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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

DAY 2 –Thursday 21st April 2016

08:30

Welcome Coffee

09:00

Opening Remarks from the Organiser

Moderator:

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

10:40

Networking Coffee-Break

08:00 - 09:00

Registration

Registration & Welcome Coffee

08:30

Welcome Coffee

09:00

Opening Remarks from the Organiser

Moderator:

09:05 - 09:10

DEVELOPING LATIN AMERICA’S DOWNSTREAM INDUSTRY

Opening Remarks

World Refining Association
Morning chair:

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?

09:10 - 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

09:20

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?

09:25 - 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

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
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

10:00

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

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.

10:40

Networking Coffee-Break

10:50

Networking Coffee-Break

11:05

Stream A: Flexible Feedstock Processing

11:05

Stream B: Innovative Processes & Technology Design

11:10

A Holistic Scrubbing Solution for the Refining Industry

  • Defining the triple challenge that refiners need to address in today’s environment
  • Tools to tackle this triple challenge
  • Case study examples

  • Yves Herssen Global Market Leader - DuPont Clean Technologies
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?

  • Tim Fitzgibbon Senior Industry Expert - Downstream Oil - McKinsey&Co,  Houston
11:10

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

  • Innovative solutions to adapt the CILP complex to new Naphta Grade 3 production specifications
  • Mutual benefits: analysing the impact of the synergy between refining and petrochemicals
  • Important of specific technical expertise in order to optimise productive processes with the maximum use of existing assets

YPF

11:30

Analysing the Opportunity to Develop the Argentinian Petrochemical Sector Using Unconventional Resources

  • Assessing potential opportunities in the Polymer business deriving from the development of shale oil and gas
  • Pinpointing the regional advantages for such development in Argentina, including feedstock availability and competitiveness
  • Comparing value of this development strategy versus more traditional current strategies

11:30

Asphaltenes and Instability of Crude Feedstock to Refineries

  • In response to the decline in the availability of light crude, how have refineries had to modify their patterns of feedstock mixtures?
  • Outlining problems resulting from this change, from strong emulsions in desalters to the clogging of heat exchangers furnaces
  • Methodology that allows refiners to determine when mixtures of crudes are stable or unstable

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?

11:50

Expand Crude Diet Flexibility with Crude Oil Management

  • Evaluating the role of the desalter as one part of a much larger operation that encompasses the entire refinery crude feed delivery system
  • Assessing the importance of crude oil pre-treatment
  • Case studies
    • Better management of tank farm
    • Better operating conditions for desalter

  • Ester Henriquez Scientist - Downstream Chemicals Group - Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE)
11:50

“Low Hanging Fruits”: Finding the Simplest Solution for Your Revamp

  • Outlining a road map to increasing profitability using a hydrocracker revamp study
  • Demonstrating how a collaborative team effort of Topsoe and refinery can yield surprisingly large “low hanging fruits”
  • Showcasing examples of such HC revamps

12:10

Shale Oil Processing in the Huincul Plaza Industrial Complex – New Challenges

  • Analysing typical challenges related to processing Shale oil and the applied technological solutions
  • Study of impacts of new crudes:
    • High paraffin content: chemical cleaning of crude tanks
    • Larger light crude content: what revamps are needed to maintain processes?
  • Evaluating methodology and results obtained from the aforementioned studies

12:10

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

  • Drawing upon experimental results of partial upgrading of heavy crude oils by HIDRO-IMP technology
  • How does the HIDRO-IMP technology operate at moderate reaction conditions with low formation of sediments?
  • Analysing results of usage of HIDRO-IMP technology for upgrading of 10, 13 and 16°API crude oils at semi-commercial scale
  • Evaluating benefits: reduced investment and operating cost and higher economic benefits

  • Dr Jorge Ancheyta Manager of Products for the Transformation of Crude Oil - Mexican Institute of Petroleum
12:20

Networking Lunch

12:30

Networking Lunch

13:45

Benefits of Modern Coke Drum Design

  • Exploring the current design of coke drums to minimize thermal and mechanical fatigue
  • Evaluating feed entry systems and coke drum unheading options

  • Steve Beeston Vice President, Global Technology Business Development - Amec Foster Wheeler
13:45

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

  • Challenge of increasingly stringent environmental regulation and its affect to LCO
  • Convert LCO to high octane gasoline, the FD2G process and catalyst
  • Commercial application of FD2G

13:55

Stream A: Catalyst Developments

13:55

Stream B: Digital Transformation

13:55

Technical Streams

14:00

Maximising Value with Improved Metals Tolerance from Innovative Boron Based Technology Catalysts

