Day 1 - 23rd January 2017



Conference Doors Open

08:00 - 08:15

Opening Remarks from The World Refining Association and Chair

08:15 - 08:30


08:30 - 08:45


08:45 - 09:00


09:00 - 10:00

Ministerial and VIP Delegation Exhibition Inauguration Followed by Morning Networking Break in the Exhibition Area

10:00 - 10:40


Unlocking Opportunities in the Region’s Downstream Sector

  • Responding to today‟s fast changing marketing dynamics – the drive to become more sustainable and competitive - how? where?;
    o The need for greater refining-petrochem integration in the region
    o Leveraging the region‟s strengths and attributes
    o How has the volatility of oil prices limited investments?
  • The new IMO clean fuel regulations - how big an issue? How big a threat?
  • A motivation of minds and resources - the drivers for industry and regional collaboration and shared services


10:40 - 11:20


Middle East Refining in a Global Context: Challenges and Pitfalls

• Global oil demand and role of the Middle East
• The drivers for demand growth of different products
• Refining polices in East - additions and closures
• New refining projects in East of Suez - developments in key Middle Eastern countries
• Refining cracks and the role of China and India

11:20 - 11:45


Crude to Chemicals – Opportunities and Challenges of an Industry Game Changer

  • Tightly integrated refining-petrochemicals production – market drivers and the route for continued profitabilit
  •  An industry mind-set shift - from the monomer/polymer requirements, back to the refinery configuration
  • An analysis of the various configurations including the implications of eliminating the refinery altogether
  • Case studies to illustrate the attractiveness of some recommended schemes

11:45 - 12:30


Commercialising R&D and Developing Proprietary Technologies in the GCC

  • Technology as an enabler - moving from local/regional players to global market influencers
  • Investing in R&D and technology centers
  • The keys to successfully integrating R&D with the business

12:30 - 14:00

Networking Lunch


Stream A: FCC and Alkylation Advances

Chaired by:

14:00 - 14:30

Successful Operation of First Alkyclean® Solid Acid Alkylation

• Alkylate as the continued preferred gasoline blendstock for refiners
• First commercial demonstration of solid acid alkylation technology!
• AlkyClean® technology – an innovative and proven solution for solid acid alkylate production



14:30 - 15:00

On-Purpose Alkylation for Meeting Gasoline Demand

• Using alkylation technology to meet growing demand for gasoline that adheres to modern clean fuels specifications
• Overview of STRATCO® Alkylation Technology and its application to On-Purpose Alkylation
• Case studies demonstrating successes of STRATCO® Alkylation Technology




15:00 - 15:30

Update on High Olefins Options with Focus on a New Advanced Process, HS-FCCTM

• Options for propylene production from refinery based feedstocks
• New, High Severity Fluid Catalytic Cracking (HSFCCTM), produces propylene and some ethylene
• HS-FCCTM - well suited for integration into a petrochemical complex

15:30 - 16:00

Maximising FCC Profitability in a Challenging Market

• Helping refineries to increase the profitability of their FCC operations – case studies
• Supporting operations with solutions-oriented approaches Processing heavy feedstocks - FCC catalysts for deep cracking whilst minimising coke formation
• Ensuring an optimised FCC operation, as well as a safe and effective catalyst life cycle management



16:00 - 16:20

Speed Networking

16:20 - 16:50

Afternoon Networking Break in the Exhibition Area

Technical Poster Presentation Sessions

1. LPG Amine Treating Unit Retrofitted for Environmental Compliance, Lower Operating Costs and Increased Reliability
Maruti Prasad, Superintendent – Hydrocracking, Treating and Lubes, The Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO)

2. Turnaround Methods to Significantly Shorten Time for Vessel Entry
Salik Tauqir, Technical Sales Engineer, ZymeFlow Decon Technology

3. C2 Splitter: From Conceptual Design to Readiness for Startup
Petar Pribic, Senior Process Engineer, Sadara Chemical Company

  • Maruti Prasad Superintendent – Hydrocracking, Treating and Lubes - Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco)
  • Salik Tauqir Technical Sales Engineer - ZymeFlow Decon Technology
  • Petar Pribic Sr. Process Engineer - Sadara Chemical Company
16:50 - 17:30


Created for groups of executives and engineers facing similar challenges and sharing comparable objectives, you have the opportunity to select from three roundtables the one that‟s right for you. Providing smaller but high quality interactive platform to discuss issues in a boardroom style format, you‟ll have the opportunity to share and learn in an informal environment that facilitates open dialogue and tangible take-aways.

