23 - 25 July, 2019
Four Points by Sheraton Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 23 July 2019

8:00 am - 8:45 am Registration, coffee and networking

8:45 am - 8:50 am Welcome remarks

Suraj Rao

Conference Director

8:50 am - 9:00 am Opening remarks from Chairman

Maximising revenues and profitability through digital uptake
Digitalisation of Nigeria’s refineries will make Africa the next refining hub of the world, how is digitalisation helping them?

The Dangote refinery, Africa’s biggest refinery is valued at $15 billion and will have the capacity to process 650,000 barrels per day once complete in 2020.

How does West Africa stand to gain?
  • Dangote’s journey to digitalise Africa’s biggest refinery
  • How is are blockchain and AI adding value to the existing supply chain
  • Maximising operational efficiency through end to end process automation
Prasanna Kumar Burri, Group Chief Information Officer at Dangote Industries Ltd, Nigeria

Prasanna Kumar Burri

Group Chief Information Officer
Dangote Industries Ltd, Nigeria

Ramakrishna Potluri, Head of IT and Business Application at Dangote Industries, Nigeria

Ramakrishna Potluri

Head of IT and Business Application
Dangote Industries, Nigeria

Digitalisation has proven to be cost effective with no compromise on operations.
Reports suggest that digitalisation has saved oil companies $11 per barrel produced

How can digitalisation be a game changer for Nigeria’s refineries?
  • Digitalising existing oil and gas refineries in Nigeria to improve production capacities
  • Emergence of a grey collared workforce through integration of man and machines leading to sustained economic growth
  • Combining traditional instrumentation with digital technologies to improve existing capacities
Srinivas Rachakonda, Director, Business Strategy at Dangote Industries, Nigeria

Srinivas Rachakonda

Director, Business Strategy
Dangote Industries, Nigeria

Engr. Kapuulya Musomba, Acting Managing Director at Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation, Tanzania

Engr. Kapuulya Musomba

Acting Managing Director
Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation, Tanzania

Idriss S. Yusuf

GM, Planning and Business, Refinery and Petrochemical Divisions
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Nigeria

10:10 am - 10:40 am Analytics Solutions Drives Value from Digitalization in Process Manufacturing

Intelligent machine learning tools based on 4.0 concepts such as Big Data Analytics, IIoT/P, AI,
Predictive Analytics, Adaptive Analytics, Prescriptive analytics, etc., allow auto-benchmarking,
optimal scheduling, maintenance by exception, early anomaly identification and provides insights
not otherwise available, that enable proactive actions for improved Reliability and Overall
Asset Effectiveness
• Benchmarking 24X7
Automatic live benchmarking of key metrics, with previous Historical best and Design
• Furnace Management Tracker 24x7
Trending, Monitoring, prediction of run-length, availability, scheduling and planning, etc.
• Asset Reliability
Early identification of an outlier and anomalies, minimizing false positives, etc.
• Digital Twin Model
Asset health monitoring, process optimization, adequacy check, what-if analysis, etc.
Dr. Pratap Nair, President and CEO at Ingenero

Dr. Pratap Nair

President and CEO

10:40 am - 11:10 am Speed networking, refreshments and exhibition tour

11:10 am - 11:40 am Shutting down critical processes can result in a production loss of at least 2%

Access to real-time data can reduce downtime and improve the uptime on these assets Pipelines are the lifelines of a refinery, how can corrosion prevent them from functioning?

  • Action at point of theft: How can teams be mobilised to secure the pipeline
  • Developing immobile technology that can be integrated with pipelines to prevent theft and vandalisation
  • Accounting for loss of inventory: Real time knowledge of crude volumes when being transported between pipelines
Narendranath Ramaiah, Head of Pipelines at Shell, Nigeria

Narendranath Ramaiah

Head of Pipelines
Shell, Nigeria

Refinery revolution - Modular refineries
Modular refineries in Nigeria bridge a supply gap of atleast 30,000 bpd (5 million litres),
with another 15 refineries in the design stage. Is this the next big refinery revolution?

