South Wales (UK)

Troubleshooting Distillation and Absorption Column Internals

Troubleshooting Distillation and Absorption Column Internals
  • Date From 30th January 2020
  • Date To 30th January 2020
  • Price Free
  • Location Valero Pembroke Refinery, Pembroke, SA71 5SJ - main lecture theatre

The illustrated talk will include aspects of column internals and tower design to avoid operating problems, typical operating problems as related to column internals, troubleshooting methodology and inspection of internals at turnarounds to avoid future problems.


Greg Spencer, Technical Manager, Koch-Glitsch UK

Greg Spencer graduated from Loughborough University in 1983 and is currently Technical Manager at Koch-Glitsch UK. He is a committee member of the Fluid Separations Subject Group of the IChemE, a member of the EFCE working party on distillation and absorption and a fellow of the IChemE. Prior to working at Koch-Glitsch he was technical manager at Schott Engineering designing highly corrosion resistant chemical plants for acid concentration, batch production of fine chemicals, and production of extremely pure pharmaceuticals.

For the last 20 years he has specialised in the revamp and troubleshooting of major units such as Refinery Crude towers, FCCU main fractionators, Alky unit Deisobutanisers, Gas plants and petrochemical Superfractionators. He has published papers on the design of dividing wall distillation columns, carbon capture plant, revamp of FCCU main fractionators and mechanical aspects of tray design.




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