• The only Downstream event focused on the North Africa downstream industry
  • Official first look agenda now released

Agenda Day 1


Registration opens

09:00 - 09:10

Chairman’s opening remarks

09:10 - 10:00

Opening keynote addresses:

Addressing the shared agenda between governments and IOCs in the context of lower for longer oil prices.

  • Abderahim El Hafidi General Secretary, Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment - Kingdom of Morocco
  • Mohamed Akrout CEO - Enterprise Tunisienne D'Activities Petrolieres (ETAP)
10:00 - 10:45

Morning Networking Break

10:45 - 12:00

NOC/IOC panel discussion: Cooperating to guarantee the success of North Africa’s upstream, midstream and downstream industries

  • Mitigating the impact of the current low oil price environment with long term partnerships
  • How can IOCs and NOCs collaborate to ensure the commercial success of E&P projects?
  • To what extent can government and industry collaborate to support local content
  • Gaining competitive advantage though enhancing the skills of the local workforce
  • Successful implementation and optimisation of technology transfer for the benefit of IOCs and NOCs

  • Amina Benkhadra Managing Director - ONHYM
  • Mohamed Akrout CEO - Enterprise Tunisienne D'Activities Petrolieres (ETAP)
  • Jadalla Alaokali Member of the Board of Directors, GM of Manufacturing, Planning, Computer, Telecommunications & Refining Depts. - National Oil Corporation (NOC), Libya
  • View full profile for Elias KassisElias Kassis VP of North Africa - Total
12:00 - 13:30

Networking Lunch

13:30 - 14:00

Current challenges and opportunities in the Libyan refining and petrochemical industry

  • Jadalla Alaokali Member of the Board of Directors, GM of Manufacturing, Planning, Computer, Telecommunications & Refining Depts. - National Oil Corporation (NOC), Libya
14:00 - 14:30

The low sulphur fuel starting from the bottom of the barrel: EST a novel and industrial proven technology

14:30 - 15:00

Design to operate and maintain – skills and experience make the difference!

• The life cycle cost of a plant, including maintenance and decommissioning

• Looking into the early phase of a project: laying down the foundations for success

• Maximising your chances for a commercially successful project.

15:00 - 15:20

Speed Networking

15:20 - 16:00

Afternoon Networking Break

16:00 - 16:50

Panel discussion: Responding to growing domestic demand through investment in technology and innovation

  • How will future oil product supply and demand dynamics affect North Africa?
  • How will new 2020 regulations affect potential for increasing exports to Europe?
  • Assessing the allocation of $14.5billion investment into Egypt’s downstream industry
  • How will Euro 5 fuel standards impact the North African refining industry and guarantee its place in the global market?
  • What are the major technological challenges facing North Africa’s refining sector in the short, medium and long-term?
  • What are the immediate factors impacting the North African refining sector?

16:50 - 17:10

Implementing distillate hydro-treating in new refineries to increase production whilst meeting fuel regulations

  • Improving the quality of distillate boiling range feedstocks
  • Adding hydrogen to the feed to reduce sulphur whilst ensuring yield remains high
  • What are the benefits of blending directly into fuel?
17:10 - 17:30

Increasing production of high value transport fuel from bottom of the barrel residue

  • What processes exist to convert heavy crude into light crude?
  • How can implementing residue upgrading technologies help meet growing demand?
  • How will bottom of the barrel conversion increase margins by up to 60%

Cocktail Reception