21 - 23 October, 2019
Muscat, Oman

Conference Day Two: Tuesday, 22 October 2019

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

8:45 am - 8:50 am IQPC welcome remarks

Suraj Rao

Conference Director

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

Digital twining – How can refineries cut down on their opex costs?
Increasing oil prices have reduced the energy cost advantage for refiners. Therefore, it is imperative to establish enhanced cost structures through innovation in operating models through which digitalisation can be a major enabler.

9:00 am - 9:40 am PANEL DISCUSSION: Have you met my twin? Replicating legacy assets with digital versions for optimal refinery performance

Refineries traditionally utilise technical service agreements where inputs (time & material) are guaranteed but outputs are not. Digital twin technology equips engineers with insights helping them troubleshoot plant failures and improve overall plant performance

Digital twin technology has helped refiners improve their sales margins by 2%, would you like to know how?
  • Digitally replicating live plant operating and economic data in the cloud to optimise plant operations
  • Using reactive and proactive data for real time discussion and decision making by engineering, operations, maintenance and planning groups
  • Calculating equipment health parameters which cannot be identified by sensors to mitigate issues before they constrain or asset performance

9:40 am - 10:10 am Combining forces: How is twin technology and automation coming together?

Middle Eastern refineries are increasingly moving towards automation, in fact some of them have already realised savings of 10% on production costs.

How can digital twin technology be integrated with automation to further reduce costs?
  • Using digital twin technology to design, test and implement automation strategies to enhance work flow processes
  • Digital twin technology to train personnel to perform complex operational procedures to ensure safe and profitable operations
  • Improving process operations by identifying potential threats, errors and changes before getting transmitted into systems

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 in refinery operations - What is the end game?
The end game is a more operational-efficient, cost-effective and adaptive industry designed to deliver value regardless of the conditions.

10:10 am - 10:40 am Connecting people, assets and processes – IIoT for a sustainable refinery

According to reports, it is cheaper to digitalise assets now than it has ever been. A study conducted from 2007-2014 showed that the return on assets (ROA) was just 7.5%. With effective digitalistion, this number is set to rise by 4-5%.

How is IIoT revolutionising the Middle Eastern downstream industry?
  • Making collaborative decisions fueled by field data recorded by sensor-enabled machines and gauges, which can be linked to process activities and analytics
  • Developing IIoT infrastructure to bring together producers and consumers of the same information
  • Building an IIoT maturity curve to connect operations and value chain ultimately leading to a connected enterprise

10:40 am - 11:10 am Oil and Gas 4.0 – Powering tomorrow’s economy

A recent study conducted shows that effective use of digitalisation will lead to a 66% reduction in downtime over a 3 year period along with significant financial savings.

With the Middle East strategically moving towards downstream, how is Industry 4.0 helping refiners?
  • Real time insights and algorithm based decision making to improve to process efficiency across the refinery
  • Selecting the right digital partner for your Industrial 4.0 journey to realise ultimate digital objectives
  • Breaking barriers – Developing wireless and wired networks within companies to ensure real time communication between floor staff and corporate decision makers
Maitham Al Lawati, General Manager at Oman Data Park, Oman

Maitham Al Lawati

General Manager
Oman Data Park, Oman

11:10 am - 11:40 am Networking and refreshments break

Digitalising inspections – Reducing risk and avoiding shutdowns
Automation of inspections has helped oil and gas companies save 25% of their total maintenance and inspection costs. What are they doing right?

11:40 am - 12:10 pm Overhauling manual processes - Digitising visual inspection field assets to predict and prevent asset failures

AIM is a potential game changer which offers enhanced inspection capabilities on oil and gas assets and can assist operators with prioritising the annual integrity management cycle.
This can reduce inspection budgets by at least 50%

Are you optimising the time and money spent on inspections?
  • Risk Based Inspections (RBI) - How is IoT helping engineers achieve a high rate of detection
  • Robotic inspections for more safer, economic and effective than putting people at risk
  • Digitising pressure systems for better insights and data to optimise asset integrity

12:10 pm - 12:40 pm Pushing boundaries – Drones and UAVs for inspections of oil and gas assets

A recent case study on a UK based oil company revealed that drones saved 80% of their total inspection costs and reduced the inspection time from 28 days to 12 days ultimately preventing a shutdown

Are you using drones? How effectively?
  • Detecting and monitoring gas emissions and chemical leaks that can be invisible during manual inspections
  • Out with the old: Avoiding shutdowns through online monitoring of flares, pipelines, towers and columns
  • Collecting and processing aerial data and imagery to improve future operations

12:40 pm - 1:40 pm Networking lunch break

System Integration for smooth workflows and efficient operations
With the integration of oil companies, the need for system integration is at an all time high.
Legacy systems and assets on different platforms need to be integrated on one major platform.

1:40 pm - 2:50 pm REGIONAL CASE STUDY: Integrating the best – Why do system integrators play an important role in your digitalisation journey?

It’s a huge challenge to bring together refinery data from various legacy systems and assets on other platforms into a single environment. Effective system integration can result in revenue increase by at least 15%.

How integrated is your refinery?
  • Access to a unified data dashboards from various operations and equipment through an efficient Plant Information (PI) system
  • Clear visibility of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) through integration of Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) systems along with legacy applications
  • Simplifying information systems to optimise operational and strategic decision making process

2:50 pm - 3:10 pm Networking and refreshments break

Digitalisation at mega ongoing and existing refinery projects worth $22 billion

3:10 pm - 3:40 pm Al Zour Refinery, Kuwait: How is digitalisation taking place at Middle East’s largest refinery?

The $15 billion Al Zour refinery is said to process 615,000 bpd and will be the biggest Greenfield refinery ever built. Al Zour refinery along with other ongoing mega projects will change the landscape of the oil refining industry in Kuwait.

Digitalisation will play a huge role in achieving such massive production capacities, how are they doing it?
  • How is automation playing a major role in achieving refinery targets?
  • What training are personnel undergoing to ensure successful operations of the refinery?
  • How is digitalisation playing a major role in achieving maximum uptime of assets at Al Zour?

3:40 pm - 3:40 pm Duqm Refinery, Oman: What is Duqm’s digital strategy?

The $7 billion refinery will be the biggest downstream project in Oman. The Joint venture between Kuwait Petroleum International and ORPIC is said to process 230,000 bpd.

How will digitalisation be a key enabler in Duqm’s success story?
  • Digital technologies as a major catalyst to achieve refining targets
  • Digitalisation as a core business competency to achieve operational excellence
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.