  • Evaluating benefits of new technology designed for mild-resid and resid FCC unit operations
  • Outlining how BBT delivers improves metals tolerance for lower delta coke, lower dry gas, and higher liquid yields
  • How does BBT deliver improved metals tolerance?
  • Reviewing multiple refinery trials employing BBT

14:00

Soteica Visual Mesa & YPF Collaboration

Key performance indicators (KPIs) monitored in real time at La Plata Industrial Complex (YPF) using the Visual MESA system

  • Reducing the operating costs of the refinery's utilities using an energy management and optimization system based on Visual MESA
  • Real-time calculation of energy related key performance indicators (KPIs)
  • How to ensure successful implementation in real time?

14:00

Stream A: Maintenance, Safety & Performance Optimisation

14:00

Stream B: Innovative Processes & Technology Design

14:05

Maximising Reactor Performance and Safety via Total Temperature Measurement and Control of Hydroprocessing Reactors

  • Enabling complete reactor performance knowledge and detection of process anomalies with the combined use of internal reactor thermometry and external wall thermometry
  • Evaluating benefits of combined applications of Daily’s CatTracker® System and WallTracker™ and Daily’s Magnetic VSS™ technologies
  • How can Daily Thermetrics’ high performance thermometry ensure maximum reactor performance and safety?

14:05

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

  • Revealing key facts on protecting your precious metals investment
  • Reviews case studies on mishandling, errors and how to avoid them
  • How to develop a true cost-effective strategy to generate highest returns with added value

  • Bradford Cook Vice President - Sales and Marketing - Sabin Metal Corporation
14:20

Fábrica Carioca de Catalisadores S.A & Ecopetrol Case Study

Strategies for FCC Catalysts Operating with High Vanadium Levels  

  • How can TOPAZ technology enable operating with elevated Vanadium levels?
  • Analysing additional benefits
  • Studying results of surveys with Ecopetrol demonstrating an increase in cost effectiveness

  • Jose Marcos Product Development Manager - Fábrica Carioca de Catalisadores S.A
14:20

Using Crude Oil Fingerprinting and Advanced Predictive Analytics for the Identification and Mitigation of Processing Issues

  • Demonstrating how predictive methods that rely on historical databases are ineffective in responding to crude oil variability
  • Fundamental components, scientific foundation, application and case studies related to CrudePLUS® Technology
  • CrudePLUS®: a novel field deployable technology capable of rapidly and directly predicting the fluid behavioural characteristics

  • Conrad Teran Sr. Technical Manager of Refining Technology - GE Water & Process Technologies
14:25

Assessing Strategies For Fouling Abatement

  • Is fouling limiting your performance?
  • How to identify the root cause and devise solutions
  • Transform your refinery economics

  • Pankaj Desai Licensing Sales Manager - Shell Global Solutions
14:25

TAR Pre-Maintenance Best Practices – Faster and Safer Methods to Prepare Refinery Equipment for Entry

  • New technology introduction to remove heavy hydrocarbons such as tars, asphalts, phenols, and coke from bottom of the barrel equipment
  • Best practices to reduce down time for cleaning bottom of the barrel equipment
  • Case study on a coker main fractionator with sever plugging from tars and asphaltenes

  • John Morales Business Development Manager, Latin America - ZymeFlow Decon Technology
14:40

Improving RFCC Operation with Novel Catalyst & Hardware Solutions

  • Analysing five different FCC operations where a separate particle metal trap was used to relieve delta coke constraints
  • Introducing novel hardware solutions to eliminate piping and valve erosion problems, sudden regen. level changes, and high temperature discharge
  • Solutions to provide a step change increase in safety performance and operational stability

  • Paul Diddams Vice President for FCC Additives - Johnson Matthey
14:40

Toolbox to Meet the New Regulations in South America

  • How should refiners adapt their industrial assets in response to the increasing pressure to produce cleaner fuels?
  • Evaluating strategies for successful revamps
  • What are the current available technologies to meet these standards?

