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BOTTOM OF THE BARREL TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE23–24 January 2024

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Welcome to BBTC MENA 2024

Euro Petroleum Consultants is pleased to announce the 10th edition of BBTC MENA – Bottom of the Barrel Technology Conference. This landmark edition will take place in Bahrain on the 23-24 January 2024.

BBTC, firmly established as the only platform fully dedicated to Residue Upgrading Technologies and Catalysts for the MENA region is evolving for its 10th edition - with the shift in industry imperatives the focus will be on advanced solutions and strategies for increased efficiency, reliability and reducing the carbon footprint of assets and conversion processes.

It remains highly important for refiners to increase conversion rates, but equally producers need to ensure that emissions from all production process schemes are fully under control and minimised. The event will once again bring together refiners, solution providers, contractors and consultants to exchange on ways to reduce emissions, increase efficiency, improve product specifications, further integrate with petrochemicals, increase profitability, and also meet the industry’s decarbonisation objectives.

The downstream sector is tasked with supplying energy in a secure, sustainable and affordable manner - as part of the solution, refiners will need to continue upgrading heavier lower-value components and increasing conversion to curb low-value FO production, while implementing solutions for eliminating emissions.

BBTC MENA provides the ideal platform to discuss these developments; in terms of processes and catalysts, as well as the new opportunities brought about by the shift towards petrochemicals and chemicals, and co-processing of exotic feeds.

Residue Upgrading technologies remain an essential cog in all modern and competitive downstream assets and will keep evolving during the journey towards net-zero.

Key Discussion Topics

  • MARKET - TRENDS & DISRUPTORS: Impact of Energy Transition & Decarbonisation Agenda on Residue Upgrading; Project Financing; Best Practices, CAPEX Optimisation & Efficient Project Management & Execution
  • PROFITABLE CONVERSION ROUTES: Petrochemical Blocks; Optimising other product routes: Transportation Fuels, Bitumen, Carbon Black, Base Oils
  • PROCESS & TECHNOLOGY INNOVATIONS: Feedstock Flexibility & Co-Processing; Hydrogen - Blue & Green Solutions; Specialised Instrumentation & Efficient Heat Exchanger Equipment, Clean-out Techniques; Retrofitting existing assets to comply with environmental legislations
  • CATALYSTS: Catalyst Innovations & advancements; Hydroprocessing, RFCC & HS-FCC; Catalyst Handling, Management & Circularity; Circular Economy of Spent Catalysts
  • ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Low Carbon & Emission Reduction Solutions; Achieving Lower Refinery Carbon Intensity; Carbon Capture and SNOX treatment
Catalysts, Profitability, hydrocracking, Hydroprocessing, FCC, Isomerisation, Bottom of the barrel
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2024 Advisory Meeting Takeaways Report

Meeting held on the 26th July 2023


Highlights from the Past Edition

On January the 23rd, we welcomed sponsors, speakers, exhibitors, and delegates to the 9th edition of BBTC MENA where we sought to update regional Refiners on the latest technology solutions to help them maintain high levels of productivity, competitiveness, resilience, and profitability through upgrading heavier lower value components.

To our valued speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, and delegates, we say a very BIG Thank You - two days of engaging, interactive panels and insightful presentations, combined with a variety of networking opportunities and a showcase for the latest products and solutions, delivered an enriching and informative experience that made BBTC MENA 2023 a huge success!

We are truly grateful for your involvement, we hope you achieved your business objectives and built beneficial relationships, and we’ll look forward to welcoming you to the next edition!

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RESIDUE UPGRADING: Still Needed


Historically, upgrading the bottom of the barrel has been central to helping producers achieve high levels of productivity, competitiveness, resilience & profitability. Today we are faced with demanding challenges and promising opportunities - none more so than looking to decarbonise the downstream sector and secure a more sustainable future. So, what will be the role of Residue Upgrading & Conversion Technologies?


