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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Abu Dhabi

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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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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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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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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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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The inaugural Iran Downstream Summit & Exhibition will be the premier international platform supporting Iran’s refining and petrochemical players in their growth and expansion. The summit will bring together key Iranian stakeholders with international downstream technology service providers, whilst showcasing Iran’s vast potential as a downstream investment destination.

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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

The New Flagship Event for the Middle East

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.

The inaugural MERTC will be the premier meeting place for downstream technology and innovation.

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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Moscow, Russia

The World Refining Association and Global Technology Forum are organising a free networking and drinks reception taking place on 21st September, in an exclusive Central Moscow location.

The evening will be a great opportunity to meet with your local refining and petrochemical colleagues.

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Milan, Italy

For the past 11 years, the North Africa Oil & Gas Summit has been the meeting place for North African NOCs and their partners. Co-located with the 4th North Africa Downstream Summit, the events represent the ideal platform to explore upstream and downstream opportunities for investment, understand the benefits of latest technologies and plan financial strategies to support oil and gas projects across the region.

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With the full support of the Turkmenistan Ministry of Oil & Gas, The Energy Exchange and the World Refining Association are pleased to bring you the 21st Annual OGT Summit, taking place in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan this November.  This conference is essential for those working in or wanting to work in oil, gas or refining in Turkmenistan.

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Global refining capital expenditure is forecast to reach approximately US$333 billion between 2014 and 2020, driven largely by new projects across China and the Middle East.

A recent study by research firm Global Data found that Asia will account for 46% of downstream capex during the period, while the Middle East will provide 22%. Testament to the planned construction of large integrated refining and petrochemical complexes that lead to more efficient grass-root refineries, such as cracking and coking facilities, refining expenditures in the Middle East and Asia are forecast to represent a combined 70% share of the world’s total spending.

With this trend set to continue, Oman is stepping up efforts to capitalize on its hydrocarbons wealth, boosting downstream industrial capacity by expanding the petrochemicals sector and providing the fuel stocks needed to power other industries, thus reducing its reliance on imports.

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Lisbon, Portugal

This course provides an in-depth overview of wastewater treatment from the sources of wastewater and their associated chemistries to the legislation governing the discharge. The core of the training comprises the design and operational aspects of the unit operations found in wastewater treatment.

The focus is on understanding and troubleshooting the various process steps. Throughout this training, participants are encouraged to share their specific challenges, which will then be discussed to serve as case histories and examples to benefit the whole class.

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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 -

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

- Gregor Fernholz, Schneider Electric -

Great atmosphere, very friendly and collaborative environment

- Jesús Muelas Párraga, Repsol -

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

- Frederik Baars, Fluor -

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 -

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