The 14th edition of SOGAT was held successfully in Abu Dhabi with nearly 300 participants from 17 countries and ADNOC was the principal supporter of the event with a delegation of 167 from across the group. SOGAT 2018 focused on enhancing cost effective sour hydrocarbon treatment technologies where different new innovative technologies were presented by leading technology providers. Three workshops on Sulphur Recovery and Amine Treatment Fundamentals and Operational improvement of Acid Gas Treatment Units with Filtration & Separation Technologies were well attended and received, particularly from members of the ADNOC group. Attendees were asked to evaluate these workshops and in the latter case which was delivered by Olivier Trifilieff of the PALL Corporation, all of the attendees without exception rated the content, delivery and organization of Olivier’s workshop as excellent, which is a first for any SOGAT activity.

These workshops were followed the International Conference at which 22 presentations on several new aspects of sour hydrocarbon management were delivered. The Conference was officially opened with a Keynote Address by Dr Adel Bin Subaih of the Undeveloped Reservoirs Project Unit on behalf of the ADNOC group. The Conference was supported by a focused and beneficial Exhibition at which Twister, PSE, NewSky Energy, Arkema and GarlockGPT participated with their new innovative technology solutions for the first time. All 15 exhibitors were pleased with their participation, with Garlock stating that it exceeded their expectations. These innovative technology providers were able address several demanding issues confronting the region’s increasing need to treat ultra-sour gas to address increasing natural gas demand in line with elements of ADNOC 2030 strategy, industrial and infrastructure scenarios.

Dr. Peter Rodgers and his team from the Khalifa University of Science and Technology were presented with the best SOGAT conference presentation award. ADNOC R&D has funded this project on a CFD-based environmental gas dispersion prediction methodology which has been developed, validated, and applied to actual hazardous release scenarios in hydrocarbon processing facilities. Atmospheric gas dispersion modeling is a vital component of mandatory hazard assessment, which can provide critical input data to the design of hazardous gas sensor networks, development of emergency response plans to hazardous gas releases, and post-hazard investigations and as such will be vital for the proper evaluation of the safety measures of existing and new plants. This project is highly supported by ADNOC HSE. It is also a first example of an application of R&D completed in the UAE under ADNOC sponsorship, showcasing the increased innovation and knowledge in the country.

The networking opportunities that SOGAT provided were all well received, particularly the Conference Dinner hosted by ADNOC Gas Processing.

The event concluded with a Closing Keynote from Derek Ritchie of Shell, who kindly sponsored the Conference Proceedings, and spoke about the forthcoming challenges faced with sour field development.

The consensus of opinion was that that SOGAT 2018 achieved its main objective of providing a venue at which enhancing cost effective sour hydrocarbon management could be analyzed and applicability indicators were forthcoming and all involved expressed a desire to see this continued at future SOGAT events in the region.

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