69th Annual Laurance Reid Gas Conditioning Conference Highlights Innovation


69th Annual Laurance Reid Gas Conditioning Conference Highlights Innovation

The 69th Annual Laurance Reid Gas Conditioning Conference (LRGCC), which took place Feb. 26-28 at the National Center for Employee Development in Norman, highlighted the continued innovation of processes in the gas processing, gas conditioning and gas sweetening industries.

This year, 325 professionals from 15 countries attended the conference, many of whom either work in or with the gas processing or refining industries as part of gas operating and refining companies, engineering and construction companies, consultants and technology providers, service and supply companies and academia.

Eighteen papers and posters were presented by professionals representing a variety of industry-leading companies, covering topics as varied as the fundamentals of gas sweetening and amine treating, advances in vapor recovery technology and vapor control solutions for upstream oil and gas production.

“We had a great mix of papers this year,” said Lily Martinez, LRGCC program director, “including papers on solutions to real-world problems, papers on cutting-edge products and processes, and papers describing design practices and strategies to maximize value.”

LRGCC Scholarship RecipientsA highlight of the event was the presentation of LRGCC scholarships to four OU Gallogly College of Engineering students during the LRGCC evening reception, which took place at the OU Football Stadium Club. Chemical Engineering seniors David Chem, Elijah Defferari, Lehlohonolo “Lucky” Khetheng and Dean Rufeisen received the awards, which were sponsored by Sulphur Experts, Goar Sulfur Services and Assistance, Fluid Clarification and the Laurance Reid Family Foundation.

Throughout the conference, attendees were also able to stay up-to-date on events via LRGCC’s newly-updated Twitter and LinkedIn pages, as well as electronic daily agendas that were emailed to participants each morning.

“I got a lot of compliments on our daily agendas,” Martinez said. “There were many attendees who liked checking their emails with an agenda about the conference every morning. It helped them plan their day and remain engaged throughout the conference.

“We have also created a sub-committee for our future social media messaging, and we’ll use it to send out information for the 2020 LRGCC.”

Founded in 1951 as the Gas Conditioning Conference by Laurance Reid, an industry leader in the science of gas treatment and OU professor of Chemical Engineering, the conference was named after him when he stepped down as chairman in 1986. It has grown into one of the leading forums for new ideas, operations and development for the preparation and purification of natural gasses and other important fuels.

Recognized as a premier conference for gas industry professionals, LRGCC also serves as a leading forum for sharing new ideas in the industry. Since its inception, the conference has presented more than a thousand papers and continues to remain committed to abiding by Reid’s original guidelines—keep the conference small, encourage a free exchange of ideas and emphasize practical operations, not research.

For more information about the Laurance Reid Gas Conditioning Conference, visit pacs.ou.edu/lrgcc.

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