Forum on oil refining kicked off today at Renaissance Doha City Centre Hotel in Doha, Qatar
3rd Annual Global Refining Technology Forum organized by Fleming Gulf Conferences got off to a good start today at Renaissance Doha City Centre Hotel in Doha, Qatar with organizations like Total Research & Technology, Chevron – USA, Sulzer Chemtech, Qatar Shell GTL Limited, DuPont Sustainable Solutions and TAKREER Research Center presenting at the forum. The forum is gathering global oil and gas professionals to discuss the latest developments in refining. With the world economy facing challenging times, reﬁneries are looking towards optimizing processes with an objective of maximizing proﬁts and meeting regulatory constraint for cleaner fuels. The summit is an excellent opportunity for delegates to interact with global experts and learn more about overcoming hurdles to make refineries more profitable.
The forum commenced with the keynote address from Kaizad Sunavala, Advisor, Global Reﬁning Design for Reliability at Chevron (USA). He focussed on design for reliability processes that is increasingly important in asset intensive industries where the reliability of the equipment is becoming a key competitive differentiator. Sunavala in his second presentation spoke about the major hurdles faced in implementing reliability processes in refineries and how they can be overcome.
Rob Overtoom, Technology Manager at Qatar Shell GTL Limited presented on evolving gas to liquid technology. He spoke about the latest advances and impact of GTL on global energy markets. Overtoom assumed the position of Technology Manager for Pearl GTL in early 2008 in Ras Laffan. Pearl GTL converts natural gas into liquid petroleum products. It produces naptha and transportation fuels as its primary products and has a production capacity of 140,000 barrels of GTL products each day. A case study on cost-effective ULSD revamp possible even with difficult feedstocks was presented by Silvio José Vieira Machado, Senior Consultant – Hydroprocessing Technology, Downstream Reﬁning – Petrobras. Machado through his case study updated delegates on how Petrobras improved the diesel quality as well as production at its Replan reﬁnery. Two panel discussions on refining industry’s partnership with knowledge centres and contractors/vendors management- strategies employed by modern refiners proved beneficial for the attendees to know of the best practices and implement the same in their organizations.
Tomorrow the second day of the forum will feature two panel discussions on tools used by decision makers to manage and control project cost and how effective additives are in reﬁnery FCC operations. Wastewater generated in refineries from various processes is a growing concern and it requires treatment before reusing or disposing. Dr. Farid Benyahia, Professor; Department of Chemical Engineering at Qatar University will be present on the same focusing on best available technologies for reuse.
On the final day Arif E. Jaffer, Director, Specialty Chemicals, Middle East Operations – Arif Jaffer & Associates, Khobar, (KSA) will be conducting two workshops on industrial water treatment. The workshop will be divided in to two parts Boiler Water Treatment and Cooling Water Treatment. It will cover the basic water chemistry and present pros and cons of each treatment program. The attendees will participate in the development of the water treatment program for various industrial water systems.