Author: Mark Brouwer

Mark Brouwer

Process & Safety Engineer, Urea Expert

Mark has over 25 years of licensing,  revamping, engineering and consultancy experience in urea projects. He has been visiting more than 100 urea plants located in almost all continents. Mark has experience in all project phases starting from Concept and Front End Engineering (FEED) through Commissioning and Operation. He is a Master of Chemical Engineering, Post Bachelor in Safety for Engineers, Marketing and Business Strategy Courses at the Rotterdam School of Management and a Member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE). Mark has extensive experience in revamp studies, engineering and process safety consultancy services to EPCM companies and urea plants including the preparation of Revamp and Plant Assessment and Safety Reports, hazard identification and analysis, troubleshooting, risk registers, corrosion inspections, procurement services, training services, etc. Mark’s expertise are Process technology, Corrosion, Licensing, Engineering, Revamping, Marketing, Sales, Contract negotiations, Troubleshooting, Project Management, International business, Safety, high pressure urea valves, high pressure urea equipment. Mark has provided extensive training programs to more than 1000 urea engineers, managers,  (shift)supervisors and operators from all over world. Mark has published numerous technical papers in reputable industry magazines and presented at numerous CRU Nitrogen & Syngas and AICHE Ammonia Safety Conferences.

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    Courses by Mark Brouwer:

    €400
    1 lesson with 7 topics

    This training course will discuss the explosion risks in any urea plant. How to read and configure explosion diagrams. In which plant section explosion risks are present and what measures one can take to prevent and mitigate explosions. We will guide you through the process to illustrate where and why explosion risks exist and discuss upset conditions and incidents where an explosion did occur.

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    €350
    2 modules with 15 lessons

    Understanding thermodynamics and phase diagrams are vital to understand why a urea plant is designed as it is and why it reacts on disturbances as it does. This course will support managers, engineers, (shift) supervisors and operators to optimize the operating conditions leading to higher safety and reliability and better performance figures of any kind of urea plant.

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    €950
    4 modules with 37 lessons

    You will learn about the various types of fertilizers, the various fertilizer production technologies and fertilizer finishing technologies with its pros and cons, the role of fertilizers, the market trends and players in the fertilizer business and the hazards of the various fertilizers and fertilizer production technologies.

    The role of nitrogen and environmental consequences as well as Green House Gas emissions will also be discussed.

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    €300
    2 modules with 14 lessons

    How to Improve the Urea Product Quality?

    This training course will discuss the various forms of solid urea products and its challenges. It is will discuss the fundamentals of caking and how to prevent and mitigate caking effects. Further it will elaborate in detail the cooling process in a prilling tower and during storage and transportation. How the moisture content in the final urea products (prills and granules) can be influenced. What are the various product strength parameters and how these can be improved. Recommendations are shared to store and ship urea product and an innovative proven solution to reduce dust is presented.

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    €300
    2 modules with 12 lessons

    Best Practices for High-pressure Valves in Urea Plants

    This training course will discuss the challenges high pressure valves face and its consequences for the choice of materials of construction.

    What are the typical features of high pressure control and manual valves and its best practices in design, installation, operation and maintenance.

    Further several troubleshooting and safety incident cases will be discussed in detail.

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    €250
    1 module with 4 lessons

    How to improve the conversion in the urea reactor

    This training course will discuss the operating and control philosophy of the high pressure urea reactor in any urea plant. How to determine the reactor conversion, what can be the causes  for a low reactor conversion and what measures one can take to improve the reactor conversion.

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    €250
    1 module with 4 lessons

    How to improve the stripper efficiency?

    This training course will discuss the operating and control philosophy of the high-pressure CO2 and NH3 stripper in urea plants. How to identify a low stripper efficiency in a high-pressure CO2 and NH3 stripper and what can be the causes  for a low stripper efficiency and what measures one can take to improve the stripper efficiency.

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