Dr. Krouskop built a ProMax simulation for Richmond Refinery sour water plant in 2018 while I was managing the relief system revalidation and iPRSM migration project. His simulation came in very handy
in 3Q2018 when the reboiler on the ammonia stripper column failed to operate properly. A direct steam injection system was devised, but there was a need to assure that the relief valve on the
separator was adequate. All the while, the sour water could not be discharged because of the permit and was accumulating. The refinery shutdown would have been required because of the limited
onsite storage capacity. Peter’s ProMax simulation was utilized to calculate the required steam flow to satisfy the discharge permit requirement and to assure the required capacity from steam injection
did not exceed the existing valve capacity. This saved the refinery from shutting down, eliminating the potential transient conditions and saving millions of dollars.
- Joong M. Yang, P.E.
- Strategic Process Safety Audit Group
- Chevron U.S.A., Inc.
Ashis has been instrumental in helping me navigate my way through Promax. I have always been met with kindness by Ashis and an eagerness to help with any problem. I would recommend Ashis to anybody who is
looking for support as his assistance to me has been invaluable and I will continue to rely on his expertise in the future.
- Kyle Wilson
- Production Engineer
- Hunt Oil Company
I’ve been throughly impressed with ProMax and its user friendliness. ProMax also predicts performance of Sulphur blocks really well. Most importantly, I love how they are not just a software company, but a
consultancy firm as well. Their technical support and training have been top notch. From helping us to build entire models of facilities to sharing their invaluable experience, you can definitely rely on them. And
all these are provided at no extra cost to us!
- Process Advisor, Engineering Services
This was an excellent course taught by an excellent instructor. ProMax/BR&E always prepares wonderful training exercises that teach the user how to set up the models correctly and efficiently.
Every time I leave a BR&E training course I am a better user of the ProMax software.
- Robert Cotton
- EagleClaw Midstream
I’m very impressed with BR&E and ProMax! ProMax is very user-friendly, and it is readily apparent that a lot of good science and engineering went into the program. The
level and quality of support is also outstanding! Stacy is wonderful - she is very knowledgeable and well-spoken. I’m very satisfied with this training course,
and I look forward to using ProMax more in the future!
- Kirsten Marble
- Extraction Oil & Gas
I love the team teaching approach. Stacy and Matt were fantastic.
The interactive approach makes it much more interesting and useful than if we just received lectures. Overall, Excellent Job!
BR&E support has helped me immensely in setting up a recent Cryogenic Gas Processing model. They took my concept of critical variables for the operation of a Recycle Split Vapor (RSV) Cryogenic plant and programmed the critical points for easy and convenient determination when running the model. This model will be used to develop operational plans for switching between ethane recovery and rejection when we build the plant as well as test its operational and mechanical limits.
The support team was very knowledgeable concerning the RSV process design and he communicated the process and its variables very well as they worked on development of the model. This is why I appreciate the ProMax simulation software. Even better, they were knowledgeable about the programming approach to take within the model to establish the process limits using multiple variables.
The knowledge and service behind the software makes it the very best tool for the process work and operations we deal with at Aka Energy.
- Randal Askey
- Aka Energy LLC
I really enjoy and appreciate the classes and help offered by BR&E. It makes using and efficiently applying ProMax easier and less stressful.
- Meghan Way
- Air Basics, Inc.
Great instructors, knowledgeable, friendly, and passionate!
- Kaylie Hughes
- Kahuna Ventures
Good course- BR&E personnel are outstanding!
Fantastic course! Great instruction and very helpful instructors who made it easier to understand. I felt very comfortable asking questions.
Great presenters. Very knowledgeable about ProMax and the ways to use the software. Best I’ve seen.
Great material to learn how to use the software. I look forward to more advanced training, and learning the capabilities of the software.
- Fernando Pedraza
Very well presented! Pace of the course was perfect and the material covered was great for an introductory course.
