Conference Programme

13 - 15 February 2023   |   Exhibition World Bahrain
Under the patronage of HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain
Under the patronage of HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain
08:00 10:00

Registration Registration Area

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10:00 11:00

Panel Discussion: Decarbonisation & Sustainability Grand Ballroom

The road to decarbonization necessitates that a holistic approach must be adopted to address the urgent need to limit global warming, there is no one single policy, fuel, or technology that will solve the carbon emission issue. But rather a mixture of progressive policies, fuels and technologies will enable the world to limit global warming. More importantly, a collaborative and inclusive collaboration among policymakers, the industry, financiers, and other stakeholders is needed to achieve the desired decarbonization goals. In the GCC region, we are committed to maintain our leadership position in the energy market by addressing our stakeholders and customers energy needs by providing the world with low carbon fuels that will support the economy for decades to come. Backed by political commitment towards carbon naturality, companies in the region are well-positioned to de-carbonize their operations and set an example for others to follow. This panel will address the following key aspects:  - What are the available de-carbonization pathways? - What are the opportunities and challenges? - The role of financial institutions in supporting the decarbonization of the industry - Carbon pricing and circularity - How to effectively communicate the industry decarbonization effort to stakeholders?

Moderator

Andreas de Vries

Downstream Finance, Strategy & Planning, Aramco

Speakers

Dr. Hasan Karam

VP, Plant Operations (RR) , ADNOC Refining

Fadi Alshihabi

Partner, KPMG

Tetsuo Arii

Senior Fellow, JCCP

11:00 11:15

Coffee Break

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11:15 12:15

Technical Sessions (Parallel Sessions)

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2 Sessions

Decarbonisation and Sustainability Room B

Moderator

Gurminder Singh

Director, Technology Licensing - MENA, Shell Catalysts & Technologies

McKinsey’s perspective on what refiners can do to decarbonise their operations

Speaker

Gustaw Szarek

Partner, McKinsey & Co.

Reduced Emissions by Eliminating Routine Process Flaring with Predictive Analytics

Speakers

Ibrahim Al-Abbas

Process Engineer, Aramco

Scott Hale

Director of Analytics, KES Global - OnPoint

Steam Systems: The Root of Energy Efficiency

Speaker

Nadeen Omar Awwad

Engineer - Energy Management, ADNOC Refining

Digitalisation in Downstream Sector Room C

Moderator

Maha AlHarbi

Downstream Digital and Technology Coordinator, Aramco

Hydrocarbon Custody Transfer Blockchain Technology “SALIENCE”

Speaker

Manojkumar Mantry

Hydrocarbon Measurement Engineer, Aramco

Breakthrough Technological Pilot Study in KNPC 3D Metallic Printing of Selected Refinery Spare Parts

Speaker

Ali Mostafa Ali Al-Shatti

Engineer - Research & Technology, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

Implementation of Integrated 3D Virtual Reality Operator Training Simulator at Bapco

Speaker

Hussain Fardan

Senior Process Control Engineer, BAPCO

11:15 12:15

Expert Workshop Room D

1 Session

Next Generation Project Delivery - Session 2: How to Improve Project Delivery Today and in the Future? (by GDA Project Management & Commissioning Technical Committees)

The purpose of this session is to frame alternative approaches enterprise/project teams can adopt to close the current gaps, reduce value leakage, and in so doing, achieve better performance towards capital efficiency. As the industry moves toward a world of automation, digitalisation and industrialisation, the intent is to explore future market requirements and how organisations can respond including the use of technology.

Moderator

Ghaith Aljazzar

Regional Director of Business Development, Fluor Corporation

Speakers

Roberto J. Arbulu

Executive Vice President, Strategic Project Solutions, Inc (SPS)

Michele Scotto-Di Carlo

Chief Operating Officer, Technip Energies

Dr. Ahmad Al Qattan

Market Intelligence, Kuwait Petroleum International Ltd

Ali Hasan Jaffar

Operations Superintendent , BAPCO

11:15 12:15

Strategic Session - Market Analysis and Industry trends Room A

The downstream industry is currently passing through many uncertainties and fluctuations, such as feedstock availability, market demands, regulatory/environmental constraints, competitive energy systems, technology disruptions, and geo-politics. It is vital for refiners and technology/service providers to understand these trends and prepare proactively. This special session will discuss several questions such as: - How to make sense of diverse trends and market analyses from different sources? - What refiners and technology/service providers should focus on? - When is the oil/product demand most likely to peak? - Is fuel demand threatened by the EV/FCEV growth, shared mobility, autonomous vehicles, regulatory framework, or policies? When and how they may cause real disruption to gasoline demand?

