• This year The CEE & Turkey Refining & Petrochemicals Summit will be co-located with the CIS Downstream Summit!

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Day 1: Agenda



08:50 - 09:00

Welcome From WRA

Kay Mitchell, General Manager, World Refining Association

09:00 - 09:10

Chair’s Opening Remarks

09:10 - 09:40


Keynote Presentation: SOCAR Turkey

  • Turkey/Azerbaijan Cooperation and Socar
  • O&G Overview in Turkey and Azerbaijan
  • Introduction to Socar
  • Vision Aliaga®
  • Socar Turkey Projects Overview
  • Socar Corporate Introduction Video


09:40 - 10:10


European Refining Operations Adapting To Market Challenges

  • Evolving demand trends and how the refining sector is adapting
  • Gasoline tightness vs. distillate oversupply
  • Middle Eastern & Asian refinery expansions & upgrades – impact on Europe
  • Shifting global refined products trade – push & pull factors
  • Outlook and opportunities

10:10 - 10:40


Maximising Petrochemical Potential: Petkim Vision & Projects

  • Understanding the importance of the Petkim peninsula to the CEE downstream industry
  • Understanding how this is contributing to the CEE keeping its competitive position in petrochemicals in the global market
  • The need for innovation in petrochemicals

10:40 - 11:00

Speed Networking

How it works: In the exhibition room where you will see a series of cocktail tables with red and green envelopes. Stand behind either a green or a red envelope, when the bell rings, you have 3 minutes to network with peers at your table. After 3 minutes the bell will ring - gather your new business cards in your envelope and those with Green Envelopes move clockwise direction to the next table Those with Red Envelopes stay where they are Begin again until those with Green envelopes get back to the table where they started!

11:00 - 11:30

Morning Networking Coffee

11:30 - 11:50


Bottom-of-the-Barrel Units: Cleaning Best Practices

  • Overview of heavy deposits and why so many methods fail or take extended time to remove
  • New technology introduction to remove heavy hydrocarbons such as tars, asphalts, phenols, and coke from bottom of the barrel equipment
  • Case study on a vacuum distillation unit with sever plugging from tars and asphaltenes


11:50 - 12:10


Debottlenecking A FCC Main Fractionator With Advanced Mass Transfer Components



  • View full profile for Carlos ArgüellesCarlos Argüelles Application Manager Refinery and Petrochemical Markets - Sulzer Chemtech
12:10 - 12:30


Total Temperature Measurement: Understanding Your Reactor Inside and Out

  • Identifying processing unit key investments
  • Critical criteria for evaluating thermometry
  • Keys to high performance modern reactors
  • Critical measurement points for monitoring and control of the reactor
  • Comprehensive understanding of reactors with total temperature measurement approach
  • Importance of accuracy and precision for operational judgements
  • Importance of safety integrity level capability
  • Ensuring maximum reactor performance and ROI

  • Emrah Karabulut Regional Manager of Sales and Technology for Europe - Daily Thermetrics
12:30 - 12:50


New Protocol To Improve Precision And Reliability When Evaluating Lubricity Improver Additives By HFRR

  • Highlighting the typical repeatability and reproducibility limits for the HFRR test method and how this inherent imprecision can be an important factor to consider when evaluating additives to improve diesel fuel lubricity.
  • Ensuring a regimented test protocol is followed to maximise the precision of HFRR testing.
  • Examples are shown of differences in HFRR performance that can be observed, while not following a strict test protocol, leading to potentially erroneous conclusions regarding an individual additive's efficacy. These data are then compared with additive performance evaluated under the recommended test protocol, designed to maximise the precision, and give a more accurate assessment of each additive's performance



  • Lara MacIver Technical Service Manager – Refinery Specialties - Innospec
12:50 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:20


1) Roundtable 1: Innovating Execution- Looking Beyond Technology
- Digitalization the future of technology and beyond
- Regaining a customer focus
Led by:
Reinhold Guthier, Director Sales, Siemens
2) Roundtable 1: Local Content Success Factor
Led by:
Alp Togay Kurum, General Manager, SOCAR KBR LLC

15:20 - 16:00

Afternoon Networking Break

16:00 - 16:30


Financing Mega Projects In The Changed Macroeconomic Landscape

16:30 - 17:10


Living in a VUCA World – Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity And Ambiguity

  • How is the industry moving and adapting to change in a dynamic market
  • Have recent major developments changed structural trends, or are the effects temporary?
  • Sustainability is key
  • Staying ahead of oil price forecasts and potential scenarios
  • Ability to response to changing supply and demand dynamics
  • Medium and long term plans and perspectives
  • The challenges of the last 18months – how does this impact the whole value chain in times to come?


