AGENDA

DAY 1, 3 DEC 2019
DAY 2, 4 DEC 2019
08:00
Registration and morning coffee
08:30
Breakfast briefing: engineering and construction trends in 2019
09:10
Keynote market overviews

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Petrochemicals: outlook for the global downstream sector. Will chemicals save the downstream sector?

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Refining: how can refiners improve their competitiveness and long-term commercial viability in light of energy transition?

09:30
Project owners panel discussion. The future of petrochemicals in Europe and the CIS region: industry renaissance or continuous retreat?

PANEL DISCUSSION

Last July, INEOS announced their €2.7 billion capital project consisting of a world-scale propane dehydrogenation plant and the first cracker to be built in Europe in over 20 years. Many believe that this “game-changing” investment is a clear sign that the European petchem industry is no longer declining and is beginning to grow. OMV, MOL, Lukoil, SIBUR, Gazprom neft, Total and BASF will share their views on the future of petrochemicals in Europe and the CIS region.

10:30
Q&A session and real-time polling
11:00
Coffee break
11:45
EPC 4.0: building a truly digital capital project

The traditional way of performing EPC business no longer works. As the digital transformation of the downstream industry gains momentum, EPC contractors are re-discovering themselves in the new era of digitalisation. They are investing in data analytics to improve project predictability, performing remote inspections in the field to shorten the schedule of projects, using virtual reality for HSE training and much more. This session will explore what a new business model for EPC means.

13:30
Lunch
14:30
Special presentation: how to mitigate contract risks and align the different goals of project management stakeholders
15:00
Overview of downstream capital projects in Europe, Russia and the Caspian region

This session will cover several case studies of recently completed projects and will provide an overview of promising greenfield and brownfield projects in the downstream sector in Europe, Russia and the Caspian region.

16:00
Coffee break
16:30
“Closed-door” discussion: what can we learn from project failings?

DISCUSSION

Why do mega projects fail? Aggressive budgeting, an unrealistic schedule, poor definition or risk aversion… the list goes on! Success stories are certainly valuable to share, but learning from project failures can be priceless.

The panelists will disclose key failures that they have faced in handling projects and will present their solutions. To keep the discussion open and informal, no press will be allowed for this session.

“I’ve made billions of dollars of failures at Amazon, literally.” Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO

18:00
End of the first day
19:00
Gala-Dinner and Award Ceremony
08:30
Morning coffee
09:00
Keynote address: reducing CAPEX by 50% – utopia or achievable goal?
09:30
Digital innovation throughout the project lifecycle: adopting innovative project delivery technologies at each stage of project development

Advanced automation, data analytics, digital twins, virtual reality and machine learning… The choice is yours. This session will look at how to avoid adopting ad hoc technologies and choose the right solutions for your project.

11:00
Coffee break
11:30
Highlight presentation: a case study of a strategic technology partnership by Borealis and Tecnimont
11:50
Best practices to drive capital effectiveness

What is the secret of productive contractor-owner relationships? How to produce a sound FEED design and a reliable cost estimate? How to evaluate potential vendors and achieve technological integrity for your project? Which construction execution strategy should you choose, and how to optimise supply chain and logistics risks?

This session will cover practical examples of best practices for each stage of the project.

13:00
Panel discussion: developing a “new era” mindset and capability

PANEL DISCUSSION

Downstream capital projects have recently increased in size and complexity, meaning that building a competent project team is more important than ever. What skills and strengths will be required from project managers in 2025?

13:30 - 16:00
Project team building: Belgian cuisine & beer tasting

PROJECT TEAM BUILDING:

This networking session will feature team-building activities that you can use back in the office with your project team.

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WELCOME RECEPTION

Join your colleagues for a networking cocktail reception the evening before the conference

02 Dec 2019, 18:00

TEAM BUILDING AND BEER TASTING

This networking session will feature team-building activities that you can use back in the office with your project team.

04 Dec 2019, 13:30