Masterclass in Petrochemicals

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Agenda

Day One

ESSENTIALS OF THE PETROCHEMICALS AND CHEMICALS INDUSTRY KEY FACTS, FIGURES AND ELEMENTS
  • Brief history and evolution
  • Dimensions, numbers, key facts and figures
  • Segments, key applications and customers' industries
  • Oil and Gas processing, feedstock sources
BASIC (PETRO) CHEMISTRY AND RELATED TERMINOLOGIES
  • Origin of petrochemicals: hydrocarbons from petroleum, natural gas, coal, bio-based
  • Key molecules and basic properties
  • Main reactions, products and by-products
  • Key refinery operations relevant for petrochemicals-integration
  • Main petrochemicals building blocks
  • Key measures (energy, mass, volume, mole), units, their links and conversions
THE MAIN PETROCHEMICALS BUILDING BLOCKS AND THEIR DERIVATIVES
  • Olefins and their derivatives
  • Aromatics and their derivatives
  • Methane and its derivatives

CASE STUDY: working out examples on recognition and nomenclatures of key molecules and their functionalities

Day Two

PETROCHEMICALS IN EVERYDAY LIFE
  • Diverse applications with examples
A RESPONSIBLE INDUSTRY
  • Links to macro-economy and other industries, cyclicality, global and regional dynamics
  • Feedstock: types, underlying cost, pricing, yields, regional specifics, supply/demand, past and current, recent and new trends
  • Capital expenditure and operating costs
  • Economy of scale and integration
  • Cost curves, marginal economics, shut-down economics, leaders/laggards and profitability
  • "Right and Wrong" timings of building assets
  • Structures and restructuring, M&A's: past and current

CASE STUDY: Top Global and Regional Players, Leaders and Laggards

Day Three

GLOBAL PETROCHEMICALS
  • Latest facts and figures
  • Review of key global trends
  • Regional and global shifts

CASE STUDY: Middle East in the context of global trends and dynamics

INNOVATIONS, CURRENT AND FUTURE TRENDS
  • Shale plays: "revolution" in US? Current scramble elsewhere
  • Shale: value chain impacts, imbalances
  • On-purpose process technologies
  • Shifts in value chains and trade flows
  • China: coal-based petrochemicals, "C1-chemistry". India: Gasification, future impacts
  • "Bio-based" petrochemicals: various approaches, old molecules via new routes, new molecules, drop-in, old and new applications

Case studies from China, India and United States

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