14:45

Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) On Stream Inspection

  • Different inspection techniques used to inspect tank floors in service
  • SRGWUT - Technique used in Refinery Campana

14:45

Overcoming Challenges related to Foam Control in the Refineries

  • Evaluating principle mechanisms for foam control
  • What are the main materials used as foam controllers at refineries?
  • The main challenges to control foam on refineries and how modern materials can be effectively used

14:55

Stream A: Environmental Regulations

15:00

Digital Transformation: Digitising Refineries Leveraging IIoT

  • Assessing why IIoT is important to the future of refining
  • What are the potential benefits of IIoT implementation in refining?
  • Exploring case studies of successful IIoT implementation

15:00

Haldor Topsøe & ENAP Case Study

Managing Sulfur in the BioBio and ConCon Refineries Using ENAP Refining Selected WSA Technology

  • Converting amine gases and SWS gases into valuable sulfuric acid and superheated high pressure steam
  • Accepting fluctuating content of ammonia and hydrocarbons in the feed gases
  • Improving environmental performance of existing Claus plants

15:05

Networking Coffee-Break

15:20

Reliability in Human Talent for Successful Refining Organisations

  • Analysing the reliability of human talent in order to achieve an effective work performance
  • Drawing from case studies of Venezuelan refineries
  • Promoting a positive attitude change with emotional intelligence in the effective resolution of problems
  • Assessing the value in creating a culture of operational reliability

  • Victor Leal Manager of Operational Reliability - PDVSA
15:20

Responding To IMO 2020 Regulation

  • Evaluating the IMO decision as a fundamental shift in fuel production, and the impact it will have on the refining industry?
  • Evaluating possible response scenarios to meet and maximise the opportunity provided with this regulation change

  • Ramon Loureiro Global Business Development and Director - KBC Advanced Technologies
15:35

Johnson Matthey, Tracerco & Marathon Petroleum Company Case Study

Crude Vacuum Tower Wash Bed Optimization

  • Reaching Marathon Petroleum Company LP’s (MPC) goal: fully consuming the useful life of a Crude Vacuum tower’s wash bed packing to maximise operating profit, by maximising HVGO yield
  • MPC uses Tracerco’s ThruVision™ technology to routinely monitor the wash bed density
  • Learning process over short operating cycles
  • Example of the operating stratagem to manage the operating life of the vacuum column wash bed

  • Fabio Pires Business Manager for Latin America - Johnson Matthey
15:35

Strategic Use of Rejuvenated Catalyst for Reducing Operating Costs

  • Recent advances in rejuvenation technology have greatly broadened the range of brands of hydrotreating catalysts
  • Impact of global surplus of high quality rejuvenated catalyst
  • Strategic uses of rejuvenated catalyst

15:40

Networking Coffee-Break

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

16:05 - 16:30

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.

17:10 - 17:40

LARTC Student Awards

Celebrating the Future Leaders of the Industry

Three top groups of students from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, the Universidad Austral and the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA) 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

17:40

Evening Cocktail Reception

08:00 - 09:00

Registration

Registration & Welcome Coffee

08:30

Welcome Coffee

09:00

Opening Remarks from the Organiser

Moderator:

09:05 - 09:10

DEVELOPING LATIN AMERICA’S DOWNSTREAM INDUSTRY

Opening Remarks

World Refining Association
Morning chair:

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?

09:10 - 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

09:20

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?

09:25 - 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

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
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

10:00

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

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.

10:40

Networking Coffee-Break

10:50

Networking Coffee-Break

11:05

Stream A: Flexible Feedstock Processing

11:05

Stream B: Innovative Processes & Technology Design

11:10

A Holistic Scrubbing Solution for the Refining Industry

  • Defining the triple challenge that refiners need to address in today’s environment
  • Tools to tackle this triple challenge
  • Case study examples

  • Yves Herssen Global Market Leader - DuPont Clean Technologies
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?

  • Tim Fitzgibbon Senior Industry Expert - Downstream Oil - McKinsey&Co,  Houston
11:10

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

  • Innovative solutions to adapt the CILP complex to new Naphta Grade 3 production specifications
  • Mutual benefits: analysing the impact of the synergy between refining and petrochemicals
  • Important of specific technical expertise in order to optimise productive processes with the maximum use of existing assets

YPF

11:30

Analysing the Opportunity to Develop the Argentinian Petrochemical Sector Using Unconventional Resources

  • Assessing potential opportunities in the Polymer business deriving from the development of shale oil and gas
  • Pinpointing the regional advantages for such development in Argentina, including feedstock availability and competitiveness
  • Comparing value of this development strategy versus more traditional current strategies

11:30

Asphaltenes and Instability of Crude Feedstock to Refineries

  • In response to the decline in the availability of light crude, how have refineries had to modify their patterns of feedstock mixtures?
  • Outlining problems resulting from this change, from strong emulsions in desalters to the clogging of heat exchangers furnaces
  • Methodology that allows refiners to determine when mixtures of crudes are stable or unstable

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?

