Conference Agenda Day 1


*All timing is in Singapore time.

07.30 – 08.50

VIP breakfast Forum (Sponsored)
By invitation only

08.50 – 09.00

Welcome Address & Opening Remarks
Asian Downstream Summit & ARTC, World Refining Association


09.00 - 09.20

Keynote speech: The way forward for Singapore – achieving decarbonisation by enabling sustainable downstream productions to reduce carbon emissions

09.20 – 10.20

Executive Opening Roundtable: Business leaders outline a roadmap for decarbonisation and way forward for the downstream sector

Meeting increasingly challenging decarbonisation targets will be the biggest test for refiners, with many projects focusing on energy efficiency, sustainability and climate strategy. This panel aims to discuss how refiners will adapt to survive in this era of decarbonisation, and forge a successful downstream business amid the energy transition. The panel will also address climate change, the circular economy, sustainable refining, carbon tax and how the industry can work together for “zero net carbon emissions”.

Tim Rockell, Managing Director & Founder, Energy Strat Asia, Singapore

Kenneth Lim, Refinery Director & General Manager, Neste, Singapore

Astrid Poupart-Lafarge, Global Segment President (Energies & Chemicals), Schneider Electric, France

Taufik Aditiyawarman, CEO, PT Kilang Pertamina Internasional, Indonesia

Madhukar Garg, President - Petrochemical R&D, Reliance Industries, India

Matt Spalding, Vice President, General Manager - Asia Pacific, Honeywell UOP, Malaysia

10.20 – 10.40

Opportunities for an interconnected and integrated energy ecosystem and the technologies that could make it a reality

Reserved for Honeywell

10.20 – 10.40

Asian Downstream Summit (ADS) Awards
❖ CEO of the Year
❖ Female Engineer of the Year
❖ Young Engineer Award
❖ Rising Star of the Year (Vendor)
❖ Downstream Project of the Year
❖ Sustainable Technology of the Year
❖ Sustainable Plant of the Year
❖ Innovations in Oil & Gas Digital Technology

Guest of Honour:
Ministry of Trade and Industry 

11.30 – 12.00

Networking Coffee Break

Asian Downstream Summit

Asian Refining Technology Conference


Technical Stream 1 – Achieving Operational Excellence

Technical Stream 1 – FCC & Catalyst Advances

WORKSHOP: The realm of transition finance: Supporting the fossil fuel sector in the adoption of sustainable financing, and exploring the significance of climate and carbon accounting on the sector's decarbonisation journey

11.30am - 13.30pm (including lunch)

12.00 – 12.20

Achieving operational excellence through production efficiency, process reliability and margin improvement

Reserved for ABB

Call for papers

Reserved for Albemarle

12.20 – 12.40

The role of solutions and professionals in the application of retained critical knowledge in meeting “production as promised” for refinery energy transition projects

Matthew Drake, Director (Projects), Crossbridge Energy Partners

Call for papers

12.40 – 13.00

Utilising Asset Management and IoT to drive plant improvements, achieve operational excellence and improve quality

Call for papers

13.00 – 13.20

Using AI to predict and avoid fire incidents and production loss in a polyethylene plant

Nikhil Chauhan, Chief Strategy Officer, Lummus Digital

Novel processing technologies to balance FCC catalyst properties, improve performance, and drive value

Gary Cheng, Regional Marketing Manager, FCC, Asia Pacific, W.R. Grace & Co.

13.20 – 14.20

Networking Lunch

Technical Stream 2 – AI, Machine Learning & Digital Twins

Technical Stream 2 – Biofuels & Electrification


14.20 – 14.40

How AI, machine learning, and high performance computing will enable closing the loop toward the autonomous plant

Reserved for ABB

Novel Process Technologies Enabling Lower Carbon Intensity of Renewable Diesel Production

Sashikant Madgula, Business Segment Lead – Renewable Fuels, Sulzer GTC Technology US inc., USA

WORKSHOP: Decarbonisation Spotlight – latest advances and technologies for decarbonisation in refining & petrochemicals

13.30 pm – 15.30 pm (including lunch)

14.40 – 15.00

Impact of First-Principle Virtual Sensors on Refinery Operations

Arun Kumar Kannan, Zhang Jie, and Pieter Couwenberg, Shell Bukom Refinery

Francesca Maggesi, and Filippo Trivella, Alpha Process Control

BioDiesel – the clean fuel of the future

Reserved for ABB

15.00 – 15.20

Open and Sustainable: The Next Generation of Digital Twins

Reserved for AWS

Alfa Laval’s Solutions in Maximizing Profitability in HVO Renewable Fuel Process

Salwati Ahmad, Refinery Market Manager, Alfa Laval

15.20 – 15.40

Unlocking Turnaround Scope Optimization through Advanced Data Analytics

Daniel Phan, Regional Manager SE Asia, AP-Networks

Hydrogen’s use as an aviation fuel

15.40 – 16.00

Networking Coffee Break

Chairman: Reserved for Honeywell

16.00 – 16.10

Chairman opening speech

Reserved for Honeywell

WORKSHOP: Topic TBC (Project delivery and asset management)

16:00pm – 17:00pm (including break)

16.10 – 16.40

Technologies to meet new fuel specifications and support clean energy standards, gasoline vs diesel technology advances

Irfan Yunus, Vice President, Chemicals Segment, Industrial Automation Global Business Leader, Schneider Electric

16.40 – 17.00

Executive Roundtable Discussion: Electrification and decarbonisation – displacement of traditional transportation fuels and resulting effects on refineries

Yu Kin Yeo, Senior VP Consulting, Argus Media, Singapore

Suhas Japtiwale, AVP - Refining & Petrochemicals Business, Reliance Industries, India

Clarence Woo, Executive Director, Asian Clean Fuels Association, Singapore

Beni Suryadi, Manager of Power, Fossil Fuel, Alternative Energy and Storage, ASEAN Centre for Energy, Indonesia

William I.Y. Byun, Chief Sustainability Advisor, ChemOne Group, Singapore

17.00 – 17.20

17.20 – 17.40

Prime-G+® and GT-BTX PluS® Delivering an Advanced FCC Naphtha Processing : From Maximum Octane Retention to Petrochemical Application

Sulzer & Axens

17.40 – 18.00

Adapting to the growing demand for petrochemicals - converting an existing oil refinery into a crude oil to chemicals (COTC) complex

18.00 – 18.10

Chairman closing speech

Reserved for Honeywell