CATALYSTS - THE HEART OF THE REFINING PROCESS

New technologies developed during RnD provide continuous improvements with Catalyst formulations however, much remains to be done, whether, with ebullated or fixed bed, more challenging crudes will require additional adjustments to the formulations. Working closely with customers and gaining a better understanding of the feedstock quality and requirements will allow for better, more customised solutions.

The mention of customised solutions raises the topic of end-to-end solutions - providing fresh catalysts and taking back spent catalysts - in particular, the recycling and regeneration aspect. Catalysts contain a lot of valuable metals that may be reused for other applications and industries. In the US for example, vanadium is termed a critical metal because of its use in some strategic security applications. Vanadium is also used in the manufacture of the redox flow battery (VRB) which can store clean energy for up to 30-40 years which is not the case with typical Lithium batteries. Rather than continuously mining these materials, extracting and reusing these metals from spent catalysts supports the circular economy and reclaims value. Having more control over the recycling of your spent catalysts is key. There are different extraction methods and these can impact, for example, the purity of the vanadium reclaimed. Equally, depending on the company you use, it is possible to reclaim up to 87% of the molybdenum which in theory, then leaves you vulnerable to only 13% of the market price of molybdenum when you purchase new catalysts. Equally, not recycling spent catalysts properly can seriously damage the reputation of the refinery. So, end-to-end solutions help the environment, society and the refinery reclaim value.

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Catalyst lifecycle management is a real challenge in the Middle East. Some producers store their spent catalysts, but eventually, this leads to stockpiles and offloading these stockpiles becomes an issue. Other industries can use these spent catalysts, like cement factories, but often they refuse to accept them because of the residual content of heavy metals. Undoubtedly there is value in extracting expensive materials like vanadium and copper and there is good business potential in the region, it just needs the right service provider/s.


Catalysts remain at the heart of the refining process especially in the context of the bottom of the barrel


In the eastern province of Saudi Arabia, the Royal Commission has only approved one service provider to dispose of and regenerate spent catalysts. So, for those refineries that do regenerate their hydrotreating and hydrocracking catalysts, it's costly and the current business model doesn’t give them any benefit from the value of the reclaimed materials. Added to this, you can’t regenerate your spent catalysts indefinitely, you eventually have to dispose of them. As a result, one Middle Eastern refinery is taking a different approach to minimise the cost of catalyst recycling by extending the life of their catalysts, currently from 4 to 6 years. Such catalyst life extension is achieved by fine-tuning and carefully managing their process.

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European refineries took a similar approach about a decade ago, however in some plants, they opted for shorter cycles. Not because of catalyst performance, but from a business perspective, the LP calculation demonstrated that longer cycles can negatively impact yield. Refiners with the right knowledge and experience know the importance of working closely with their catalyst provider. If product demand changes, the catalyst provider, who also understands the refiners’ units, can help them adapt their processes and catalysts to meet these short-term market developments.

Therefore, there are two obvious solutions for minimising the cost of catalyst handling and dealing with spent catalysts in a ‘greener’ way: one - to extend the life of your catalyst and two - to encourage more service providers to come to the region to rejuvenate, regenerate, extract precious elements and safely dispose spent catalysts.

Some catalyst providers do not provide recycling services but remain an integral part of lifecycle management supporting the regeneration and reuse of catalysts over disposal and use of new catalysts. Catalyst providers are continuously exploring ways to improve the lifespan of catalysts without compromising stability - minimising the difference between the start of the run and the end of the run, in terms of yield and product quality. If you can increase the lifespan of your catalysts from 2 ½ to 5 years, this will have a significant impact on ROI. The substantial increase in the cost of energy brought on by the current energy crisis is having an impact on the cost of catalyst production and even though refining margins are high, catalyst producers are working hard to minimise possible increases for end users. Another consideration is sustainability, with catalyst providers trying to reduce the carbon footprint of their own manufacturing facilities - some of the green solutions being trialled are liquid catalysts and solutions for carbon capture.