- Chris Clausen
- GasTech Engineering LLC
Thanks for a useful and wonderful class. Good depth of coverage, good pace, and good delivery.
- Andy Moore
- Windward Engineering
Course and instructor were good for my engineering group. I believe they were challenged and learned new things about this powerful tool.
Great class! Plenty of helpful tips and knowledge for a first time user. Looking forward to the update and the additional work it will give me!
- Ryan Hornak
- Alta Mesa Holdings, LP
Great course….great program…great material…great instructors… Thanks!
- Brett Davis
- Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality
I LOVED this class! I learned a lot about how to use ProMax and about the engineering and oil and gas knowledge behind all the program capabilities.
- Stephanie Ellis
- PDC Energy
Great course, very thoroughly explained all aspects of curriculum and went through exercises in great detail.
I have had experience with other process simulation software. This software seems more logical and user-friendly than the software that I used previously. I was impressed with the knowledge base of both instructors including the utilization of the software and how to apply it.
- Valerie Plachy
- Tetra Tech
Good course. Knowledgeable instructors. All the individual help that you need is cheerfully provided.
- Tracy Moore
- Ramboll Environ
The instructors were very knowledgeable, helpful, and genuinely concerned about the attendees understanding the training and being able to correctly use the software for their various needs in the future.
I learned a lot from Jordan and Zach about plants.
I took more away from this class than most
because of the in-depth explanation of not only the "why" but the "how" gas plants work.
- Wade Childress
- Caiman/ Blue Racer
This is a really helpful course for all levels of engineers.
Zach, Stacy, and the whole team did an outstanding job covering a broad overview of the software with relevant examples that illustrated the functionality of the software. They were patient, all willing to field any questions.
I will definitely recommend this course to any new engineer or employee who will need to run simulations.
I absolutely love this program, and can see the massive potential it has in assisting with calculating, modeling, problem solving, and planning. I would love to learn more about it.
- John Dupre
- Louisiana Dept. of Environmental Quality
Great course. Every question well-addressed by both instructors. Impressed by basic additional training and explanations shared about other
processes in gas processing and sulfur recovery. I learned the clear capabilities and benefits of using the ProMax simulation tool and
the access to your knowledgeable support team.
- Elena Truffa
- UOP - Honeywell
Very helpful course to get a basic understanding of the ProMax software and the user interface. I like the connection with Microsoft Office.
Awesome course, learned a ton that will be directly useful in my work, and things that may be useful in my future as well.
The class was enjoyable. The BR&E employees were very approachable and knew how to troubleshoot all problems. Jordan was very
knowledgeable and friendly. Thank you for this opportunity.
- Hailee Smith
- Energy Transfer
Overall, ProMax is very user-friendly and easy to use. I like that the software provides information that I would normally need to figure by hand,
such as line sizing and pressure profiles along pipes. I also like how Excel is incorporated into the software to provide easy extraction of data.
Very well taught! You guys had an incredible amount of patience and were able to explain in terms everyone can understand.
- Katherine Ramsey
- EnLink Midstream
An excellent course delivered by a competent instructor. The course was at a good pace and the instructor was very helpful with questions and help on any topic. The instructor made the course – very knowledgeable and good at explaining.
- Syed Mohamid Raza Quadri
- Abu Dhabi Gas Development Company
Thank you for coming to our office to offer this training. I hope we can host another course in the future.
- Scott Sauter
- Apache Corporation
ProMax has been a useful tool for our company. I would emphasize how well the results compare to other simulators in the market as well as
the prompt responses from the BR&E Technical Support team for our particular requirements. They have helped us build custom reports and VBA
code to solve particular simulation issues, process simulation templates for recurring jobs and highly customized simulation models for
not-so-common applications in our industry. These tools have not only improved our decision making process, but also have saved us time in
our projects’ workflow.
- Luis A. Torres Melchor, P.E.
