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Day 1

Agenda Day 1


Chair’s Opening Remarks



Keynote Session from Galp Energia



Global Oil Outlook



Global Petrochemical Dynamics Evolving In An Unpredictable Environment

  • Exploring the future of the global competitive landscape - where are the major players situated?
  • Assessing the new trend towards lighter feeds and the impact on aromatics
  • Exploring opportunities for producers to import ethane and propane from the US
  • Benefitting from integration as isolated plants face the greatest cost pressure
  • What’s the impact of lightening feeds occurring both in US and Europe?
  • Addressing the future challenge of propylene shortages
  • Understanding how current price volatility is affecting investment decisions – how can we reduce the risk?


Speed Networking

Shared with ERTC


Morning Coffee & Networking Break in Exhibition showcase area

shared with ERTC



EU Downstream Policy:  A Review Of The Latest Industry Regulation And Its Impacts Bringing Together Policy Makers, Industry Associations And End Users To Discuss The Reasoning And The Reality.  Some Items To Be Discussed:

  • EU policy status update, change and its impact on refining and petrochemical competitiveness
  • Latest on EU ETS debate
  • Impacts of Transport policy 2020 and 2030
  • Influence of EU environmental legislation on EU refineries competitiveness.
  • COP21 - how will it impact our industry?
  • Continuing debate and uncertainty around MARPOL regulations

John Cooper, Director General, Fuels Europe



Facing The Challenge Of Competitiveness: Sustainable Efficiency And Operational Flexibility


European IOC Strategy Keynote


Networking Lunch

shared with ERTC

13:55 - 14:25

EVONIK Catalysts For Vinyl Acetate Production

  • VAM process and its challenges
  • Impact of catalyst design on the productivity of reactor units
  • Solutions from EVONIK (proprietary catalysts, precious metal management, performance tests)


Novel High-Throughput Reactor System For Optimal Performance Testing Of Both Front And Back-End Acetylene Selective Hydrogenation Catalysts

  • Selective Hydrogenation
  • Kinetic Testing
  • High-Throughput Screening


Eurecat Innovative Solutions To Issues Encountered By Catalyst End Users In Petrochemical Applications

  • Catalyst preactivation facilitates start-up
  • Carbodump with CO2 cartridges allows faster gravity dumping in case of tricky unloading.
  • Expensive catalysts (Palladium based…) needs more sophisticated regeneration techniques
  • Detailed sampling and analysis of spent catalyst allows to determine the contamination profile and save the good part of the bed

15:25 - 16:00

Afternoon coffee and networking break

Shared with ERTC


The Greener FCC – Moving From Fuels To Petrochemicals

  • Historically about 30% of global petrochemical propylene demand has been supplied by less than 1/3 of the FCCs operating around the world
  • Today, a majority of grassroots FCC units being built will focus on propylene production and will be integrated with petrochemical facilities, but these new units will not keep up with propylene demand growth
  • The latest developments in FCC technology can also be applied to revamping existing FCC units to achieve a shift from fuels mode to petrochemical mode of operation, producing not only a higher margin product slate, but also displacing some of the fuels products that contribute to greenhouse gases

  • Steve Shimoda Principal Technologist - Technip Stone & Webster Process Technology

Driving FCC Units Into Maximum Propylene To Increase Profitability

  • Latest Grace catalysts and technologies for propylene maximisation.
  • Case study from a refinery in Western Europe
  • Highlight the value and increased profitability achieved when processing heavy feedstocks



Developing High Temperature Processes – Accurate, Fast And Cost Effective Development And Optimization Of Processes For The Valorization Of Light Hydrocarbons

  • Catalyst selection decisions can be made with confidence, based on highly accurate and reliable data
  • Relevant product properties can be measured as needed, according to the required standard methods
  • Our experience in the design of test equipment and protocols is key



Sulfur, Octane, And Petrochemicals

  • Novel method to segregate sulfur species together with aromatics from cracked gasoline, away from the olefins and other non-aromatics
  • Only the aromatic/sulfur fraction is subjected to HDS, which avoids any olefin saturation
  • Purified aromatics can go to paraxylene production, or re-blended into gasoline
  • Olefin-rich fraction can be re-cracked into propylene; aromatized into BTX; or re-blended into gasoline with no change in octane value
  • Low-cost drop-in solution for systems which already have selective hydrodesulfurisation of FCC gasoline


