Conference Program

06 - 08 May 2024   |   Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Program is subject to change. Please check back regularly for updates on sessions and the speakers.

09:30 09:40

Opening Remarks Palm Hall


Nasser A. Abanmi

Former President , SABIC - KEMYA

Tor Fjaeran

Manager Investment Arena, Equinor

09:40 10:00

Keynote Speech Palm Hall

Adapting to the Shifting Dynamics of the Global Energy Landscape


Ahmad A. Al Sa'adi

Senior Vice President, Technical Services, Aramco

10:00 10:50

WPC Downstream, Global Leadership Panel - The Future of Refining and Petrochemicals Palm Hall


Pedro Miras Salamanca

President, WPC Energy


Suleyman M Ozmen

Sr. Consultant, Independent

Dr. Madhukar Garg

President Refining & Petchem R&D, Reliance Industries Ltd

10:50 11:10

Coffee Break Exhibition Hall

11:10 12:30

Technical Sessions- 3

Debottlenecking: Exploiting Opportunities to Boost Performance Al Seef

Optimizing Value Through Converting Residuum Into Clean Fuels or Petrochemicals


Dr. Julie Chabot

Chevron Fellow, Chevron Lummus Global (CLG)

Constant Feed Composition and Performance Analysis Increases Pygas Run Length


Faisal Al Ashour

Process Engineer , Saudi Chevron Phillips (S-Chem)

Modeling and Optimization of Pressure Distillation to Achieve Pharma Grade Tetrahydrofuran Product From Tetrahydrofuran Water Mixture


Vijay Shirpurkar

Process Engineer, Sipchem

Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Al Fanar

Conceptual Design and Energy Analysis of Integrated Gasification and Reforming Technologies for Syngas Production


Hussain Alibrahim

CHE Senior student, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM)

Toward Optimum Design of Industrial Steam and Power Systems


Mana Alowaidh

Engineering Consultant - Energy Systems, Aramco

Improvements in Residue Gasification Increase Feed Flexibility for Virtually Bottomless Refineries


Simon Cackett

Licensing Technology Manager, Shell Catalysts & Technologies

Digital Transformation Palm Hall

The Role of Process in the Digital Transformation


Norbert Jung

VP Product Management - Process and Simulation, AVEVA

Process Manufacturing Digital Twin to Achieve Operations Excellence


Jim Brigman

Managing Director, Ingenero Inc

Sustaining Crude Quality Specifications by Leveraging IR 4.0 Solution in Midstream Processing


Syed A. Ahmed

Process Engineer, Aramco

Majed A. Al-Jeshi

Process Engineer, Aramco

12:30 13:30

Lunch Break Exhibition Hall

13:30 14:50

Technical Sessions- 3

Revolutionary Technology Al Seef

Novel Catalytic Cracking Technologies for Producing More Low Carbon Olefins and Light Aromatics


Jinquan Zhu

R&D Senior Engineer , Research Institute of Petroleum Processing, SINOPEC

Digital Transformation - Using Simulation and Engineering Data with Analytical Sciences to, not only turn Data into Information, but also to Drive the Process


Roy Calder

Oil and Gas Industry Principal - New Energies, AVEVA

Innovations in Catalysts and Processes for Refining Applications


Dr. Theo Maesen

Director CLG R&D, Chevron Lummus Global (CLG)

Debottlenecking: Exploiting Opportunities to Boost Performance Al Fanar

Mitigation of Hydrate Formation in Module 5 De-Ethanizer Overhead System at Yanbu NGL Fractionation Department


Hae Yong Noh

Senior Chemical Engineer, Aramco

Ibrahim N Nashri

Chemical Engineer, Aramco

Optimal Process Design Approaches for Diesel Hydrotreater Unit Revamps


Muhammad Ilyas

Technology Licensing Manager , Topsoe

Unlocking Potential of a Resid Hydroprocessing Unit Through Reactor Internals – A Case Study