- ARC Energy Consulting
The ProMax report generator saves me a lot of time when I am putting together heat and material balances for clients for units simulated
by ProMax. I can export all of the composition and property data I need for the whole model all at once, spending five minutes instead
of hours. BR&E even made the template for us to our specifications.
The custom heat and material balance report that BR&E provided us has saved us a considerable amount of time. We worked with them through a
few variations in order to get a report that perfectly satisfies our internal and external (client) needs. The report exports what we
need into Excel and then the Excel macro applies consistent formatting. Once we get our model completed, each report takes us less than
5 minutes to run, format and publish. When our model is updated, we are able to easily re-run the report and generate a new heat
and material balance in a flash.
- Marta West, PE
- Samuel Engineering
Excellent course with a very clear explanation of the Turbo Expander process developed step-by-step from JT process. I would highly recommend
this course for all process engineers who would like to do gas processing, especially in NGL extraction.
- Toan Nguyen
- Universal Pegasus International
Great introductory course to ProMax. Good overview of the program’s capabilities. [The instructor] did a
great job explaining the functionality and helping us understand how ProMax could be best used for our purposes.
- Alyssa Najewicz
- Sunoco Logistics
Good course. I had never used ProMax before and now I feel confident to use it. The examples are super helpful and I’m glad to see that the help button is so well done.
I thought all of the presenters were very knowledgeable and explained complex material in a fun, easy to understand format. Thanks for a great class!
- Jesse Snyder
- Summit Midstream
The scope of capabilities of ProMax is vast. This is a good foundation class that stresses inputs and good practices. I think it will serve as a good base for more particular modeling within ProMax.
I love the clear step-by-step discussion when solving the examples. I feel like the instructor creates an environment where I feel comfortable asking questions as she progresses through the example. I also appreciate that we utilize the pre-programmed examples and not just the course exercises because it helps me get familiar with all that is available to me.
Very good course. Kudos for providing continued excellent support to the industry.
- Arun Parihar
- DSME Offshore Eng Corp
Enjoyed the course;
All ProMax personnel have been very helpful
and know the software very well.
- David Parsons
- Gas Processing, Inc.
Very helpful session;
ProMax is quickly becoming our go-to process simulator.
I greatly appreciate the willingness to help the users succeed in our projects.
- Jung Choi
- GIS Engineering
Great introduction to ProMax and
applicability to air compliance. Very informative, patient, and knowledgeable instructor. Worked very well as a team.
ProMax training has helped immensely, it opens so many doors for future projects.
- Grant Sullivan
- Canyon Midstream Partners
I have truly enjoyed this training. Even though I had never used ProMax before, I picked up things quickly. All of you were extremely helpful, very knowledgeable and
made us think through all the material versus just giving an answer.
- Diane Stephanie Holton
- Chiyoda International Corporation
Excellent instructor: knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and friendly. Best simulation software course I have attended.
- Steven O’Krancy
- Worley Parsons
Great job! As an operations engineer, I wasn’t sure how much of this class would apply to me, but most all of it did!
Good pace and explanation!
- Regan Winstead
- Energy Transfer
Great introduction to ProMax and applicability to Air compliance. Very informative, patient, and knowledgeable instructor. Worked very well as a team.
The BR&E engineers are full of answers and very helpful. I can’t express how much I appreciate the learning opportunities.
Best training I have received to date from any company, both in covering ProMax and process details.
- Edward McDowell
- Enterprise Products
I thought the course was educational, engaging, and interesting. The instructors were phenomenal and seemed knowledgeable on all
subjects/issues that came up. I will continue to recommend that Black & Veatch new professionals take this course.
- Amanda O’Dell
- Black & Veatch
I really like that ProMax interfaces with Microsoft Office. It is nice
to use ProMax’s powerful software with the familiar formatting/interface of programs such as Visio and Excel.
- Scott Tettambel
- Black & Veatch
The instructors were fantastic. Very helpful and informative! I could tell that they genuinely care about their product. This was 3
days well spent!
