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  • We're delighted to announce YPF as Host Partner this year
  • LARTC 2017 is taking place in Buenos Aires with YPF as Host Partner
  • The first look agenda is now out!
  • LARTC 2017 is officially supported by the Ministerio de Energía y Minería de la Nación
  • 2 new speakers from International Finance Corporation confirmed
  • Delighted to have Mr Carlos Alfonsi, Executive Vice-President Downstream of YPF confirmed for the Keynote Address

Agenda

Day 1

Day 2

Day1

Day 1 – Tuesday 5th September

08:00 - 09:00

Registration

Registration & Welcome Coffee

09:05 - 09:10

DEVELOPING LATIN AMERICA’S DOWNSTREAM INDUSTRY

Opening Remarks

World Refining Association
Morning chair:

09:10 - 09:25

Ministerial Keynote Opening Address

The Energy Sector’s Role in Driving Forward Argentina’s Economy
•    Establishing the government’s priorities to further develop the Argentinian energy industry
•    Putting Argentina on the map as an attractive investment destination
•    Investing in Argentina’s downstream industry: outlining the Ministry’s current objectives

Ministerio de Energía y Minería de la República Argentina

09:25 - 09:35

Keynote Address

Developing Argentina’s Refining & Petrochemical Industry

  • Outlining plans to develop the nation’s refining and petrochemical production capacity
  • What are YPF’s main targets for the next year?
  • Developing the Vaca Muerta shale field on the Argentinian downstream industry

09:40

REGIONAL OPPORTUNITIES & CHALLENGES

Regional Panel Discussion

From Feedstock Availability to Fuel Specifications: Latin America’s Downstream Challenges & Opportunities  

  • What are the next steps for Latin American refining and petrochemical projects?
  • Reducing the region’s dependence on imports: the need for a concerted effort towards increasing the region’s refining capacity in a competitive manner
  • Responding to today’s fast changing marketing dynamics: the drive to become more sustainable and globally competitive
  • Home to heavy crude: how can the Latin American region efficiently handle the changes in sulphur level specifications?
  • Exploring the growth and potential of the Latin American petrochemical sector

10:30

Speed Networking

There will be see a series of tables with red and green envelopes. Please stand behind either a green or a red envelope. When the bell rings, you have 3 minutes to network and swap business cards with others at your table. After 3 minutes gather your new business cards.

Greens move in a clockwise direction to the next table. Reds stay where you are.

10:50

Networking Coffee-Break

11:10

MARKET OUTLOOK

Market Keynote

Latin America at a Glance: Market Trends and Outlook for the Downstream Industry

  • What are the key trends in crude and product fundamentals?
  • Examining margin drivers and the investment outlook for Latin American refiners
  • Exploring potential catalysts including MARPOL, US trade policy and unconventional oil growth
  • Understanding how current price volatility is affecting investment decisions – how can we reduce the risk?
  • How can Latin America withstand the fierce competition stemming from the US and the Middle East?

11:30

Panel Discussion

Spotlight on Argentina: Increasing Refining Capacity within Ever-Changing Market Dynamics

  • Assessing the main technical and strategic challenges for Argentinian refiners
  • Updates on current upgrade and modernisation projects:
    • YPF: La Plata refinery
    • Axion: La Campana refinery
  • Understanding the opportunities resulting from the change in government on Argentina’s downstream industry
  • Examining the advantages of operating within a diversified market? NOCs, IOCs and independents working towards a common objective
  • What kind of effect has shale oil had on the domestic market?

12:20

Networking Lunch

13:55

Stream A: Catalyst Developments

14:20

Fábrica Carioca de Catalisadores S.A & Ecopetrol Case Study

  • Jose Marcos Product Development Manager - Fábrica Carioca de Catalisadores S.A
14:40

Improving RFCC Operation with Novel Catalyst & Hardware Solutions

  • Paul Diddams Vice President for FCC Additives - Johnson Matthey
14:55

Stream A: Environmental Regulations

15:00

Haldor Topsøe & ENAP Case Study

15:20

Responding To IMO 2020 Regulation

  • Ramon Loureiro Global Business Development and Director - KBC Advanced Technologies
13:55

Stream B: Digital Transformation

14:00

Soteica Visual Mesa & YPF Collaboration

14:40

Toolbox to Meet the New Regulations in South America

15:20

Reliability in Human Talent for Successful Refining Organisations

  • Victor Leal Manager of Operational Reliability - PDVSA
15:40

Networking Coffee-Break

16:05

Technical Roundtable Sessions

Sign up to the roundtable you want to attend.

16:10

Roundtable 1

Overcoming challenges of compatibility between Argentinian shale oil and conventional oil blends

General aspects, impacts and pitfalls on refineries processing crude blends containing unconventional oils

Led by:

16:10

Roundtable 2

Conversion Process Advances: Analysis of Alternative Alkylate Production Methods

Advantages and disadvantages of different processes

Led by:

  • Shane Presley Technical Service and Development Manager - DuPont Clean Technologies
16:10

Roundtable 3

Adding Value Through Innovation: Hydroprocessing Technology for Medium Distillates Desulfurization

Comparing processes in both gaseous and liquid phases

Led by:

  • Brian Racen Business Development Manager - DuPont Clean Technologies
16:50

LARTC Student Awards

Celebrating the Future Leaders of the Industry

Three top groups of students from local universities will present a paper on the refining and petrochemical industry in Latin America. The winner will be decided by you! Use sli.do to vote for the best presentation.

