Ammonia Reformer Operation and Optimisation webinar


Ammonia Reformer Operation and Optimisation webinar

Webinar recordings

Ammonia Reformer Operation and Optimisation webinar – 9 AM session

Ammonia Reformer Operation and Optimisation webinar – 3 PM session

Steam reforming is the key process in the formation of syngas for ammonia and methanol production. The reforming section is normally the largest, most expensive and most energy intensive piece of equipment on these plants and efficient and reliable operation is key to the performance of the whole plant.

Any issues with primary reformer will translate in weeks of shut down and costly repairs, as some of us experience sometimes in our careers. This webinar is looking at lessons learned from a reformer incident case study and introduce some of the latest technologies for improving efficiency, increase quality of welding, monitor the reformer temperature, refractory repairs and gas leak remote monitoring solution.

Webinar topics

Case Study: Primary Reformer Tubes Failure due to Human Error
In this presentation will talk about a real incident happened in an ammonia plant primary reformer and lessons learned.

How to Improve the Radiant Efficiency of Your Primary Reformer?
In this presentation we will talk about Cetek coating technologies that improve the heater’s radiant efficiency and reduce fouling.

Orbital vs Manual Welding – striving for perfection!!
In this presentation we will talk about the benefits of automated welding for reformer pigtails versus manual welding.

How to design and install a fully automated tube wall temperature (TWT) system to improve plant safety and reliability?
In this presentation we run through the benefits and design features of advanced reformer temperature monitoring solutions.

How to Keep Your Fired Heater Efficient in-between Turnarounds
In this presentation we will talk about maintenance, including refractory repair, convection section cleaning, and SCR cleaning while the heater is in operation.

Early Warning Solution of Ammonia Leaks in a Melamine Plant
In this presentation we will introduce a new remote monitoring technique that offers both the early leak detection and the situation assessment for the incident.

Webinar moderator: Dan Cojocaru

Ammonia SME: Venkat Pattabathula

Venkat Pattabathula

Venkat Pattabathula has more than 35 years of experience in nitrogen manufacturing industry in various parts of the world such as Asia, North America, and Australia. Extensive experience in process design and engineering of world scale ammonia/urea projects valued at more than US$ 600 million engineered by different process licensors and EPC companies.

A Technology Manager experienced in being responsible for economic evaluation and technology selection in plant upgrades and performance guarantees on all ammonia plant related projects. A track record of identifying and documenting Best Practices in ammonia production processes to achieve world class safety and reliability standards.

Venkat is a chartered professional engineer (CPE) of Engineers Australia and a registered professional engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) and a life member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Venkat was elected to the AIChE Ammonia Safety Committee in 2005 and has been on the committee since then. He is also on the Editorial Advisory Board of Chemical Engineering Progress (CEP) magazine of AIChE.

Venkat has published >130 papers with a focus on NH3 process safety, plant incidents and technology developments. He has also a written a chapter titled “Ammonia” for Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology.

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