- Nathan Duda
- Black & Veatch
Great tech support and a great software, made possible by great people! Thank you!
- Chuck Sheppard
- Select Engineering
The [BRE 101: Oil & Gas] was a very good course. The trainer was outstanding with pace, monitoring, keys, and making sure that
information was delivered clearly and specifically. The trainer’s help definitely kept the class moving forward, providing
individual attention as needed. I look forward to taking additional courses.
- Charles Massingale
- DCP Midstream
BR&E has an extremely knowledgeable staff with interpersonal skills that are hard to come by.
Excellent presenters at the course.
- Eric Braithwaite
- Halff Tritex, Inc.
This has been an excellent class for me as someone who has never used ProMax before. Of the dozen courses I have taken in my
Facilities Engineer career, I would rate this towards the top. I enjoyed practicing on relevant examples, using sample files, and the
openness of the instructors throughout the course. The instructors were very good at clearly and intuitively explaining the topics and concepts.
- Bryan McCurry
- Pioneer Natural Resources USA, Inc.
The BRE 201 Gas Processing was a great course with great instructors. I would highly recommend this course.
- Andy Moore, P.E.
- Windward Engineering PLLC
The LNG course was excellent and the presentation and presenters were great. The course was challenging in a good way, delivering knowledge
and training at an advanced level. The presenter’s know-how was evident, and increased the value gained from the course.
- John McHugh
- Eni E&P Engineering, Ltd.
Excellent learning exercises. Thanks to BR&E for providing opportunities to learn and understand ProMax simulation software in this difficult economic time.
Your one-on-one guidance makes the course very productive particularly for the less experienced. I started as a infrequent user, but am now
very confident of handling complex projects.
This course was well worth my time. As a new engineer, I found the software more user-friendly than expected, and every time someone in class identified an area for improvement, it seemed the fix was coming out already. The examples were useful and accompanied by sufficient explanation to learn about ProMax, even where the concepts were something I don’t usually encounter at work.
- Chelsea Grimm
- EOG Resources
Class moved quickly and covered a lot of material. The speed of the course was ideal to cover the maximum amount of material while
making sure the class didn’t consume too many working days. The instructors were excellent and very helpful.
The course [Level 2: Gas Processing] was very helpful and informative. BR&E customer service never disappoints.
- Cameron Berg
- Energy Transfer
I appreciate the course instructor. Not only did he go over how to use ProMax, but he went over the Engineering aspect which was a
good refresher. I would recommend this course to my colleagues.
- Fadekemi Osideinde
- Hunt, Guillot and Associates
This is the most user friendly process simulator I have been exposed to and also
your team does a top notch job at helping people learn to use it.
- Wayne Shortle
- Southwestern Energy
Upon completion of this course, I feel confident with the program. Instructors were fantastic.
This is easily the best training I’ve ever been to!
- Traci Mikes
- EOG Resources, Inc.
We hosted the BR&E ProMax Level 1 training class last week in Baton Rouge. I have been to several of your training classes
hosted by Cory in the past. I had a great appreciation for Cory, as did many of my colleagues. We were doubtful that anyone could
fill his boots so to speak. However, everyone in our group was thoroughly impressed with Zach and Stacy. They did a wonderful job of
conducting the course. They also did a great job of handling some rather difficult questions, and they followed those questions up with
research and one-on-one discussion during breaks. It was a good learning experience, even for those of us with years of ProMax modeling
in the natural gas industry.
I would say that BR&E has the best training and customer technical support available in the simulation industry.
Your team is always a pleasure to work with and extremely knowledgeable. These two certainly represented your company very well in my opinion.
- Shaun McKay, P.E.
- Principal Process Engineer
- Oil and Gas
- Baton Rouge, Louisiana
I have to thank BR&E for providing VBA extensibility in Promax, it's such a great and
easy way of playing and handling nearly all simulator parameters that any chemical process engineer would ever like to.
