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We specialize in commerce and economic matters impacting the sulfur and fertilizer industries and have done so successfully since 1987.
ConSul's primary objective is to significantly enhance the profitability of clients' sulfur-related commerical activities.
We identified Sulfur's 'Cocoa Effect' and its outsized impact on Solid Sulfur Handling
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"A little water is a (very good) thing!”
That’s the message from Gerard d’Aquin, global sulfur expert and President of ConSul Inc to senior government and industry officials in the Middle East coping with the spate of sulfur handling fires and explosions, including the recent incident at Ruwais refinery.
Mr. d’Aquin, whose high profile research on the ‘Cocoa Effect of Sulfur’ is using his speeches, including MESPON in Abu Dhabi (October 2015) to draw attention to alternative production technologies and handling protocols that make sulfur production safer for humans and the environment. According to d’Aquin, the key to safer sulfur production and handling is incorporating small amounts of water into the manufacturing process.
Sulfur dust is a natural occurrence in sulfur production. But sulfur produced with less than .05% moisture content is much more susceptible to excessive airborne particulates which can ignite and contribute to industrial disease and environmental pollution. According to d’Aquin, while it may be tempting to want the driest possible material, the offset in human, environmental and disaster costs far outweigh the inclusion of increased moisture at the very outset. Wet-formed sulfur is superior because it is in harmony with the very nature of the element itself. Water encapsulates sulfur dust when handled much as water encapsulates cocoa when it is mixed. The result is improved control and superior outcomes.
The current ADNOC guideline for sulfur production is .o5 or less moisture content. Expanding that guideline to encourage production with moisture of up to 2% would greatly reduce the regions exposure and risk of sulfur dust creating difficult health, safety and environmental hazards .
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IFA Global Safety Summit, Aman Jordan. March 2017
Volatile Sulfur Particulates (VSP); Potentially lethal-Proper worker protection is mandatory!
IFA Vancouver Canada.
Sulfur Dust, Impact on Safety, Health and Environment.
MESPON Abu Dhabi
Airborne Sulfur Dust: Composition and Control
SYMPHOS Marrakech, Morocco; IFA Global Safety Summit Vancouver, Canada. Speech and Workshop.
Dust Considerations When Handling Formed Sulphur in Bulk
SOGAT Abu Dhabi
Sulfur Dust and Volatile Particulate. Why Size Matters
Kuwaiti Review of Sulfur Operations
Sulfur Marketing Consulting Assignment-Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi-Formed Sulfur Specifications and Dust Mitigation
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