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BBTC (Bottom of the Barrel Technology) Middle East & Africa 2015, December 9- 10, 2015 || Abu Dhabi


Recent times have been challenging to the oil and gas industry resulting from a drop in crude oil price combined with decreasing demand in certain key regions. Against the backdrop of project cancellations and postponements, an industry conference will discuss why now is the time for operators to expand and upgrade their facilities.

BBTC Middle East & Africa 2015 – Bottom of the Barrel Technology Conference will bring the major players to Abu Dhabi to discuss optimum solutions for residue upgrading, which has become essential to Middle East and African refineries. BBTC Middle East & Africa 2015 is a unique event and the only residue upgrading conference to be held in the Middle East region. The conference will take place on 9 & 10 December 2015 in the Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel Abu Dhabi.

Stefan Chapman, Vice President of the host company Euro Petroleum Consultants [EPC], explains why BBTC is the single most important event for the residue-upgrading community, “In today’s global and highly competitive refined products market, producers must be able maximise margins on every barrel of crude oil processed. Technology is constantly evolving and it is vital that producers and suppliers stay up-to-date in this rapidly developing sector of the refining industry. Residue processing is becoming essential to Middle Eastern and African refiners and this is the premier event for staying up-to-date with developments”.

The two day conference will hear from many of the leading technology companies in residue upgrading. Albemarle, one of the companies presenting their technology, tell us why they see residue upgrading continuously evolving for the next few years “The higher distillate demand and price combined with the decreasing fuel oil demand drive the upgrading. It is happening more in the Middle East and Asia Pacific while growing their oil refining capacities”.

The conference will include the following topics: global and regional market overviews, integrated solutions for residue upgrading and hydrogen and sulphur management. BASF who will present their key residue upgrading technology FCC Catalysts Portfolio say they expect an increase in catalysts demand over the long term due to the growth in use of heavier and sourer crudes.

In the sector, all eyes are on the future, both in the short and long term, with most organisations examining ways to ensure maximum profitability within the current climate. “Residue upgrading investments are a long term strategic upgrade to a refinery. Economic decisions need to reflect a longer term forecast to crude pricing” stresses Steve Catchpole of Johnson Matthey who will be speaking at the event. “In terms of the evolution of the sector, we envisage that catalytic options for residue upgrading in the presence of hydrogen will dominate the technologies employed for the new refinery and expansion globally. We will discuss this in detail at the conference.”

David Mc Namara, APR Technical Manager with conference sponsors Criterion Catalysts & Technologies shares his thoughts on how he sees residue upgrading evolving over the next few years, “with the need to produce more high quality transportation fuels such as diesel in line with more rapid population growth, higher amounts of heavier residue will need to be upgraded.” When asked what piece of advice would he give to those considering a residue upgrading project, David said “choose a reliable and robust design capable of dealing with ever-changing market economies.”

Middle East heavyweight KNPC will present their experience of residue desulfurization in bottom of the barrel upgrade schemes while Sonara (Société Nationale de Raffinage du Cameroun) alongside KT Kinetics Technology, the Phase 2 EPC contractor, will share their major refinery expansion project at their Limbé Refinery.

Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (TAKREER) will deliver an update on their Residue FCC Unit at the Ruwais Refinery discussing the current status and technology selection. The conference will also hear from the leading technology and providers in the residue upgrading sector such as UOP, ExxonMobil, Axens, Bechtel, and many more.

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About Euro Petroleum Consultants [EPC]

Euro Petroleum Consultants [EPC] is an independent consulting group formed in London in 1996. We act as Client Project Engineer [CPE] for oil, gas and petrochemical producers by supporting the Client’s team through all stages of project development. EPC has offices in London, Dubai, Moscow, Sofia and Kuala Lumpur and our senior consultants have gained experience with companies such as UOP, Axens, Foster Wheeler, Shell, Shaw Group, ExxonMobil, BP and Snamprogetti. In addition to our consulting activities, EPC organises high-level conferences and training courses for the oil, gas and petrochemicals sector. Our in-depth knowledge of the industry combined with extensive technical and commercial experience enables us to guarantee that our events are delivered to very highest standards.



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