The workshop will provide a techno-economic overview of prominent Gas Utilisation technologies with a focus on next-generation technologies. Beginning with the fundamentals of established technologies such as onshore LNG and GTL, participants will gain insights on novel gas utilisation technologies such as floating LNG and GTL technologies for use in offshore gas utilisation, DME, hydrates, etc. The relative technical strengths and weaknesses of the technologies will be discussed

The workshop will also emphasise the relative economics of competing gas utilisation technologies across the value chain in order to give participants an appreciation of important cost considerations during the major phases of project development. Additionally, there will be a discussion on safety, risk, and environmental considerations, and in particular, greenhouse gas concerns.

The workshop will wrap up with a discussion of prominent case studies in order to illustrate some of the concepts in the workshop.

Benefits of attending:
Workshop participants will benefit from an independent technology-neutral assessment of gas utilisation technologies and their economic and environmental concerns. The workshop will be interactive, and will offer participants an opportunity to network with other stakeholders in the gas utilisation industry.

About your workshop leader:
Dr. Praveen Gunaseelan, Vantage Point - Energy Consulting

Dr. Praveen Gunaseelan has 12 years of broad experience in the energy and process industries that includes process modeling and optimization, plant operations, business development, and marketing in the oil & gas, chemicals, and energy sectors. Dr. Gunaseelan specializes in applying engineering expertise and market knowledge to conduct techno-economic analyses for industry clients, with a focus on project feasibility studies, technology assessments, product marketing and distribution, technology commercialization, and advanced process modeling. Dr. Gunaseelan has worked as a market analyst in the Tonnage Gases, Equipment & Energy Division at Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.

Dr. Gunaseelan has performed techno-economic feasibility studies and market assessments across various industrial sectors, such as: crude oil refining/upgrading; upstream oil & gas; remote/flared gas monetization (e.g. GTL, LNG); chemicals manufacturing, conventional and renewable power; and alternative fuels and chemicals. His client engagements have ranged from performing economic and safety assessments of refinery projects; assessing technologies for converting coal, biomass, and natural gas into liquid fuels and chemicals; developing strategies for the distribution and marketing of gases, refined fuels and chemicals; to providing engineering expertise on disputes involving FPSO construction. Dr. Gunaseelan has assessed carbon capture and storage technologies (CCS) and has studied the viability of developing regional CO2 capture, compression, and transportation infrastructure for enhanced oil recovery (EOR). He has a particular interest in environmentally clean and sustainable technologies, having advised clients on projects involving carbon mitigation, biomass gasification, syngas and hydrogen purification, and biofuels separation. 

Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Technology fundamentals for key Gas Utilisation technologies

9:45 Economics of novel Gas Utilisation technologies

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Other techno-economic considerations

11:45 Case Studies and Discussion

12:30 Close of workshop


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Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James



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‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

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The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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