Technical abstract topics


Below are the list of topics for this year’s paper:

Refining-Petchem Integration and New Routes to Olefins

Higher efficiency internal combustion engines, increasing hybridisation and the rise of e-mobility are eroding transport fuel demand leaving refiners to seek ways to transform naphtha and diesel into more valuable products. Future profit for refiners will be very much influenced by their petrochemical production capacity and as such must route more streams from fuel products to petrochemical products in order to maximize margins. Adding flexibility and petrochemical integration is a key survival strategy for refiners.


Refinery Configuration and Conversion Technologies

Changing bunker fuel specifications and the rise of electric vehicles is driving the requirement for real molecular management. Refiners must re-configure and invest in bottom of the barrel upgrading and heavy oil conversion processes as well as maximize their middle distillates.


Catalyst Advances – Refining & Petrochemicals

Catalyst advancements will always continue to be the key to the increased capacity, profitability, sustainability and environmental compliance of refineries.

Latest catalysts developments for the petrochemical industry allow for improved product quality, optimized operations and ultimately capturing the full petrochemical value chain.


Optimising Feed and Olefins Production

Petrochemicals will play a substantive role in the future of the downstream industry. The latest in advanced olefins and polyolefins technologies, as well as new specialty petrochemicals technologies are key to the expansion of petrochemical value chains.


Digitalisation Technologies

Today digitalization has become the differentiator between successful and unsuccessful refiners and producers, and a direct enabler of enhanced productivity and competitiveness.


Operational Excellence, Performance & Margin Improvement

With increasing global competition and regulatory pressures refiners and producers continue to seek means in which to capture value and margin improvements from low hanging fruit.  Leveraging tools and techniques to enhance reliability, flexibility and smarten operations must continue to be a priority for the Gulf’s assets. Many advanced tools are readily available but continue to but be fully exploited.


Energy Efficiency, Conservation & Sustainability

De-carbonization is driving the need for CO2 capture and reduction technologies and advancements. As the single largest spend after crude, minimizing energy loses is a fundamental that will never go away for refiners and petrochemical producers.


Process Optimisation & Design

Many of the factors mentioned above call for the continual investment in process optimisation and design, from energy management, stream integration and new or non-conventional crude integration.