentation will describe new technology that makes it possible to consider Immersive Training Simulators (ITS) using 3D Models to produce training solutions, reducing costs and schedule and improving safety.

 


 

 

21 January 2021

11:30 - 13:00 GMT

"Troubleshooting poorly performing filters/coalescers"

Speaker: Martin Copp, Parker Hannifin

Filters and Coalescers are used in all walks of life where we produce, utilise or consume fluids are processed or used. Our cars (at least those with internal combustion engines) are only able to provide the reliable, economic and ever lower emissions that we expect as a result of the Fuel, Lube and Air filters they use.  We are able to turn on the tap and safely drink fresh water as a result of the filtration and purification processes that the water goes through. Planes can fly at high elevation and temperatures well below freezing point due to the filters and coalescers used in the fuelling procedure. Milk, beer, wine and carbonated drinks are safe for us to consume due to harmful bacteria being removed via filtration.

Filtration and coalescing technologies are also widely used in every processing environment. The economics of hydrocarbon processing is heavily affected by the effectiveness of the filters and coalescers utilised. Plants are only able to produce on spec products and operate at the highest energy efficiency, highest throughput, highest reliability and lowest maintenance costs if the correct filtration and coalescing technology is installed and correctly maintained. Even when the correct filtration solutions are installed, operational issues can occur which affects the performance of this critical equipment. This seminar will look at the types of filters and coalescers commonly employed, operational issues that might be encountered and ways to identify what is causing the operational issues.

 

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Meet Our Conference Speakers

Céline Belbol
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Céline Belbol
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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.

Session Date: 19 NOVEMBER 2020
Session Title: Turbomachinery Configuration for LNG Projects - Conceptual Selection
Christian Bladanet
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Christian Bladanet
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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.

Session Date: 10 DECEMBER 2020
Session Title: Energy transition: threat or opportunities?
Martin Copp
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Martin Copp
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Martin Copp graduated from The School of Chemical Engineering at The University of Birmingham in 1990. After a couple of years working for Alfa-Laval designing compact heat exchangers, he joined Koch Engineering as a process engineer designing Mass Transfer and Separation internals. After having various different jobs in the Mass transfer sphere, he joined PECOFacet as Business Development manager in 2010. Following the acquisition of PECOFacet by Parker Hannifin in 2017, he has held a couple of different Sales and Technology functions and recently has taken the position of Engineering Manager for the Hydraulic and Industrial Filtration, EMEA, Division of Parker Hannifin. Martin has been heavily involved in GPA Europe activities for more than 15 years now and was the Chairperson for 2019/ 2020. Outside of work his passions are Cycling, Rugby and Sailing.
Jay Habayeb
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Jay Habayeb
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Jay Habayeb is currently the Head of Gas Treatment for BASF Middle East. In this capacity, Jay overlooks the technical and commercial groups supporting customers in various industries: LNG, natural gas, synthesis gas, ammonia, refineries and flue gas.

In his 12 years at BASF, Jay has also had the opportunity to serve in Plant Operations, Project Management, Product Management, and Technical Marketing.

Jay holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston and a Master in Business Administration from Rice University.

Session Date: 24 SEPTEMBER 2020
Session Title: Panel Discussion
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.

Session Date: 19 FEBRUARY 2021
Session Title: DDR-type Zeolite Membrane: A practical solution for CO2 separation in the oil and gas industry
Adam Jones
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Adam Jones
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Adam Jones is a chartered chemical engineer with 10 years’ experience in the Energy industry. His experience of process engineering in the field of natural gas processing includes major projects to upgrade the UK’s gas terminal and compression infrastructure. As a Business Development Manager within Costain’s Energy Sector, he is now focused on helping clients address issues related to decarbonisation, with a particular focus on carbon capture and storage and hydrogen. He previously helped to co-ordinate the GPAE Young Professionals Programme, and is a previous recipient of the GPAE’s Aungier Award.

Session Date: 22 OCTOBER 2020
Session Title: The Acorn Carbon Capture and Storage Project
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.

Session Date: 22 OCTOBER 2020
Session Title: GERG (the European Gas Research Group) completes first stage of flagship biomethane project for CEN and the European Commission
Keiren Lake
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Keiren Lake
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Keiren brings over thirty years of experience working in the Oil & Gas Sector with some twenty years spent working in a number of locations in the Middle and Far East. Starting from an engineering background he has worked with a number of major IOC’s and EPC’s before moving into Marketing and Business Development roles with Siemens. He is currently located in the UK and responsible for managing the Siemens Energy relationship with a number of large client accounts as well as developing business opportunities within the sustainable energy market space.

Session Date: 24 SEPTEMBER 2020
Session Title: Panel Discussion
Matt Mardell
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Matt Mardell
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Matt Mardell completed a Masters in Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath (UK), before joining the Shell Global Solutions Gas Processing team in 2016, based in Amsterdam. His time in the Gas Processing department has been split technology maturation, operational support and design work. During that time, Matt has assisted deployment of both the JEFFTREAT® ULTRA selective solvent and the Shell Turbo Trays, two of Shell’s new proprietary technologies. He has also delivered major sour gas licensing projects including the Hail & Ghasha Front End Engineering Design and the M25 Integrated Gas Plant. Since early 2020, Matt has been part of a team working to develop Shell’s Blue Hydrogen Production technology.

