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8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Peter Sibley

Peter Sibley, Principal, Process Industries Practice, AT Kearney

9:10 A UK VIEW OF REFINING STRATEGY

Nigel Devereux

Nigel Devereux, Head, Downstream Oil, Department of Trade and Industry

  • Sector strengths and weaknesses
  • Challenge of future vehicles and fuels
  • Competition and security of supply
  • Consequences for government policy
  • 9:40 UPGRADING AND RETROFITS IN EUROPEAN OIL REFINING

    Ozren Ocic

    Ozren Ocic, Development Manager, Nis – Pancevo Oil Refinery

  • Current demand for fuel oil
  • Typical base case including Visbreaking
  • Novel case studies to include upgrading
  • Convert your existing Visbreaker
  • Summary – economic justification
  • 10:20 RISING TO THE CHALLNGE OF TIGHTER SPECIFICATION

    Tony Parker

    Tony Parker, Business Development Manager, STRATCO

  • 2005 auto-oil specification give refiners little room to manoeuvre
  • Ever increasing public pressure to find a global solution to climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Refiners blending skills will not be enough alone
  • New alkylation technology can provide the answer by debottlenecking existing units and increasing the range of feedstocks that can be process economically
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 A EUROPEAN “WHITE REFINERY”

    Franco Bellucci

    Franco Bellucci, Refinery Manager, API Oil

  • The demands placed on European refiners
  • Meeting the need for specialist clean products
  • Italian refinery capacity – general products and specialist products
  • Developing an existing refinery – the challenges overcome to increase capacity
  • Lessons learned from the Falconara refinery
  • Future for the products produced at this site

    Clean products meeting emission targets

  • 12:00 FINANCING OIL REFINING PROJECTS

    Michael Lynch-Bell

    Michael Lynch-Bell, Co-Director, Global Energy, Chemicals & Utilities Corporate Finance, Ernst & Young

  • What are the challenges and opportunities for the oil refining industry? · Considerations to be made under the current uncertain economic climate · Equity v.Debt · Joint venture partners · Example funding structure · Future developments in funding structures
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 AN INDEPENDENT EUROPEAN OPERATOR

    George Lambrou

    George Lambrou, General Manager, Cyprus Petroleum

  • What markets are open to the independent
  • Flexibility of the independents
  • The benefits of being able to adapt to the market demands
  • Competing with the big boys – where is the competitive edge
  • Can they compliment or add to Europe’s refining mix
  • Future tactics/targets for the independent
  • 14:40 THE MEDITERRANEAN REFINING INDUSTRY

    Yoav Armoni

    Yoav Armoni, Consultant, Forest Consulting

  • The supply side: Refining capacity
  • The demand side: Petroleum products quality
  • Internal and external products trading moves
  • Refining margins and products price level
  • “Midor” New Refinery in Egypt – the impact on supply side and pricing balance
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 SUPPLY CHAIN IN OIL REFINING

    Geoff Lee

    Geoff Lee, Senior Consultant, KBC Process Technology

  • The supply chain and its discontinuities
  • Where $ opportunities arise
  • Best practice planning and scheduling
  • LP use and limitations
  • Simulation and synergies across monitoring LP maintenance
  • Decision-making and the organisation
    The need for change and KPI’s
  • 16:20 OPPORTUNITIES FOR PROFIT IMPROVEMENT

    David Hart

    David Hart, Chief Operations Officer, Knowledge Process Software

  • Advanced technologies used to improve refinery performance
  • Techniques turn operating data into knowledge and then rule based decision support systems
  • Improved performance has been achieved by”blue chip companies” in many sectors
  • An illustration of techniques used in refineries using case studies
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    9:00 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:30 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Peter Sibley

    Peter Sibley, Principal, Process Industries Practice, AT Kearney

    9:40 GLOBAL REFINING CAPACITY, INVESTMENTS AND MARKET PRICING

    Martin Tallett

    Martin Tallett, President, EnSys Energy and Systems

  • Heavier global crude slate versus lighter product slate
  • US and global trends to ultra low sulphur fuels
  • Gas to Liquids capacity outlook and issues
  • Caspian crude – potential impacts on markets West and East
  • 10:20 EUROPEAN MARGIN TRENDS

    Philip Vowles

    Philip Vowles, Senior Trader, Cargill International

  • Recent fluctuations in margins
  • Impact of global margins
  • Industry response to low margins
  • Capacity and utilisation
  • Optimising outlets
  • Strategy for protecting the margin
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 USA REFINING INDUSTRY

    David G. Freyman

    David G. Freyman, Senior Consultant, Barnes and Click

  • US major companies
  • Refining margins and production costs of US majors
  • Gulf coast, the leader in refinery capacity
  • Supply V demand
  • Responding to market needs
  • Impact of mergers and acquisitions on refinery ownership
  • 12:00 INVESTING IN WASTE OIL RE-REFINING

    Christopher Williamson

    Christopher Williamson, Managing Director, Petrus Oils and Petrus Oils Germany

  • Overview of re-refining
  • Product specifications
  • Advantages of waste lubes as refinery feedstock
  • Technological requirements
  • Investment returns
  • Market forces

    Outlook for re-refining, increasing capacity

  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 The outlook for global oil prices

    Chris Judge

    Chris Judge, Editor, Petroleum Argus

  • How much can OPEC dictate prices?
  • Supply/demand projections for 2001
  • The increasing influence of Russia
  • Potential suprises for the markets
  • 14:40 CHALLENGES TO THE EUROPEAN REFINING INDUSTRY

    Phil Packer

    Phil Packer, Senior Consultant, Nexant

  • What can refiners do to reduce earnings volatility?
  • How to position for future growth?
  • Where can additional margin come from?
  • What are the future threats and opportunities?
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 The capacity implications of 10ppm sulphur in diesel & gasoline

    Robert High

    Robert High, Managing Director, High & Watt Associates

  • The impact on different types of refinery
  • Effect on product patterns
  • New processes becoming available
  • The hydrogen balance
  • Cost of production
  • 16:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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