Optimization and automatization tasks are so easy to achieve and absolutely fun to
code. Microsoft Visio and Excel built-in support allows flawless integration and naturally drives coding-prone users to use
powerful languages like C# and Visual Basic .NET.
In my company I have personally coded in VBA and .NET to access and use the Promax object model directly in the simulation or in
order to develop stand-alone executables which we currently use to minimize human-error and simulation development time. What a great tool!
- Mauro A. Galbiati
- Process Engineers Coordinator
- Siirtec Nigi S.p.A.
- Milan, Italy
The VBA interactions with ProMax features enables us to quickly transfer data to and from our ACTS application,
greatly reducing transcription errors and providing a much more seamless experience for users of both ACTS and ProMax.
- Gregory George
- Head of Product Development
- Ecocion, Inc.
- Denver, Colorado
Besides being a vital tool to determine and evaluate different gas treating processes,
ProMax offers a great deal of technical support with very short response times and comprehensive follow up.
In DYPROTEC we use [ProMax] for dew-point control analyses, dehydration, and naphtha stabilization to evaluate the feasibility of projects.
Additionally, ProMax allows us to verify the operating conditions and the efficiency of processes already installed,
so we can offer outstanding support to our clients. We are very happy with the software, service and support that ProMax brings to our company.
- Adriana Cano Andrade
- Sr. Process Engineer
- DYPROTEC, Colombia
I have found Bryan Research & Engineering to be a very helpful company. Their product, ProMax, is intuitive and adaptable – two adjectives
not typically given to process simulators. BR&E’s real strength comes from their staff, a uniquely competent and well-trained group of engineers.
The staff is able to quickly and easily demonstrate the power of ProMax. In my experience, I have been able to increasingly propose
alternative solutions by talking with BR&E’s engineering staff. I highly recommend their products and people.
- Dennis Lindberg
- Senior Facilities Engineer
- SM Energy
- Billings, Montana
I am an oil and gas facilities engineer and construction project manager. I have used ProMax®
for several years and really enjoy BR&E’s software and incredible customer support.
Recently, I needed a process simulation of a complex facility (amine, dehy, cryo, stabilization)
we planned to build. I needed the ability to accurately simulate off-design situations such as
alternate gas sources and varying inlet flow rates to assure the design was employing
adequately-sized equipment. Building a model of this complexity is something I could not efficiently
do even if I had the time to work on it.
The folks at BR&E are really good at this sort of work, so I called just to see how much they would
charge to model this facility according to my requirements. I was delightfully surprised to learn that
they do [build models] for free for their operating company clients. My BR&E salesman prepared the model
in a very reasonable amount of time. He was very helpful at answering my questions about the
simulation and making slight modifications as needed. The model’s detail and simplicity
exceeded my expectations and the staff answered all of my questions.
In the past, I have attended several of their free training classes. I’ve always had great
technical support for simulations or even gas processing questions. You might think you are
simply leasing simulation software with BR&E, but you are actually getting much more
(valuable service and gas processing expertise) when you choose ProMax®.
- Raymond E. Penderson, P.E.
- Senior Engineer
- Atlas Pipeline Mid-Continent, LLC
- Tulsa, Oklahoma (USA)
I want to sincerely thank you for all your support and to BR&E for ProMax. With 150 plus
Mechanical Refrigeration Units (MRU’s) in the field operating over a wide range of conditions,
the software is proving itself invaluable in sizing the applications. The estimated
liquid recoveries and operating conditions allow us to provide quotes and applications with
confidence and accuracy. We also used ProMax extensively in the design of a new MRU capable of
processing up to 15 mmscf/day, as well as a fleet of NGL stabilizers that will be available
in the near future. These results were used to provide solid supporting documentation for
AFE’s and final approval to proceed with the build out of these new MRU’s.
