Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC), one of the world’s foremost refineries, is preparing to more than double its refining capacity. After building the new refinery in Al Zour area and expanding its current Mina Abdullah and Mina Al Ahmadi refinery, KNPC will have a refining capacity of 1.4 million barrels per day. The refined products will be low sulfur fuels, which will enhance the competitiveness of Kuwait’s petroleum products in the global market. Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC), on the other hand, plans to integrate its new Oleyfins III plant with KNPC’s new refinery project in Al Zour
The need to upgrade, expand and integrate plants, in order to increase production at reduced costs, has compelled leading figures in the region’s downstream industry to assemble at the 2nd Kuwait Downstream Technology Summit scheduled to take place from 1 – 4 June 2014 at J W Marriott hotel in Kuwait. The summit will provide focus on critical topics such as improving plant performance and operations, implementing efficient plant upgrades, selecting the best catalyst and cracking technology, assessing and improving feed quality, and enhancing HSE in refining and petrochemical facilities
“The increase in demand for fuels had led businesses to seek strategies that can help in cost reduction and increase stakeholder value. Automating the business flows and eliminating non value adding human intervention is an approach that can help in improved operations,” said Naser Aldalk, Section Head of Operations at KNPC’s Mina Abdullah Refinery. During the conference, Naser will present KNPC’s approach towards business process automation and the benefits derived.
Commenting on the complications caused by changes in feedstock infrastructure, Fuad Mosa, General Manager of Technology KSA & Emerging Economies at SABIC, said “The type and quality of feedstock utilised by the industry has changed over time and the current development of feedstock can affect petrochemical development globally and in our region.” Fuad, who will chair the four day event, will deliver a presentation on feedstock development with relation to basic chemicals production technology.
Interactive workshops will also take place alongside the conference. In the pre-conference workshop, entitled “Selecting an appropriate catalyst technology for your refining operations,” Dr. Abbas Ezzat will cover the process of selecting the best catalyst for reducing sulfur content and identifying techniques to enhance the life-cycle of the catalyst.
The post-conference workshop on Lean and Six Sigma will be led by Amitabh Saxena, CEO, Anexas Group who will draw from his 24 years of experience related to process excellence and will provide yellow belt certification for all attendees.
This bi-annual summit is organised by IQPC Dubai and will see strong participation from refinery and petrochemical companies in the region. Participating companies include, KNPC, OAPEC, Takreer, EQUATE Petrochemical Company, Borouge, Saudi Aramco, ENOC and many more.
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