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To enquire about speaking opportunities for our 2013 Summit, please contact Mariya Kovalyova on or email

TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION DAY, 21st May 2013 (Tuesday)


  • Analysing heat exchanger effectiveness
  • Design consideration for enhanced heat transfer
  • Heat transfer economics and systematic approach to retrofitting
  • Guidelines for improving heat recovery
  • Heat transfer and pressure drop constraints and limitations
  • Field cases:

           - Optimising for minimum energy consumption

           - Optimising for maximum throughput capacity

Blazo Ljubicic
Director of Technology
Koch Heat Transfer Company


  • Confined space: A new approach according to the Italian law (DPR 177/2011)
  • Redesign of cleaning process through new safety guidelines
  • Case study: Desludging of tank in a south Europe refinery

Maurizio Natoli
Senior Manager


  • Reducing risks to ensure unconditional safety
  • Improving environmental performance and operational excellence
  • Lowering operating costs whilst increasing productivity

Juan Carlos Duarte
Consultancy Manager
Stork Technical Services


  • Discussing the potential value in closing the gaps in downstream petroleum supply chain work processes
  • Moving on from legacy applications that were never designed for unified work processes
  • Developing a fully integrated, multi-user, enterprise supply chain solution from supply side crude and cargo analysis to refining and product distribution
  • Gaining an insight into the future of supply chain software capabilities and how they can close the gaps with dramatically changed work processes

Charles Rieb
Senior Consultant
Spiral Software


Case study: Energy efficiency improvements at Repsol’s Química Tarragona plant as a result of implementing a real time energy optimisation system

  • Understanding the energy efficiency challenges facing the most important petrochemical plant in Spain
  • Learning why a real time energy optimiser (Visual MESA) has been implemented in order to operate this complex energy system at a minimum cost while improving energy efficiency
  • Gaining an insight into the improvements that have been achieved as a result

Daniel Alonso
Process Engineer

Diego Ruiz
Professional Services Vice President
Soteica Visual Mesa



  • Addressing the day to day difficulties refinery schedulers are faced with which remain unsolved by existing software
  • Providing an overview of a fluid UI and smart simulation engine for significantly enhanced productivity
  • Implementing full auditing and exploring capabilities through comprehensive multi-case and multi-user management
  • Integrating simplified maintenance through quick, secure and transparent deployment of new models and versions
  • Case study: Testimony from Bayernoil

Guillaume Moulin
Senior Consultant

Heinz-Juergen Gerund
Manager Production Planning

Lionel Berton
Senior Consultant


  • Reducing the stack temperature significantly
  • Improving the heat recovery
  • Demonstrating the key results and benefits of the replacement:

               - Enhanced fuel saving

               - Increased efficiency

               - Impact on NOx emissions

               - Improved energy used per processed m3 of crude

Olivier Brasseur
Technical Director
BD Heat Recovery Division, Inc.


  • Ensuring industry leading performance by reducing tank emissions and optimising working capacity
  • Increasing financial savings through implementing innovative technologies that recover significant amounts of tank heel
  • Maximising asset longevity by equiping tanks with more robust, durable and chemically compatible floating roofs and seals with the goal of getting more than 20 years operation out of the tank rather than having to take it out of service

Marcel van Dijk
Sales Manager
HMT Rubbaglas Ltd


  • Fully fluidised operation: A step change in coke handling between cutting and load out
  • Environmentally sound and safe, economically attractive and provides opportunities for cycle time reduction
  • High system reliability (+98%) through unique design features and materials   

Bernd Lankers
Project Manager
Triplan AG

Josef Wadle
Triplan AG


  • Combine bad actor information from the enterprise with health based performance information in the field, to determine and eliminate the drain on the bottom line
  • Visualise, investigate, deploy and improve - Understand the key attributes to improve the asset performance management life cycle
  • Identify the causes of unplanned outages and build solid strategies to mitigate future business and financial risk

Justin Eames
APM Group Head, Europe
Emerson Process Management

Osvaldo Sanchez
Senior Sales Manager


This tour will allow you to unwind after the first day of the summit and experience some the famous cultural sights of this beautiful European City

DAY 1, 22nd May 2013 (Wednesday)







  • An update on the Fuel Quality Directive and the Renewable Energy Directive with regards to biofuels, emissions, imports and exports
  • Complying with emerging 2013 legislation: Industrial Emissions Directive, EU Trading Scheme Phase III and Waste Water Directive
  • Will the Indirect Land Usage Charge lead to the demise of investment and further development within the biofuel space?
  • Expected effects of the Energy Taxation Directive on the imbalanced barrel in Europe?

