EEPC 2019 Ethylene Seminar - Divani Caravel Hotel - GreeceĀ - Wednesday 23  › Friday 25 October 2019

Seminar Programme

DAY 1: Wednesday 23 October 2019
09:00 Registration and lunch snacks
13:30 Welcome and Introduction EEPC Chairman, P Broekaart
Chair: Jos Vankevelaer, BASF
13:40 Introduction to EEPC Philip de Smedt, PetrochemEU
13:50 Crude oil to chemical Matthew Thoelke, IHS
14:20 Keynote presentation on “The future of the Chemical Industry by 2050" Rafael Cayuela Valencia, Dow
15:05 Panel discussion Martin Harvey, Sabic
Jens Utecht, BASF, LOSG Chair (facilitator)
Rafael Cayuela Valencia, Dow
Matthew Thoelke, IHS
15:35 Coffee Break
16:15 Working Group1:Introduction
  • Dangers of water and ice formation
  • Cooling water safety issues

Nick Rogers, TechnipFMC
Jean-Luc Brouillet, Total

17:15 Check valves for ethylene transfer line to prevent backflow Markus Vorderwülbecke, Adams
17:35 Visual clues into ethylene service fouling Debby Rossana, Nalco
17:55 Engineers development program Sandybek Kuttubaev, Sibur
18:25 Workshop 2020 – Furnace Asset Management Theo Knijff, Dow
18:40 Issue Group Turnaround - relaunch Jos Vankevelaer, BASF
18:50 Issue Group Training of Young Staff Martin Harvey, Sabic
19:05 Closure
19:15 Cocktail reception at hotel
DAY 2: Thursday 24 October 2019
Chair: Paul Broekaart, Dow
08:30 Introduction to the break-out sessions Paul Broekaart, Dow
Jos Vankevelaer, BASF
08:45 Break-out sessions on "Challenges and opportunities for the Industry"
  • Furnaces maintenance
  • Early detection/prevention of failures in cold box
  • Conditioning of steam and condensates
  • Develop a digitalization roadmap for your plant
  • Why neuroleadership is the missing link towards Safety excellence (safety culture)

See below for break-out sessions abstracts

  • Theo Knijff & Paul Broekaart, Dow
  • Martin Harvey, Sabic & Gunther Kracker, Linde
  • Philip de Smedt, PetroEU
  • Rombout Keldermans, BASF
  • Margot de Vos
11:00 Coffee break
11:40 Low-Emission Cracking Furnace Peter Oud, Technip, Georgios Bellos, Dow
12:00 Environmental challenges for the Industry Philip de Smedt, PetrochemEU & Martin Harvey, Sabic
12:25 Lunch
Chair: Martin Harvey, Sabic
13:30 Tutorial on flare systems Karl Niesser, Linde & Carl Schietekat, BASF
14:10 Brownfield furnace safeguarding upgrade and transition sequence automation Richard Berends, Shell
14:40 Issue Group Furnace Safety report
  • ...
Johan Van der Eijk,Technip
14:55 Protection of pygas first stage hydrogenation reactor in aromatic unit of ethylene plant Ryan Grothe, Saudi Chevron & Emmanuelle Biadi, Pall
15:15 Coffee Break
15:45 Working Group 2: introduction
  • Leakage at crack gas compressor
  • Leak and fire at deethanizer valve packing gland
  • Subzero temperature in warm flare knock out
  • Furnace sidewall burner external fire
Ferran Cortes, Dow

Andreas Loschelder, Shell
Ferran Cortes, Dow
Sofie Poppe, Total
Andre Vilelas, Repsol
16:45 Issue Group NOx in cold box report
  • NOx in cold box – risk assessment
  • NOx polymer fouling in coldbox
Laurent Lemineur, Total & Peter Feld, Dow

Peter Feld, Dow
17:25 Root cause analysis of premature flooded debutanizer using gamma scanning. Engineering & bypass line installation by hot tapping Thomas Walter, Linde & Berthold Budde, BP
17:55 End of Second day
18:25 Gathering in the hotel lobby
18:30 Departure by bus for the visit of the Acropolis museum and dinner
22:30 End of dinner
DAY 3: Friday 25 October 2019
Chair: Gunther Kracker, Linde
08:30 Issue Group Turbo Machinery Safety and Reliability
  • Feedback and update
  • Turbo compressor thrust issues and case studies
  • Ethylene plant data survey and reliabitlity survey feedback
  • Step outs in Turbomachinery Design for Olefin Plants

