Under the Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of The United Arab Emirates

ABU DHABI NATIONAL EXHIBITION CENTER (ADNEC)

Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates

9-12 NOVEMBER 2020
Supported by

DOWNSTREAM TECHNICAL CONFERENCE

The global oil and gas industry is going through a major shift driven by the current ongoing price volatility, global pandemic affecting supply and demand trends and workforce restrictions due to multiple country-wide quarantine requirements. Amid vast uncertainties, technological innovations, business resilience, new partnerships, talent retention and industry sustainability are ever more important in today’s reality.

The downstream industry plays an important role to support oil and gas companies to remain resilient and future-ready. ADIPEC 2020 continues to innovate and keeping up with the latest market trends, enhancing its downstream technical content.

Launching 6 NEW categories, the ADIPEC Downstream Technical Conference is set to drive the conversation on downstream topics that will spur progress and fast track development in everyday refinery and petrochemical operations.

ADIPEC is the biggest oil & gas conference globally and it is a great place to meet business partners and discuss key topics for the future.

Alfred Stern

CEO
Borealis

Abstract Submissions Deadline: THURSDAY 7 May 2020

DOWNSTREAM TECHNICAL CATEGORIES INCLUDE:

1. REFINING TECHNOLOGY, OPERATIONS AND MARKETING (RTOM)

  • Refining and petrochemical integration, supply chain management and feedstock optimisation: crude oil derivatives including naptha, LPG, NGL, shale gas, ethane gas
  • Enhancing the rate of Crude (or Oil) to Chemicals up to Green Field Complexes
  • On purpose enhancement of olefin production in refineries as a consequence of gasoline and diesel production reduction as well as standalone unites such as PHD for petrochemical usage
  • Refining technology and processing developments: catalytic and thermal cracking, advanced hydrocracker reaction and fractionation units, delayed coking units, contaminants removal, alkylation and polymerisation, isomerisation, energy efficiency, technology to increase yield gasoline with reduced olefins and sulphur content, improved fluid catalytic cracking (FCC), upgrading of FCC gasoline, production of valuable chemicals; extractive distillation processes and by-products; bunker fuel, sustainability, CO2 tax, “green hydrogen”
  • Bottom of the barrel upgrading, including marine fuels, processing vs scrubbing; flow measurements, metal contamination
  • Advanced fuels marketing and distribution technologies from refinery to retail station: efficiency, safety and security. Marketing tools to attain customers loyalty for traditional fossil fuels in gasoline stations.
  • New trends and emerging technologies for lubricants, fuels and base oils: product integrity, standards and legislations
  • Advanced biofuels – TRL (Technology Readiness Level) outlook, integration opportunities, availability in horizon 2020 - 2040 and quality challenges
  • Brownfield revamping, expansion, conversion and developments
  • Ship emissions analysis, constraints, challenges and the IMO regulation: Is Jet fuel next?
  • Heavy oil: flow measurement and control of heavy oil steam, metal contamination from heavy oil processing, desalting refinery heavy feeds

2. PETROCHEMICALS TECHNOLOGY, OPERATIONS (PTO)

  • Olefins (ethylene and propylene) and aromatics (benzene, toluene, xylene isomers): operations and technology developments; On-purpose olefins production
  • Petrochemical and refining integration, supply chain management and feedstock allocation, diversification and maximisation
  • Integration of bio-feedstock in petrochemical plants – quality challenges and capacity constrain
  • Crude to chemicals
  • Naphtha and diesel transformation into more valuable products
  • Condensates from waste plastic pyrolysis as feed for petro chemistry – feed quality vs current technology constrains
  • Impact of alternative feedstocks on yields and products quality

3. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND DIGITALISATION TECHNOLOGY IN PETROCHEMICAL PLANTS AND REFINERIES (AIDTPPR) NEW

  • Big data collation, management and analysis; petrochemical, gas processing plants and refineries
  • Cloud engineering and virtual technology validation for petrochemical plants and refineries
  • Smart manufacturing and connected plants; digital plants, innovations and new business models
  • Digital twins and asset lifecycles
  • Monitoring control using big data analytics, cloud engineering and virtual technology
  • Cybersecurity technology to protect assets through downturn times, improving safety of assets and continued production and operation
  • Big data collation, management and analysis within the refinery and petrochemical plants
  • Digital plants, integrated hardware, software, monitoring and predictive analytics
  • Digital transformation – optimising refinery performance: machine learning, robotics, blockchain
  • Pushing boundaries with R&D to develop tomorrow’s digital refinery
  • Digital data flow from project conception via “handover” to maintenance and operational support”