There is confidence that more catalyst recycling service providers will enter the market, but with the huge investment required, this will need the support of all producers as well as governments. The regional in-country value programmes (IKTVA in KSA and ICV in other GCC countries) encourage companies to manufacture locally and there is already an agreement in place to construct and operate a world-class ‘Metals Reclamation Complex’ for the recovery and recycling of metals in Saudi Arabia. Welcome news, but is it economically viable to build a catalyst recycling and disposal plant in each GCC country, or will this cause over-supply? Possibly, the answer is for GCC Producers to use such facilities collectively.

Conclusion

One fact remains, refiners will need to continue upgrading heavier, lower-value components and increasing conversion to curb low-value fuel oil production. With the shift toward petrochemicals and chemicals, there will be new opportunities and new diverse revenue streams. Catalysts will play a central role in reaching these objectives. Innovations & improvements will help to diversify, increase profitability, maximise production, increase integration & develop new revenue streams. Making the right selection in terms of catalyst management, waste management, and different recovery & regeneration techniques are highly important when it comes to deciding on the best operational strategy for the coming years.


This article is part of the BBTC MENA Advisory Committee Report. If you have enjoyed the piece and wish to read more, downlad the full report here.

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DOWNSTREAM INDUSTRY FOCUS: Getting The Balance Right!

Leading Decarbonisation & Producing High-Value Products via Residue Upgrading

ESF MENA & BBTC MENA - EPC’s industry-leading events taking place under the Patronage of His Excellency Dr. Mohamed bin Mubarak Bin Daina, Minister of Oil and Environment, Special Envoy for Climate Affairs and hosted by the Ministry of Oil & Environment


Stefan Chapman, Vice-President, Euro Petroleum Consultants

Stefan Chapman, Vice President of Euro Petroleum Consultants during ESF North America, June 2022

The Global Downstream Industry is in an interesting situation – currently faced with a number of challenges and responsibilities but also certain opportunities. Operations need to remain competitive, reliable and profitable – even under volatile market conditions. We are also tasked to deliver energy security and at the same time look to reduce the carbon footprint of our operations – interesting times indeed.

These types of situations call for strong partnerships between all stakeholders, investors, technology suppliers and customers working together to implement sustainable solutions for the downstream sector. Collaboration is key!

At EPC, with our experience as a downstream consulting company, we fully recognize the importance of these collaborations and the need to bring industry professionals together to exchange experiences on these key industry developments. From day one this has been our mission across all our industry-leading events.

Based on this, we decided to hold two of our most important regional events (back-to-back) in Bahrain this month (January 2023):

  • ESF MENA 2023 - Middle East Energy & Sustainability Forum
    (22–24 January, Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Bahrain) focused on energy transition & decarbonisation.
  • BBTC MENA 2023 - Middle East Bottom of the Barrel & Catalyst Technology Conference
    (25–26 January, Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Bahrain) focused on residue upgrading solutions & catalysts.

Building on the success of our ESF events around the globe, the forthcoming second edition of ESF MENA will delve into all key aspects relating to the Decarbonisation of the MENA downstream sector. With the help of interactive panel discussions, technology solutions and trends and industry case studies we will look to cover:

  • Decarbonisation pathways & transition strategies
  • Building blocks for the low-carbon future
  • Decarbonising installed refinery assets
  • Transition to a circular economy through waste plastics recycling & conversion technologies
  • The latest on green & blue hydrogen technologies & projects
  • Technology solutions for carbon capture utilisation & storage

NEOM, one of the most exciting projects in the region, is planning the world’s largest renewable hydrogen project. At this year’s ESF MENA we have the pleasure to welcome Mr. David. R. Edmondson, CEO, NEOM Green Hydrogen Company for a keynote address on Building the World's Largest Green Hydrogen Plant – a $5 billion world-scale green hydrogen-based ammonia production facility powered by renewable energy.