At this time we run seven to ten applications a week, with multiple cases per application.
To date, we have not set an MRU or stabilizer that did not perform as [modeled].
We also use ProMax to provide updates and forecasts to operators whose conditions are changing.
This allows us to forecast when we need to upsize or downsize the MRU’s to continue providing
the best MRU for the application. Again, this would not have been possible without the ability to
perform rigorous modeling of the heat exchanger duties and pressure drops.
- Tim Shackelford
- Kinder Morgan Treating
- Tyler, Texas
The ProMax software provided by Bryan Research & Engineering has been used as a
process tool by Gas Liquids Engineering for almost 20 years. BR&E continues to improve
their software accuracy year after year in the areas we are concerned, giving us more
confidence to effectively satisfy our clients’ needs. Perhaps the greatest
tangible benefit is their excellent customer support. We can and do depend on them to
quickly and effectively answer our simulation issues. I would not want to operate our
business without this simulation tool and BR&E’s services in our arsenal.
- Jim Maddocks, P.Eng., PMP
- V.P., Engineering
- Gas Liquids Engineering Ltd.
The model helped us to make a final project decision and we were able to remove the
proposed new amine column completely. We were able to predict the real impact on
mercaptans carry-over into our sales gas more confidently using ProMax. The total project
savings amounted to approximately $24 million. With your help we were able to complete
three months of engineering work in half the time.
…I am proficient with [a number of process simulators], but I never receive the
technical assistance like I have experienced with BR&E. In most cases I am satisfied
if they can simply solve my technical problem, but with BR&E, I experience something
extra and we at WorleyParsons Kazakhstan appreciate it.
- Vernon Adams
- Sr. Process Engineer
- WorleyParsons Kazakhstan, LLP
I have been using ProMax for over a year to design gas processing and treating plants as a
process engineer and primary simulation expert at S-Con, Inc. BR&E provides
unparalleled technical support and assistance. They have been extremely receptive to my
requests for improvements to the program and have delivered rapid results.
ProMax is an essential tool that I use on a daily basis and it is with great pleasure that
I recommend the software.
- Adam R. Baxter, P.E.
- Process Engineer
- S-Con, Inc.
- Bryan, Texas
I would like to compliment you and your company on the excellent software package you developed.
I've experienced other process simulation software in the past and have yet to find one that
equals the accuracy and user friendliness of ProMax. This software has literally rejuvenated
my love for engineering. This software, used in conjunction with a solid understanding of
basic engineering principle, is a very effective tool. I've simulated most all the processes
within our company and continue to be amazed on how closely I'm able to match
actual plant conditions. The facilities that are using my simulation information to operate their
Cryo process are seeing significant recovery improvements and are amazed themselves by the accuracy.
I actually have plant operators (30 year vets) that are running outside their normal
operating parameters and are achieving recoveries that were once thought unachievable.
This software is literally affecting our bottom line and is worth every penny..............
- Guy Gage
- Southern Union Company
ProMax is one of the best Process Simulators I have ever used. It is accurate,
technologically advanced, creates awesome reports and is easy to use.
The technical support is very good, usually I receive an answer in minutes.
I feel like they are part of my team.
- Manuel Del Villar
- Sr Process/Specialist Engineer
- ICA Fluor
The highlight of this professional hands-on training was having knowledgeable,
efficient instructors and assistants available. The exercises are well-designed
and enriched with information that makes the training very useful.
- Jie Yu
- Houston, TX
I am a veteran Process Engineer and Consultant (Chemical) with over 18 years of experience in several major industries
(from tall oil/vacuum distillation to natural gas/oil refining; both processing and design).
As a result, I am very familiar with most, if not all, of the process simulators in the market place.
I can assure you, one cannot find a single product in the market place that delivers the total package for
process simulation like BR&E’s ProMax does.