Energy Efficiency
Led by:
Juergen Kohler,
General Manager, Saudi Arabia,
Alfa Laval
How can Industry, Process
and Application based
knowledge for Heat
Exchangers, Heat Transfer
Solutions and appropriate
Application Based Services contribute optimally to highest possible Efficiency and
Reliability, plus low maintenance costs within Refineries and Petrochemical Plants
Common Issues and Lessons Learned when Preparing for Vessel Entry During a Turnaround
Led by:
Salik Tauqir, Technical
Sales Engineer, ZymeFlow Decon Technology
Discussion points to
• De-inventory process
• Preparation; blinding, connections, etc.
• Making vessel entry
o Steam / nitrogen use
o Flaring
o Problem units
o Environmental / neighborhood concerns
o Chemical cleaning / decontamination
Catalytic Hydroprocessing Technology
Led by:
El-Mekki El-Malki
Licensing Technical Advisor
Catalysts & Licensing Global Business
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Advantages of catalytic hydroprocessing for the production of high quality lube base stocks
• Lubricants requirements and challenges for the industry
• Group II/III Base Stock Production through Catalytic Processing
• Process and Catalyst selection considerations


End of Conference Day One


Gala Dinner


Stream B: Environment

Chaired by:

  • El-Mekki El-Malki Licensing Technical Advisor Catalysts & Licensing Global Business - Exxon Mobil Corporation
14:00 - 14:30

Innovation, Excellence and Sustainability in Refinery Waste Water Management

• Bapco WWTP - the first, large size MBR application in a refinery coupled with high salinity and high T wastewater
• Coupling the green re-use of the spent caustic as a source of organic and alkalinity for the biological process and received several awards for technical solutions and sustainability
• Outlining the unique challenges and innovative solutions. Sharing experiences from the startup and operation of the WWTP over the last few years

  • Carlo Zaffaroni Senior Principal Technologist and Director - CH2M
  • Jitendra Patel Process Specialist Utilities - The Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO)
14:30 - 15:00

A Smart Alternative to Elevated Flaring

• Responding to the pressures to reduce flare emissions, visible flame and noise
• UOP Callidus pioneering new technology that virtually eliminates the need for conventional elevated flares
• Proven case studies from around the world which demonstrate the success of the multipoint flare design
• Achieving the required increases in smokeless capacity, reductions in noise levels, decreased flame visibility and enhanced operational efficiency - production tests and operating data of the new flare burners
• Resisting the failures commonly associated with the elevated flare designs

  • Alex Norris Regional Sales Manager, Callidus Technologies - UOP Ltd.
15:00 - 15:30

Reduction of Waste Water: A Story of Sipchem Journey Toward Sustainability

• Jubail water supply & demand statistics
• Sipchem sustainability strategy
• Sipchem wastewater scheme overview
• Process condensate recovery via Ion Exchange Technology
• Design improvements for process condensate recovery unit
• Achieved results

15:30 - 16:00

Application of UCARSOLTM HS-103 High Performance Solvent for Energy Conservation and Emission Compliance in Refinery Sulphur Recovery Tail Gas Treating Unit (TGTU)

• Case Study of successfully converting a refinery in China from generic MDEA solvent to Dow’s specialty UCARSOLTM HS-103 solvent
• Benefits of conversion including;Higher solvent strength leading to a lower circulation rate 30% energy savings 20 ppmv H2S specification in the treated gas 40% reduction in SO2 emission
• Realising operational benefits without any equipment modification or solvent loss in the unit


Stream C: Petrochemical Feedstock Preparation

14:00 - 14:30

Direct Oil & Gas to Ethylene: Advantageous Technologies or False Dawns?

• What are the technologies for produce ethylene directly from oil and natural gas?
• Are these technologies competitive?
• What is the future for naphtha cracking?



14:30 - 15:00

Refinery – Petrochemicals Integration Options

• Refinery and petrochemicals integration as a way to balance market risks over a wider range of applications
• Long term projections for healthy aromatics and propylene growth markets
• The conversion of oil residue fractions as an important new component in the refinery configuration of the future
• Technology and project configurations aiming at the conversion of mid-range to residue boiling range into petrochemical feeds or intermediates
• Demonstrating a full refinery configuration maximising aromatics production from crude oil
• Outlining a project configuration based on atmospheric and vacuum residues and aiming at olefins and aromatics production

  • Gildas Rolland Technology Group Manager - Olefins & Alternative Fuels Business Line - Axens
15:00 - 15:30

STAR Process® Technology – Robust On-purpose Propylene Production Technology

• Dehydrogenation
• High availability and easy operability
• Sustainable and environmental friendly


  • Martin Cosfeld Senior Sales Manager, Dehydrogenation - thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG
15:30 - 16:00

You’ve got Change? Enabling Feedstock Change in Olefins Plant through Process Modelling

• Refinery – petrochemical integration, good business sense for both players
• Technical evaluations needed to ascertain refinery off gas streams processing in steam cracker
• Rigorous process modeling based work process to perform feasibility studies





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