Abdullah Ahmad Mandani

Sr. Eng.Process Ref., Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

Mohammed Benchekchou

Director, Shell Catalysts & Technologies

Mohammed Fahad Ajmi

Senior Operations Engineer, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

Dilipkumar Thakur

Shell Catalysts & Technologies

Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Palm Hall

Utility Steam System Energy Optimization Best Practices at Khurais Crude Processing Facilities


Abdullah Malki

Gas & Shipping Lead Engineer, Aramco

Energy Performance Indices (EPIs) – Self-Benchmarking for Continual Improvement; a Statistical Approach


Ahmed Aseeri

Founder & CEO, Gulf Advanced Process Technologies Co. (GAPTECH)

Satish Mantri

Process Engineer, Sipchem

Energy Efficiency Improvement Initiatives in KNPC MAA Refinery


Vijayaraghavan Ganeshkumar

Process Engineer, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

15:00 16:20

Technical Sessions- 3

Debottlenecking: Exploiting Opportunities to Boost Performance Al Seef

De-Butanizer Tower Bypass Facility


Fahad Alsaad

Manager, Process Engineering, SABIC - KEMYA

Ethylene Unit Reboiler Fouling Improvements


Rawaf Al-Rawaf

Superintendent – Process Engineering, Saudi Chevron Phillips (S-Chem)

An Innovative Approach in Re-energizing Internal Profit Improvement Programs (PIP)


Ahmed Altarkeet

Snr Manufacturing Excellence Engineer, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

Azhari Dafaalla

Senior Staff Consultant , KBC (A Yokogawa Company)

Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Al Fanar

Energy Optimization in Air Separation Units (ASU) Using Advanced Process Control (APC)


Carlos Gonzalez

Lead Process Control Engineer, SABIC

Solid Slurry Stream Processing and Recovery Using Thin Film Evaporator Technology


Majed Mulla

Process Engineer , Saudi Chevron Phillips (S-Chem)

Energy Real-Time Optimizer - Steam & Condensate Balance


Youngghee Jang

Energy Engineer, Aramco

Digital Transformation Palm Hall


Ayman Salamah

General Sales Manager , W.R. Grace & Co

SAMREF FCC DMC Controller Revamp


Safi M AlBuhairi

Senior Process Control Engineer , Saudi Aramco Mobil Refinery Company Ltd. (SAMREF)

Combining the Power of Digital Twins With Cloud-Based Collaboration


Saptarshi Bhowmick

PSS Department Manager, Yokogawa MEA

Improving Distillate Products Quality Using IR 4.0 Digital Solutions


Abdelghani Daraiseh

Sr. Engineering Consultant, Aramco

Shahreyar Khan

Engineering Specialist - Process & Control Systems Department, Aramco

16:20 16:40

Coffee Break Exhibition Hall

16:40 17:30

Opening Ministerial Session Palm Hall


Tor Fjaeran

Manager Investment Arena, Equinor


His Excellency Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa

Minister of Oil, Kingdom of Bahrain

His Excellency Elnur Soltanov

Deputy Minister of Energy, Republic of Azerbaijan

Dr. Sun Xiansheng

Secretary General, International Energy Forum (IEF)

17:30 18:20

WPC Downstream, Panel Discussion - Digital Transformation Strategies in Downstream Palm Hall


Milton Costa Filho

Secretary General, IBP - Brazilian Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels Institute


Norm Gilsdorf

Senior Vice President, Honeywell Global High Growth Regions, Honeywell

Rob Howard

Senior Director - Enterprise Solution Consulting, Aspen Technology

Mohammed Al-Habib

Regional Energy Transition Executive Director - MENATI, Baker Hughes

18:20 18:30

Coffee Break Exhibition Hall

18:30 19:15

Exhibition Inauguration Hall 1

Guest of Honor

His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa

Prime Minister, Kingdom of Bahrain (invited)


Gala Dinner Gulf Hotel


His Excellency Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa

Minister of Oil, Kingdom of Bahrain

June Wispelwey

Former CEO and Executive Director (retired), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

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