Conference Programme

14 - 16 October 2019   |   Kingdom of Bahrain
Under the Patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister, Kingdom of Bahrain
Under the Patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister, Kingdom of Bahrain
09:00 10:30

Keynote Session Palm Hall 1

Shaping the Future for Industrial Gas Customers


Naji Skaf

President - Middle East, Egypt, Turkey, Air Products

Developing Future Innovative Workforce to Sustain Reliable Operational Excellence and Value Creation


Bassam Al Bokhari

CEO, EnergyTech

Inventing the Future – Chevron’s Commitment to Innovation

Chevron has a long history of consistently investing in the development of platform technologies that reliably accomplish a larger volume of higher-valued products from lower-value feedstocks at longer on-stream time to improve refinery profitability. After commercialization of modern gas oil hydrocracking in the 1960s, hydroprocessing capabilities were expanded to include residuum feedstock and base oil products. The latest innovations comprise of an isodewaxing process with a record yield and on-stream time, two novel residuum hydrocracking processes accomplishing nearly full residuum conversion, and proven design options to convert crude oil into nearly exclusively base chemicals. Continual development of process and catalyst technology, reactor engineering and design sustains this continuous improvement in converting hydrocarbon feedstocks into future energy sources, lubricants and petrochemicals. The latest isodewaxing process leverages many decades of experience and the generation and analysis of more data per unit of time to develop and deploy new catalyst systems with a porosity distribution that is tailored more effectively toward the target feed and product components. A nearly molecular understanding of residuum components enables two novel conversion processes that nearly completely convert the least soluble, most refractory resid components. These processes are also key options to convert crude oil nearly completely into petrochemical feedstocks. Chevron enables the industry to benefit from the latest fruits of its continual innovation in hydroprocessing technologies by offering licenses and catalysts through its joined venture partners, CLG and ART.


Walt Szopiak

Vice President, Chevron

Ethical Practice is Foundational to Great Safety


Deborah L. Grubbe

Owner and President, Operations and Safety Solutions, LLC

10:30 10:40

Coffee Break Exhibition Hall

12:30 14:00

VIP Lunch Exhibition Hall

14:30 15:00

Coffee Break Exhibition Hall

15:00 15:40

Special Session - The Permian Success Story and the Resurgence of the U.S. Refining Sector Palm Hall 1


Gerardo Uria

Vice President, American Petroleum Institute

17:00 17:50

Expert Panel Session - Future Feedstocks, and Refinery Integration Palm Hall 1

Integrating refining and petrochemical sites help reduce volatility in the petroleum value chain. When properly designed, planned and implemented, the integration will not only diversify companies’ product portfolio but will reduce site-specific costs, increase capital efficiency and elevate returns. The practical case studies in this Forum will demonstrate how strategic planning and operation of refining and petrochemical conversion units with common utilities capture long term business benefits.


Dr. Pierce Riemer

Director General, WPC Energy


Rob Howard

Senior Director - Enterprise Solution Consulting, AspenTech

Keith A. Couch

Senior Director Business Development, Honeywell UOP

17:30 18:45

AIChE Regional Chem-e-Car Competition Hall 1

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