ERTC 20th Annual Meeting Call for Papers Deadline:
Friday, 3rd April 2015


Please email your abstracts to


Global Technology Forum is excited to celebrate its 20 year anniversary by bringing the ERTC 20th Annual Meeting to Rome for 2015. Since its inception in 1995, the ERTC Annual Meeting has been the premier event of the year for the global oil refining industry: attracting 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 the current challenges being faced.

Presentations at the event typically include: high level market insights, project updates, best practices and case studies, as well as the latest advances in process technology with many companies using ERTC as the first place to showcase their latest innovations. This year's ERTC 20th Annual Meeting will be held in Rome from Tuesday 17th - Thursday 19th November 2015.

Global Technology Forum has once again, commissioned an Advisory Board: comprised of senior industry experts from refining companies to make the paper selections for the conference. You are now invited to submit one or two original papers for this conference for acceptance by the advisory board. Acceptance criteria will be originality and technical innovation. At this stage, the only requirements are a working title, subject area and brief description of the proposed content (typically a 200 word abstract).

Preference will be given to papers outlining case histories and actual operating experience. We would be pleased to receive abstracts from supplier companies that are co-authored and will be co-presented with operating companies. Some hot topics for the conference agenda are as follows, but not restricted to:


  • Worldwide refining outlook; background and forecast on the threat to European refiners
  • Transportation market outlook
  • Refining economics: impact from the falling oil prices - is there a silver lining for European refining through improved margins?
  • Examining the European petrochemical landscape: Calling into focus current regulations impacting the industry and survival techniques to help the industry withstand current market conditions; advantages and disadvantages of refining and petrochemical integration
  • How do refinery project developers, when looking at upgrading/revamps, plan for a volatile market and price action? Are there new and practical project risk strategy systems being developed?
  • How to develop a long-term business strategy in the face of an uncertain future; building flexibility and innovation into operation and management structures.
  • Trading and refining integration
  • European refinery capacity adjustment and new refining entrants in European market: Russia, ME, USA
  • Shale - flood of NGLs and LPG and the impact on refining
  • Knowledge capture from the retiring boomers: training the new generation
  • Margin improvement via conversion
  • Potential gains from processing unconventional products
  • A world view on energy including gas, coal, nuclear as well as oil
  • Tight oil challenges and opportunities
  • Bunker fuel perspective: what impact, from the restrictions on emissions quality, will there be on refinery product slate and on end-user consumption

Regulation and legislation challenges

  • Latest update on the European Commission's Refining Fitness Check
  • Is it possible for EU refiners and Member states to achieve EU 2020 targets including RED and FQD?
  • European Commission's 2030 Climate and Energy Package and its impact on European refining: supply and demand, and beyond
  • Review of EU (tax) policy on diesel particulate emissions; European city mayors weigh in on the environmental debate.
  • Impact of BREF
  • EU ETS reform
  • MARPOL regulations, the impact of the IMO and the outlook for bunker fuels
  • Russian policy impact on European refining industry

Emissions and energy management

  • How EU refineries can make use of Energy-efficiency management to stay in business
  • EU policy status update change and its impact on industries
  • EED (Energy Efficiency Directive) and/or energy efficiency BAT - highlights and challenges in the refinery
  • ISO 50001 regulations and ways to implement
  • Yield improvement versus energy consumption. What is more profitable and examples of?
  • Case-studies showing software and process control improvement success stories related to: energy, steam, hydrogen
  • How do licensors see energy efficiency as part of their offering to refiners?
  • New technologies and processes for energy savings and lowering energy consumption
  • Modern furnace and heat exchanger technology
  • Case studies from a large refinery including turbomachinery upgrades and other large capital investment items
  • Experiences and results of energy saving projects/case studies in refineries
  • Efficient hydrogen management and usage
  • Reducing FCC NOx emissions, reducing CO2 - designs for better CO2 capture and storage

