Save the Date: CGA 2021 Safety and Reliability of Industrial Gases, Equipment, and Facilities Seminar

October 12-13, 2021
McLean, Virginia
(part of the CGAConnect 2021 family of online events; limited capacity in-person registrations also available)

July 30, 2021

Since the founding of the Compressed Gas Association (CGA) in 1913, it has been our mission to promote ever improving safe, secure, and environmentally responsible manufacture, transportation, storage, transfilling, and disposal of industrial, medical, and food gases and their containers. Consistent with that mission, CGA is proud to present the 2021 Safety & Reliability of Industrial Gases, Equipment, and Facilities Seminar on October 12-13, 2021.

CGA’s longest running seminar – first held in 1962 – returns this year as both a two-day webinar series, and as a limited capacity in-person event hosted by CGA at our new headquarters in McLean, Virginia. The seminar is open to CGA members and members of affiliated associations.

The event focuses on improving the safe operation of air separation facilities and processes. Industry experts from around the world will present, sharing insights on a range of topics, including:

  • HYCO plant catalyst safety and design considerations for safe operation
  • Project safety review process
  • Enhancement of safety programs
  • Cold box casing safety upgrade program
  • Quality assurance of instrument tubing support bracket fabrication/installation
  • Spillage detection and management for flat bottom storage tanks
  • Retrofit barrier designs for oxygen compressors
  • Nitrous oxide reactor relief valves
  • High pressure oxygen pipelines
  • Oxygen system safety improvements
  • Liquid disposal systems
  • Cryogenic liquid dump vaporizers

The 2021 Safety & Reliability Seminar will also include a panel discussion on the safe design and operation of flat bottom tanks.

Who Should Participate?

Plant managers, designers, engineers, operators, safety personnel, and anyone who interacts with air separation operations and processes.

Safety & Reliability Seminar Sponsorship Program

For the first time this year, a limited number of sponsorships will be made available for this event. By helping to underwrite live streaming and other program costs, sponsoring companies demonstrate their commitment to industry safety, while enabling CGA to make this invaluable programming available to a wider audience.

Last year, 118 individuals from 17 countries across the globe participated in the 2-day, all-virtual 2020 Safety & Reliability Seminar – almost double the number of people who attended the 2019 seminar, which was held in the traditional in-person format. We are hoping to match or exceed last year’s participation numbers for our 2021 hybrid event. Sponsors can help us to achieve that goal.

Event sponsorships will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and are available only to CGA member companies. To learn more, contact Sarah Saunders, CGA’s Director of Marketing and Communications, at 703-395-0696. Full sponsorship program details will be published soon.

Meeting Schedule and Program

Meeting schedule and program as of July 29, 2021; subject to change.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

8:00AM-5:30PM – General Session

General Session Presentations

Safe Catalyst Handling in HYCO Plants

Oliver Smith, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

Reverse Flow of Flue Gas in SMR Furnaces

Eric Wolfgang, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

HYCO Plant Design Considerations for Safe Operation
Lindsey Turney, Air Liquide
Project Safety Review Process

Ricardo Aldana, Messer North America

Smart Glasses AR – Enhancement of Safety Programs

Manolis Koutsourelakis, Linde Hellas

Air Liquide Cold Box Casing Safety Upgrade Program

Dr. John A. Somavarapu, Air Liquide

Quality Assurance of Instrument Tubing Support Bracket Fabrication/Installation
Gill Craig, Messer North America
Prevention of Safety Incidents in Deoxo Argon Systems

Florent Le Clainche, Air Liquide

Cryogenic Spillage Detection and Management for Flat Bottomed Storage Tanks

May-Yee Wendy Yip, Air Liquide

Creative Retrofit Barrier Designs for Oxygen Compressors

Patrick Smith, Air Product and Chemicals, Inc.

Oxygen Fire in a Process Control Valve

Jim White, Linde PLC

Nitrous Oxide Reactor Relief Valve Study

John Romer, Linde PLC

Panel Discussion – Safe Design and Operation of Flat Bottom Tanks
Sudhir Phakey, Linde PLC; Dr. John Somavarapu, Air Liquide; Kevin Tapsfield, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

8:00AM-12:00PM – General Session

General Session Presentations

High Pressure Oxygen Pipeline Combustion
Jerry Lu, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
Oxygen System Safety Improvements

Erik Hendrickx, Air Liquide

ASU Oxygen Fire at Check Valve at LOX IC Pump Discharge

Sven Erhardt, Linde GmbH

Major Failure Inside an Air Distillation Column: Lessons from Incident
Timothy Wong, Messer North America
Liquid Disposal Systems: Incident Lessons and Best Practice Discussion
Walt Mishkovsky, Messer North America
Cryogenic Liquid Dump Vaporizer Incident

Pierre Petit, Air Liquide

Failure of a Brazed Joint Between a Bronze Valve Body and Stainless Steel Pipe
Anna Wehr-Aukland, Linde PLC

Whether you attend virtually or in-person, we hope to see you at this event, which has long played a crucial role in advancing safety in our industry.

So mark your calendars and start your planning now!