Technical Stream

* agenda subject to change without notice

June 20, 2023

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Achieve carbon emission goals through decarbonization optimally while reducing the overall CAPEX of your project


This presentation shows the work done by Wood comparing several revamp opportunities for an existing asset or set of assets.

•       Ready-now, "grey to blue H2" solution to repurpose existing assets for low carbon hydrogen production

•       A post-combustion option integrated with an existing plant

•       Carbon capture from a single high pressure and high CO2 concentration stream with lower CAPEX and OPEX required for traditional multiple stream capture

•       Solutions to achieve high levels (beyond 98%) of CO2 capture rates in The Wood Blue SMR

Stephen McColl, Business Development, Wood PLC

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Petrochemical facilities face the challenge of balancing sustainability and profitability goals in a competitive and regulated market.


To address this challenge, it is critical that an optimization model integrates supply chain and sustainability equations for petrochemical facilities through multi period, multi plant linear programming. The model should considers multiple periods, multiple variables and plants, pricing of raw materials, cost of production, scope 1 and scope 2 emissions, synergies, and furnace counts. In the presentation, a case study of such an implementation multiple petrochemical facilities will be done and and compared to its performance with their current practice. One of the main issues identified is that lack of collaborative and digital workflows lead to value leaks across a supply chain reducing avenues of probability and sustainability.

Tarush lakhanpal, Account Manager, Aveva Software Inc.

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Closing the Skills Gap with Knowledge Automation


Our industry is dealing with a major challenge, which is growing every day: The Skills Gap. Plants are challenged in recruiting, onboarding and maintaining an effective workforce. The traditional way of onboarding new hires and relying on a few SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) on critical operations is not working. Knowledge Automation, deployed by the world’s biggest companies, is proven to solve this challenge, leading to safer, more productive operations. Learn about real examples and data on how Knowledge automation platform will:

Capture & transfer critical operator knowledge

Make onboarding efficient and effective

Reduce unplanned events

Increase revenues

Prevent operations personnel being overwhelmed

Francis Montemurro, Operations Director, VOOVIO

Michael Brendel, Account Manager, VOOVIO

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Heated Sample Lines – A Critical Link to Compliance! 


It is often perceived that sample lines can be field created and that all factory manufactured sample lines and components are all the same, when in fact, it is far from accurate – from the tubing, insulation, heating source, outer weather-proof barrier, control options and method of manufacturing.  Some lines may be permanent installations and some may be temporary for calibration or RATA testing.  For a sample  analysis to be accurate, the sample mode of transport must be critically designed, manufactured, installed and maintained.  There are many tubing option types and sizes to consider, depending on the application.  Permeation can also be of concern.  The type of heating method must be designed to cover the heat loss and maintain the sample properly.  Many systems require the calibration or blowback tubes to be installed within the same line.  The type of control shall also be taken into consideration – no control, mechanical thermostat, electronic control with RTD or Thermocouple.  Some lines require a multi-circuit design.  The area classification must also be considered.  Finishing off the sample line is the type of weather-proof outer jacket.  Jackets must fully cover the line and components, have a UV stabilizer and be flexible for installation, expansion and contraction.

Otto Hirsch, Product Manager, Marmon Industrial Energy & Infrastructure

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Keynote Luncheon

(delegates only)


Natalie Martinez

North America Advanced Recycling Commercial Manager, ExxonMobil 

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Revolutionising the Global Sealing Industry - Introducing to the Flexitallic Change Gasket  


During this presentation we'll discuss:

  • Testing comparison in cyclic thermal service with other sealing products used in industry including Spiral Wound, Kammprofile, Double Jacket and Corrugated metal styles. Sealing performance of change based on Helium Leakage rate testing showing tightness achieved.
  • Introduction to the new variations of Change HF / Change SF used in Petrochemical /chemical sealing industry
  • Provide case studies of successful sealing with he technology on troublesome applications
  • Where previous attempts using semi metallic technology failed
  • The use on chemical severe service end

Russ Currie, Director Engineering and Technology, AGS Flexitallic