  • Andrew Walker, Sabic
  • Mario Dominguez, Dow
  • Andrew Walker, Sabic
  • Clemens Prunner, Linde
09:45 Issue Group Reactive Chemicals update
  • Recycle contaminants in ethylene production
Anne Spindelndreher, Linde
Phil James, Evonik
10:25 Coffee break
11:05 Issue Group Maintenance report
  • General update
Theo Knijff, Dow
11:50 Surface corrosion in cooling water line caused wash-out and resulting in cracker shutdown Wilfried Klein, LyondellBasell
12:10 Safety Culture Workshop feedback Pascal Coenen, Shell
12:25 Conclusions EEPC Chair, Paul Broekaart
12:40 End of the conference, followed by lunch

Breakout Sessions on Challenges and opportunities for the Industry

Furnaces Maintenance

facilitated by Theo Knijff, Dow

Cracking furnaces are the heart of making Olefin molecules in steam crackers and are a costly investment with a substantial operating cost. Good asset management of these units is crucial. This Break out session deals with that aspect. Examples of opportunities and challenges that will be discussed in this BO session are:

  • Convection banks - Is the destiny to accept unplanned breakdowns vs. can we apply right management for a defined predictive convection bank lifetime
  • Refractory - operate to failure, predictive or condition based maintenance, detection of integrity etc.
  • Industry 4.0 big data "buzz word" or value creation by applying smart sensoring technology of furnace key indicators and elements.

Early Detection / Prevention of Failures in Cold Box

facilitated by Martin Harvey, Sabic & Gunther Kracker, Linde

Failures of and damage to Aluminum Plate Fin Heat Exchangers (PFHEs) in Cold Boxes have, in the recent decades, been experienced in different plant types containing cryogenic equipment, including ethylene plants. Different mechanisms for these cold box failures exist, including thermal stress / fatigue and Mercury corrosion. Prevention measures and early detection of these failures are of utmost importance to mitigate safety hazards, plant damage and loss of production.
The break out session will explore the different mechanisms for cold box failures, their early detection and related prevention, including life cycle considerations. Experiences from contributors will be shared covering plant operation, equipment design and project considerations.

Conditioning of Steam and Condensates

facilitated by Philip de Smedt, Petrochemicals Europe

Quality and purity of steam and condensates is known to be a key parameter for the long-term reliability of steam crackers. Poor performance and quality excursions of these key utilities have a proven track record of causing serious corrosion and fouling problems, which in itself can lead to severe incidents. Some industry examples of significant unplanned utility quality events will be discussed. From there the basics of steam and condensates conditioning and monitoring will be presented. The remainder of the break-out session will deal with exchanging practices how quality and purity of steam and condensates is controlled at your site and what kind of incidents you experienced.

Develop a Digitalization Roadmap for Your Plant

facilitated by Rombout Keldermans, BASF

Industry 4.0 or Smart Industry drives a significant transformation in the way we will operate our plants.
A well digitalized plant allows for optimal workflows regarding operation, maintenance and asset management.
Our plants can benefit from the development and implementation of a digitization roadmap.
Augmented Reality, e.g. use of smartphones or tablets in the field, and fast access to all relevant data can improve connected operations intelligence.
Model Predictive Control and Real-time Optimization can unburden operators and improve economics.
Use of 3D-Models and Digital Engineering will enable advanced Asset Management and can in addition be employed by operations e.g. for visualization of ongoing activities in the plant.
In the Break-out Session we will discuss how to develop and implement such a Roadmap for our Plants, the enablers, the pitfalls and the constraints.

Safety Culture

facilitated by Pascal Coenen, Shell

The Safety Culture Workshop organized in February was a great success and had as objectives to learn, meet and engage and take action on improving our safety culture.
In the workshop we learned a lot on the safety culture, attitudes and behavior, the safety culture ladder, the human brain and what is needed to make a change.
As we all aim for zero incident, zero harm to people and zero leaks, all of us need to be committed to take action regarding what we learned.
It is not just having the right attitude that matters, the right behavior is what really counts.
In our 2019 Conference we will rerun one of the most successful break-out sessions we had in our Safety Culture Workshop.