ProMax is easy to use and implement. I have peers in other engineering disciplines [who use ProMax] that are up and
running in-depth constraint and design calculations in hours. Anyone who can use a Windows product with a desire to
learn the package will be successful. The learning curve is almost non-existent. What learning curve there is can
be picked up by new engineers within hours or days. To top it off, if one runs into “snags”, the
technical support is without equal and your problem will likely be solved over a phone call in minutes.
Finally, if one looks at “bang for the buck” for your process simulation dollar, BR&E’s ProMax is
so far ahead of anything I am aware of in the market place that they are not on the same planet. You cannot go wrong if you
invest your process simulation budget in BR&E software.
- Rob Wood
- Asset Engineer
- DCP Midstream
- Ruston, LA
We are using ProMax® for various troubleshooting projects and for developing schemes related to profit and reliability.
We found this software excellent in predicting reliable results and it is quite user friendly. We are quite satisfied with
the training and support provided by the technical department of Bryan Research & Engineering. We are looking forward
to more training programs in India in the future.
- Koonal Basu
- Central Technical Services
- Sulphur Complex (SEZ)
- Reliance Industries Limited
- Jamnagar, Gujarat (India)
We have used ProMax® for over five years to successfully simulate, model, design and optimize
gas sweetening units as well as gas dehydration plants. Indeed, as a company specialized in the
gas treating area in Venezuela, we are very satisfied with the use of this simulation package.
The software is easy and user friendly. BR&E offers continuous and valuable technical assistance
when customers are trying to setup a simulation or cases where a tailored report is needed.
- M.S. ChE Carlos E. Garcia C.
- Technical Manager
- International Procurement Services, IPS, C.A.
BR&E not only provides the highest quality and accurate software for gas processing and treatment,
but has really built its reputation within Saudi Aramco as a top notch resource for outstanding technical support.
The level of knowledge BR&E has, especially about sour gas processes, is only surpassed by their
willingness to share it with us out of a genuine desire to improve our engineers and our operations.
BR&E has trained well over 30 of our engineers, with the most common feedback being BR&E’s
desire not to just teach us how to use a simulator, but how to improve our engineering skills and plant operations.
I whole-heartedly recommend any company or engineer with the opportunity to use ProMax to do so. You will be
impressed with the level of service and support you will receive, not to mention the precision ProMax provides.
ProMax is not just a simulator. It is an entire team of process engineers working for you. Quite simply,
BR&E cares about your company’s success.
- Ismail Alami
- Supervisor, Gas Processing
- Saudi Aramco
- Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
For more than 10 years, BR&E through PROSIM/TSWEET and now ProMax has helped us in all our
projects specifically those related to Amine units and Claus units. [ProMax] is a very powerful
tool that helps us reach our goals.
- Phillip Albrecht
- Head of Process Engineering
During the first half of 2011 we commissioned an amine gas sweetening plant in Lekhwair, North Oman.
For more than 3 months, the operations and commissioning team could not achieve stable operation of the
amine train due to continuous foaming of solution in the contactor. There were signs of hydrocarbon entrainment;
however, the team could not understand how this was happening since the dT between the lean amine and the
sour gas was kept at a safe margin to insure no HC condensation in the absorber. The output of the
amine plant model, which was built using ProMax® by our young engineer Zamzam Amry, gave us the first clue
that some HC can still be absorbed by active MDEA. To tackle this issue, the commissioning team dropped the
amine circulation rate from a design set point. As a result, the gas sweetening process was
immediately stabilized. The plant was successfully commissioned shortly thereafter. Later, Zamzam further
studied the phenomena by modeling the same situation using ProMax and another simulator. Only the ProMax
model accurately reflected the issue and realistically predicted the process behavior. I would also like to
compliment the user-friendly design of ProMax as well as the excellent customer support we continuously
receive from Bryan Research & Engineering.
- Yerbol Seifullin
- Sr. Process Engineer
- Process Optimization Support Team
- Petroleum Development of Oman LLC