Pierre Dechamps
Energy, Climate Change and the Environment
European Commission





  • Statoil’s story on the refinery transformation to become more efficient: Driving focus, leadership, involvement of employees and unions, and culture
  • Ensuring that all refinery personnel have a common understanding of business priorities and goals
  • Empowering junior management to take more responsibility and make more decisions
  • Re-evaluating shutdown, maintenance and energy management protocols
  • Incorporating lean understandings into your operations

Lars Rosenløv
VP and Refining Manager


Promoting carbon reduction culture by identifying opportunities to improve our energy efficiency and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions





  • Repsol today and overview of Tarragona Refinery and Petrochemical Complex
  • Energy efficiency improvement and greenhouse gas emissions reduction programme at the refining and petrochemical business areas
  • Analysing key performance indicator (KPI)
  • Developing a sound investment programme
  • 2011 and 2012 years results and lessons learned

Ramon Nieto
Director, Engineering


  • Investigating the different contaminants targeted during decontamination and how to eliminate them
  • Explaining how the methods presented are able to reduce cost, personnel risk, pyrophoric risks to vessels, and decontamination time while being environmentally safe
  • Comparing time, cost and safety of previous approaches to the current technology used

Paul Komperda
Global Technical Director
Zyme-Flow Decontamination Technologies



  • Effectively using side-entry tank mixers in crude oil services to provide a uniform homogeneous product to the crude distillation unit
  • Maintaining tank integrity by ensuring a clean, deposition free floor
  • Ensuring effective mixing in tanks which store intermediates and finished products to cover blending and heat transfer
  • Gaining an insight into the latest developments in energy reduction by using new technologies in propeller design
  • Case study: Demonstrating a successful tank cleaning project in West Texas

Christopher Hastings
Market Specialist - Petroleum Industry
Philadelphia Mixing Solutions, Ltd.


Applying Foster Wheeler’s optimise philosophy in response to legislation and the market drivers which threaten the very existence of European refining

  • How can refiners optimise current operations to maximise margins and compete with modern export refineries in the ME and other growth regions?
  • How can refiners achieve this with constrained CAPEX?
  • Modifying your refinery product slate with minimal impact on existing revenue and effectively delivering an upgrade that immediately pays for itself
  • Case studies illustrating innovative execution tools and methods, possible challenges and the importance of early studies

John Payne
Chief Technology/Static Equipment Engineer
Foster Wheeler

Mark Hudson
Project Process Manager
Foster Wheeler



  • Identifying the properties which make SAF2304 a cost effective product
  • Showing how the addition of nitrogen (N) contributes to better weldability due to austenite reformation during welding
  • Revealing how its composition ensures it has outstanding resistance to a broad range of corrosive environments
  • Showcasing the experiments which have taken place in both chloride solutions and oxygen containing dilute chloride environments

Eduardo Perea
Business Development - Heat Exchanger and Fertiliser Tubes
Sandvik Materials Technology


  • Identifying the quick wins on energy performance
  • Optimising fired heater performance: SAFE and efficient
  • Utilities can deliver the required energy at minimum cost
  • On-site improvements; Off-site optimisation
  • Enhance human performance with guided operations
  • Site-wide energy excellence 24x7x365

Eric Jan Kwekkeboom
Business Development Manager, Oil and Gas Downstream
Yokogawa Europe BV


  • Outlining the principles of separation
  • Providing a background of electrostatic separation
  • Understanding the fundamentals of coalescers
  • Gaining an insight into developments, examples and application