Moderator

Eiman Al Hammadi

Business Development Manager, ADNOC Refining

Speakers

Jon Stroup

Vice President, Solomon Insights

Dr. Yasser Boghdady

Senior Oil Industry Expert, OAPEC - Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries

12:15 13:30

Lunch Exhibition Hall

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13:30 14:30

Technical Sessions (Parallel Sessions)

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Disruptors Room B

Moderator

Mohammed Benchekchou

Director, Shell Catalysts & Technologies

McKinsey’s perspective on the energy transition and potential demand scenarios up to 2050

Speaker

Jad Dib

Partner, McKinsey & Co.

Leveraging Enhanced Circularity Towards Growing Disruptive Vanadium Based Redox Flow Batteries

Speakers

Shahreyar Khan

Engineering Specialist - Process & Control Systems Department, Aramco

Khaled S Usaimi

Engineer I, Aramco

Ahmad D Hammad

Scientist Specialist, Aramco

Starting your Renewable Journey with Co-Processing

Speaker

Mohamed Janahi

Account Manager, Topsoe

Decarbonisation and Sustainability Room C

Moderator

Fadi Mhaini

Managing Director, Lummus Technology MENA and Global Director, Technology Licensing for KSA, Chevron Lummus

SASREF Blue Hydrogen Production with Reduction in GHG emission

Speaker

Yaser Fallatah

Manager of Planning and Business Development, Saudi Aramco Jubail Refinery Company (SASREF)

A baseline transportation risk analysis for transport of hydrogen in the Kingdom of Bahrain

Speaker

Bassam Alhamad

Professor, University of Bahrain

Decarbonisation Pathways for Achieving Lower Carbon Aviation Fuel (LCAF) in a Refinery

Speaker

Dr. Nasiru M. Tukur

Engineering Consultant, P&CSD, Aramco

13:30 14:30

Expert Workshop Room D

1 Session

Digital Energy Management and Decarbonisation (Using online optimisation and monitoring tool) (by GDA Energy Management Technical Committee)

The digitalized energy management system is an essential aspect of decarbonization which is at the center of national climate strategies. It helps to optimize energy generation and consumption, and improve the energy system’s efficiency and profitability. Digitalization offers an opportunity to leverage data that we already have to get sustainable energy where it needs to be.

Moderator

Mohamed Alhashmi

Team Leader, Energy Management, ADNOC Refining

Speakers

Dhanasekar Periyasamy

Sr. Principal Solution Consultant, AspenTech

Aisha Al Mehrezi

Manager, Technical Assurance Department, ADNOC Refining

13:30 14:30

Strategic Session - Technology Transformation Room A

The downstream industry is agile and dynamic. Process technologies are continuously evolving, to improve performance, increase margin, stay competitive, and/or keep meeting the ever-changing customer requirements and environmental regulations which are becoming more stringent.   This session will focus on the challenges the downstream industry is facing, including enforcement of more stringent changes in customer requirements and environmental regulations, the evolvement of new market competitors, higher operating costs and minimal refinery margin. What is the impact of these challenges on the downstream industry? What strategies oil refiners are taking to overcome these challenges, and how transforming to innovative process technologies can help refiners to stay in business and be competitive.

Moderator

Nathan Ergonul

Managing Director, ART Hydroprocessing

Speakers

Mahdi Al-Adel

CEO, Aramco Ventures

George Cui Shan

Chairman & CEO, SUPCON

Evgeny Fedotov

SVP - EMEA, AVEVA

Abdulla Omar Al Ameri

VP, Asset Development Division, ADNOC Refining

14:30 14:45

Coffee Break

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14:45 15:45

Panel Discussion: Energy Transition Grand Ballroom

Zero-carbon energy sources, including hydrogen, nuclear, biofuel, and renewable energy sources like wind, solar, as well as lithium-ion batteries, coexist with fossil-based sources e.g. oil, natural gas, and coal.  However, the transformation of global energy from fossil-based to zero-carbon energy sources is currently going on at a fast pace and will be enforced in many countries before the second half of this century, creating a new challenging environment for the downstream industry.   This panel discussion will focus on the energy transition from fossil-based to zero‑carbon energy, and the challenges for the downstream industry.  What are the roles of government policies in enforcing this transition? How environmentalists, business analysts, refiners, and automakers are predicting the future as electric vehicles grow in popularity? What is the impact on fossil fuel demand? How refiners will keep growing in the energy business while reducing costs and improving CO2 intensity performance? Where will be the downstream industry in the future?

