Topics for this year's papers

The deadline to submit your papers was 15th April 2019. Please view below the themes for this year’s Call for Papers:

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. The 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.

Big Data, Internet of Things and Cyber Security

Industry 4.0 has arrived and the use of big data, artificial intelligence, IoT and the protection from cyber-attacks is moving up the agenda for European refiners. How can these tools be used effectively to help refiners remain not only competitive but also protected?

Catalyst Technologies

Catalysts will always be essential to the profitability, sustainability and environmental compliance of refineries. Here we will look at the latest advances in catalyst technologies and assessing how they can be integrated into European refiners’ strategies.

Operational Excellence, Process Optimisation & Margin Improvement

With increasing global competition and regulatory pressures refiners and producers continue to seek the 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 not be fully exploited.

Increasing Petrochemical Production

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 are calling for abstracts in olefins and aromatics production, steam cracker feed quality, increasing the use of bio-feedstock, combating process fouling, detecting trace contaminants, and overall technological advancements.

Refinery Configuration and Conversion Technologies

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

Clean Fuels, Biofuels & 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 and consequently today’s refiners are seeking novel solutions for biomass conversion and clear pathways for the utilisation of existing refinery assets towards a low carbon future.

Digitalisation Technologies

Today digitalisation has become the differentiator between successful and unsuccessful refiners and producers, and a direct enabler of enhanced productivity, improved safety and competitiveness. It is important to see how robotics, IT systems and automation can support refinery engineers with their day-to-day onsite processes.

Energy Efficiency & Environmental

Decarbonisation is driving the need for CO2 capture, reduction technologies and advancements. As the single largest spend after crude, minimizing energy losses is a fundamental that will never go away for Europe’s refiners and producers.

Global Demand & the Role of Refineries in the Energy Transition

The most pressing issue for European refineries is establishing their role in the energy transition and creating the optimal strategy to support global demand whilst being cost-competitive to their Indian and Middle Eastern counterparts. In this new topic we are looking for exciting papers that could outline the potential options for European refineries to remain successful in the long-term.