4. GAS PROCESSING AND HYDROGEN TECHNOLOGY AND OPERATIONS (GPHTO)

  • Sour gas processing, filtration and separation methods including acid, gas, water, condensate, oil
  • R&D relating to production and processing of natural gas
  • Modular gas processing plants
  • Advanced natural gas to olefins technology
  • Sulphur recovery and acid gas removal units
  • Pipeline innovations, storage solutions for reliable compression and increase of operational efficiency
  • Renewable hydrogen: challenges and opportunities – new business model for existing refineries
  • Utilisation of renewable hydrogen in existing refineries

5. PROJECT MANAGEMENT, ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY AND IMPLEMENTATION (PMETI)

  • Successful project execution: engineering, procurement, supply chain, construction and management; project execution strategies to reduce risks and cost optimisation
  • Mega project challenges in a low price oil environment: refining, petrochemicals, gas
  • Mitigating challenges during commissioning and startup operations: refining and petrochemicals
  • Refinery upgrades, revamps – technical considerations, engineering and reliability
  • How to set up a project onto the right track
  • “Keys” to project implementation success - comparative execution models and contracting strategies that influence project success
  • Competencies to execute projects through the complete supply chain of EPCs - how is the industry tackling this?
  • How ready are EPC companies for the digital transformation in downstream?

6. OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE, MAINTENANCE AND HSE (OEMH)

  • Health, safety, environment, security management, equipment and services across downstream plants
  • Risk and integrity management, interface challenges within the plant
  • Hazardous chemicals management
  • Reducing Opex: production efficiency, process reliability and margin improvement
  • Plant maintenance, upgrades, refurbishment, manufacturing and equipment
  • Process optimisation, trouble shooting and energy management in the refinery, petrochemical plant
  • 3D printing and its implications
  • Transforming operations through operational excellence and digitalisation

7. ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION, ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND ENERGY MANAGEMENT (EPEEEM)

  • Technologies to meet new fuel specifications and support clean energy standards; gasoline vs diesel technology advances
  • Configuration and conversion technologies
  • Asset management on energy efficiency, sustainability
  • Advances in biofuels, co-processing technologies and applications
  • Climate change, C02 reduction and environmental challenges
  • New and expected quality requirements on existing refinery and petrochemical products
  • Margin improvements by enhancing “molecule management”

8. POTENTIAL IMPACTS OF CIRCULAR ECONOMY ON THE FUTURE OF THE DOWNSTREAM INDUSTRY (PICEFDI) NEW

  • Insights on emissions management, energy efficiency, biofuels and bio-feedstocks: global lessons learned and best practices
  • Innovations in reducing adverse environmental impacts of plastics waste to meet sustainable downstream practices
  • Redesigning of plastics products towards sustainability
  • Biomass-based including alternative materials (from circular economy and petchem feedstocks)
  • Development of new business models and commercial shifts
  • Impacts plastics recycling have on petrochemical feedstocks; enhancing recycling quality
  • Innovations in recycling technologies and sustainability projects

9. RUNNING ON RENEWABLES: TRANSPORTATION FROM NEW ENERGY SOURCES (RRTES) NEW

  • Energy transition, electric vehicles (BV- battery vehicles and FCV – fuel cell vehicles), batteries and storage technologies (e.g.: hydrogen)
  • Standalone processing and co-processing of biofeed – feed and product quality, yields, declaration of GHG savings. Condensates from waste plastic pyrolysis as refinery feedstock feed for refinery – feed quality vs current technology constrains
  • Renewable processes and business sustainability – what’s next?
  • Alternatives to crude oil – vegetable oils, algae, used cooking oil; gasification of biomass, syngas and methanol or Fischer Tropsch
  • Impacts of circular economy - plastic recycling, PTA, melting, reuse and cracking to make heavy oil from plastics
  • Hydrogen economy:
    • Hydrogen production from green hydrogen via electrolysis (energy from wind, PV)
    • Blue hydrogen (the traditional conversion of methane via SMR BUT including removal of CO2
    • The use for e-fuels (hydrogen plus CO2 to form syngas and either methanol or Fischer Topsch)

10. DEVELOPING CAPABILITIES, NURTURING TALENT AND INVESTING IN THE WORKFORCE OF THE FUTURE IN DOWNSTREAM (DCNTIWFD) NEW

  • The evolving role of technology in changing skillsets and transforming jobs
  • How are leaders attracting talent in the downstream industry? What strategies can be put in place to make the downstream industry more attractive? How to retain young talent?
  • The energy transition – creating new employment opportunities
  • Inclusion and Diversity in downstream – past, present and future

11. ACHIEVING SUSTAINABILITY HERE AND NOW – HOW IS THE DOWNSTREAM INDUSTRY CONTRIBUTING TO DECARBONISATION? (ASDICD) NEW

  • As we move towards a lower carbon world, the pressure for companies to meet emission targets has increased. This category invites consultants, operators and market analysts to submit papers on what initiatives downstream companies are putting in place to meet these goals.