November 14, 2016 CE – Debottlenecking

Continuing Education – Evening Lecture
Chemical Process Debottlenecking

Steve Galante

Monday November 14, 2016
5:15pm-5:30pm – Brief Networking & Dinner
5:30pm-6:15pm – PDH Lecture
6:15pm-6:30pm – Q&A Session

Third Floor Main Conference Room
Two Ash St. Suite 3000
Three Tower Bridge, Jacobs Engineering
Conshohocken, PA 19428

$35 Non-members & Guests
$30 (Members)
$15 (Students)
$15 Webex option – Please select from Drop down menu and Laura-Ann Chin ( will be in contact with follow up webex info.

Dinner will be provided with registration.

PDH Credit: 1 credit

Chemical engineers, especially those in the US, are increasingly being asked to develop incremental increases in plant capacity, say up to 20%. Many plants are now running at maximum capacity, yet tight capital funding and requirements for short payback periods make it difficult to have large investment for new, grassroots facilities. In some cases, engineers need to meet demand increments much less than the capacity of a new plant, while further demand growth is uncertain. The manufacturer must then choose the appropriate capacity increment, instead of overdesigning, Debottlenecking projects are undertaken to deliver these capacity increases, by implementing select changes to specific parts of a plant to relieve restrictions. In this session, we will discuss tools and analyses for assessing the process bottlenecks. We will address means of debottlenecking numerous unit operations, while listing points often forgotten in such projects. Finally we will discuss how debottlenecking projects are different from conventional grass roots projects, while treating the practical aspects of how to manage such projects.

Steve Galante works for Arkema in thiochemicals, a field in which the company is a world leader manufacturing chemicals used as/in:

  • Precursors of agrochemicals including an amino acid for animal feeds
  • Chain transfer agents (molecular weight regulation) in polymerization processes
  • Odorization of natural gas for safe usage
  • Pharmaceutical and personal care products

He is currently directing technical definition on a major capital project for Arkema. He hase worked for about 20 years in process technology roles in the specialty chemical, polymer and pharmaceutical ingredient industries, driving growth and controlling costs through process/product development and optimization, process scale-up, capital projects, debottlenecking, acquisitions/mergers, safety and quality improvement. He likes to build and improve processes, systems, teams and people. He thrives on making things work. He has been fortunate to have opportunities to work at production sites in France, UK, India, China, and Japan, including an expatriate assignment in Europe. He holds a Ph.D. in ChemE (Carnegie Mellon), a BS from U. Penn, and an MBA from Temple; and is available at

Please register no later than Monday November 14 at 5:15 PM.  Cancellation requests received by the registration deadline will be fully refunded.

Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Laura-Ann Chin at 520-275-4152 (Mobile).