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About Downstream Technical Conference

As the world navigates a shifting energy landscape, the downstream sector must remain flexible and resilient, while catering for the growing need for environmentally sustainable products. Refinery and petrochemical operators must adopt collaborative and innovative solutions to enhance the efficiency and quality of their value chain operations to keep up with current energy demand.

The conference delivers a platform for downstream leaders, technical experts and innovators to exchange ideas and best practices on the solutions and cutting-edge technologies driving innovation and unlocking market opportunities for investment and growth.

Committee members

The Downstream Technical committee helps shape the development of content and sessions. The committee is represented by a group of industry leaders and experts that operate and support the downstream sector. They provide the most pertinent insights that enables the conference to convene the most innovative solutions in the industry.

Commitee Members
Jiří Hájek, MBA
Jiří Hájek, MBA
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Orlen UniCRE a.s.
Nadia Al-Hajji
Nadia Al-Hajji
Petrochemicals Industry Company
EQUATE Petrochemical Company
Fahmi Al-Shawwa
Fahmi Al-Shawwa
Founder and CEO Immensa
Dr. Madhukar Garg, FNAE
Dr. Madhukar Garg, FNAE
President R&D Petrochemicals
Reliance Industries Limited
Yves Houilliez
Yves Houilliez
MD Africa & VP Manufacturing Africa
Middle East & Asia
Alessandro Rosatelli
Alessandro Rosatelli
Managing Director and General Manager Eni Abu Dhabi Refining & Trading Services BV
Commitee Members
Haytham Yehia
Haytham Yehia
General Manager Middle East and Central Asia Shell Lubricants
Dr. Malcolm Cook
Dr. Malcolm Cook
Senior Vice President
Chemicals & Process Technologies Middle East & Turkey
Thomas M. Boesen
Thomas M. Boesen
Vice President
Middle East
Mater Aldhafeeri
Mater Aldhafeeri
Vice President Sipchem
Saeed A. Al Hajri
Saeed A. Al Hajri
VP Manufacturing SATORP
Pierre Leretz
Pierre Leretz
Managing Director, Division Manager Process Industries, Southeast Asia New Zealand & Australia Region ABB Group
Commitee Members
Muhammad Sallehuddin B Abd Jabar
Muhammad Sallehuddin B Abd Jabar
General Manager PROCESS Engineering, Group Technology Solution (GTS), Project Delivery and Technology (PD&T) PETRONAS
Fadi Mhaini MSc.
Fadi Mhaini MSc.
Managing Director - MENA Lummus Technology
Dr. Mostafa AlGuezeri
Dr. Mostafa AlGuezeri
Managing Director for Gulf, Maghreb, Near East and Pakistan Hitachi Energy
Dr. Mikael Berthod
Dr. Mikael Berthod
Head Business Development & Sustainability Growth MEA OMV Refining & Marketing MEA
Dr. Ahmad Salem
Dr. Ahmad Salem
Industrial Solutions Regional Director - Africa Baker Hughes
Fred Baars
Fred Baars
Senior Process Director Fluor
Commitee Members
Saif Sheikh
Saif Sheikh
Sr. Director of Solution Consulting Aspen Technology
Dr. Rashid Abu Al-Rub
Dr. Rashid Abu Al-Rub
Director, Advanced Digital & Additive Manufacturing (ADAM) Center & Professor, Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering Khalifa University
Arunkumar Ayyalusamy
Arunkumar Ayyalusamy
Director, Lifecycle Services & Commercial Excellence - UAE, Oman, Yemen & Lebanon Emerson
Nada Al Ghamdi
Nada Al Ghamdi
Lead Lab Scientist and Group Leader of Chemical Analysis Group - Research and Analytical Services Department Saudi Aramco
Marcin Jedrzejewski
Marcin Jedrzejewski
Partner and Associate Director Boston Consulting Group
Anissa Bendjeriou Sedjerari, PH.D.
Anissa Bendjeriou Sedjerari, PH.D.
R&D Portfolio Manager Kaust Catalysis Center (KCC)
Commitee Members
Maruti Prasad
Maruti Prasad
Superintendent Hydroprocessing Technical Services Department BAPCO
Morgan Allen
Morgan Allen
Senior Principal Technologist W. R. Grace
Hassan Hussain Al Hosani
Hassan Hussain Al Hosani
Senior Vice President Projects and Technical ADNOC
Manas Sahoo
Manas Sahoo
Chief Industry Executive Advisor – Oil & Gas & Energy | Chemicals SAP Industry Value Engineering, EMEA

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Downstream Technical Conference categories

Join a speaker lineup of 150+ downstream technical experts and engineers as they address the most topical issues in the industry today, while sharing their expertise and knowledge on the technological advances, solutions and strategies needed to advance the energy transition across 11 categories.

