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The refining industry is rapidly approaching crunch time. Capacity and margins are being squeezed and the industry is facing demand for more and more specialist products. There is a growth in the number of independent refiners looking to squeeze costs savings from their process technologies as well as gain competitive advantage over existing strategies. The new way to success in the refining industry is through the development and implementation of new technologies designed for the process industries and able to deliver significant cost reductions as well as enhanced reliability. The conference will examine these technologies and the competitive edge they deliver.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Stephen Lee and Tony Lawrence

Stephen Lee and Tony Lawrence, Managing Director, Industrial Group and Director Business development - Refining and Technology, AMEC Capital Projects

9:10 THE WESTERN EUROPEAN REFINING INDUSTRY

Etienne Gill

Etienne Gill, Refining Strategy Department, TotalFinaElf

  • Overview of the Western European refining industry
  • Meeting the new specifications
  • Effect on national refining industries
  • Adapting the technology to meet the challenges
  • The world of sulphur free motor fuels
  • The next step for refiners
  • 9:40 PROCESS CONTROL TECHNOLOGY

    Mauri Sourander and Dr Petri Jokinen

    Mauri Sourander and Dr Petri Jokinen, Engineering Fellow, Process & Automation Technology and Vice President, Neste Engineering oy, Fortum

  • Overview of Process Control Technology
  • Opportunities to Improved Processing
  • Implementation of Process Control Applications
  • Benefits and Economic Features
  • Retaining the Value of Process Control Investment
  • 10:20 CASE STUDY: PETROPLUS, A LEADING EUROPEAN MIDSTREAM COMPANY

    Ton Barten

    Ton Barten, Business Development Manager, Petroplus International

  • Acquiring assets
  • Improving margins
  • Oil refining and marketing
  • Exploiting the changes
  • Multiplying your activities
  • Future development of Petroplus
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 UK PETROLEUM REFINING INDUSTRY SECTOR

    Matthew Walker

    Matthew Walker, Senior Environmental Engineer, Foster Wheeler Energy

  • Industry economic factors with environmental effects
  • Environmental compliance
  • UK compared to world-wide abatement best practice
  • Pollution reduction options
  • Economic assessment of those options
  • Longer term strategies
  • 12:00 IMPROVED PROFITABILITY WITH DATA MINING

    David Hart

    David Hart, Chief Operating Officer, Knowledge Process Software

  • Data mining is a technique to discover new knowledge from process operating data
  • Successfully applied by KPS to refinery performance
  • Presentation will focus on the techniques, case studies and cost effective means to deliver the improvements quickly
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 REFINERY BENCHMARKING

    Nigel Cuthbert

    Nigel Cuthbert, Vice President, Purvin and Gertz

  • Analysis of the refining sector
  • Benchmarking of financial performance
  • Benchmarking of operational performance
  • Managing supply V demand
  • 14:40 THE SARAS REFINERY

    Giuseppe Deriu

    Giuseppe Deriu, Information System Manager, Saras

  • Its role in corporate management
  • Collecting and processing data
  • Sara’s information network
  • Uniform resources and procedures
  • Information production system – The CPPM system
  • Future developments at Saras refinery
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 DATA RECONCILIATION

    Bruno Vrielynck

    Bruno Vrielynck, Director, Belsim

  • What is Data reconciliation?
  • Defining measurements
  • Benefits from VALI
  • Fields of application
  • Refining applications
  • Benefits to the industry
  • 16:20 CURRENT STATUS AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME OF NIS-PANCEVO OIL REFINERY

    Dr Ozren Ocic

    Dr Ozren Ocic, Development Manager, NIS-Pancevo Oil Refinery

  • Overview of the refining industry in Petroleum Industry of Serbia
  • Production and consumption (market)
  • Environmental protection
  • Development programme
  • Meeting the standard of the EU
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    9:00 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:30 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Linda Pogson

    Linda Pogson, Editor, Argus European Products Report

    9:40 SMART OPERATION

    Peter Pritchard

    Peter Pritchard, Industry Director, Refining and Petrochemicals, Invensys Process Systems

  • An overview of the technology portfolio for planning, operation and performance review
  • Matching the technologies to the business needs
  • Issues in achieving and sustaining successful implementations
  • Measuring performance against business targets
  • Opportunities in the near future
  • 10:20 HYDROGEN MANAGEMENT

    Prof. Bodo Linnhoff

    Prof. Bodo Linnhoff, Chairman, Linnhoff March

  • Heavier feedstocks, cleaner products give hydrogen shortfall
  • Add reformer capacity?/new recovery Units?
  • Condition feedstreams to existing recovery units?
  • Modify hydrotreater operation/use new desulph technologies?
  • The best integrated mix
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 THE REFINING PROCESS TECHNOLOGY AT PETROBRAS

    Luiz F. Leite

    Luiz F. Leite, Manager of Strategic Refining Technologies Program, Petrobras

  • FCC for residues and other bottom of the barrel technologies
  • Commercial projects carried out
  • Environmental concerns and lowers emission technologies
  • 12:00 CASE STUDY: THE FALCONARA REFINERY

    Franco Bellucci

    Franco Bellucci, Refinery Manager, API

  • Multi activities at the Falconara refinery
  • Implementation of the IGCC system
  • Constructing and updating to face large new investments
  • “The White refinery”
  • Energy and Environment
  • Future developments
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 CHALLENGES AND OPTIONS FOR EUROPEAN REFINERS

    Alan Gelder

    Alan Gelder, Senior Consultant, Energy and Refining, Chem Systems

  • Impact of changes in fuel specifications
  • Improvement of the European margins, a reality?
  • Meeting the Auto Oil requirements
  • Integration of refineries to petrochemicals
  • Being flexible and innovative
  • The next challenge for European refiners
  • 14:40 USA REFINING INDUSTRY

    J.W.Wilson

    J.W.Wilson, Refinery 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
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 INCREASE MARGINS IN REFINING, SUPPLY AND DISTRIBUTION

    Rik Gierman

    Rik Gierman, Business Group Manager, Shell Global Solutions Int.

  • Finding benefits beyond your refinery gate
  • The Pacesetting service
  • Cost-effective solutions
  • Increasing margins by balancing supply and demand
  • Innovative and tested technology
  • Networking: the key to success
  • 16:20 GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS

    Phillip Comer

    Phillip Comer, Director of Client Services, DNV UK

  • Emission trading
  • Joint implementation
  • Clean development mechanism
  • Experiences of BP
  • Joint implementation projects in Europe
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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