Geert Willemse
Sales Engineer Electrostatic Coalescers
Frames Separation Technologies BV

stream 1


  • General overview of the project objectives and milestones
  • Key challenges and solutions
  • Quick overview of the Naantali refinery planning model

Markus Kettunen
Specialist, Production Planning Models
Neste Oil Corporation

stream 2


  • Understanding facility system configuration, main causes of corrosion and subsequent impacts on safety and production
  • Tackling the problem of corrosion - wet or dry?
  • Exploring challenges and benefits to both solutions
  • Lessons learnt at Saras – key findings, facts and figures of overcoming corrosion 
  • What is the role of chemical protection? 
  • Is there a truly ideal solution to overhead corrosion?

Andrea Saliu
Senior Process Engineer
Saras S.p.A


Optimising production and minimising energy – the way forward to increasing profitability

Moderated by:


How do you make energy efficiency cost effective?

  • How important is recovering energy for your plant?
  • Can we solve furnace capacity limitations?
  • How significant is fouling to the profitability of your plant?
  • How to generate project support for energy reduction?

José Luis Sanchez
Manager of Process Department of FW Iberia
Foster Wheeler

Lars Thorstholm
Manager Strategy – MPR SBD BD Liquid Processing

Martin Gough
Managing Director

Michal Báhidský
Development Engineer


DAY 2, 23rd May 2013 (Thursday)





  • Understanding the changing nature of the refining market: Where are we now and what are the forecasted developments?
  • Moving from region-specific operations to the global rat race and the implications on competition: A look at the US, China and India
  • How can outdated European refineries survive in an environment of competitor high export capacity?
  • Supporting and propelling the management of operational efficiency
  • Exploring how industry perspectives on financing and management are changing. Are we becoming more like the US?   

Antoine Halff
Head, Oil Industry & Markets Division and Editor, Oil Market Report
International Energy Agency (IEA)


The role of European refining in achieving energy security across the continent

  • Is EU refining the cornerstone of EU security of supply?
  • Ensuring maintainance of EU refining’s competitiveness
  • Establishing a favourable framework for investment

A UK focus: The UK refining market and preparing for a perfect storm

  • Understanding the wave of EU and UK regulations that threaten the future of UK refining
  • Addressing what the industry is doing to defend its position
  • Is a Policy Strategy for the UK refining market a real possibility? How does this Policy Strategy fit in with the EU refining forum?

Chris Beddoes
Director General

Nick Vandervell



  • Understanding the importance of turnarounds to the refinery business in terms of cost, schedule and lost production opportunity
  • Quantifying the gap between the top and bottom performers in turnaround execution
  • Using benchmarks to generate the case for action to senior management
  • Learning the key steps in the rapid deployment of a turnaround management process using NaviTrackTM
  • Measuring, monitoring and reinforcing continual improvement

Brett Schroeder
Managing Director
Asset Performance Networks, LLP



  • Developing a multi-tier system for catalyst handling: From loading to the entire catalyst handling chain
  • Applying a radically new approach for addressing the SHE, quality and schedule balance during catalyst change-out
  • Real-life examples that demonstrate the benefits of this holistic approach
  • The next step: CleanCat level 1 as the stepping stone to truly groundbreaking innovation in the catalyst supply chain

Demian De Wit
Manager, New Product Development

stream 1

  • Reducing shutdown duration due to the elimination of unnecessary work and proper scheduling 
  • Reducing costs through resource reallocation and improved resource utilisation
  • Achieving reduction in logistical delays due to improved planning and communication
    • Lower risk due to formal risk management
    • Being able to recognise shortcomings in the current way of planning and scheduling and to actively contribute to improvement
    • Becoming a more valued member of the team due to improved knowledge in all aspects of shutdown and turnaround management
    • Key factors for a lean turnaround

