“MEPEC is the right place where process engineers and industry top experts get together at one place to present their case studies in different fields.”
Fadi Mhaini, Director
Technology Licensing, Chevron Lummus Global
We are delighted to talk to Fadi Mhaini, Director -Technology Licensing from Chevron Lummus Global. Fadi is a member of the MEPEC 2019 Technical Committee and he shares with us his thoughts on the current trends and what the future holds for the Oil and Gas downstream sector in the Middle East.
It is really dependent on the location; we see increased number of Delayed Cokers in Russia to convert VR into liquid products and Anode or Needle Coke. These coke grades are primary used in Steel and Aluminium industries. In the Middle East, we see more application of Ebullated bed Residue Hydrocracking to convert VR into lighter liquid products suitable as feed stock to steam crackers to produce key petrochemical product such as Ethylene and Propylene. We also see a lot of attention is given to energy saving projects. These are driven to increase refinery profitability in today’s competitive marketplace.
Digital transformation will become very important part of modern Oil & Gas complexes of the future. It uses important plant data for easier unit monitoring, analysis and maintenance which result in improved unit safety and reliability.
Oil and Gas companies will be able to satisfy growing global market demands quicker and be able to implement project (s) in a shorter timeline.
Refineries have to invest consciously in modern technologies to stay in compliance with these international environmental regulations like EURO V, IMO 2020 and others and upgrade low value feedstocks into high value clean transportation fuels. Products that can’t meet specification will be very difficult to sale in today’s everchanging domestic and export markets.