Conference Agenda Day 1

ARTC Conference Agenda


08.50 – 09.00(Peony 4405 - 4506)

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


09.00 - 09.20Keynote speech: The way forward for Singapore – achieving decarbonisation by enabling sustainable downstream productions to reduce carbon emissions

Prof Yeoh Lean Weng, Chief Sustainability Officer, A*STAR, Singapore
09.20 – 10.20Executive 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 – 10.40Leveraging Digital to enable Continuous Emission Management for Sustainable Operations and achieve net-zero targets faster

Dr. Shahrul Azman Zainal Abidin, Director, Offering Management, Sustainability Solutions, Honeywell HCI, Malaysia

10.40 – 11.00Asian Downstream Summit (ADS) Awards
  • Downstream Project of the Year
  • Innovations in Oil & Gas Digital Technology
    WINNER: AP-Networks, Changing Mindset Surrounding Shutdown, Turnaround and Outages (STO)
  • Rising Star of the Year (Vendor)
    WINNER: Hexagon & PETRONAS, Empowering Customer Success & the future of the Oil & Gas Industry with Smart Digital Reality
  • Sustainable Technology of the Year
    WINNER: Schneider Electric, Leveraging Digital Solutions and Expertise to Measure and Visualise Power and Process Carbon Emission Data
  • Young Engineer Award
    WINNER: PETRONAS, Lee Kian Seng

Guest of Honour: Mr Richard Lim Cherng Yih, Chairman, Energy Market Authority, Singapore
11.00 – 11.30

Networking Coffee Break

Sponsored by
Asian Downstream Summit
Technical Stream 1
Achieving Operational Excellence

(Peony 4405 - 4506)

Technical Stream 2
Advancements in plant technology

(Orchid 4205 & 4305)
Technical Stream 1
FCC & Catalyst Advances

(Orchid 4206 & 4306)
11.30 – 11.50
Driving Sustainability and Decarbonization for BTX Aromatics Extraction Units

Sachin Joshi, Business Segment Leader – Pygas Upgrade and Solvents, Sulzer GTC, USA

Increasing energy efficiency and reducing emissions from tail gas incinerators

Gernot Schwarting, Global Director - Thermal Oxidizer Technology, Koch Engineered Solutions, Germany
FCC, the refiners’ key asset in a highly volatile market

Carel Pouwels, Global FCC Specialist Light Olefins, Albemarle, Netherlands
11.50 – 12.10
The role of solutions and professionals in the application of retained critical knowledge in meeting “production as promised” for refinery energy transition projects: Joint Paper between Becht and Crossbridge Energy Partners

Matthew Drake, Director (Projects), Crossbridge Energy Partners

Chris van der Beek, , Director Becht Europe, Middle East and Africa, Becht, Netherlands

Circular Economy Era: The mixed plastic waste and spent lube oils cases

Cecile Plain, Technology Group Manager, Axens, France

Jeff Caton, Deputy Sales Director – Asia Pacific, Commercial Business Division, AXENS, France
Novel RFCC catalysts allow for major OPEX savings

Dr. Adrian Humphries, Consultant, PetroChina, USA
12.10 – 12.30
Applied AI for process manufacturing – a driver toward carbon neutrality

Mayuresh M, Digital Solutions Client Engagement, INGENERO, USA

Dr. Pratap Nair, CEO & President,

Accelerating to Net Zero: Model-Based Engineering Solutions for Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS)

Sujin Lee, Principal Consultant Engineer within SPSE (Siemens Process Systems Engineering Limited) of DIPA (Digital Industries Process Automation), Siemens, South Korea
Feasibility Study on Converting Low Value Municipal Solid Waste to High Value Hydrogen Product in Malaysia

Wee Jia Sheng, Process Engineer (GTS, Petronas), PETRONAS, Malaysia
12.30 – 12.50
Using AI to predict and avoid fire incidents and production loss in a polyethylene plant

Shailesh Bansal, Business Development Manager, Lummus Digital, India
Seizing unexpected data to guide a unit to longer cycles

Vergel Lantaco, Technical Service Lead, Crystaphase

Novel Processing Techniques to Balance FCC Catalyst Properties, Improve Performance, and Drive Value

Gary Cheng, Regional Marketing Manager, FCC, Asia Pacific, W.R. Grace & Co.
12.50 – 14.20

Networking Lunch

Sponsored by
Technical Stream 3
AI, Machine Learning & Digital Twins

(Peony 4405 - 4506)
Technical Stream 4
OPEX Revisited

(Orchid 4205 & 4305)
Technical Stream 2

(Orchid 4206 & 4306)
14.20 – 14.40
Digitalisation: Data - what is its value without context?

Nigel Conlin Sams, PlantSight Business Development Director within Siemens Digital Industries – Process Automation, Siemens, Norway
Energy Improvement Via Optimization of Operating Conditions in Amine Regeneration Unit

Nurul Amirah Hanim bt Umar, Senior Process Design Engineer, PETRONAS, Malaysia
Novel Process Technologies Enabling Lower Carbon Intensity of Renewable Diesel Production

Sashikant Madgula, Business Segment Lead – Renewable Fuels, Sulzer GTC Technology US inc., USA
14.40 – 15.00
Impact of First-Principle Virtual Sensors on Refinery Operations

Arun Kumar Kannan, APC Lead, Shell Bukom Refinery
Waste Heat Recovery with Vapor compression heat pump technology applied in petrochemical Industries

Jeff Choong, Regional Sales Manager, Piller Blowers & Compressors Gmbh, Singapore

BioDiesel – the clean fuel of the future

Lexus Loo, Project Sales Senior Manager, Honeywell, Malaysia
15.00 – 15.20
Digital Twins on AWS: Unlocking business value and outcomes

Dr Cheryl Abundo, Principal Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services, Singapore
Process Safety and ESG: connecting the digital dots

Michel Tol, Head of Product Marketing, Wolters Kluwer Enablon, Netherlands
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

Sound Analytics using AI/ML for failure prediction of electrical motors & engines

Keith Kee, President, Corrosion Association Singapore, Singapore
HVO challenges - Improving performance and value of sustainable fuels

Gabriel Ho, Fuels AP Technical Sales Executive Manager, Infineum, Singapore
15.40 – 16.00

Networking Coffee Break

Sponsored by
(Peony 4405 - 4506)


Chairman: Keith Couch, Senior Director, Business Development & Integrated Projects, Honeywell, USA

16.00 – 16.10Chairman opening speech

Keith Couch, Senior Director, Business Development & Integrated Projects, Honeywell, USA
16.10 – 16.40The Chemical Plant of the future: Harnessing Digital for operational efficiency

Irfan Yunus, Vice President, Chemicals Segment, Industrial Automation Global Business Leader, Schneider Electric
16.40 – 17.20Executive 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
Nurfarahislinda, Senior Communications Manager, 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

17.20 – 17.40Prime-G+® and GT-BTX PluS® Delivering an Advanced FCC Naphtha Processing: From Maximum Octane Retention to Petrochemical Application

Charlie Chou, Business Segment Leader – Refining, Aromatics & Derivatives, Sulzer GTC Technology US Inc, USA
Juan Pereira de la Riera, Principal Technology Engineer, Axens, France

17.40 – 18.00Setting a carbon capture project up for success!

Ben K. Gurtler, Commercial Director - Carbon Capture, Koch Engineered Solutions, USA
18.00 – 18.10Chairman closing speech

Keith Couch, Senior Director, Business Development & Integrated Projects, Honeywell, USA