Trinath Sahoo
Chief Manager
IOCL (Indian Oil Corporation Limited)

stream 2


  • The drawbacks of the conventional "progress" concept, which was thought to be the best technology valuation criteria
  • Addressing the need for "genuine progress" concept for technology evaluation that includes sustainability attributes in the economical equation as well as in the definition of the process performance
  • Key factors and their impact to support the decision-making on brand-new refining facilities
  • The trade-off between the selection of the best technology for the owner and the preservation and creation of "genuine progress" for the society in the long-term
  • Recent applications in the technology selection of a new refinery in Mexico 

Enrique Aguilar Rodriguez
Mexican Institute of Chemical Engineers


  • What does a technical partnership mean?
  • How do you reduce the total cost of ownership by close cooperation with service providers?
  • Optimising your planning using contractors
  • Addressing the benefits for a service provider
  • Analysing the effect of a technical partnership on your daily work

Chris Broekmeulen
Sales Manager, Plant and Facilities
ROSEN Europe


  • Continuous on-line cleaning technology of heat exchanger tubes
  • Technology applicability in oil and gas plants
  • Case studies:
    • PEMEX Cryogenic Plant surface condenser
    • PEMEX Gas Sweetening Plant reflux condenser

Jorge Weitzner
Business Development Manager Oil and Gas


During lunch there will be a themed roundtable discussion. There are only 8 places available; if you would like to attend please sign-up in the exhibition area.

High efficiency mixing with the latest propeller technology - Led by: Philadelphia Mixing Solutions, Ltd.

A buffet lunch will be provided for those not attending.

stream 1

  • Generating a winning strategy 
  • Exploring the regulatory requirements of Brazil and their implications 
  • Taking into account profitability of new plants

Cláudio Carmo Herrmann Junior
General Manager

stream 2

  • Re-evaluating the configuration of your inventory flow chart - what needs to be prioritised?
  • Maximising control, maintaining a lean inventory process and reducing cost through good inventory management
  • Applying standardization principles to your inventory process to ensure right material levels at the right time
  • Quality vs quantity - enriching material supply to reduce quanity needed
  • Establishing the right inventory classification/analysis system for you: ABC, VED, FSD
  • Generating an effective inventory level, turnover, cycle count and write-off policy to ensure overall process optimisation

Nafees Anwar
Lead, Inventory Control
Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO)

stream 1

  • Overview of Nigerian refineries
  • What is the impact of delayed TAM?
  • Analysing plant rehabilitation options
  • Post-TAM/rehabilitation yields
  • Achieving increased profitability

Tony Ogbuigwe
Group Executive Director, Refineries and Petrochemicals

stream 2

  • Understanding workforce demographics across global operations
  • Addressing the lack of middle management due to a majority45 aged workforce
  • Maximising knowledge capture and training as people leave the plant
  • Addressing the challenges of taking more risk with younger personnel 
  • How can the industry expect to attract a replacement younger workforce when the systems used are so dated?
  • How are emerging markets such as Latin America and the Far East attracting an efficient workforce?

Christopher McLaverty
Former VP, Global Leadership, Development and Learning


  • Industry forecasts on the US shale market and its effect on gasoline export
  • Could gasoline be shifted to an EU-wide fuel?
  • Assessing tax and charge incentives that are being considered to boost gasoline-run vehicle purchasing
  • Could existing gasoline plants be upgraded to diesel production?
  • The role of Russia in the diesel market that might have a further knock on effect on the EU market

András Péntek
VP, Strategy Development

panel discussion

Moderated by:

  • Is the current ETS system doomed after the recent European Parliament failure to pass the back loading legislation?
  • The price has fallen from 25 Euros/ton in 2008 to 5 Euros/ton in February 2013 and in currently less than 3 Euros/ton
  • How should European refineries react?
    • Ignore the current situation
    • Assume prices will remain low
    • Adjust to the current situation but start planning for higher prices at some point in the future
    • Be pro-active (expect the system to be remedied relatively quickly)
  • Can refineries in other countries with higher floor values remain competitive?
  • Is the price of fuel more important than the Carbon Tax?

András Péntek
VP, Strategy Development

David Hawkins
BD Heat Recovery Division, Inc.

Koen Verlackt
Technology Manager
Independent Belgian Refinery NV, Member of the Gunvor Group

Mathijs van Es
Sr. Director Technology