Decarbonisation is very much at the forefront of all industry discussions – with each region having its own specifics and implementing various strategies:

  • GCC approach to meeting current demand without impacting the needs of future generations
  • Importance of Stakeholder engagement to help adopt key enabling technologies & forge strong collaborations
  • GCC focus on unlocking the full potential of CCUS - Deployment challenges & opportunities

Our Keynote Technology Panel will look to address these and other points. We are immensely honored to be joined by: Bryan Glover, President & CEO, Honeywell UOP, Leon de Bruyn, President & CEO, Lummus Technology, and Jean Sentenac, President & CEO, Axens.

ESF MENA 2023, Keynote Technology Panel: The GCC's Path to Net-Zero

ESF MENA 2023 - Keynote Technology Panel

It is a unique chance for our MENA downstream audience to hear from them on the same panel - they will be providing their expertise, know-how and insight on “The GCC's Path to Net Zero - Decarbonisation Strategies & Enabling Technologies”.

We will expand our interactive experience at ESF MENA 2023 with a further 3 insightful panels:

  • The Sky’s the Limit – Opportunities for Alternative Fuels
  • H2 in the GCC: Ready to be the Game Changer
  • Circular Economy Strategies: Getting to the next level

ESF attendees will have the chance to hear from industry leaders - sharing their thoughts and experiences – Our distinguished guests include:

  • Waleed Al-Shalfan, Vice President, Polymers T&I, SABIC
  • Mohammed Al Ruwaidhi, Downstream VP Energy & Aromatic, OQ
  • Franky Smisaert, Vice President Manufacturing, TotalEnergies, TotalEnergies
  • Suliman Al- Khattaf, Vice President Technology and innovation, Tasnee
  • Bashir Dabbousi, Director of Technology Strategy & Planning, Aramco
  • Mohamed Al Shehab, VP Corporate Finance & Investor Relations, nogaholding
  • Magdy M. Hassan, Principal, Hydrogen Studies, ADNOC
  • Amin N. Nasser, Chemicals Business & Technology Strategy Development, Aramco
  • Mohammad Abu Zahra, Head of MENA Region, Global CCS Institute
  • Richard Charlesworth, Executive Director, S&P Global Commodity Insights
  • Vatche Kourkejian, Partner & Head of Energy Practice, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants
  • Mohamed Al Ghailani, META Regional Lead, Sustainability Policy & Partnerships, Boeing

Technology and technology providers have a key role to play to achieve successful decarbonisation of the downstream sector. Technology licensors have the expertise, skills, R&D and process knowledge to not only support but also help to speed up the transition journey. To gain more insight into the role of technology we are pleased to welcome senior representatives from the following companies:

  • Yassir Ghiyati, Managing Director – EMEA region, Topsoe
  • Mark Houdek, Director - Sustainability for the Refinery of the Future, Honeywell UOP
  • Fadi Mhaini, Managing Director - MENA, Lummus Technology
  • Henrik Larsen, Vice President, Technology Solutions, KBR
  • Senior representatives from leading solution providers such as KBC, Axens, Shell & AMG Recycling, Becht, Evonik, and Daily Thermetrics.

ESF MENA 2023 will be accompanied by a Pre-Conference Seminar hosted by Honeywell UOP and focusing on "A Path Towards Carbon Neutrality: Innovations for the Refining & Chemicals Industry".

Given all the above, this forum is a “not to be missed” meeting for the MENA Downstream Industry. ESF MENA 2023 will take place on 22-24 January 2023.

VIPS and Delegates during BBTC MENA

VIPS and Delegates during BBTC MENA

BBTC MENA 2023 will follow the ESF event immediately and start on the 25th January.

The 9th edition of BBTC MENA will address the challenges (both current and future) and update MENA region Refiners, on the latest technology solutions to maintain high levels of productivity, competitiveness, resilience, and profitability through upgrading heavier lower value components.

The reality today is that the world remains very much reliant on petroleum products and its derivatives – and this will be the case for the foreseeable future. Petroleum products should be seen as part of the solution and also as an important component of the future energy mix.