  • Crude oil-to-chemicals (COTC) technology: feedstock optimisation, options available for refinery configuration and capital efficiency, operational reliability, COTC feasibility based on end-product supply-demand and market dynamics
  • Refining
    • Crude oil desalting and distillation
    • Light ends processing including naphtha/middle distillate hydrotreating/hydrodesulphurisation, catalytic reforming, isomerisation, alkylation and isomerisation
    • Vacuum gas oil conversion (FCC, hydrocracking)
    • Residue upgrading including residue fluid catalytic cracking (RFCC), residue hydrocracking, residue hydrotreating, solvent deasphalting, residue gasification
  • Petrochemicals
    • E-cracker technology: electric cracker projects with high potential to reduce CO2 emissions
      • Electric furnaces
      • Rotating cracking
    • Routes to olefins (ethylene and propylene) and aromatics reforming (benzene, toluene, xylene isomers) – evolving economic and technological aspects
  • Flue gas treatment (desulphurisation: SNOX catalytic processing), sulphur recovery
  • Improved operations: zero routine flaring: technologies and initiatives
  • Water management, wastewater treatment
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  • Cryogenic liquefaction: natural gas and LNG
  • Sour gas processing, gas sweetening, filtration and separation methods including acid, gas, water, condensate, oil
  • R&D relating to the production and processing of natural gas
  • Modular gas processing plants
  • Gas processing real-time optimisation: efficient response to the changing conditions of feed rates and composition, equipment condition, and dynamic processing economics
  • Advanced natural gas to olefins technology
  • LNG and gas storage and transportation
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  • Digital transformation: optimising operations through digitalisation, machine learning, robotics, blockchain
  • Digital twin and asset lifecycles
  • Digital plants, integrated hardware, software, monitoring and predictive analytics
  • Digital data flow from project conception via “handover” to maintenance and operational support
  • Real-time profit optimisation: improving revenue increase and cost reduction through the use of real-time data
  • Big data collection, management and analysis: petrochemical, gas processing plants and refineries
  • Monitoring control and reporting systems using big data analytics, cloud engineering and virtual technology
  • Cloud engineering and virtual technology validation for petrochemical plants and refineries
  • Cybersecurity technology to protect assets through downturn times, improving the safety of assets and continued production and operation
  • VR/AR technologies and drones
  • AI-based remote access control, remote inspection and operational support
  • AI-based predictive maintenance and predictive resolution to reduce equipment downtime
  • Data-driven machine learning (ML) approaches for sustainable production, process monitoring and quality control
  • Industrial process automation
  • Robotics & intelligent automation
  • Collaborative robot (cobot) automation installation strategies
  • Smart energy technology use cases in Industry 4.0
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  • Logistics & supply chain optimisation
  • Digital inventories, tracking and virtual warehouse
  • Using smart warehouse robotics technology such as autonomous mobile robots (AMR) to streamline distribution processes
  • Integration of downstream with seaborne logistics – design and operational aspects
  • Role of rail systems in downstream logistics – emerging opportunities and practical aspects
  • Getting ready for energy transformation – how to enable your supply chain for a future decarbonised economy
  • Supply chain risk management
  • Role of logistics as a core downstream value proposition
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  • Reducing Capex and Opex: project implementation and execution models, production efficiency, process reliability and margin improvement
  • Plant maintenance, upgrades, refurbishment, workspace innovation, manufacturing and equipment
  • Energy demand planning across the downstream value chain
  • Transforming operations through continuous improvement, gap assessment, troubleshooting and energy management
  • Health, safety, environment, security management, equipment and services across downstream plants
  • Corrosion management and asset integrity for ageing assets
  • Engineering lifecycle management, engineering reliability and technical considerations
  • Using additive manufacturing to enhance parts and improve downstream operations
  • Zero-waste / lean manufacturing and sustainable production methods
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  • Chemical recycling integration into refineries and petrochemicals
