9:00
SESSION 1. GLOBAL OUTLOOK. PETROCHEMICAL ECONOMY ON THE GLOBAL SCALE
Global challenges 2020: Economic slowdown, shrinking of mutual trade, end of investment supercycle. How will tectonic shifts in the global economy and politics affect the development of the petrochemical market?
● Summing up: End of investment supercycle in the global petrochemicals sector
● Trade wars: Specific impact on petrochemical feedstock flows. Implications under different scenarios
● China’s slowdown: Potential impact on demand for petrochemicals, including products of promising projects in the Far East
● Oil prices: How will different oil price scenarios impact the competitiveness of different regions?
10:20
DISCUSSION: CIS PETROCHEMICALS - CAPITALIZING ON COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES
● What restrictions prevent Russian producers from boosting their competitiveness in global petrochemical markets?
● Pivot to the East: Growing petrochemical demand in APAC. New opportunities and risks in the development of the petrochemical cluster in the Russian Far East
● Import dependence in petrochemistry: Capabilities and import substitution risks
11:00
COFFEE BREAK AND NETWORKING
11:40
SESSION 2. SUPPLY AND DEMAND. REVIEW OF GLOBAL PETROCHEMICAL MARKETS
Role of the CIS petrochemicals indsutry in global petrochemical markets. Detailed review of market segments, analysis of current market risks and trade flows
● Slowdown in global economy and international trade: Impact on global petrochemicals demand
● Review of the global feedstock market for petrochemicals / olefins
● Review of the global polyolefin market
● Review of the global market for aromatic hydrocarbons and terephthalic acid (TFA)
13:00
LUNCH
14:00
SESSION 3. PROJECTS IN FOCUS . LARGE PETROCHEMICAL PROJECTS IN RUSSIA
Practical case studies on the implementation of the largest petrochemical projects in Russia. Peer learning from petrochemical companies, construction companies, and licensors.
● Review of key projects in Russia: Cluster development
● SIBUR: ZapSibNeftekhim and Amur Gas Chemical Complex
● Engineering companies’ record in projects in Russia
● Large-scale projects in Russia: Investment attractiveness for foreign players
● Global transformation project: Refinery into a petrochemical complex
15:30
COFFEE BREAK AND EXHIBITION TOUR
16:00
SESSION 4. GREEN REVOLUTION. ROLE OF ECOLOGY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN PETROCHEMISTRY
In 2019, Russia joined the Paris Agreement. A draft law on state regulation of greenhouse gas emissions has been brought up for discussion. The law on automated emission monitoring systems is about to come into force. How will sustainable development dynamics affect the CIS petrochemical industry?
● Carbon regulation and carbon footprinting: International practices
● Review of EU plastics strategy: Impact on markets and Russian exporters
● Draft law on hydrocarbon regulation in Russia
● Law on automated systems for monitoring atmospheric emissions at industrial enterprises: Enactment preparation practices
● “Garbage reform” in Russia: True status and potential impact on feedstock supply for secondary polymers production
17:20
DISCUSSION: GREEN LIGHT FOR GREENER PETROCHEMICALS
● The synergy of government, business, and society in addressing environmental challenges. How to foster dialogue and share responsibility?
● Changes in environmental legislation. How to make environmentally-friendly initiatives economically feasible for the petrochemical industry?
● Ecology beyond modernization. How to reduce the environmental footprint of legacy technologies and systems?
● Measuring footprint. How to measure and compare the ecological footprint of a petrochemical enterprise?
18:00
EVENING GALA RECEPTION
9:00
SESSION 1. TIME OF CHANGE. REBALANCING FEEDSTOCK SUPPLY FOR REGIONAL PETROCHEMISTRY
Access to cheap petrochemical feedstock is among the key advantages of developing petrochemical projects in the region. What factors will affect the balance in the feedstock supply for CIS petrochemistry?
● Completion of the O&G “Tax Manoeuvre”: Its impact on the supply of naphtha and other petrochemical feedstock
● Launch of ZapSibNeftekhim: Effects on the supply of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)
● Ethane and LPG carryback excise taxes: Shift in demand towards such feedstock
● Legislative innovations to support large investments: Special investment contracts (SPIC)
● Export support and export lending (REC)
10:20
DISCUSSION: IMPACT OF GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES ON THE BALANCE OF PETROCHEMICAL FEEDSTOCK IN RUSSIA
● Which incentive mechanisms for the petrochemical sector have proven the most successful?
● Ensuring feasibility of ethane-based petrochemical production: Is a negative excise tax a sufficient measure?
● Infrastructure challenges and feedstock access issues: What measures can facilitate implementation of large-scale infrastructure projects?
11:00
COFFEE BREAK
11:30
SESSION 2. CIS PETROCHEMISTRY. FOCUS ON KAZAKHSTAN, UZBEKISTAN, AZERBAIJAN, TURKMENISTAN
Petrochemical ambitions of the CIS countries. Review of petrochemical projects and plans of the CIS Member States.
● Review of recently completed and ongoing projects in Central Asia
● Development of petrochemicals in Azerbaijan
● Kazakhstan petrochemical ambitions: Review
● Petrochemicals in Uzbekistan: Which models for attracting partners and funds have proven their efficiency? What are the marketing strategies for new projects?
13:00
LUNCH
14:00
SESSION 3. DIGITALIZATION IN PRACTICE. PREDICTIVE MODELLING AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN PETROCHEMISTRY
From talking about “digitalization for the sake of it” to tackling practical problems of petrochemical enterprises and enhancing competitive advantages. Digitalization at petrochemical enterprises: Case studies
● Using a digital solution to forecast petrochemical prices and make price assessments
● Digital twin for synthetic rubber production: Case study
● Digital counter survivability: Visual interpreter of recommender operational logic for the unit operator
● Predictive analytics of dynamic equipment: First results
15:30
COFFEE BREAK
16:00
SESSION 4. ADDING VALUE. SHIFT TO HIGHER VALUE-ADDED PETROCHEMICALS
How are investment patterns best selected in medium- and low-tonnage chemistry? How can commercial capacities be built using the current technologies?
● Methylene diphenyl diisocyanates (MDI), toluene diisocyanates (TDI), and diane resins for Russia
● Materials of the future: High-performance plastics and their business appeal
● From refining to petrochemistry: Benzene and its alkylation products
● Integration of refining and petrochemistry: Crude-oil-to-chemicals (COTC) technology prospects, oil into chemicals
● Deepening of a pyrocondensate chain at new high-power ethylene complexes in Russia
● Russia’s need for materials to develop polymer composites industry
17:20
DISCUSSION: PROSPECTS AND REALITY OF HIGH VALUE-ADDED PETROCHEMICALS PRODUCTS
● How are investment patterns best selected in medium- and low-tonnage chemistry?
● What are the options for technological cooperation with global technology suppliers?
● Do big players need to develop medium- and small-tonnage chemistry or is it the “niche” players’ prerogative only?
● How can local companies build their own effective technology development and commercialization system?
● What high-added value products are expected to be in demand domestically and internationally?
18:00
CONFERENCE CLOSE
DAY 2, 10 APRIL 2020

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