17:20

Evening Cocktail Reception

Day2

Day 2 – Wednesday 6th September

08:30

Welcome Coffee

09:00

Opening Remarks from the Organiser

09:05

“In Conversation with… SMA (Superintendencia Medio Ambiente)”

  • How has the institutional framework for environmental control and sanction in Chile developed over recent years?
  • What is the role of the SMA, and how does it interact with the refining industry?
  • Chile at the forefront of environmental awareness: how is the country leading the way in enforcing environmental regulations on the energy industry?

09:20

REFINERY UPGRADE CASE STUDIES

Case Study

Petrojam Case Study: Expansion & Modernisation of the Kingston Refinery

  • Outlining the Petrojam Refinery Upgrade Project (PRUP): expanding the hydroskimming plant into a full-conversion, 50,000-b/d refinery
  • NOC collaboration: Analysing the mutual benefits of the project for both Petrojam and PDVSA
  • How will the upgrade allow Petrojam to meet higher environmental standards, more stringent fuel specifications as well as profitably process a wider variety of crudes?

09:40

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Attracting Investment to Maximise the Potential of Regional Downstream Industry: What Are the Key Success Factors?

  • Assessing the main obstacles for foreign investors in the Latin American market
  • What changes need to be made to increase levels of FDI? How can the region attract investment?
  • What does the IFC look for to invest in a project? What are the requirements?
  • Examples and updates on current projects the IFC has funded in the Latin American downstream industry

  • Kremena Teneva Principal Investment Officer & Global Sector Lead Chemicals & Fertilizers - International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank Group
  • Kelly Johnson Senior Investment Officer, Chemicals & Fertilizers - International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank Group
10:00

DEVELOPING LATIN AMERICA’S PETROCHEMICAL POTENTIAL

Panel Discussion

Outlook for the Latin American Petrochemical Industry: Developing & Strengthening Cost-Effective Production Facilities

  • How are petrochemical producers adapting to a low-cost product market?
  • Diversity of the Latin American petrochemical landscape: how do the main challenges vary between budding and mature industries?
  • Assessing the effects of feedstock availability patterns and the need to adjust capacity
  • Exploring the shale market: competing against the US
  • Evaluating the benefits of refinery-petrochemical integration: market expansion and maximisation of production potential

Panellists:

YPF

  • Edison Terra Vice President, Polyolefins S.America/Europe & Renewables - Braskem
10:40

Networking Coffee-Break

11:05

Stream A: Flexible Feedstock Processing

11:10

Naphta Grade 3 – Adapting Complexes to Meet New Sulphur Requirements (Less Than 10ppm)

11:30

Asphaltenes and Instability of Crude Feedstock to Refineries

11:50

Benefits of Crude Oil Management for Successful Heavy Crude Processing

12:10

Upgrading of Heavy Crude Oils and Residual by HIDRO-IMP Technology

  • Dr Jorge Ancheyta Manager of Products for the Transformation of Crude Oil - Mexican Institute of Petroleum
11:05

Stream B: Innovative Processes & Technology Design

11:10

A Holistic Scrubbing Solution for the Refining Industry

  • Yves Herssen Global Market Leader - DuPont Clean Technologies
12:30

Networking Lunch

13:45

FD2G Technology for Producing High-Octane Gasoline from High Aromatics LCO

  • Li Xingwen Vice Chief Engineer and Director of Project Management Dept. - SINOPEC
14:00

Stream A: Maintenance, Safety & Performance Optimisation

13:45

Benefits of Modern Coke Drum Design

  • Steve Beeston Vice President, Global Technology Business Development - Amec Foster Wheeler
14:00

Stream B: Innovative Processes & Technology Design

14:05

Precious Metals Catalyst Case Studies: What Happened to My Money?

  • Bradford Cook Vice President - Sales and Marketing - Sabin Metal Corporation
14:25

Assessing Strategies For Fouling Abatement

  • Pankaj Desai Licensing Sales Manager - Shell Global Solutions
14:45

Overcoming Challenges related to Foam Control in the Refineries

15:05

Networking Coffee-Break

15:35

Johnson Matthey, Tracerco & Marathon Petroleum Company Case Study

  • Fabio Pires Business Manager for Latin America - Johnson Matthey
15:55

Wrap-Up Panel Discussion

The Future of the Latin American Downstream Industry

  • Key takeaways of the past two days
  • Looking towards the future: where will the industry go from here?
  • Outlining the targets that need to be met by next year
  • Strategic objectives to be shared throughout the region to strengthen the regional refining and petrochemical industry

  • Mauricio Martin Planning and Technical Downstream Director - YPF
  • Mariano Bertaina Refining Technical Executive Manager - Axion
  • Pablo Popik Undersecretary of Refining and Marketing - Ministerio de Energía y Minería
16:05

Closing Remarks & End of the Conference

LARTC Call for Papers - Advisory Board meeting
Call for papers
Deadline extended to Thursday 13th April