Author: Venkat Pattabathula

Venkat Pattabathula

Ammonia Process Consultant

Venkat Pattabathula has more than 35 years of experience in nitrogen manufacturing industry in various parts of the world such as Asia, North America, and Australia. Extensive experience in process design and engineering of world scale ammonia/urea projects valued at more than US$ 600 million engineered by different process licensors and EPC companies. A Technology Manager experienced in being responsible for economic evaluation and technology selection in plant upgrades and performance guarantees on all ammonia plant related projects. A track record of identifying and documenting Best Practices in ammonia production processes to achieve world class safety and reliability standards. Venkat is a chartered professional engineer (CPE) of Engineers Australia and a registered professional engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) and a life member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Venkat was elected to the AIChE Ammonia Safety Committee in 2005 and has been on the committee since then. Venkat has published >130 papers with a focus on NH3 process safety, plant incidents and technology developments. He is also on the Editorial Advisory Board of Chemical Engineering Progress (CEP) magazine of AIChE.

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    Courses by Venkat Pattabathula:

    6 lessons

    Operation and maintenance staff need to understand health & safety basics in the workplace when operating around ammonia facilities.

    Our Ammonia Awareness training program has been developed to provide employers and employees with a general understanding of the threats to ammonia, help them to recognize the threats and vulnerabilities to their company’s assets, and respond to them appropriately.

    15 topics

    Ammonia is produced from synthesis gas containing hydrogen and nitrogen in the ratio of approximately 3:1. This training course describes the process units, operation parameters and theory of the reactions involved in ammonia production.

    The purpose of this training program is to provide operators and engineers with an introduction to ammonia process units and get them familiarized with the ammonia plants.

    5 modules with 26 lessons

    Pre-Start-up Safety Review in Fertilizer Plants

    Pre-start-up safety review (PSSR), means a final check prior to initiating the use of process equipment. It implies a management system within that program for ensuring that new or modified processes are ready for startup.

    This training course examine the application of the practice of PSSR to the fertilizer plants hardware, software, engineering, and management activities, and documentation associated with operating processes.

    15 modules with 54 lessons

    Fundamentals and Best Practices for Ammonia Plants Operation and Maintenance

    This training course outlines the standards and best practices for the Ammonia Plant Operation and Maintenance.

    It covers operation, maintenance, storage and handling and is a reference for engineering and design and emergency planning and response for facilities that manufacture or store Ammonia to manufacture fertilizers and explosive grade ammonium nitrate.

    11 modules with 14 lessons

    Ammonia Plant Operation – Advanced Training

    Ammonia Plant Operation – Advanced Training is developed for more experienced operators and can transition field operators to control room operators.

    Trainees will better understand potential operational upsets and troubleshooting during ammonia plant start-up, routine operation, and emergency shut-down.

    11 modules with 14 lessons

    Ammonia Plant Operation – Beginner Training

    Ammonia Plant Operation – Beginner Training aims to introduce the ammonia plants operators and engineers in the  operational phases of a typical ammonia plant.

    Trainees will understand the preparation of each unit for start‐up, normal operation and checks, shut‐down and main process upsets and deviations for each unit.