11:50

Expand Crude Diet Flexibility with Crude Oil Management

  • Evaluating the role of the desalter as one part of a much larger operation that encompasses the entire refinery crude feed delivery system
  • Assessing the importance of crude oil pre-treatment
  • Case studies
    • Better management of tank farm
    • Better operating conditions for desalter

  • Ester Henriquez Scientist - Downstream Chemicals Group - Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE)
11:50

“Low Hanging Fruits”: Finding the Simplest Solution for Your Revamp

  • Outlining a road map to increasing profitability using a hydrocracker revamp study
  • Demonstrating how a collaborative team effort of Topsoe and refinery can yield surprisingly large “low hanging fruits”
  • Showcasing examples of such HC revamps

12:10

Shale Oil Processing in the Huincul Plaza Industrial Complex – New Challenges

  • Analysing typical challenges related to processing Shale oil and the applied technological solutions
  • Study of impacts of new crudes:
    • High paraffin content: chemical cleaning of crude tanks
    • Larger light crude content: what revamps are needed to maintain processes?
  • Evaluating methodology and results obtained from the aforementioned studies

12:10

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

  • Drawing upon experimental results of partial upgrading of heavy crude oils by HIDRO-IMP technology
  • How does the HIDRO-IMP technology operate at moderate reaction conditions with low formation of sediments?
  • Analysing results of usage of HIDRO-IMP technology for upgrading of 10, 13 and 16°API crude oils at semi-commercial scale
  • Evaluating benefits: reduced investment and operating cost and higher economic benefits

  • Dr Jorge Ancheyta Manager of Products for the Transformation of Crude Oil - Mexican Institute of Petroleum
12:20

Networking Lunch

12:30

Networking Lunch

13:45

Benefits of Modern Coke Drum Design

  • Exploring the current design of coke drums to minimize thermal and mechanical fatigue
  • Evaluating feed entry systems and coke drum unheading options

  • Steve Beeston Vice President, Global Technology Business Development - Amec Foster Wheeler
13:45

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

  • Challenge of increasingly stringent environmental regulation and its affect to LCO
  • Convert LCO to high octane gasoline, the FD2G process and catalyst
  • Commercial application of FD2G

13:55

Stream A: Catalyst Developments

13:55

Stream B: Digital Transformation

13:55

Technical Streams

14:00

Maximising Value with Improved Metals Tolerance from Innovative Boron Based Technology Catalysts

  • Evaluating benefits of new technology designed for mild-resid and resid FCC unit operations
  • Outlining how BBT delivers improves metals tolerance for lower delta coke, lower dry gas, and higher liquid yields
  • How does BBT deliver improved metals tolerance?
  • Reviewing multiple refinery trials employing BBT

14:00

Soteica Visual Mesa & YPF Collaboration

Key performance indicators (KPIs) monitored in real time at La Plata Industrial Complex (YPF) using the Visual MESA system

  • Reducing the operating costs of the refinery's utilities using an energy management and optimization system based on Visual MESA
  • Real-time calculation of energy related key performance indicators (KPIs)
  • How to ensure successful implementation in real time?

14:00

Stream A: Maintenance, Safety & Performance Optimisation

14:00

Stream B: Innovative Processes & Technology Design

14:05

Maximising Reactor Performance and Safety via Total Temperature Measurement and Control of Hydroprocessing Reactors

  • Enabling complete reactor performance knowledge and detection of process anomalies with the combined use of internal reactor thermometry and external wall thermometry
  • Evaluating benefits of combined applications of Daily’s CatTracker® System and WallTracker™ and Daily’s Magnetic VSS™ technologies
  • How can Daily Thermetrics’ high performance thermometry ensure maximum reactor performance and safety?

14:05

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

  • Revealing key facts on protecting your precious metals investment
  • Reviews case studies on mishandling, errors and how to avoid them
  • How to develop a true cost-effective strategy to generate highest returns with added value

  • Bradford Cook Vice President - Sales and Marketing - Sabin Metal Corporation
14:20

Fábrica Carioca de Catalisadores S.A & Ecopetrol Case Study

Strategies for FCC Catalysts Operating with High Vanadium Levels  

  • How can TOPAZ technology enable operating with elevated Vanadium levels?
  • Analysing additional benefits
  • Studying results of surveys with Ecopetrol demonstrating an increase in cost effectiveness

  • Jose Marcos Product Development Manager - Fábrica Carioca de Catalisadores S.A
14:20

Using Crude Oil Fingerprinting and Advanced Predictive Analytics for the Identification and Mitigation of Processing Issues

  • Demonstrating how predictive methods that rely on historical databases are ineffective in responding to crude oil variability
  • Fundamental components, scientific foundation, application and case studies related to CrudePLUS® Technology
  • CrudePLUS®: a novel field deployable technology capable of rapidly and directly predicting the fluid behavioural characteristics

