Call for Papers Topics

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 European refiners.

Refinery Configuration and Conversion Technologies

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

Advances in Biofuels, Co-Processing & Alternative Fuel Production

The ability to produce biofuels and the security of renewable feedstock is likely to play crucial role in the survival of EU refineries amongst upcoming EU environmental legislation. The production of advanced biofuels will affect refinery configuration and put pressure on existing catalysts. As such today’s refiners are seeking novel catalysts for biomass conversion and clear pathways for the utilization of existing refinery assets towards a low carbon future.

Catalyst Advances

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

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 & 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 Europe’s ageing assets. Many advanced tools are readily available but continue to but be fully exploited

Energy Efficiency & Environmental

De-carbonization is driving the need for CO2 capture and reduction technologies and advancements. As the second largest cost, minimizing energy loses is a fundamental that will never go away for Europe’s refiners and 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

Global Petrochemical Summit: Optimising petrochemical production through technology and operations

Petrochemicals are set to play a substantive role in the future of the downstream industry. In an effort to support the expansion of petrochemical value chains we’re calling for abstracts in Olefins and Aromatics production, steam cracker feed quality and related operability issues, increasing the use of bio-feedstock, combatting process fouling, detecting trace contaminants and options for removal of these,  and overall technological advancements.