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


Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates

9-12 NOVEMBER 2020
Supported by

Downstream Technical Abstracts

As the industry of today becomes more competitive, positive and financially sound, strategic partnerships and disruptive technologies are shaking up downstream businesses.

It’s not just about short-term profits, but long-term investments that can create future proofing refineries and petrochemical plants, where smart innovation and digitalisation come together to embrace diversification and expansion into higher value and niche markets.

It is against this backdrop that ADIPEC 2019 further enhances its downstream technical content and delivers 4 NEW categories dedicated to support the growth of today’s global downstream industry, from management decisions to day-to-day operations.

The ADIPEC 2019 Downstream Technical Call for Papers is now closed.

For more information about the ADIPEC Downstream Technical Conference please contact us on: adipec.downstream@dmgevents.com


1. Refining Technology, Operations and Marketing (RTOM)

  • Brownfield revamping, expansion, conversion and developments
  • Refining and petrochemical integration, supply chain management and feedstock maximisation: crude oil derivatives including naptha, LPG, NGL, shale gas, ethane gas
  • 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; bunker fuel
  • Heavy oil: flow measurement and control of heavy oil steam, metal contamination from heavy oil processing, desalting refinery heavy feeds
  • Bottom of the barrel upgrading
  • New trends and emerging technologies for lubricants, fuels and base oils: product integrity, standards and legislations
  • Advanced fuels marketing and distribution technologies from refinery to retail station: efficiency, safety and security.
  • Typical fuel mix in gasoline stations. Marketing tools to attain customers loyalty for traditional fossil fuels
  • Energy transition, electric vehicles, batteries and storage technologies
  • Going further downstream: Improved fluid catalytic cracking (FCC), upgrading of FCC gasoline, production of valuable chemicals
  • Extractive distillation processes and by-products
  • Standalone processing and co-processing of biofeed. Condensates from waste plastic pyrolysis as refinery feedstock feed for refinery
  • Advanced biofuels – TRL (Technology Readiness Level) outlook and quality challenges

2. Petrochemicals Technology, Operations (PTO)

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

3. Artificial Intelligence and Connected Performance Technology and Services

  1. 1. Disruptive Technologies and Services in Petrochemical Plants (DTSPP) NEW
    • Industrial internet of things (IIoT)
    • Advances in predictive analytics techniques and data handling technologies; legacy platform transitions
    • Big data collation, management and analysis; petrochemical, gas processing plants
    • Smart, connected assets, devices and wireless technologies
    • Cloud engineering and virtual technology validation for petrochemical plants
    • Protecting oil and gas facilities: cyber and infrastructure security
    • Crude to chemicals and beyond – the use of digitisation for the use of crude to chemicals projects and operations
    • Understanding the uses and benefits of blockchain technology in petrochemical plants

4. Artificial Intelligence and Connected Performance Technology and Services

  1. 1. Disruptive Technologies and Services in Refineries (DTSR) NEW
    • 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
    • Understanding the real meaning of the smart refinery of the future – case studies
    • Transforming performance and increasing efficiency through Industrial internet of things (IIoT)
    • 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
    • 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

5. 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
  • Hydrogen recovery, upgrading and purification
  • Sulphur recovery and acid gas removal units
  • Pipeline innovations, storage solutions for reliable compression and increase of operational efficiency
  • Renewable hydrogen: challenges and opportunities

6. Project Management, Engineering Technology and Implementation (PMETI)

  • Successful project execution: engineering, procurement, supply chain, construction and management
  • 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
  • Project execution strategies to reduce risks and cost optimisation

7. 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
  • Root causes of major and/or frequent technology upsets – what are the preventive measures?
  • Minimum competence demand for technology experts and process engineers
  • 3D printing and its implications
  • Optimising profit and minimising environmental risks; achieving operational excellence and developing solutions to minimse impacts when failures occur

8. Energy Efficiency and Energy Management (EEEM)

  • Technologies to meet new fuel specifications and support clean energy standards; gasoline vs diesel technology advances, refining
  • Configuration and conversation technologies
  • Asset management on energy efficiency, sustainability
  • Advances in biofuels, co-processing technologies and applications
  • Climate change, C02 reduction and environmental challenges

9. Circular Economy and the Future of the Downstream Industry (CEFDI) NEW

  • Ship emissions analysis, constraints, challenges and the IMO regulation: Is Jet fuel next?
  • Insights on emissions management, energy efficiency, biofuels and bio-feedstocks: global lessons learned and best practices
  • Regenerative processes and business sustainability – what’s next?
  • Innovations in reducing adverse environmental impacts of plastics waste to meet sustainable downstream practices

10. The Role of Operators and the IMO Legislation: Looking Into the Future (ROIL) NEW

  • In 2016 when the IMO legislation was announced, oil companies adjusted and put in place several strategies to comply with this new reality. This category invites market advisors to submit papers on how the industry has adapted, what frameworks and regulatory changes have occurred and how the industry is future ready to fully embrace this energy transaction

Interested in strategic and technical downstream sponsorship opportunities? Please contact Paul Scoble on adipec.sponsorship@dmgevents.com

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