Day 2 - 24th January 2017
08:30 - 09:00




09:00 - 09:10

Opening Remarks from the Chair



09:10 - 09:30


KNPC Projects, Current Priorities and Growth Plans

  • mutlaq-al-azmiMutlaq Al-Azmi Deputy CEO, SHU Refinery - Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)
09:30 - 09:50


Value Creation through Innovation

  • Global challenges
  • How to innovate
  • Innovation and business strategy
  • Innovation realisation

09:50 - 10:40


Attracting and Retaining Today’s Millennials (Generation Y, Generation Me and Echo Boomers)

• Flagship initiatives across the region and globe – building sustainable talent pipelines through collaboration with academia
• Female talent hiring and retention
• Celebrating and embracing today’s multiple talent generations
• Ensuring two-sided knowledge transfer
• ‘engineering the future’ - motivating industry entrants and tomorrow’s leaders
• Positive PR and the role of media
• What can the industry and region learn from other industries, upstream peers and international experiences

10:45 - 11:15

Morning Networking Break in the Exhibition Area

Ask the Experts

  • reem-a-al-ghanimReem A. Al-Ghanim Division Head - Women Development & Diversity - Saudi Aramco
  • Gregory LilburneDr Gregory Lilburne Manager Technical Services Department - Bapco
  • Nader AbdulrahimNader Abdulrahim Inspection Superintendent, Technical Services Department - Gulf Petrochemical Industries Co. (GPIC)
11:10 - 11:35


The New Paradigm: Collaboration 4.0
• Introduction to Fluor’s integrated project delivery model
• Transforming from independent to interdependent market parties
• Leveraging industry wide opportunities

  • taco-de-haanTaco de Haan Executive for the Energy & Chemicals (E&C) Business Unit (EAME) - Fluor
11:35 - 12:00


Optimisation of the Integrated Refinery-Chemical Site

Maximised value creation in the petroleum industries has been and will continue to be a moving target. Significant press has been devoted in recent months to the integrated “chemicals refinery”.

This keynote address will raise some of the opportunities and challenges facing owners and operators considering such a decision and the consequences to the industry.

• Defining the integrated site
• Understanding the challenges
• Key risk drivers
• Success factors




Stream D: Process Improvements

13:30 - 14:00

Portable Chiller for Naphtha Cooling: Sustaining a Hydrocracker at Maximum Throughput In Summer

• Sustaining maximum unit throughput and the challenge of maintaining product rundown temperatures below maximum limits
• Addressing unit design cooling limitations and the regional challenge of summer time high sea-water temperatures
• Portable chiller solution designed, engineered and commissioned in 6 weeks

14:00 - 14:30

Design and Operational Experience for Haldor Topsøe Exchange Reformer

• An attractive solution for revamps increasing plant capacity by up to 30%
• Discussion of designs, implementation, benefits and challenges
• Operating experience will be presented including revamping of a hydrogen plant, demonstrating short down time, reduced feed and fuel consumption and reduced steam export


14:30 - 15:00

Numerical Study of Industrial Scaled RFCC Cyclones Efficiency and Performance

• The development of a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model of industrial scaled Residue Fluid Catalytic Cracking (RFCC) Cyclones
• Discussing CFD computational mesh and modeling approaches and simulation results of detailed flow patterns, velocity, and pressure profiles
• Presenting validation of resulting cyclone efficiency and further areas of improvements in industrial RFCC cyclone modelling


  • tommy-firmansyahTommy Firmansyah Senior Computational Fluid Dynamics Engineer - Takreer Research Centre (TRC), Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer)
15:00 - 15:30

Sulphur Granulation, The World Has Changed

• Basics of sulphur drum granulation
• Evolution of drum granulation over the past few decades\Historical limitations on drum granulation technologies
• The enhancements made through research and development to eliminate or improve on these limitations



  • casey-metheralCasey Metheral Technical Manager – SPS Calgary Office - Sandvik Process Systems
15:30 - 16:00

Afternoon Networking Break in the Exhibition Area

16:00 - 16:45


Having Taken Into Account the Discussions from the Last Two Days How Do We Ensure MERTC Makes a Difference

• Strategic goals for the regions downstream refining and petrochemical industries
• How can the region add further value to its downstream industries?
• Key learning’s, take aways, next steps, and actions


Chairman’s Closing Remarks and End of Conference


Stream E: Residue Upgrading

13:30 - 14:00

EST Technology and Sannazzaro Project: Achieving More Deep Conversion and Matching the New Bunker Fuel Specifications

• New marine fuel regulations and the drive for BoB upgrading
• Bunker oil demand and the shift towards low sulphur fuels
• Analysing solutions including scrubbers and very low sulphur crude processing
• The first industrial application of eni Slurry Technology – The EST Complex at Eni‟s Sannazzaro de‟Burgondi Refinery
• Benefits - high conversion rates, and the production of VGO that can be directly blended for Bunker Fuel at new SECA specifications

14:00 - 14:30

Carbon Management in a Refinery and Challenges with Residue Upgrading

• Key areas high GHG emission in a refinery
• Impact of feedstock on carbon intensity of a refinery
• How heavy residue upgrading technology selection may affect total carbon intensity
• Effect of co-products disposition on carbon intensity of a refinery

14:30 - 15:00

Role of Delayed Coker in JNPC Mina Abdullah Bottom of the Barrel Scheme

• Configuration of MAB Coker in overall KNPC refining scheme
• Progressive capacity increase from original 30 KBPD to 40 KBPD per train
• MAB coker unit performance improvement
• Advanced design features of new coker unit in CFP future MAB coker revamp modifications


15:00 - 15:30

Heavy Oil Upgrading Strategies for Improved Refinery Economics

• The drivers for better management of bottom of barrel products – MARPOL regulations and improved refinery economics
• Heavy oil conversion strategies – ensuring a staged approach to address market uncertainties
• Opportunities for heavy oil management - disposition of heavy oil streams, integration opportunities as well as long term solutions involving UOP’s Uniflex™ process for slurry hydrocracking

15:30 - 16:00

Afternoon Networking Break in the Exhibition Area


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