Chairperson’s Closing Remarks and End of Day One



Day 2: Agenda





Chair’s Opening Remarks

09:30 - 10:00


STAR Refinery Update

  • Final stages and developments
  • Operation plans
  • Future investments upon completion

10:00 - 10:30

Integrated Main Automation Contractor (I-MAC) Utilization on a Grass Roots Refinery Project

  • Latest approaches to integration of automation scope fully into the project via I-MAC utilization
  • Risk management via early selection of automation and management across multiple EPC’s
  • Completeness of automation scope to cover all needs and subsystems
  • Experience so far on STAR project and general benefits from I-MAC based project execution

10:30 - 11:00

CASE STUDY – Grupa LOTOS Effective Refining Programme (EFRA)

  • Generating a higher yield from of valuable products from each oil barrel
  • Employment of modern technologies
  • Modernizing the refinery with innovative technologies

  • Tadeusz Wróbel Process &Technical Coordination Team Leader - Grupa LOTOS S.A
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 11:50

DIGITALISATION – Increasing Efficiency for the Refining and Petrochemical Industries

  • Electrification – Automation – Digitalisation: Creating Customer Value in the Process Industries
  • Connecting engineering, commissioning, and operation seamlessly with digitalisation
  • Bringing plants into operation faster with higher quality
  • Running plants reliably and safely through High transparency allowing for improved decision-making processes
  • XHQ Asset Performance Management Example: High Value Rotating Equipment

11:50 - 12:10


Effectively Managing Process Safety

While the importance of process safety is fully understood by most companies, many continue to struggle with the development and implementation of an effective process safety management system. Indeed, despite the widespread adoption of behavioural safety and significant investment in management systems and new technologies, process safety incidents continue to occur on a regular basis. In this presentation, DuPont will speak to the elements required to effectively manage process safety. Practical examples drawn from DuPont’s own internal experience and that with clients in Turkey will be highlighted as well.

  • View full profile for Armand KleinArmand Klein Global Director, Consulting Operations - DuPont Sustainable Solutions
12:10 - 12:30


Recovering your Waste Energy in Refinery & Petrochemical Applications using High Efficient Technology

  •   Reboiler replacement system
  • Steam generator system
  • Tempered water system
  • Live reference info (Steam generation system) in refinery application

12:30 - 14:00


Delegates will be broken into two groups and rotate between the two roundtables after 40 minutes
1) Roundtable 1: Common issues and lessons learned when preparing for vessel entry during a turnaround

Discussion points to include;

  •  De-inventory process
  • Preparation; blinding, connections, etc.
  • Making vessel entry
    o Steam / nitrogen use
    o Flaring
    o Problem units
    o Environmental / neighborhood concerns
    o Chemical cleaning / decontamination

Led by:
Salik Tauqir, Technology Engineer, ZymeFlow Decon
2) Roundtable 2: Operational Excellence

Downstream companies are facing many challenges – volatility of the oil price, resource constraints, high shareholder/stakeholder expectations, technology evolving faster than capabilities, etc. The solution, in part, for each of these challenges lies in the adoption of a more versatile operating model, one that can be achieved by implementing aspects of Operational Excellence. And yet, despite all of the potential for Operational Excellence to help companies become more agile and profitable, few are able to execute an Operational Excellence programme effectively. This panel will discuss the strategic value of operational excellence, and how leaders can shape their organizations to deliver continuous and consistent return on investment of operational improvements.

Led by:
Nathan Turner, Managing Director – Turkey, DuPont Sustainable Solutions

14:00 - 14:10

Chair’s Closing Remarks


Networking Lunch

Day 3: Agenda


Site Visit To The STAR Refinery & Petkim Plant


The project is the construction and operation of a greenfield complex crude oil refinery in Izmir region of Turkey with capacity to process 214,000 barrels of crude oil per day and has an estimated project cost of $5.3 billion. The refinery will be constructed over four years, and once operational it will produce significant amounts of ultra-low-sulphur diesel (45% of production) and jet fuel (15%) to substitute the imports of these products into Turkey. Crude oil will be supplied by SOCAR based on a long-term supply contract. Most of the products will be sold domestically to retailers, 15-20% of products will be sold to PETKIM (Turkey’s sole petrochemicals producer) on long-term contract basis.


Bus departs Hilton Hotel for STAR Refinery


Welcome to Petkim


Welcome to STAR Refinery and small speech by STAR staff


Lunch at STAR Refinery


Return to Izmir