Carriages for Gala Dinner


Gala Dinner

Shared with ERTC

Day 1

Agenda Day 2


Chair’s Opening Remarks



Sadara Downstream Opportunities

  • Sadara overview and its differentiated value chain
  • Changing landscape in the Kingdom chemical industry
  • PlasChem site and PlasChem model
  • Opportunities for downstream manufacturing
  • Short video on downstream opportunities




CEPSA Strategy For Implementing Biofeedstocks Into Their Downstream Operations



Case Study: Converting A European Naphtha Cracker To Steam Cracker To Take Advantage Of Cheaper Feedstock From The US To Remain Competitive

  • Advantages of converting to a lighter feed in Europe
  • Strengthening the competitive position as an ethylene producer in Europe
  • Sourcing ethane from the US to access competitively priced feedstock



Petrochemical Complex Integration Feasibility Studies - An Investment That Pays Out

  • The right execution of feasibility studies sets the path for successful EPC execution and is an investment that pays out
  • Proven phased and integrated approach to provide the best overall results
  • Technology evaluations, economic and financial modeling, licensor selection, integration and complex configuration definition
  • Examples of recent Petrochemical Integration Feasibility studies


BIG DEBATE – This House Believes Europe Should Move Towards Lighter Ethane Feedstocks And Move Away From Heavier Naphtha Feedstocks

Arguing For: to be announced shortly
Arguing Against: Stefano Zender, Senior Consultant Refining and Petrochemical Feedstocks, ICIS

With an Oxford-Style format, after a 5 minute introduction from the moderator, each panellist will present a ten-minute opening statement either proposing or opposing the motion. This will be followed by 20 minutes questions from the audience and inter-panel discussion. To conclude, each panellist will deliver a five-minute closing argument followed by an audience vote.


Morning Coffee & Networking Break in Exhibition showcase area

shared with ERTC



The New EU Commission in Place - What Does it Mean for European Petrochemicals?

  • The (petro-)chemical industry – facts and figures
  • Understanding the regulatory burden and a summary of pros and cons for the petrochemical industry in Europe
  • The new EU Commission’s agenda



Global Petrochemicals Amid Stumbling U.S. NGL Growth

  • As U.S. NGL production stumbles amid declining field drilling expenditures, will the wave of new domestic petrochemical plants and export-oriented marine terminals have enough supply for both?
  • Can U.S. refiners and petrochemical makers maintain their recently-found competitive edge as supplies of low cost US NGL feed stocks tighten?
  • For multiple energy price scenarios, this session will frame the key forward looking outlooks for upstream supplies, midstream constraints, and downstream consumption on the North American continent and an evaluation of NGL export potentials

  • View full profile for Greg HaasGreg Haas Director, Integrated Oil & Gas - Stratas Advisors


Golden Years Of Naphtha-Based Petrochemicals – Reasons Of Success And Future Potentials

  • Reasons of exceptionally good 2015 results in European naphtha-based commodity polyolefins – macroeconomic factors and availability
  • Top of the cycle might/will probably end in short to mid-term – certain signs can be seen already
  • Downstream integrated European petrochemical producers can take advantage of feedstock, product diversification or selected application segment focus in a less favourable World for polyolefins



North Africa Petrochemicals And Ties With Europe

  • Basic information about North Africa region and their feedstocks capabilities
  • Polyolefins supply and demand in North Africa and future growth rates
  • Existing ties with European players
  • Case study: Egypt petrochemicals industry and market

Networking Lunch

shared with ERTC


Imtex’s Permylene™ Membrane Technology For Olefin/Paraffin Separation – The Alternative To Distillation

  • Lower capital and operating cost for olefin extraction & purification compared to distillation
  • Performing olefin/paraffin separations that are uneconomical or impractical for distillation
  • Reduced environmental impact from emissions
  • Olefin stream value upgrading and recovery of valuable olefins from waste streams


New Technologies For Cost-Efficient Paraxylene Production

  • Dr Olivier Larlus Scientist, Business Unit Catalysts - Clariant Produkte (Deutschland) GmbH
15:15 - 15:45

The Revolution Of A Solution

15:45 - 16:15

Networking Coffee Break

Shared with ERTC

16:15 - 17:15

Round tables

Round table 1: On-Purpose Production of Olefins

Round table 2: Polymer Demand & Pricing


Close of Conference

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