Biofuels and renewable energy

  • Proven technologies for second-generation biofuels
  • Details on start-up projects
  • Opportunities to include renewables into an existing refinery; blending challenges and technology solutions to aid this
  • Biofuels development
  • Opportunities for clean fuels
  • Energy optimisation: reliable cost effective sources of green energy
  • 2nd generation fuels and sustainability
  • Feedstock availability and developments of new feedstocks


  • Examining the European petrochemical landscape: Calling into focus current regulations impacting the industry and survival techniques to help the industry withstand the current market conditions
  • With the malleable nature of petrochemicals' molecular structure, what are the potential inventions on the horizon that will help shape the future?
  • Refining and petrochemical integration - are these plants better placed to manage the industry challenges? Case studies showing how to improved profitability and boost yields
  • An in-depth look at the shale gas revolution on the European Petrochemical industry
  • Driven by China: the growing trend of the Methanol-to-Olefins process
  • Looking at the rising global demand for propylene and it's production techniques
  • Use of smart catalyst and feedstock flexibility to optimise cracker efficiency
  • The skilled labour shortage
  • Engineering solutions for petrochemical plants problems
  • Bio-based petrochemicals

Processes and technologies

  • Real innovation through technology; case studies and results
  • Bottom of the barrel conversion / upgrading
  • Residue hydrotreating
  • Marine heavy fuels specification changes and impact on refining strategy and operation
  • Desalter operation on new crudes : Removal of Fe and other metals
  • Contaminants in feedstock's and their methods of removal
  • Hydrogen management
  • Clean fuels technologies
  • BREF: technology solutions
  • Recent developments with HF and sulphuric acid catalysed alkylation
  • New technologies, i.e. gas turbines, solar, wind, ultrasonic generation, as possible co-generators and combinations for hydrocarbons and utilities production.
  • Alternative /alternating and blended crude processing. Does it really make money in the long run?
  • The future of the FCC units when facing the oversupply of gasoline
  • Oligomerisation of light ends into diesel
  • Resid- and HFO-free refining in Europe: alternatives / options available to achieve this
  • Isodewaxing of diesel fractions; case studies
  • Solvent deasphalting in combination with the DCU or LC Finer
  • Decontamination, chemical cleaning of refining equipment before MTA or /and online cleaning or all of them?
  • LPG recovery and conversion
  • FCC process and technologies
  • Technologies to improve conversion capabilities
  • Energy efficiency technologies
  • Hydroprocessing catalysts
  • GTL / XTL technologies
  • Wastewater treatment connected to refineries

Operability, maintenance, safety and reliability

  • Turnaround duration and scope : Risk based Inspection / Risk Based Maintenance / Preventive maintenance
  • How to optimise existing assets, technologies improving assets optimisation and management
  • Optimisation tools; reducing gap between reality and simulation
  • Latest KPI's and benchmarks within turnarounds and shutdowns (safety, organisation, cost's, executing time, ...)
  • HSE organisation within refineries
  • Contractor strategies for planning and execution and their impact on turnaround outcomes
  • Alliance contracts
  • Integrated planning / execution schedule project and maintenance scope
  • "Simops" experience
  • Fit for purpose vs latest technical standard
  • Progress monitoring and critical path
  • Non-destructive examination while plant in operation
  • Gate-keeping practices and team development for the planning as well as for the execution of TA
  • Scope changes vs TAR - budget
  • Advanced tools for shutdown scheduling
  • Advanced inspection methodologies and tools
  • Advanced maintenance methodologies and tools
  • Quality control during TA execution (systems, tools?)
  • Reliability management system for improved plant and safety performance
  • Best practices for effective turnarounds

Important notice: Papers are selected by the advisory board on quality and relevance of content. Please note that supplier speakers are subject to the registration fees as outlined by Global Technology Forum.

In order to meet the conference-planning timetable and to ensure submission to the advisory board, please respond by Friday 3rd April 2015 and send your abstracts to




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