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. He is also on the Editorial Advisory Board of Chemical Engineering Progress (CEP) magazine of AIChE.
Venkat has published >130 papers with a focus on NH3 process safety, plant incidents and technology developments. He has also a written a chapter titled “Ammonia” for Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology.
Venkat has started his consultancy firm known as “SVP Chemical Plant Services” in providing technical services to ammonia industry across the globe.
He holds a post-graduate in degree (M.Tech) in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and a certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA .
Venkat’s main areas of interest are – technology selection, process design, project management, process safety, process engineering, HAZOP studies, plant retrofits, commissioning, trouble shooting, renewable energy related H2, NH3 projects and energy efficiency improvements.