WPC Downstream Conference

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


Seifi Ghasemi

Chairman, President and CEO, Air Products

Bassam Al Bokhari

CEO, Saudi Petroleum Services Polytechnic

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 Energy Technology

Ethical Practice is Foundational to Great Safety


Deborah L. Grubbe

Owner and President, Operations and Safety Solutions, LLC

10:30 11:30

Special Session - Alternative Fuels and the Refinery of the Future

There are already some well-known alternative fuels which include bio-diesel, bio-alcohol (methanol, ethanol, butane), refuse-derived fuel, hydrogen, non-fossil methane, non-fossil natural gas, vegetable oil, propane, and other biomass sources. What will the refinery of the future look like?


Sverre Alvik

Energy Transition Programme Director, DNV GL (invited)

14:30 15:30

CEO Round Table - The Future of the Retail Business Model

Alternative energies, mobility transformations, and digitalization are changing and enabling the oil and gas retail ecosystem. The oil and gas companies and retailers should anticipate these transformations and strategize around the business models of the filling stations. Higher integration – including mobility services and digital platforms -, diversification of the services, optimized footprint, branding, and a consumer-cantered approach are among the key levers to understand the evolution of the profit pool and draw the lines of the service station of the future.

16:00 17:00

Expert Panel Session - Future Feedstocks, and Refinery Integration

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.


Ulrike von Lonski

Director of Communications, World Petroleum Council (WPC)


Artur Thernesz

CEO, ÁMEI Testing and Certifying Co

Milton Costa Filho

Secretary General, IBP - Brazilian Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels Institute

Dr. Pinar Yilmaz

Advisor, External Projects Upstream, Exxonmobil

Rob Howard

Vice President Sales MENA, Aspen Technology

Jim Moshi

General Manager, Honeywell UOP

17:00 18:15

AIChE Regional Chem-e-Car Competition Hall 1

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