11:40 am - 12:10 pm Modular refinery development: Bridging the fuel demand-supply gap

Modular refineries are critical for Africa to bridge the domestic-demand supply gap. The digitalisation of these modular refineries can further improve production capacities.

How can modular refineries optimise production through economic digitalisation?
  • Meeting Nigeria’s domestic fuel needs through smaller modular refineries
  • Optimising security through digitalisation of pipelines and operations
  • Enhancing production capacities through integration of digital technologies

Driving excellence in maintenance and operations at refineries through digitisation
Digitalisation would mean access to real time data and monitoring.
How are operations and maintenance teams leveraging this to drive excellency?

12:10 pm - 12:40 pm Developing operational efficiency and striving towards excellence using a digitalisation strategy

What processes need to be digitalised for production efficiency?
45% of a refinery’s operations can be digitalised. It is critical that we understand where digitalisation can play a very important role

  • Advancing plant analytics to identify optimal plant settings thus driving operational efficiency
  • Automated management of spare parts and warehousing activities
  • Algorithms for efficient planning and scheduling of operations

Idriss S. Yusuf

GM, Planning and Business, Refinery and Petrochemical Divisions
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Nigeria

12:40 pm - 2:00 pm Networking lunch

Closing the gap on cyber security
Approximately 75% of oil companies have suffered one security compromise that
resulted in the loss of confidential information or disruption to operations.

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Preventing cyber attacks through effective integration of IT and operational technology stakeholders stakeholders

Attackers are constantly trying to disrupt operations and acquire confidential data.
Are you keeping them at bay?
  • Identifying business vulnerabilities that can make a cyber attack successful
  • Dealing with cyber attacks by developing a comprehensive cyber incident response plan
  • Increasing risk of cyber intrusion as OT merges with Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) systems
  • Setting the budget: The cost of a breach vs the cost of cyber security

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm “Improvements in Refining Operations” with specific focus on existing African refineries

Mr. Deepak Gupta, Chief General Manager, at Engineers India Ltd.

Mr. Deepak Gupta

Chief General Manager,
Engineers India Ltd.


Interactive Discussions Group (IDGs) are the perfect setting for audiences to come together and discuss their ideas, insights and opinions on specific topics. Each IDG has a leader who will lead the discussion and mention key points that the audience seated can engage in, creating a platform for interactive conversations and learning’s from like minded individuals, from similar work backgrounds of industries, hence leading into a thought provoking discussion. Every participant will have the exciting chance of discussing and sharing their views over two topics for 30mins each within the respective group.


3:00 pm - 3:00 pm Keeping your refinery cybersafe
Digitalisation leads to a centralised location where the data can be accessed remotely. This makes it vulnerable to attacks and easy for hackers to gain access. Develop a cyber resilient strategy to protect your refinery thus keeping your refinery safe and secure


3:00 pm - 3:00 pm Preventing vandalisation and oil theft
Oil theft and vandalisation of pipelines costs Nigeria close to $35 million a day and high casualty rate. Converting them into smart pipelines through the integration of sensors, video surveillance and drones can prevent and protect assets and human life.


3:00 pm - 3:00 pm Artificial Intelligence, Process automation, IoT and Blockchain in your refinery
Robust computing will lead to accurate data paving the way for predictive and preventive maintenance. Such robust computing translates to production optimisation leading to operational efficiency.


3:00 pm - 3:00 pm Protecting your SCADA systems from cyber attacks
SCADA systems are crucial for a refinery’s operations. It stores and manages critical data that cannot be compromised at any cost. Its legacy further re-enhances the threats of cyber attacks and puts data at a risk. Over the years, a cloud based SCADA system has proven to be more secure, stable and easy to operate.


3:00 pm - 3:00 pm Seamless integration of technology with refineries
Integration of technologies is extremely essential when it comes to refineries. A successful integration would mean a refinery with seamless communication networks between various technologies
The published programme is correct at time of printing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight.