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GPAE Annual Conference 2024

GPAE Annual Conference Is on the Horizon

Join us 25-27 September 2024, Hilton Hotel Milan

3 days. Endless Ideas. Registration is coming soon!

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09:00 - 17:00
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Hilton Hotel, Via Luigi Galvani 12, Milan, 20124, Italy

Welcome to our Annual Conference

25 - 27 September 2024

Hilton Hotel, Milan


A conference and networking event organised by GPAE, organised for the European Gas Processing Industry.

One of the strengths of GPAE is the large number of people who have been active members of our organisation and the industry for many years.


The Programme

We are delighted to present our 3-day outline to you:







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Registration   Registration Registration
Young Professional Training Day Keynote Address Morning Session
Panel Discussion
Lunch Lunch & Registration Lunch & Networking Lunch & Networking
Young Professional Training Day Workshop Afternoon Session Afternoon Session
Welcome Drinks Reception Welcome Drinks Reception

Exhibitor Reception

Conference Dinner

Conference Close


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Workshop description

Overview of Net Zero and Renewables and Safety Aspects of Hydrogen

In this three-hour workshop organised by PetroSkills.

This half day workshop will initially explore available routes to the energy transition while considering CO2 reduction using various technologies such as Carbon Capture Utilisation & Storage (CCUS), wind, solar and geothermal.  The drivers for CCUS will be addressed as well as utilisation of wind turbine and solar farms with a brief overview of Hydrogen Colours and Energy Storage. 

The second part of the workshop will examine the differences between hydrogen and its derivatives in respect to safety.  Points of interest will include toxicity, leakage rates, flammability and damage mechanisms including hydrogen embrittlement.

The workshop is to be booked in conjunction with one of our conference passes.


Potential participants

This is a technical session. The session is intended for people in technical or business development roles who are courageous and confident enough to participate and contribute.

The numbers will be capped at 30 participants.

The workshop s aimed at experienced industry professionals (5+ years in industry).

If you are interested then don’t delay.


Workshop certificate

A Gas Processors Association Europe certificate will be issued to all attendees.


We are delighted to present our 2-day programme to you. Please note this is a provisional programme and subject to change. Information is being added regularly so do come back!



Delivering the Energy Transition to the Humber – Focus on Hydrogen

Speakers: Justin Alexander and Andy Plumb, Wood

The Humber region is a vital and hugely valuable part of the UK’s economy, leading it to being the most carbon intensive industrial cluster in the country. This paper focuses on the ambitious programs aiming to transform the region into a net zero carbon industrial region, an integral part of the UK’s pathway to Net Zero by 2050.

The paper will report specifically on Wood’s projects/studies for delivering hydrogen production to the Humber region – including Centrica’s Easington Gas Terminal and also the industrial cluster at Immingham - allowing for in-depth comparisons of Green and Blue hydrogen solutions.

In addition, the paper will present findings from the many projects and studies which Wood has delivered for multiple clients/consortia in the region, allowing for a comparative interrogation on the various approaches to decarbonisation. The paper will focus on Project Economics (in terms of which technologies are found to offer best value in terms of levelised cost of carbon abated) and Project Deliverability (in terms of project financing, supply chain, constructability, risks etc.).


Development of a Site-Assembled CO2 Absorber Column

Speaker: Esme Elman, Bechtel

Some potential sites for carbon capture are constrained by access, being located away from ports or other deep-water access. The one-piece absorber column design in Bechtel’s standard 1 million ton per year carbon capture plant design is over 65m high and 16.7m in diameter; to fabricate and test the one-piece absorber column in a low-cost location and then transport to an inland site would be challenging or impossible.

Bechtel has developed an alternative concept for an absorber column that can be assembled or fabricated on site to mitigate such logistics issues.

A range of construction methods were evaluated against criteria such as material cost, fabrication cost, ease of transport and ease of construction. Both circular and rectangular column geometries were evaluated, along with metallic and concrete materials with liners. A best technology selection report was produced with a range of disciplines, covering the various engineering, procurement and construction factors.


Syngas Conditioning and Decarbonisation: Design, Footprints, Safety and Emissions Criteria from Project Experience

Speakers: Syed Hasan and Sangeeta Ankam, Kent

Net Zero ambition can be realised by sustainable energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables such as Syngas that is derived from scalable Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) gasification units (350 ~ 600 ktpa) to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) or rDME as replacement to LPG.

This presentation defines opportunities for purification, decarbonisation and NOx abatement of Syngas facilities.  The Syngas post MSW gasification is cooled via Heat recovery steam generators (HRSG) for further removal of particulates, inorganic species and quenching followed by Compression via steam turbine driver.  The Syngas quality is enhanced in Water Shift reactor followed by Acid gases removal using Hydrolysis Reactor and Absorber column employing formulated amine that has higher acid gas loading capacity and mass transfer kinetics to achieve deep removal of both CO2 and H2S that are detrimental to Fischer-Tropsch (FT) Catalyst.  The traces of contaminants are removed in Adsorbent beds prior to conversion of Syngas to Hydrocarbon liquids in FT unit and product upgrading is achieved in Hydrocracking and Fractionation unit to enable SAF production.  The acid gas (CO2/H2S) is compressed in integrally geared machine with intermediate Sulphur removal via Absorber column and Dehydration through Adsorbent media.  The conditioned CO2 is fiscally metered and piped for sequestration whereas Sulphur cake is disposed of via trucks. The aforementioned integration for Syngas to SAF/rDME route enables efficient decarbonisation with inherent safety, minimum footprints, reduced Life cycle cost and lower GHG and NOx emissions.


Saipem’s Enzymatic Carbon Capture Technology: A Strategic Advance in Industrial Decarbonization

Speaker: Ligia Panà, Saipem

Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges of our time, requiring urgent action from all industrial sectors. As a global leader in engineering solutions, Saipem is committed to developing and implementing cutting-edge technologies that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and foster a sustainable future.

Introducing the enzymatic CO2 capture solution, Saipem demonstrates the vision and leadership in engineering a sustainable future, setting a new benchmark for environmental care.

The solution developed by Saipem is an innovative enzyme-catalysed carbon capture technology using a non-toxic and non-volatile solvent that excels in rapid CO2 absorption. The technology offers a unique, industrialized approach to decarbonization that combines sustainability, safety, and economic viability. Its modular and pre-engineered packages are a replicable, plug-and-play, perfect for quick and effective carbon-neutral transition, as it reduces onsite work and speeds up project timelines.

By harnessing the power of nature and innovation, the enzymatic carbon capture process can help a wide range of industrial sectors meet their environmental and economic goals and take a substantial step towards consistent environmental responsibility.

Furthermore, its innovative approach allows for the use of low-temperature heating medium for solvent regeneration, leading to OpEx reduction through integration with residual heat or low-grade geothermal sources.


Electrifying the Chemical Value Chain with Photocatalyst

Speaker: Trevor Best, Syzygy Plasmonics

Using a photocatalyst in an electrified reactor can increase efficiency in catalytic cracking and eliminate CO2/NOx emissions when powered by renewable electricity.

Photocatalyst rate has an exponential relationship with both temperature and photon Intensity.

An increase in photon intensity reduces the activation barrier even at a constant temperature, resulting in a higher reaction rate at lower temperatures.

Presenting point:

  • Photocatalyst (Mechanism of Catalysis with Antenna-Reactor Photocatalystphotocatalyst
  • Reactor Cell (Bulb vs LED: Luminous Efficacy vs Photon Efficiency)
  • Data review from test site’s
    • CO2 reforming 
    • Ammonia cracking
  • Technology for the electrification sector in Midstream/Downstream