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The European refining industry is coming under pressure to increase quality whilst still remaining within the environmental policies and legislation boundaries. Meeting these required standards needs substantial investment at a time when the industry can least afford it.

The conference offers the unique opportunity to hear from a leading international panel of independent and multinational oil refiners, engineering and independent personnel at the cutting edge of this the European refining market.

The future of European refining discusses the important issues that face the industry: low margins, environmental legislation, improving profitability, mergers and acquisitions, financing refining projects, gasification and the latest engineering advances.

As a senior refining executive, you will be aware of the importance and potential of this field. We would therefore like to invite you to register for SMi’s The future of European refining conference.

The future of European refining is organised and produced by SMi: we specialise in providing senior executives with timely, strategic and focused up to date information. SMi conferences are leading-edge business events offering delegates the opportunity to meet senior industry figures and seek their advice and opinions.

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Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

John Waterlo

John Waterlo, Head of Downstream Oil, Wood Mackenzie

9:10 THE EUROPEAN OIL REFINING INDUSTRY: THE CRITICAL ISSUES

Ray Gardner

Ray Gardner, Business Integration Manager, Shell Europe Oil Products

  • Integrating refining/distribution and marketing - can stand alone refining be profitable?
  • Integration for cost and capacity reduction
  • Refinery closures or sale - when are they necessary and to what degree
  • Getting the right balance for supply and demand
  • Overcoming locational, logistical and operational challenges
  • 10:20 ADVANCED FUEL QUALITIES AND HOW TO ACHIEVE THEM

    Dr Claus-Peter Haelsig

    Dr Claus-Peter Haelsig, , General Manager Process and Technology, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Fluor Daniel

  • Fuel qualities to be met, short and medium term and trends
  • Engineering contribution to clean fuels challenges
  • Operational, blending and logistics are the potential constraints ahead
  • Increasing demand for low-cost, fast-track project execution solutions
  • Application of automation tools to accelerate schedule and improving work-process as well as client interface
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 IMPROVING MARGINS AND PROFITABILITY

    Kevin Clark

    Kevin Clark, Senior Manager, Arthur D Little

  • How oil companies have to move away from a focus on cost reduction to make significant margin improvements
  • Can being just an operator of excellence achieve the returns that are aspired to in the refining sector?
  • How different models are being applied to achieve higher sustainable returns
  • 12:00 GLOBAL MARGIN TRENDS

    Philip Vowles

    Philip Vowles, Senior Trader, Cargill International SA

  • Evolution of refinery margins
  • Industry response to low margins
  • Capacity and utilisation
  • Product trade - supplying the right market
  • A strategy for protecting the margin
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 IMPROVING EUROPEAN OIL REFINING MARGINS

    Guglielmo Landolfi

    Guglielmo Landolfi, Chief of Strategic Planning Department, ERG Petroli Spa

  • Joint ventures – are joint ventures the solution to the refining dilemma?
  • The implications of mergers between leading companies for the European refining industry
  • Dealing with chronic over capacity in Europe
  • European refinery closures – cost and benefits of closure
  • Assessing competencies and balancing outcomes
  • Investing in refineries
  • 14:40 RECONCILING COST REDUCTION WITH MARGIN GROWTH

    Tim Armstrong

    Tim Armstrong, Business Unit Leader, BP France

  • Radical organisational change
  • Outsourcing partnerships
  • Advanced information technology
  • Automation
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 RESTRUCTURING EUROPE – CRESSIER ACQUISITION

    Tom Barten

    Tom Barten, Business Development Director, Petroplus International

  • Environment
  • Role independent players
  • Win – win opportunities
  • 16:20 INDEPENDENT REFINERS PERSPECTIVE

    George Lambrou

    George Lambrou, General Manager, Cyprus Petroleum

  • The role of focused independent refining companies
  • Flexible arrangements for crude supply
  • Adaptable to changing environment
  • How independents are complimentary to major oil companies
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:10 Networking drinks reception

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr Peter Caddy

    Dr Peter Caddy, Director, Petroleum Argus

    9:10 PREDICTING MARKET GROWTH FOR EUROPEAN REFINING PRODUCTS

    Didier Gaffet

    Didier Gaffet, Head of Refining Strategy, TOTAL Refining and Marketing

  • Over-capacity - is over capacity the issue or are refiners failing to produce what the markets are demanding?
  • Dealing with the surplus of gasoline production; Future demand for petrol and diesel products
  • Is the failing market demand for gasoline products a permanent or temporary issue?
  • What are the growth drivers effecting the demand for refining products?
  • What effect does fiscal and environmental policy have on market demand for refining products?
  • What products should the refining industry plan to make?
  • 9:40 EUROPEAN SUPPLY AND DEMAND

    Satvinder Roopra

    Satvinder Roopra, Managing Consultant, Downstream Oil, Wood Mackenzie

  • Capacity surplus - the latest issues
  • Assessing the growth areas for product demand
  • Transport fuel developments
  • An assessment of European refining economics
  • New developments - opportunities and threats
  • The future for the industry - is it positive?
  • 10:20 THE EUROPEAN REFINING INDUSTRY

    Damian Kennaby

    Damian Kennaby, Associate Director, CERA

  • Current status of the European refining industry
  • Product demand patterns
  • The influence of the environment – fuels specifications
  • Competitive forces within and external to the industry
  • Industry evolution
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 VIEW FROM THE SHARP END

    Dr Ulrich Graeser

    Dr Ulrich Graeser, Director of Refining, Veba Oel

  • Overview of the refining market in Germany
  • Dealing with over-capacity and increased competition
  • Succeeding in a low-margin environment
  • Impact of M and A activity in the European market
  • Changing organisational structures to maximise success
  • Veba Oel as a case study for success
  • 12:00 FINANCING OIL REFINING PROJECTS

    Michael Lynch-Bell

    Michael Lynch-Bell, Co-Director, Global Energy Corporate Finance, Ernst and Young

  • What are the challenges and opportunities for the oil refining industry?
  • Equity v.Debt
  • Joint venture partners
  • Example funding structure
  • Future developments in funding structures
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 APPROACHES BY REFINERS FOR MANAGING THE NEW SITUATION IN EUROPEAN OIL REFINING

    Paul Thone

    Paul Thone, General Manager, Texaco Global Gas and Power

  • Texaco Gasification projects
  • Aim and objectives of the projects
  • Capital cost and cycle time reduction
  • Optimising the “bottom of the barrel”
  • Steam, hydrogen and electric power co-production
  • Economics and financability of refinery based IGCC’s
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 PARTNERSHIP FOR CHANGE: IMPROVING REFINERY PROFIT

    Jeff Lee

    Jeff Lee, Senior Consultant, KBC Process Technology

  • KBC's Profit Improvement Program at INA's Rijeka and Sisak refineries identify $47 million benefits per annum
  • Early implementation managed by joint INA/KBC teams; $17 million in first year
  • Program addresses process unit yields, blending, energy, loss and planning and scheduling
  • New LP built with fractionated swing cuts and base-delta models; data generated from calibrated simulation models
  • New planning processes established and scheduling models developed
  • INA take ownership, with ongoing KBC support by senior "shadow" managers and on-site consultants and planners
  • 16:20 UPGRADING AND RETROFITS IN EUROPEAN OIL REFINING

    Howard Simons

    Howard Simons, Senior Refinery Process Manager, MW Kellogg

  • Current picture – fuel oil demand
  • Typical base case including Visbreaking
  • Novel case studies to include upgrading
  • Convert your existing Visbreaker
  • Summary – economic justification
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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