From a downstream processing perspective upgrading the bottom of the barrel remains a pressing challenge. There is a real need for refiners to continue upgrading heavier, lower-value components and increasing conversion to curb low-value fuel oil production. With the shift toward petrochemicals and chemicals, there are also new opportunities and new diverse revenue streams.

During this specialised 2-day event we will look to address a number of topics and questions:

  • What role for residue upgrading given the changing refining landscape?
  • Investing in capital-intensive BoB projects given the acceleration of the energy transition?
  • Looking at Profitable Conversion routes: Petrochemical Blocks, Specialty products, etc.
  • Catalysts: innovations, management & circularity
  • Existing Assets: Revamps, Upgrades & operational improvements

Improvements in Process technologies and innovations in catalyst performance will help to diversify, increase profitability, maximise production, increase integration & develop new revenue streams.
Making the right selection in terms of technology, catalyst management, waste management, and different recovery & regeneration techniques is key when deciding on the best operational strategy for the coming years.

BBTC MENA attendees will have the opportunity to hear from major MENA Producers: ADNOC REFINING, BAPCO, ARAMCO, KIPIC, PARCO and SATORP; as well as from leading consultants and solution providers NexantECA, Albemarle, ART Hydroprocessing, ART-Envi, Axens, Becht, Bechtel, CalGavin, CLG, Crystaphase, Daily Thermetrics, Hoover CS, KBR, Shell Catalysts & Technologies and Topsoe.

BBTC MENA Agenda at-a-glance:

AXENS exhibiting during BBTC MENA

AXENS exhibiting during BBTC MENA

  • Industry Outlook, Trends & Key Projects
  • Hydroprocessing of Heavy Oils and Residual Streams
  • Thermal Processing: The continuous advancements of mature DCU technology
  • Catalysts: Technologies, project execution, production, management & recycling
  • Approaches for improved operations: reliability, flexibility & performance

The BBTC MENA agenda will provide insightful presentations and thought-provoking panel discussions with regional producers and leading technology, catalyst and service providers on such topics as “Bottom of The Barrel – Future Challenges for Producers and Licensors” and “Bottom of the Barrel & Sustainability”

There will also be a number of networking opportunities including pre-arranged 1-2-1 meetings – all making the event a unique meeting place for the downstream BoB specialists aiming to contribute to the long-term success of the Refining Industry.

BBTC MENA 2023 – Middle East Bottom of the Barrel & Catalyst Technology Conference takes place on 25–26 January in Bahrain, directly after the ESF MENA conference held on 22–24 January at the same venue.


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Can a Priority Imbalance Lead to a Sustainability Stalemate?

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The Global Downstream Industry is facing challenging times. Operations need to remain competitive, reliable, and profitable - even under volatile market conditions. Energy security is a priority, but at the same time, there is a need to reduce the carbon footprint of our operations. Can a priority imbalance - between the need to increase margins, reduce emissions, and protect energy security - lead to a sustainability stalemate?

Navigating this minefield will require strong partnerships between all stakeholders - investors, technology suppliers, and operators - to work together to implement sustainable solutions for the downstream sector - collaboration is key!

At Euro Petroleum Consultants (EPC), with our experience as a downstream consulting company, we fully recognise the importance of these collaborations, and the need to bring industry professionals together to exchange knowledge and experiences on these key industry developments. From day one this has been our mission across all our industry-leading events.

ESF MENA 2023 Opening Ceremony by H.E. Dr. Mohamed bin Mubarak Bin Daina, Minister of Oil and Environment, Special Envoy for Climate Affairs

Figure 1. ESF MENA 2023 Opening Ceremony by H.E. Dr. Mohamed bin Mubarak Bin Daina, Minister of Oil and Environment, Special Envoy for Climate Affairs

To address these important challenges, we held two of our industry-leading regional events (back-to-back) in Bahrain in January, ESF MENA - Middle East Energy & Sustainability Forum, and BBTC MENA - Bottom of the Barrel & Catalyst Technology Conference, both under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Mohamed bin Mubarak Bin Daina, Minister of Oil and Environment, Special Envoy for Climate Affairs, and hosted by the Ministry of Oil & Environment.

