Es­tab­lished 17 years ago, Euro Pe­tro­leum Con­sul­tants’ BBTC – Bot­tom of the Bar­rel Tech­nol­ogy Con­fer­ence – se­ries re­mains the only event fo­cus­ing on tech­nolo­gies, project trends and equip­ment in­no­va­tions re­lat­ing to residue up­grad­ing in re­finer­ies

Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East - - EVENT PREVIEW -

The con­fer­ence tak­ing place dur­ing 3-4 De­cem­ber 2018 in Bahrain, has be­come one of the most in­sight­ful events for the re­fin­ing in­dus­try in the Mid­dle East, es­pe­cially as more and more fo­cus is given to residue up­grad­ing.

Residue up­grad­ing is in­creas­ingly recog­nised as a key so­lu­tion to the press­ing chal­lenge of meet­ing the grow­ing mar­ket for cleaner fu­els, the grad­ual sub­sti­tu­tion of heav­ier feed­stock and the de­creas­ing de­mand for heavy oil.

The con­fer­ence takes place un­der the pa­tron­age of Shaikh Mo­hammed bin Khal­ifa Al Khal­ifa, min­is­ter of oil, Bahrain, with the sup­port of the Na­tional Oil & Gas Au­thor­ity, and Bapco as prin­ci­pal spon­sor.

Key tech­nolo­gies will be pre­sented by mar­ket lead­ers such as Exxon­mo­bil, Ax­ens, Wood, and Chevron Lum­mus Global, and will in­clude de­layed cok­ing, gasi­fi­ca­tion, slurry hy­dro­c­rack­ing and residue flu­idised cat­alytic crack­ing (RFCC). The US oil ma­jor Exxon­mo­bil will host a com­pli­men­tary work­shop for end-users as part of the event fo­cused on their tech­nol­ogy of­fer­ings for re­fin­ers.

Fol­low­ing the BBTC MENA Con­fer­ence, the Mid­dle East Cat­a­lyst Tech­nol­ogy Con­fer­ence (ME-CAT) will take place dur­ing 5-6 De­cem­ber 2018. ME-CAT is an event fully fo­cused on bring­ing to­gether cat­a­lyst sup­pli­ers, li­cen­sors, con­trac­tors, ser­vice providers and end users for a unique op­por­tu­nity to ex­change on the lat­est cat­a­lyst de­vel­op­ments.

Cat­alytic pro­cesses are at the heart of all re­finer­ies and petro­chem­i­cal com­plexes. With the re­cent drive for in­creased in­te­gra­tion, the num­ber of units us­ing modern cat­a­lysts has in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly. The right cat­a­lyst so­lu­tion can im­prove mar­gins, achieve bet­ter prod­uct qual­ity, higher yields and longer cy­cle lengths – all this with rel­a­tively small in­vest­ment.

ME-CAT will fo­cus on cat­a­lysts for re­fin­ing and petro­chem­i­cals, cat­a­lyst man­age­ment and the im­por­tance of re­search in pro­duc­ing per­for­mance cat­a­lysts. The con­fer­ences are rich in tech­ni­cal con­tent, pro­vid­ing spe­cial­ists with a fo­rum to learn about the lat­est de­vel­op­ments from the lead­ing tech­nol­ogy and ser­vice providers com­bined with ex­ten­sive net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Shaikh Mo­hammed bin Khal­ifa Al Khal­ifa, min­is­ter of oil, Bahrain, opens the BBTC MENA and ME-CAT 2017 con­fer­ences.

A panel dis­cus­sion at the BBTC MENA 2017 con­fer­ence.

Net­work­ing in progress at the ex­hi­bi­tion area of the BBTC MENA and ME-CAT 2017 con­fer­ences.

Del­e­gates at­tend­ing the BBTC MENA and ME-CAT 2017 con­fer­ences.

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