2017 ANNA Conference - Austin Texas

ANNA 2017 Meeting Draws International Audience

Nearly 400 delegates from producer and supplier companies attended the 2017 ANNA Conference October 1-6 at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort in Lost Pines, Texas. Participants traveled from around the globe, with 33 countries represented at the five-day international event.

Industry Consultant Hans Reuvers (formerly of BASF) and Karl Hohenwarter (Borealis) coordinated an information-packed technical program that included 21 ammonium nitrate and 21 nitric acid presentations, delivered by an international group of experts. Presentations covered a wide range of topics, including Environment Control, Legislation, incident review and AN Safety to Nitric Acid Papers focusing on plant operation, gauze design, and abatement.

Meeting participants recognized “Use of Thermal Images to Identify Flow Problems in an AN Neutralizer” by Rodrigo Dias Goncalves (Vale Cubatão Fertilizantes) as the top presentation in the AN session. Two presentations, “Installation of a new expansion turbine” by Nils D’Hoker (Yara) and “LOMO SCR – installing abatement on a 1965 plant” by Don Hays (DynoNobel), tied for the meeting’s best Nitric Acid session presentation.

Chair David Hind of Orica applauded the high level of quality technical papers from around the world as well as the good technical discussion those presentations generated. “The roundtable on Pump Design and AN Safety was particularly interesting and stimulating to facilitate,” he observed. “Personally, for myself, the time we spent with the exhibitors discussing our projects and future activities at Orica was invaluable.” Early feedback regarding this year’s conference has been positive.

ANNA 2017 included another successful exhibit hall, where 70 suppliers presented potential solutions for challenges that producer engineers face in their operations. When participants weren’t attending technical sessions or in the hall interacting with vendors, they had the opportunity to visit the nearby historic downtown Austin or participate the annual ANNA Golf Scramble. According to Exhibitor Group President, Burke Allen, the tournament raised $2350 in charity funds raised, which will be matched by an ANNA member, ClimeCo. The beneficiary will be announced this winter. “Many thanks to those who gave generously,” he added.

There will be other opportunities to improve the meeting in the future, and one is already on the horizon. Hind announced the formation of ANNA-EU group, which will run ANNA’s Europe-based meetings in the future. That will start with the 2019 conference in Vienna, Austria, according to Hohenwarter an engineer with host company Borealis. Muriel Merchiers (GEMACO) will organize the exhibit hall for the next European ANNA Conference.

In the meantime, ANNA moves north to Calgary, Canada next fall, for a meeting graciously hosted by Orica. ANNA 2018 will be held September 16-21 at the Hyatt Calgary Downtown. “Calgary is a bustling city with lots to do and we are looking forward to another successful event,” noted Allen. “Come join us!” More information on ANNA 2018 will be available at an-na.org in March 2017. 

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