After the resounding success of the inaugural ESF MENA, held virtually during covid-enforced travel restrictions, the industry was eager to meet in person and continue the decarbonisation conversation, and the second edition of this hugely popular, global series of events didn’t disappoint.

We opened proceedings with a highly engaging and insightful pre-conference seminar hosted by Honeywell UOP entitled, A Path Towards Carbon Neutrality: Innovations for the Refining & Chemicals industry.

The two-day conference then sought to address the greatest challenges and most promising opportunities for the MENA region to build a truly sustainable downstream industry, with compelling contributions from an esteemed and influential group of Thought Leaders and Domain Experts, notably: Waleed Al-Shalfan, SABIC, Mohammed Al Ruwaidhi, OQ, Bashir Dabbousi, Aramco, Suliman Al- Khattaf, TASNEE, Mohamed Al Shehab, nogaholding, Franky Smisaert, TotalEnergies, Magdy M. Hassan, ADNOC, Amin N. Nasser, Aramco, Richard Charlesworth, S&P Global Commodity Insights, Mark Houdek, Honeywell UOP, Andrew Inglis, NexantECA, Mohamed Al Ghailani, Boeing, Arun Arora, Chevron Lummus Global, Mohammad Abu Zahra, Global CCS Institute, Duncan Mitchell, KBC - A Yokogawa Company, Henrik Larsen KBR, Nicolas Menet, Axens, Markus Hartung, Evonik, Sashikant Madgula, Sulzer Chemtech, Islam Heikal, Daily Thermetrics, Raman Narayanan, Becht, Mohammed Benchekchou, Shell & AMG Recycling, Meher Doghri, AMG - Advanced Metallurgical Group, and Yassir Ghiyati, Topsoe.

This stellar line up of speakers and panellists covered a range of topics focused on decarbonising the MENA downstream industry, some of which included; Decarbonisation Strategies, Assets and Deployment; Proven Integrated Technology Solutions for Energy Transition & Efficiency; Instrumentation to Achieve Net Zero Objectives, Novel Process Technology Alternatives; Challenges of Producing Renewable Diesel; Opportunities for Alternative Fuels, Green Hydrogen Outlook, H2 in the GCC, Clean Ammonia Solutions, Carbon Capture Utilization & Storage (CCUS), Pathway to True Circularity; to name a few.

NEOM, one of the most exciting projects in the region, is planning the world’s largest renewable hydrogen project, and we had the great pleasure of having David. R. Edmondson, Chief Executive Officer, NEOM Green Hydrogen Company, provide the keynote address on Building the World's Largest Green Hydrogen Plant at Scale - a $5 billion world-scale green hydrogen-based ammonia production facility powered by renewable energy.

It was also a great pleasure to have Leon de Bruyn, President & CEO, Lummus Technology, Bryan Glover, President & CEO, Honeywell UOP and Jean Sentenac, President & CEO, Axens, join us again this year for the highly anticipated CEO’s Keynote Technology Panel to give their unique insight on the GCC's Path to Net Zero - Decarbonisation Strategies & Enabling Technologies.

We expanded our interactive experience with three additional, absorbing panel discussions, including; the Sky’s the Limit - Opportunities for Alternative Fuels; H2 in the GCC: Ready to be the Game Changer; and Circular Economy Strategies: Getting to the Next Level.

David. R. Edmondson, Chief Executive Officer, NEOM Green Hydrogen Company, keynote addess during ESF MENA

Figure 2. David. R. Edmondson, Chief Executive Officer, NEOM Green Hydrogen Company, keynote addess during ESF MENA

Technology providers have a key role to play in helping to decarbonise the downstream sector, and licensors have the expertise, skills, and process knowledge to help speed up the transition journey. We were fortunate to gain first-hand knowledge from global leaders: Honeywell UOP, Topsoe, Lummus Technology, KBR, KBC (a Yokogawa Company), Axens, Shell & AMG Recycling, Becht, Evonik, and Daily Thermetrics.

