The im­por­tance of dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion, when ap­plied cor­rectly, will pro­vide a next-gen­er­a­tion tool­kit for sites to op­ti­mise and con­trol op­er­a­tions, says Daniel Carter, di­rec­tor, global con­sul­tancy, process tech­nol­ogy and con­sult­ing, Wood

Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East - - ME-TECH PREVIEW -

Why are you par­tic­i­pat­ing in ME-TECH 2019? Wood sees ME-TECH 2019 as one of the key events in the Mid­dle East­ern cal­en­dar. We have been par­tic­i­pat­ing at ME-TECH since the event be­gan and have al­ways been pleased with the op­por­tu­ni­ties pro­vided to show­case our ca­pa­bil­i­ties and net­work with our cus­tomers in the re­gion.

What prod­ucts and ser­vices are you look­ing to show­case at the event? What are some of the key points that are go­ing to be high­lighted?

This year, Wood will be demon­strat­ing how our ca­pa­bil­i­ties can sup­port our cus­tomers through­out the life­cy­cle of their as­sets in a morn­ing sem­i­nar as well as pre­sent­ing on top­ics dur­ing the event that cover our pro­pri­etary tech­nol­ogy and op­ti­mi­sa­tion ex­per­tise. Our sem­i­nar will in­clude the top­ics of ‘Project Se­lec­tion and De­vel­op­ment’, ‘Op­ti­mis­ing As­set Per­for­mance’, and ‘Are your as­sets ready for to­mor­row?’.

Con­sid­er­ing your op­tions and choos­ing the op­ti­mum con­fig­u­ra­tion and tech­nol­ogy are cru­cial to long-term project per­for­mance. At the ‘Project Se­lec­tion and De­vel­op­ment’ part of the sem­i­nar, Wood will out­line our best-in-class con­sul­tancy ca­pa­bil­ity for in­vest­ment plan­ning, op­tion se­lec­tion and tech­nol­ogy in­te­gra­tion. We will also demon­strate how our port­fo­lio of pro­pri­etary tech­nolo­gies for heavy oil up­grad­ing, hy­dro­gen pro­duc­tion and sul­phur re­cov­ery can prove to be suc­cess fac­tors for nu­mer­ous projects.

Chang­ing prod­uct mar­kets, evolv­ing stan­dards, costs of raw ma­te­ri­als and a con­tin­u­ously chang­ing op­er­at­ing work­force are only a few of the chal­lenges an as­set faces through­out its op­er­at­ing life­cy­cle. At the ‘Op­ti­mis­ing As­set Per­for­mance’ ses­sion of the sem­i­nar, par­tic­i­pants can learn how we ap­proach ex­ist­ing as­set man­age­ment and de­vel­op­ment of op­er­a­tion com­pe­ten­cies, re­duc­ing plant op­er­at­ing costs, and im­prov­ing yield per­for­mance.

The in­dus­try is fo­cus­ing on dig­i­tal in­te­gra­tion in down­stream, but what does it mean and what do we want to achieve? Wood can help cus­tomers through the de­ploy­ment of lead­ing-edge tools and so­lu­tions to im­prove busi­ness per­for­mance for the fu­ture. Dur­ing the part of the sem­i­nar ad­dress­ing the topic ‘Are your as­sets ready for to­mor­row?’, we will cover a va­ri­ety of sub­jects from op­er­a­tor train­ing and op­er­a­tions mon­i­tor­ing through to man­ag­ing plant main­te­nance in a ro­bust and an­a­lyt­i­cal man­ner.

What are some of the key trends in down­stream tech­nol­ogy that you think the in­dus­try should be pay­ing more at­ten­tion to? And, why?

The changes in bunker fuel sul­phur through the IMO leg­is­la­tion are rapidly ap­proach­ing. We see a num­ber of cus­tomers look­ing at how to tackle this chal­lenge through residue up­grad­ing projects. Many na­tional oil com­pa­nies are also look­ing to di­ver­sify their port­fo­lio across the re­fin­ing and petro­chem­i­cal value chains to bal­ance crude oil ex­ports as eco­nomic driv­ers. There re­mains to be large in­cen­tives to im­prove prof­itabil­ity in the Mid­dle East, as well as driv­ing the best prac­tice in op­er­a­tions and main­te­nance.

Have you got any pre­dic­tions for the re­fin­ing and petro­chem­i­cal sec­tors in the Mid­dle East in 2019-2020?

We be­lieve the re­fin­ing and petro­chem­i­cals sec­tor in the Mid­dle East will con­tinue to grow through 2019-2020. Large projects, with sig­nif­i­cant in­te­gra­tion be­tween re­fin­ing and petro­chem­i­cal pro­duc­tion, will re­main to be fo­cus ar­eas for ma­jor cus­tomers in the re­gion.

Daniel Carter

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