Abstract Themes & Topics

ABSTRACT THEMES & TOPICS

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1) REINVENTING THE REFINERY; BUILDING AN INTEGRATED ENERGY SYSTEM FOR A LOW-CARBON FUTURE

  • Outlining the decarbonisation roadmap and putting the sustainability agenda at the forefront
  • Organisational initiatives toward achieving low-carbon operations
  • Managing carbon in a fossil-fuel-based value chain
  • Electrification and decarbonisation – the displacement of traditional transportation fuels and resulting effects on refineries
  • Refining and petrochemical integration; Refining technology and processing developments
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2) PLANT PERFORMANCE AND OPEX OPTIMISATION

  • Realising exceptional plant performance through data science and advanced technology
  • Driving plant improvements, achieving operational excellence and improving quality through asset management and IoT
  • Using big data and machine learning for process monitoring, optimisation and prediction
  • Mitigating challenges faced in reducing project risks and cost optimisation
  • Risk management; Work hazard management; HSE and security management within the plant
  • Reducing OPEX and keeping up with process and production reliability
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3) SUSTAINABILITY & THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

  • Asset management in energy efficiency and sustainability
  • Hydrogen economy: Viable business models and commercialisation
  • Hydrogen production and safety; Potential technologies to support other hydrogen types
  • Exploring the potential of ammonia as a possible solution for hydrogen storage and transportation
  • CCUS technologies and innovations
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4) DIGITALISATION

  • Advances in cybersecurity technologies
  • Taking integrated approaches to combat cyber risks in refineries
  • Future challenges for industrial cybersecurity
  • Digital Twins – applications in refining and petrochemicals
  • Digitalisation as a competitive advantage
  • The era of the connected plant
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5) BIO- AND ALTERNATE FUELS

  • Refinery waste handling and disposal
  • Advancements in biofuels, co-processing technologies and applications
  • R&D in the production and processing of natural gas
  • Advancements in natural gas to olefins technology
  • Waste plastics sorting, treatment and handling
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6) WORKFORCE OF THE FUTURE

  • Motivating the workforce of the future
  • Meeting expectations of young engineers in the decarbonisation era
  • Renewing, retooling and re-energising the workforce, and ensuring their relevancy in a fast-changing external world
  • Exploring similarities and differences in Millennial VS Gen Z demographics in the workforce; How the next generation of workers will change the future of the downstream