  • Mechanical recycling vs chemical recycling: technology, products yield(s) and qualities, economy, legislation
  • Refinery waste: spent catalyst disposal, hazardous waste, waste utilisation, metal recovery; spent catalyst recycling: de-oiling, drying, grinding, sieving, and decoking; water waste and treatment
  • Innovations in recycling technologies and sustainability projects; redesigning of plastic products towards sustainability
  • Plastics recycling effects on petrochemical feedstocks and monomers/polymers yield(s) and qualities, enhancing recycling rate and quality, melting, reuse and cracking to make heavy oil from plastics
  • Business models for circular economy growth: circular supply chain, recovery and recycling, product life extension, challenges and opportunities that drive economic transformation
  • Catalyst regeneration and recycling, secondary feedstock and used motor oil processing
  • Green chemistry: sourcing rare chemicals, designing safer chemical products, accessing renewable feedstocks
  • Blockchain-enabled traceability of minerals/raw materials
  • Impact and role of additive manufacturing on decarbonising downstream processes
  • Sustainable raw materials from closed-loop recycling systems used in manufacturing
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  • Sustainable aviation fuel
  • Biogenic waste and/or municipal waste material collection, sorting and handling: provision and pre-treatment, challenges in shifting towards low carbon biofuels, waste heat recovery
  • Advances in biofuels, co-processing technologies and applications
  • Alternatives to crude oil: vegetable oils, algae, used cooking oil
  • Insights on emissions management, energy efficiency, biofuels and bio-feedstocks: global lessons learned and best practices
  • Standalone processing and co-processing of biofeed: feed and product quality, yields, declaration of GHG savings
  • Production of e-fuels or advanced biofuels (standalone process or combination)
  • e-Natural Gas – will it emerge? technical and economic aspects
  • Others: renewable diesel, biodiesel, ethanol, biogas
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  • Hydrogen production process:
    • Thermochemical - natural gas reforming, biomass gasification, (bio)methane pyrolysis
    • Electrolytic - electrolysis
    • Direct solar water splitting - photobiological, photoelectrochemical
    • Biological - microbial biomass conversion
  • Hydrogen transformation and operation: production to application life-cycle risk assessment
  • Hydrogen storage optimisations: technologies for safe storage; emerging trends in hydrogen handling and accident modelling
  • Hydrogen transportation and distribution: pipeline, high-pressure tube trailers, liquefied hydrogen tankers
  • Hydrogen industry applications: feedstock, reducing agent, heating, cooling, power supply, process heat
  • Viable hydrogen economy models and commercialisation; maximising the global hydrogen value chain
  • Potential technologies that support other types of hydrogen
  • Renewable hydrogen: challenges and opportunities, new business models, utilisation for existing refineries
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  • Direct air capture
  • Carbon taxation, design and implementation
  • New carbon market and application: coke, carbon nanotubes, graphene for cement, agriculture, battery markets, etc.
  • CCUS technologies and processes: oxyfuel, pre-combustion and post-combustion
  • Carbon sequestration technologies and safety standards management
  • Carbon capture utilisation: re-use of captured emissions, conversion of captured carbon into commercial commodities
  • Carbon emissions tracker devices and relevant advancements: blockchain technology, carbon footprint measures and transparency
  • Presentation of various pathways enabling conversion of CO2 to e-fuels and/or petrochemicals
  • Government initiatives to accelerate low-carbon projects: subsidies and incentives, carbon-tax schemes
  • Projects focusing on carbon capture from the air: project scope, perspective, justification
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  • Encouraging low-carbon processes in downstream operations: policy and regulation, monitoring, measurement and reporting
  • Supporting transitional fuels to facilitate the evolution to lower carbon technologies
  • Accelerating emission reduction in hard-to-abate sectors through strategic participation in emerging low-carbon industrial hubs
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  • Key competencies of new talents that will lead the industry post-2030
  • Leadership readiness and succession planning
  • Promoting gender equality in the downstream industry: leadership collaborations, and mentoring
  • Leveraging augmentation technologies to assist the workforce
  • Impact of Manufacturing 4.0 in workforce reskilling and upskilling
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