Opportunity Crudes Conferences 2012

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The theme of this three-day event is "Drivers behind the Success of Processing Opportunity Crudes." The solution-based presentations focus on how to maintain refining profits at a time of volatile oil prices and uncertainty in crude supply. There are seven topics:

Conference Agenda

May 6, 2012 (Sunday)
1300-1700 Workshops: CDU Corrosion Control, Heavy Oil Hydrocracking, SAGD Issues
1800-2000 Registration and Reception
May 7, 2012 (Monday)
0700-0800 Registration and Continental Breakfast
0800-0815 Welcome and Administrative Announcements
MORNING SESSION: Global Crude Market Outlook & Crude Quality Management
0815-0845 Keynote/Opening Address - The Geopolitics of Global Energy Guy Caruso- the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
0845-0915 Current and Future Outlook of Canadian Oil Sands Industry Dinara Millington - Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI)
0915-1000 Current and Near Future Western Canadian Crude Oil Quality Bill Lywood – Crude Quality Inc.
1000-1030 When Does an Opportunity Crude become an Opportunity for Me? Terry Thompson – SGS
1030-1100 Refreshment Break
1100-1130 High TAN Brazilian Crude Oil and its Distillates Cuts Analyzed by Negative-ion Electrospray FT-ICR Mass Spectrometry Alexandre Gomes - Petrobras
1130-1200 Unconventional Crude Oil Selection and Compatibility Scott Sayles – KBC Advanced Technologies
1200-1230 Assessing and Predicting the Corrosive Impact of Opportunity Crudes Brian Chambers – Honeywell
1230-1400 Luncheon
PRESENTATION: Using Proven Technology to Optimize Profitability When Processing Opportunity Crudes, Part 3
Larry Kremer – Baker Hughes
AFTERNOON SESSION: Latest Developments in Resid and Heavy Oil Upgrading Technologies
1400-1430 Innovative Catalyst Technologies Offer Flexibility for Resid FCC Joe McLean - BASF
1430-1500 Advanced Refining Technologies Newest Catalyst Technology Platform for EB Resid Hydrocracking Balbir Lakhanpal – Advanced Refining Technologies
1500–1530 New Technology for Enhanced Clean Diesel Production Mike Hunter – Haldor Topsøe
1530–1600 Refreshment Break
1600-1630 LC-FINING® Technology for Processing VR Derived from Opportunity Crudes Ujjal Mukherjee – Chevron Lummus Global
1630-1700 Increase Overall Liquid Yields from HCU and FCC-based Refineries Using the ROSE® Process Rashid Iqbal - KBR
1700-1730 Unique Opportunities with Solvent Deasphalting and Delayed Coking to Increase Residue Conversion and Refining Margins Scott Shorey - Foster Wheeler
1730–1800 Q&A Forum
1830–2030 Reception
May 8, 2012 (Tuesday)
0700-0800 Registration and Continental Breakfast
0800-0830 Welcome and Administrative Announcements
MORNING SESSION: Novel Technologies to Boost Product Yields & Refiners’ Experiences
0830-0900 Diesel Creation in the FCC-centered Refinery Phillip Niccum - KBR
0900-0930 Advanced Resid Cracking Catalysts for Propylene Maximization Tom Habib - Grace Davison
0930-1000 Utilization of Alberta Oil Sands Coke for the Production of Valuable Products-Opportunities and Challenges Duke du Plessis – Alberta Innovates
1000-1030 Regional Refining Trends over the Next Decade Driving Hydrogen Growth Globally Bill Baade – Air Products and Chemicals; Sanjiv Ratan - Technip
1030-1100 Refreshment Break
1100-1130 Feasibiity Upgrading Schemes for Colombian Heavy Crude Oils Luis Javier Hoyos Marin - Ecopetrol
1130-1200 The Challenges and Chances of Processing Heavy Oils in China Lin Aiguo - PetroChina
1200-1230 Suncor Refinery and Upgrader Integration Strategies for Maximum Profitability Randy Segato – Suncor Energy
1230-1400 Luncheon
PRESENTATION: Bitumen and Heavy Oil Pipeline Transportation: Effect of Diluent Quality Issues
Parviz Rahimi and Edward Little – CanmetENERGY Natural Resources Canada
AFTERNOON SESSION: Shale Plays and Impacts of Shale Oils on Refinery Operations
1400-1430 Shale Oil: Challenges and Impacts on Refineries Sam Lordo and Brad Mason - Nalco
1430-1500 Liquid Shale Plays: Niobrara and Eagle Ford (Focus – Production, Logistics and Refining Market Outlooks) Joe Leto – Energy Analysts International
1500–1530 The Changing Crude Oil Market: Evaluating New Grades of Crude Oil Pat Swafford – Spiral Software
1530-1600 Insoluble Asphaltenes from Blending Heavy Crudes with Shale Oils Irv Wiehe – Soluble Solutions
1600-1630 Q&A Forum
1630-1700 Closing Announcements





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