Welcome to Global Technology Forum

For over 20 years, Global Technology Forum has provided the international oil refining and petrochemical community with an invaluable forum for networking, ideas sharing and contact building. Our flagship event the European Refining Technology Conference (ERTC) Annual Meeting is recognised as the leading downstream event in Europe.

We have built long standing relationships with all of the oil majors, independent refiners, national oil companies and petrochemical operators, ensuring we consistently tap in to the key issues affecting the global industry.

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Our series of international conferences and training courses deliver the highest level of technical and strategic content which is researched and developed in conjunction with our esteemed board of advisors.

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We ensure you get to meet the people who can help you drive your business forward. Our event formats create multiple opportunities for you to meet the people who count. Informal drinks receptions, one-to-one meetings, mobile apps and social networking groups, enable you to expand your professional network via the Global Technology Forum.

8th May 2016 - 10th May 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Abu Dhabi International Downstream is a carefully crafted conference that provides an unparalleled platform to discuss the latest market developments, partnership opportunities, strategies and innovative technologies which are shaping the refining and petrochemical complexes of the future.

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March 2017, Singapore

ARTC is the leading downstream event for refiners and petrochemical producers operating in the Asia Pacific region. Over 150 senior decision makers gather for 2-days of technical analysis and real life case-studies as well as extensive networking opportunities.

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26th October 2016 - 27th October 2016, Singapore

In 2016, the conference will be split into 3 streams to allow greater focus in each area. With a fresh look, you can expect lots of new things from our Asian downstream conference. This event has always been and will remain a place for individuals to discuss investment opportunities, cutting-edge technologies, feedstock supply systems and security strategies that relate to the current crude oil forecasts. It serves as a networking platform for IOC and NOC operators, technology licensors, EPC’s and other industry players.

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19th – 21st September 2016, Izmir, Turkey

Over 3 days you will gather critical analysis and thoughts on the region through panel discussions and roundtables including; the future of refining and petrochemicals in the region and the role of the EU, oil price perspectives and the future plans for operational excellence in the region.

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28th November – 30th November 2016, Vienna, Austria

Created and trusted by the industry, CIS Downstream has welcomed over 5360 visitors over the past 18 years. This is the one event you must attend to gain valuable insights on the specifics of CIS Downstream market helping you to avoid costly mistakes and providing you with essential guidance to take back to your organisation and implement into your business immediately to secure the position within the CIS region.

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March 2017, Egypt

Following Sherif Ismail Mohamed’s announcement last September that Egypt is to invest US$ 14.5 billion in their domestic refining and petrochemicals sector over the next five years, the inaugural Egypt Downstream Summit & Exhibition is the premier platform supporting Egypt’s refining and petrochemical players in their growth and expansion.

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14th November 2016 - 14th November 2016, Lisbon, Portugal

With a strong focus on energy-efficiency improvements to enhance European refinery profitability, ERTC Energy Efficiency is a must attend event with participants benefiting from the experiences of refiners who have executed successful energy efficiency projects. Leading industry suppliers will also showcase the latest innovative processes and technologies that will assist refiners facing ever changing and continuing challenges.

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14th November 2016 - 16th November 2016, Lisbon, Portugal

The biggest and best event of the year for the global downstream industry since its inception in 1995, the ERTC Annual Meeting – GTF’s flagship –attracts over 500 professionals from all over the world.

The conference continues to lead the way as the industry meeting-place, providing a valuable opportunity to network with industry peers, customers and colleagues as well as learn how best to overcome current challenges.

Presentations give high level market insights, project updates, best practices and case studies as well as the latest in process and technology advancement with many companies using ERTC as the first place to showcase their latest innovations.

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10th May 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE

After the success of our inaugural global advisory board meeting in May 2015, we are delighted to confirm that our second Global Advisory Board and Downstream Leaders Briefing will take place on 10th May 2016 in Abu Dhabi.

The meeting will once again run alongside Abu Dhabi International Downstream Summit (ADID) taking place from the 8-10 May, which for next year also includes a dedicated Global Petrochemical Conference Stream taking place in association with ADID.

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14th November 2016 - 16th November 2016, Lisbon, Portugal

As we continue to see Ongoing increases in global competitiveness, driven by recent developments in North American Ethylene production, “on-purpose” technologies such as CTO technology in China, oil price volatility and unsteady feedstock supply and demand dynamics, means The Global Petrochemicals Conference will continue to provide a platform for petrochemical industry executives and leaders to meet, expand their knowledge base, network with peers, build new relationships and re-connect with old friends.

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4th October 2016 - 6th October 2016, Mexico City

LARTC 5th Annual Meeting is the most comprehensive refining technology conference for Latin America.

LARTC has fast become the leading event for senior refining and petrochemical professionals from across the Latin American downstream sector. Attendees come together to discuss the latest project developments and potential investment opportunities as well as gain insights into the challenges and opportunities affecting each country in the region.

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22nd January 2017 - 24th January 2017, Manama, Bahrain

Global Technology Forum (GTF) together with the World Refining Association (WRA) are excited to announce the launch of their first combined show:MERTC (Middle East Refining Technology Conference) taking place on the 22-24 January 2017 in Manama, Bahrain.

MERTC will unite GTF’s 21 years and WRA’s 20 years of experience in a new flagship event for the region. WRA’s strategic content , stakeholder support, and innovative formats will meet GTF’s advisory board scored papers and technical content to become the number one refining event for the Saudi, Bahrain and Kuwait markets. 

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Coming Soon - October 2016

The PARTC Annual Meeting examines on-going challenges that African refineries face – from meeting market demands and investment challenges through plant upgrades, fuel quality issues, and emission requirements.

PARTC is an excellent platform to unite refiners and industry suppliers from across the Africa region to discuss the latest technology advances now available within the industry.

Great atmosphere, very friendly and collaborative environment

- Jesús Muelas Párraga, Repsol -

Well run conference with a good mixture of industrial end-users, industry experts and vendors

- Gregor Fernholz, Schneider Electric -

A very well organized event gathering all industry peers into one beautiful location

- Eva Andersson, Alfa Laval -

ERTC conference is always a highlight in the "conference calendar"; excellent presentations, and a good mixture of operators and service companies

- Helmut Heurich, Air Liquide -

Very refreshing to see many refiners in Europe having a positive view of our industry (Galp and Lotos). Both continue investing and making their refineries do better

- Suleyman Ozmen, Shell Global Solutions -

A great forum for technical information exchange

- Charles Ross, Saudi Aramco -

A great place to be updated on the latest market and technology developments, meet old friends and renew acquaintances

- Frederik Baars, Fluor -

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