Session Date: 10 DECEMBER 2020
Session Title: The Shell Blue Hydrogen Process
Graham Mason
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Graham Mason
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Graham Mason is a Vice President for Business Development in Fluor’s Energy & Chemicals Business Line. He has responsibility for overall development and implementation of sales and marketing activities for Energy & Chemicals from Fluor’s Farnborough office. He is also the Managing Director of Fluor Limited.

Graham’s previous roles include Project Operations Director for Fluor’s Farnborough office, Business Line lead for Fluor’s European Infrastructure business and Business Development Director in Fluor Corporation’s Infrastructure business line with responsibility for pursuits in the eastern North American and European Infrastructure markets and globally for the offshore wind market. His experience includes both Public-Private-Partnerships and Design-Build projects.

Graham has more than 25 years of experience in general management, business development, project finance, project management and engineering for a wide range of projects in the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) industry in international locations. Since joining Fluor, Graham has worked in a number of business lines including Energy and Chemicals, Infrastructure, Renewables, Power and Life Sciences.

Graham graduated from the University of Surrey, UK, with a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering. He is a chartered engineer with the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

Session Date: 24 SEPTEMBER 2020
Session Title: Panel Discussion
Dr Gerd Modes
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Dr Gerd Modes
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Session Date: 24 SEPTEMBER 2020
Session Title: Panel Discussion
Mounir Mossolly
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Mounir MOSSOLLY PhD. CEng.
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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.

Session Date: 19 NOVEMBER 2020
Session Title: Turbomachinery Configuration for LNG Projects - Conceptual Selection
Ralf Notz
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Ralf Notz
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Ralf Notz is a Senior 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. With his experience in process simulation, he accompanies the development of BASF’s simulation tool OASE connect.

Ralf graduated in Chemical Engineering at University of Stuttgart, Germany (2004). He holds a doctorate degree in Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Thermodynamics and Thermal Process Engineering at University of Stuttgart about the topic “CO2 capture from power plant flue gas by reactive absorption”. Ralf joined BASF in 2008 as research engineer for acid gas removal technologies.

Session Date: 14 JANUARY 2021
Session Title: Boost your engineering workflow: Digitalization in the design and optimization of acid gas removal units
Dr Nejat Rahmanian
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Dr Nejat Rahmanian
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Dr Nejat Rahmanian is currently working as a Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at University of Bradford and is Program Leader for MSc in Chemical and Petroleum Engineer. He is a Charted Engineer, Chartered Scientist, and has over 23 year’s experiences in both academia and industry. He s the member of Senate at the university of Bradford since last year.

He received his PhD from University of Leeds in early 2010. He has got his MSc in Process control from in 1997 and Bsc in 1993. His research interest is on gas processing and carbon capture. He has published 1 book, 4 chapter books and over 80 journal papers and refereed conference proceedings. He has also secured four grants on carbon capture and has received 12 awards and scholarships.

In industry, he worked continuously 8 years as process engineer and project coordinator with international oil/gas companies worldwide such as PETRONAS (Malaysia), Foster Wheeler (UK), Petropars Ltd (Iran), Toyo Eng. Company (Japan), JGC (Japan), and Daelim Industrial Company (South Korea).

Session Date: 8 OCTOBER 2020
Session Title: Global Warming and Climate Change: Hoax or reality?

Session Date: 19 NOVEMBER 2020
Session Title: An industrial and experimental case studies on hydrate prediction and inhibition
Chris Rayner
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Professor Chris Rayner
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Chris Rayner is Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Leeds, and is Founder Director of C-Capture Ltd., a University start-up which specialises in the development and application of highly efficient CO2 separation processes. C-Capture has developed a fundamentally new solvent based approach for separating CO2 from other gases. The technology significantly reduces energy requirements for the separation process, allows the use of inexpensive materials of construction, and has a substantially reduced environmental profile compared to current methods. Separation of CO2 from other gases is a key part of a low carbon economy, and examples will be discussed ranging from biomethane production by biogas upgrading, hydrogen production, and Europe’s first Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) demonstration project with Drax Power at Selby.

Session Date: 8 OCTOBER 2020
Session Title: CO₂ Capture using alternatives to amine-based capture agents and comparative studies
Fabrice Rey
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Fabrice Rey
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Following my degree in chemical engineering obtained in 2000, I have worked for 20 years in the field of process dynamic simulation for Oil & Gas industries, both on operator training simulator and process dynamic simulation study.

Over 14 years, I acted as a developer, a lead engineer, a project manager and an expert in a company dedicated to dynamic simulation. Then, I spent a few years as independent contractor to follow up OTS projects on behalf of customer.

I joined TechnipFMC’s Expertise & Modeling department in 2018 to develop the process dynamic simulation activities in Paris Operating Center.

Session Date: 14 JANUARY 2021
Session Title: Field operator and management training using Virtual Reality and a reactive digital twin
Patrick Schiffmann
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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.

Session Date: 19 FEBRUARY 2021
Session Title: Membrane requirements for efficient natural gas sweetening
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