March 22-24, 2020
JW Marriott Austin
AFPM is now accepting abstracts for the 2020 Annual Meeting in Austin, TX, March 22-24.
Submission Deadline – September 6, 2019 –
The Annual Meeting brings together decision makers to share common experiences and real-world solutions for our most pressing challenges. The 2020 Program Committee is looking for presentations on topics having the most significant impacts on the petroleum refining & petrochemical manufacturing industries.
The topics and issues below focus on the following themes: national and global issues; regulatory issues; operational excellence; artificial intelligence; and emerging technologies and innovation. Presentations are chosen based on quality and importance to the industry. We encourage all presentations to have an operating company partner where possible. Please identify any partners through the co-presenter field. Presentations accepted for the Technology track are required to submit a written white paper as well.
We look for forward to working with you on the AFPM Annual Meeting program.
Submission Deadline – September 6, 2019 –
Crude Outlook – Topics of interest include a focus on crude oil supply and demand – volumes, quality and patterns. We are also looking to address the growing export market for U.S. crude production, including quality of exports, markets for U.S. crude, infrastructure expansion and challenges. What are the impacts of growth in U.S. production and exports on global markets and does this cause a shift in the geopolitics of oil? How will shifting tariffs affect the market?
Global Gasoline and Diesel Outlook – What is projected U.S. and global consumption and the impact on U.S. refiners? What are the impacts of renewables and government regulation on consumptions?
Global Petrochemicals – How will the expansion of the U.S. petrochemical industry affect global petrochemical markets? Where will those exports be destined? What market forces will affect expansion plans? What are the plans in other regions, such as China, Southeast Asia and the Middle East?
Natural Gas "Infrastructure to serve growing markets" – Discussion topics to include LNG and other natural gas infrastructure needed to serve growing markets. How is that infrastructure evolving?
Trade Challenges – Opportunities and Pitfalls of Shifting Trade Policies – How do current issues affect the Refining and Petrochemical Sectors – Share interests about the impacts on the refining and petrochemical industries and a crystal-ball forecast about what else 2020 may bring.
Alternative Fuels, Electric Vehicles, Shifting Transportation Demands and the Impact on Fuel Demand – How are market and policy developments influencing global transportation trends as well as global demand for oil and other transportation fuels?
Crude to Chemicals – Discussions topics to include bottom of the barrel technologies, North American refining and petrochemical trends, and recent advances in crude to chemicals.
Fuels Issues – What are the future limitations on gasoline octane that stem from limited ethanol blending, low-quality refinery feedstocks and new Tier 3 regulations and potential refinery investments? What does higher octane mean in terms of infrastructure investment?
Transportation & Infrastructure – This topic will consider the United States need for maintenance of an aging infrastructure system and development of new infrastructure to meet growing energy production. Specifically, this topic will cover regulatory reform, legislative actions, and needed investment in infrastructure to support the United States energy renaissance.
Digitalization – How can using predictive corrosion techniques, cognitive computing technologies, digital supply chain, blockchain, digitalized operator learning, reduced risk to personnel safety through use of technology and automation (i.e. drones intelligent inspections), and predictive and proscriptive maintenance enhance operations and performance?
Carbon Regulations – The effects of Carbon Capture, Carbon Tax, Cap & Trade, LCFS on the U.S. Refining and Petrochemical Industries.
Emerging Technologies for Performance Improvement and Risk Reduction – What new technologies are available for performance improvement, communication, and cost savings? How do smart phones, video training, etc. play in today's refining and petrochemical world?
Innovative and Proven Technologies for Process Improvement – Discussion topics with case studies to address innovative and proven technologies for Tier 3; octane; waste water limits; Sulphur in bunker fuel; crude flexibility technology; alkylation; FCC gasoline hydrotreating technology; sensors; and data analytics.
The Technology Track – Industry trends and technology innovation leaders are tasked with modeling and providing in-depth solutions identifying the technology trends to watch, and those that may require response. Presenters in this track are required to submit a written white paper in addition to the presentation and are highly encouraged to partner with an operating company.
Impact of IMO – Listen to how the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has impacted refinery operations, bunker fuel supply, the shipping industry, and the global oil markets.
Turnaround Optimization – What are leading operating companies doing to ensure successful best practices and optimization?
Tech Talks – 20-minute presentations that demonstrate new and innovative product, service or process technologies. The presentations should be focused on “what’s new” and not simply improvements in current technologies. The presentations are meant to be short and focused, and investigative. Live in action displays are encouraged.
Profitability – Discuss the improvements of oil companies restructuring, merging, rebranding, and downsizing to promote efficiency. Share cases that support ways the effective are not necessarily the most profitable; equally, the most profitable are not necessarily the most efficient.
Other – Don’t see your topic? Please include it.