Moderator

Keith A. Couch

Senior Director Business Development, Honeywell UOP

Speakers

Gaurav Srivastava

Executive Director, S&P Global

Mohammed Al-Habib

Regional Energy Transition Executive Director - MENATI, Baker Hughes

Musaab Mulla

Manager S&MA, Aramco

15:45 16:00

Coffee Break

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Technical Sessions (Parallel Sessions)

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Digitalisation in Downstream Sector Room B

Moderator

Mohamed Al Noaimi

Business Strategy Leader, BAPCO

Reverse Engineering Toward Supporting the Domestic Industries

Speaker

Faris Alghamdi

Maintenance Planning & Engineering Supervisor (A), Aramco

Significance of Applied AI for Process Manufacturing Digitalisation

Speaker

Shardul Shindadkar

Asst Mgr - Sales and Marketing, Ingenero Inc

Giving wings to carryout internal inspection in critical equipment (Drone case)

Speakers

Hamad Saeed Al Naqbi

Team Leader - Inspection (I), ADNOC Refining

Prashanth Markonda Koteswara

Senior Engineer - Inspection, ADNOC Refining

Disruptors Room C

Moderator

Oussama Ould Zmirli

Manager, Solution Consulting, AspenTech

Are the new sustainability regulations and policies rocking the fossil fuel industry?

Speaker

Sayeed Mohammed

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Georgetown University

Ultrasonically Enhanced Oxidative Desulfurization UoDS

Speakers

Ahmed Al Jiffry

Investor Relations Manager, Saudi Aramco Base Oil Company - Luberef

Dr. Paolo Guida

Research Scientist, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

16:00 17:00

Expert Workshop Room D

1 Session

Challenges of Digital Transformation in Asset Management (by GDA Digitalisation & Reliability Technical Committee)

Objective: Identification of the digital transformation challenges in the Asset Management field and members' knowledge of the best ways to overcome these challenges. Outline: “The importance of digital transformation in the field of Asset Management” brief by the session facilitator. KIPIC experience in the challenges of digital transformation in the field of Asset Management by the session facilitator. - Difficulty in Business Case Realization. - Low Digital Maturity and old workplace practices leading to - - Adaptation Resistance. - Lack of Technical Expertise.

Facilitator

Ahmad Albasri

Sr. Engineer, Reliability, Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC)

16:00 17:00

Expert Workshop Room E

1 Session

Digitalisation in Action, Real Case Study of Refinery Optimisation (by GDA Operational Excellence Technical Committee)

This real-life case study presents how Digitalization tools are effective in the optimization of real refinery & Petrochemical plants. Today’s refinery and petrochemical plants are deeply integrated and present a challenge in terms of taking the initiative and capitalizing on opportunities to improve the overall margin. The case study will demonstrate the complexity of today’s unit configurations and how digitalization gives the process engineer and plant operator a new dimension in looking at the “big picture” aiming to improve the bottom line.

Moderator

Nasser Al Shammari

Operational Excellence Sr.Engineer, SATORP

Speaker

Nimit Arora

Senior Director, Lummus Technology

16:00 17:00

Strategic Session - Downstream World-Class Projects Delivery Room A

For downstream refiners to become highly competitive and flexible to meet future challenges and capture growth opportunities, panelists would share their latest success story in project execution, best practices and lessons learned. This will enable GCC refiners to achieve the highest capital efficiency and achieve flawless commissioning and startups as well as safe operations. Panelists are expected to discuss current challenges and issues faced by refiners during the project's life cycle, especially in GCC. Such topics include Project Definition, Engineering Duration and costs as well as construction delays and costs overruns. Discussions will also include How and What Refiners, PMCs’ and EPCs’ can do to execute projects efficiently while minimizing potential risks. Panel discussion should aim to identify current gaps in project delivery in GCC and/or downstream refineries and how can project stakeholders bridge these gaps.

Moderator

Dr. Saadi Adra

Founder and CEO, Advisors

Speakers

Hafedh Al-Qassab

Acting Deputy Chief Executive & BMP Project Director, BAPCO

Juan Manuel Tovar

CEO, Tecnicas Reunidas, KSA

Meqbel A. Al-Shammari

Manager of Hydrogen & Petrochemical Program, Aramco

Issam Srour

Senior Consultant, IPA

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