  • Conrad Teran Sr. Technical Manager of Refining Technology - GE Water & Process Technologies
14:25

Assessing Strategies For Fouling Abatement

  • Is fouling limiting your performance?
  • How to identify the root cause and devise solutions
  • Transform your refinery economics

  • Pankaj Desai Licensing Sales Manager - Shell Global Solutions
14:25

TAR Pre-Maintenance Best Practices – Faster and Safer Methods to Prepare Refinery Equipment for Entry

  • New technology introduction to remove heavy hydrocarbons such as tars, asphalts, phenols, and coke from bottom of the barrel equipment
  • Best practices to reduce down time for cleaning bottom of the barrel equipment
  • Case study on a coker main fractionator with sever plugging from tars and asphaltenes

  • John Morales Business Development Manager, Latin America - ZymeFlow Decon Technology
14:40

Improving RFCC Operation with Novel Catalyst & Hardware Solutions

  • Analysing five different FCC operations where a separate particle metal trap was used to relieve delta coke constraints
  • Introducing novel hardware solutions to eliminate piping and valve erosion problems, sudden regen. level changes, and high temperature discharge
  • Solutions to provide a step change increase in safety performance and operational stability

  • Paul Diddams Vice President for FCC Additives - Johnson Matthey
14:40

Toolbox to Meet the New Regulations in South America

  • How should refiners adapt their industrial assets in response to the increasing pressure to produce cleaner fuels?
  • Evaluating strategies for successful revamps
  • What are the current available technologies to meet these standards?

14:45

Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) On Stream Inspection

  • Different inspection techniques used to inspect tank floors in service
  • SRGWUT - Technique used in Refinery Campana

14:45

Overcoming Challenges related to Foam Control in the Refineries

  • Evaluating principle mechanisms for foam control
  • What are the main materials used as foam controllers at refineries?
  • The main challenges to control foam on refineries and how modern materials can be effectively used

14:55

Stream A: Environmental Regulations

15:00

Digital Transformation: Digitising Refineries Leveraging IIoT

  • Assessing why IIoT is important to the future of refining
  • What are the potential benefits of IIoT implementation in refining?
  • Exploring case studies of successful IIoT implementation

15:00

Haldor Topsøe & ENAP Case Study

Managing Sulfur in the BioBio and ConCon Refineries Using ENAP Refining Selected WSA Technology

  • Converting amine gases and SWS gases into valuable sulfuric acid and superheated high pressure steam
  • Accepting fluctuating content of ammonia and hydrocarbons in the feed gases
  • Improving environmental performance of existing Claus plants

15:05

Networking Coffee-Break

15:20

Reliability in Human Talent for Successful Refining Organisations

  • Analysing the reliability of human talent in order to achieve an effective work performance
  • Drawing from case studies of Venezuelan refineries
  • Promoting a positive attitude change with emotional intelligence in the effective resolution of problems
  • Assessing the value in creating a culture of operational reliability

  • Victor Leal Manager of Operational Reliability - PDVSA
15:20

Responding To IMO 2020 Regulation

  • Evaluating the IMO decision as a fundamental shift in fuel production, and the impact it will have on the refining industry?
  • Evaluating possible response scenarios to meet and maximise the opportunity provided with this regulation change

  • Ramon Loureiro Global Business Development and Director - KBC Advanced Technologies
15:35

Johnson Matthey, Tracerco & Marathon Petroleum Company Case Study

Crude Vacuum Tower Wash Bed Optimization

  • Reaching Marathon Petroleum Company LP’s (MPC) goal: fully consuming the useful life of a Crude Vacuum tower’s wash bed packing to maximise operating profit, by maximising HVGO yield
  • MPC uses Tracerco’s ThruVision™ technology to routinely monitor the wash bed density
  • Learning process over short operating cycles
  • Example of the operating stratagem to manage the operating life of the vacuum column wash bed

  • Fabio Pires Business Manager for Latin America - Johnson Matthey
15:35

Strategic Use of Rejuvenated Catalyst for Reducing Operating Costs

  • Recent advances in rejuvenation technology have greatly broadened the range of brands of hydrotreating catalysts
  • Impact of global surplus of high quality rejuvenated catalyst
  • Strategic uses of rejuvenated catalyst

15:40

Networking Coffee-Break

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

16:05 - 16:30

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.

17:10 - 17:40

LARTC Student Awards

Celebrating the Future Leaders of the Industry

Three top groups of students from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, the Universidad Austral and the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA) 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

17:40

Evening Cocktail Reception

12:30

Networking Lunch

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