Euro Petroleum Consultants to showcase significance of bottom of the barrel technology at refining conference in Bahrain

Established 17 years ago, Euro Petroleum Consultants’ BBTC – Bottom of the Barrel Technology Conference – series remains the only event focusing on technologies, project trends and equipment innovations relating to residue upgrading in refineries.

Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, minister of oil, Bahrain, opens the BBTC MENA and ME-CAT 2017 conferences.
Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, minister of oil, Bahrain, opens the BBTC MENA and ME-CAT 2017 conferences.

The conference taking place during 3-4 December 2018 in Bahrain, has become one of the most insightful events for the refining industry in the Middle East, especially as more and more focus is given to residue upgrading.

Residue upgrading is increasingly recognised as a key solution to the pressing challenge of meeting the growing market for cleaner fuels, the gradual substitution of heavier feedstock and the decreasing demand for heavy oil.

The conference takes place under the patronage of Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, minister of oil, Bahrain, with the support of the National Oil & Gas Authority, and Bapco as principal sponsor.

Key technologies will be presented by market leaders such as ExxonMobil, Axens, Wood, and Chevron Lummus Global, and will include delayed coking, gasification, slurry hydrocracking and residue fluidised catalytic cracking (RFCC).

The US oil major ExxonMobil will host a complimentary workshop for end-users as part of the event focused on their technology offerings for refiners.

Following the BBTC MENA Conference, the Middle East Catalyst Technology Conference (ME-CAT) will take place during 5-6 December 2018. ME-CAT is an event fully focused on bringing together catalyst suppliers, licensors, contractors, service providers and end users for a unique opportunity to exchange on the latest catalyst developments.

Catalytic processes are at the heart of all refineries and petrochemical complexes. With the recent drive for increased integration, the number of units using modern catalysts has increased significantly. The right catalyst solution can improve margins, achieve better product quality, higher yields and longer cycle lengths – all this with relatively small investment.

ME-CAT will focus on catalysts for refining and petrochemicals, catalyst management and the importance of research in producing performance catalysts.

The conferences are rich in technical content, providing specialists with a forum to learn about the latest developments from the leading technology and service providers combined with extensive networking opportunities.

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