No sooner had ESF MENA concluded than we were welcoming sponsors, speakers, exhibitors, and delegates to the 9th edition of BBTC MENA where we sought to update regional Refiners on the latest technology solutions to help them maintain high levels of productivity, competitiveness, resilience, and profitability through upgrading heavier lower value components.

From a downstream processing perspective upgrading the bottom of the barrel remains a pressing challenge. There is a real need for refiners to continue upgrading heavier components and increasing conversion to curb low-value fuel oil production. With the shift toward petrochemicals and chemicals, there are also new opportunities and new diverse revenue streams.

The two-day conference assembled an incredibly strong lineup of well-established, highly experienced industry stalwarts, including: Vipan Goel, ART HYDROPROCESSING, Younis Al-Hirz, NexantECA, Fatema Hashem, Bapco, Lucas Groeneveld, ART Hydroprocessing, Mahmood Alawi, CLG, Sophie Babusiaux, Axens, Peter Nymann, Topsoe, Mitch Moloney, BECHT, Ralf Gast and Felix Jülch, ART-Envi Services, Ian Elgey, KBR, David Chaplin, Bechtel, Shaikh Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Bapco, Jawad Ahmed Aleem, PARCO, Joseph Ibrahim, Axens, Najd AlAjmi, KIPIC, Mohammed Benchekchou, Shell Catalysts & Technologies, Robert Wade, ART Hydroprocessing) IK (Inkyum) Kim, Albemarle, Joey Berkhout, Hoover CS, Mariano Del Pozo, SATORP, Ibrahim Althaali, Aramco, Vergel Lantaco, Crystaphase, Deniz Keles, Daily Thermetrics, Martin Gough, Calgavin, Mohammed Al Shehab, nogaholding, and Remi Argiro, Albemarle.

This highly sought-after list of speakers and panellists covered the following topics: Coke Drum Studies and Net Present Value Economics; Environmental Coke Handling in Grassroot DCU Operations; Petrochemical Integration Using Bottom of Barrel Conversion Technologies; Innovative Integrated Upgrading Schemes; a Novel Approach Employed for KIPIC ARDS Pilot Plant Testing with Heavy Feed; High-Performance Catalyst Systems, Maximising Heavy Resid RFCC, Impact of Packaging on SDG's, Assessing Decarbonation Routes at SATORP, Active Filtration in VGO Hydrotreating, Impact of Thermal Profiling on Reaching Net-Zero, Future Proofing with Energy Efficiency - Low-cost, High ROI Solutions and many more.

Improvements in Process technologies and catalyst performance innovations will help diversify, increase profitability, maximise production, increase integration & develop new revenue streams. Making the right selection in terms of technology, catalyst management, waste management, and different recovery & regeneration techniques is key when deciding on the best operational strategy for the coming years.

BBTC MENA Closing panel discussion: Bottom of the Barrel & Sustainability
BBTC MENA audience

Attendees thoroughly enjoyed the mix of thought-provoking presentations, highly interactive panel discussions, unique pre-arranged client meetings, the showcase of technologies and solutions, and the variety of networking opportunities, not to mention the invaluable insight they received from the region’s major producers (Aramco, Bapco, KIPIC, PARCO, and SATORP), as well as from leading consultants and solutions providers (Albemarle, ART Hydroprocessing, ART-Envi, Axens, Becht, Bechtel, CalGavin, CLG, Crystaphase, Daily Thermetrics, Hoover CS, KBR, NexantECA, Shell Catalysts & Technologies, and Topsoe.

As the curtain came down on another successful EPC event, the overwhelming response was, a lot was shared, a lot was learned, and most importantly, attendees left having strengthened existing relationships and made new connections, and with a greater understanding of the importance of getting the balance of priorities right - to avoid a potential sustainability stalemate.


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