Kraft Recovery Course - Portugal

Figueira Da Foz, Portugal
Monday, November 11, 2019 to Friday, November 15, 2019

TAPPI's highly rated Kraft Recovery Operations Course is offered for the first time in mainland Europe through a partnership with Tecnicelpa in Portugal.  You'll learn ways to improve pulp production efficiency, minimize operating costs and reduce environmental impact. This course is designed for pulp mill operations personnel.

2 Sessions: Nov 11-13 and Nov 13-15

TAPPI's Kraft Recovery Operations Course is offered for the first time outside of the United States - in Portugal - through a partnership with Tecnicelpa, the pulp and paper association representing Portugal and member of Eucepa, the European Liaison Committee for Pulp and Paper.

This training is offered as a TAPPI Academy Company Classroom, in a focused 2.5-day timeframe for training.

Participants have a choice of two sessions:

Session 1:    11, 12 and 13 (until lunch) November 2019
Session 2:   13 (after lunch), 14 and 15 November 2019

Each Tecnicelpa/TAPPI session delivers a review of important recovery operations in kraft pulp mills with the objective of helping improve pulp production efficiency, minimize operating costs and reduce environmental impact.

The lecturers, Dr. Honghi Tran and Mr. Jim Brewster, are internationally recognized experts. They will provide practical day-to-day information through presentations, Q&A sessions and workshops.

This is another module of Tecnicelpa's advanced technical training program, following the effluent treatment course, held last June.  

Course participants will learn the chemistry, physics and engineering principles related to kraft recovery, and after successfully completing the course, be able to:

  • Describe the kraft recovery process
  • Describe individual unit operations in the process
  • Identify causes and solutions for various recovery operating problems

Addressed To:
The course is designed for pulp mill operations personnel, including:

  • Engineers and superintendents working in the kraft recovery area
  • Senior pulp mill operators, superintendents looking for new kraft recovery ideas or a refresher course
  • Process engineers, technical sales and support staff from chemical, equipment and consulting companies
  • University researchers and graduate students doing research projects on energy and chemical recovery in pulp mills

Course Topics Include: 
(All presentations will be in English)

  • Kraft recovery process
  • Brownstock washing
  • Black liquor properties
  • Evaporator principles and practices
  • Foul condensate stripping and NCG collection
  • Recovery boiler principles and practices
  • Recausticizing principles and practices
  • Lime reburning principles and practices
  • Recovery operating issues

         - Evaporator scaling
         - Recovery boiler fouling, plugging, corrosion and emissions
         - Lime kiln ring formation, ball formation and dusting
         - Particulate and gas emissions
         - Non-process elements (mainly Cl and K) accumulation, impact and control
         - Energy and process optimization

TAPPI Company Classroom
The content for this course was tailored specifically for two short, 2.5-day sessions as part of TAPPI Academy's Company Classroom training.  Through this program, TAPPI instructors assess a company's training requirements and create a curriculum ranging from entry-level training to highly niche topics.  Contact us by email if you're interested in learning more.

Learn from two internationally known experts in kraft recovery.

HONGHI TRAN obtained his B.Sc. and M.Eng. in Ceramic Engineering from Shizuoka University in Japan, and his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto (U of T), Canada in 1982.  Honghi has been with U of T since 1987, and is presently a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, the Frank Dottori Chair in Pulp and Paper Engineering, and the Director of the Pulp & Paper Centre. Honghi has helped establish and direct consecutively 11 large industrial research consortia, focusing on issues related to fouling and corrosion in recovery boilers, causticizing and lime kiln chemistry, sodium and sulfur balances, borate autocausticizing, combustion and ash related problems in biomass boilers, as well as mill waste disposal/utilization. Honghi has supervised/co-supervised over 100 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows; authored or co-authored nearly 300 refereed papers and has eight patents. Honghi has chaired the TAPPI Kraft Recovery Course since 2006. He was named a TAPPI fellow in 2000, PAPTAC fellow in 2015, and Canadian Academy of Engineering Fellow in 2016. Honghi was the recipient of numerous prestigious TAPPI awards including the 2006 Engineering Beloit Award and the 2017 Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal. He served as the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the PAPTAC’s Journal of Science and Technology for Forest Products and Processes (J-FOR) from 2011 to 2014. He was awarded the 2013 John S. Bates Gold Medal from PAPTAC, and the 2014 ICRC “Lifetime Achievements and Contributions” Award, and was inducted to the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame in 2017. Honghi is a registered professional engineer of Ontario.

JIM BREWSTER recently retired from J. D. Irving, Limited in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, where he served as a Senior Project Advisor to the Pulp & Paper Division for a major continuous digester project. After earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Portland State University and completing Minors in both Economics and Accounting, Jim has spent more than 40 years in the kraft pulp industry. Throughout his career, Jim  worked as a Shift Supervisor for both Pulping and Recovery operations, a Pulp mill Superintendent; a Project Manager for a major kraft mill rebuild; a Mill Energy Manager; a Project Manager for the construction of a new recovery boiler. He also served Assistant Plant Manager of Engineering, Process Engineering, Capital Projects and Environment. After 20 years at the Georgia-Pacific Pulp & Paper facility in Camas, WA, Jim moved to eastern Canada to join the Irving Pulp & Paper Mill. He spent his first eight years there as Production Manager, and in 2001, assumed the role of Mill Manager, the position that he held until March 2014. During his tenure as Mill Manger, Jim has managed the company’s $400 million investment in a total plant rebuild and environmental improvement projects. Irving Pulp & Paper is now the only mill in North America to meet all current wastewater discharge guidelines without primary or secondary effluent treatment. As a result of these accomplishments, the company earned the Canadian Council of Ministers for the Environment (CCME) Award for pollution prevention, and was more recently awarded a National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) 2005 Synergy Award for Innovation, in partnership with the University of New Brunswick (Saint John). Jim has been an instructor of the TAPPI Kraft Recovery Operations Course since 2006.


Subscriptions are coordinated by Tecnicelpa.

Online Registration

Fee for Subscription (until 30 October):

Members Tecnicelpa*/IPE/ABTCP: 1000 €
Non Member: 1500 €

* Máx 2 representatives for each collective member of Tecnicelpa.

Fee Includes:
Course attendance, documentary support, certificate issued by TECNICELPA, lunch and coffee breaks.

After 30 October, the fee will increase 50%, and there will be no reimbursement in case of attendant cancelation.

The data to Bank Transfer, for payment of the fees, will be sent upon receipt of the online subscription form.

Subscriptions are considered valid only after payment confirmation.

Book your room directly with the hotel.

Event Dates:
1st edition: 
11, 12 and 13 (until lunch) November 2019

2nd edition:
13 (after lunch), 14 and 15 November 2019

Betwen 9:00 and 18:00

Venue of the Event:

Figueira da Foz
Avenida 25 de Abril, nº22
3080-086 Figueira Da Foz

Hotel Telef: +351 233 403 900

GPS Coordinates:
Latitude: 40º 09' 03.41" N
Longitude: 8º 51' 58.99" W

See Google Maps.

Deadline for Subscription:
30 October 2019


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