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ARTC is a leading downstream event for refiners and petrochemical producers operating in the Asia Pacific region. KBC’s industry experts are delivering two powerful presentations on very relevant topic at this years’ event.

Residue Hydrotreating in a 0.5% Sulphur Bunker Fuel World 
April 23, 2018 
Time: 2:45pm

Satish Nair, Senior Staff Consultant, will deliver a presentation on The International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2020 sulphur cap regulation. IMO elected in October 2016 to adopt the earlier 2020 implementation date for lowering sulphur emissions from shipping.  In just over 2 years’ time the maximum specification for ocean going vessels will drop from 3.5% to 0.5% equivalent sulphur. Our presentation discusses the bunker fuel oil market and the expected longer term trend, including the potential market responses to the IMO spec change. Will the high sulphur fuel market disappear in 2020 and what about flue gas scrubbing as an alternative to fuel oil desulfurisation? The proper response of the downstream industry is refinery specific and depends on the current refinery configuration and on the geographical location of each refinery.  

Cloud Based Performance Assurance the Next Generation of Performance Management Systems
April 25, 2018 
Time: 12:05pm 

Vikas Singh, Pre-Sales Manager, Software, will deliver our second presentation on cloud based performance assurance and the next generation of performance management systems. The increasingly competitive energy market means that operating plants have become more nimble.  Plants are losing their most experienced staff to retirement whilst technical support teams seem to get spread ever thinner each year.  This makes it harder to make the right decisions in a timely manner to maximize asset performance. In this presentation, KBC will share some experiences of how leading technology addresses these issues.  

Firstly, how simulation based monitoring can underpin performance management systems by:

  • Automated data acquisition and reconciliation, saving engineering effort and improving consistency in reports.  
  • Generating inferential operational parameters and dynamic KPIs and Targets, which properly account for all process/energy/reliability interactions.
  • Determine the lost value or opportunity which is crucial to prioritizing the mass of KPI information.

Secondly, we will discuss how cloud based performance management enable the maximum use of global skills and resources, with examples of how mirroring the plant in the cloud allows vastly improved collaboration.  For instance:

  • Global “Refinery fleet experts” from headquarters, central offices or other sites will be able to provide highly specialist knowledge to a number of sites as issues arise. 
  • Assisting data transfer to manufacturers, licensors and catalyst vendors who will provide specific insights to their end users.
  • Specialist consultants can make use of staff in different time-zones, allowing around-the-clock trouble-shooting , and providing a full portfolio of instant expertise when required.

All of this results in faster, higher quality diagnostics. Plants will operating at or above plan for a higher percentage of time, maintaining competitiveness through increased profit margins.

If you plan to attend this years’ ARTC event and would like to learn more about the topics we’re presenting, we invite you to attend our presentations or stop by our booth.


Double Tree Hilton, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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