Day One - Tuesday 17 April 2018

Day one agenda


Welcome and opening remarks


Ellen Ruhotas, Managing Director, Ratio Group

10:30 - 11:00

Overview of the storage market in Oman & latest development

    • Storage Capacity overview of  Fujairah-Oman
    • The fuel oil challenge
    • Growth areas
    • Will Oman rival Fujairah?


    Geert Eijsink, Independent Consultant

    11:00 - 11:30

    Creation of a new liquid bulk hub in the Middle East: dream or reality?


    Erwin Mortelmans, Commercial Director, Port of Duqm

    11:30 - 12:00

    Networking break

    12:00 - 12:30

    The increased impact of geopolitical risks on trade-flows in the Middle East

    • Regional conflict and impact on current and future trade flows
    • The impact of Trump Doctrine and Russian-Chinese involvement in GCC
    • Changing alliances and trade (Russia-China-India)
    • Economic diversification Saudi – UAE and its impact of future flows
    • NOC IPO’s and increased internationalization of Arab oil trade strategies
    • Iran-Turkey-Qatar triangle, constraints or new opportunities
    • The rise of the Young Arab Leaders and its strategic consequences
    • The need for regional commodity trading hubs and its challenges . Denomination of commodity trading, the end of the Petro-Dollar?


    Cyril Widdershoven, Director, Verocy

    12:30 - 13:00

    How China’s One Belt, One Road will reshape petrochemical trade flows


    Irina Heaver, Partner, Fichte & Global

    13:00 - 13:30

    Refinery growth developments & mid-stream assets across the Middle East


    Jose Antonio Alberich, Partner, A T Kearney

    13:30 - 14:30

    Networking lunch

    14:30 - 14:45

    Afternoon welcome remarks


    Ellen Ruhotas, Managing Director, Ratio Group

    14:45 - 15:15

    The global outlook for oil prices and how market expectations affect crude oil curve structure (contango/ backwardation)


    Mads Hemmingsen, Head of Trading in Global Risk Management, A/S Global Risk Management

    15:15 - 15:45

    Liberalising Jordan's downstream petroleum industry

    • The Emergence of petroleum products storage business in Jordan
    • Jordan Oil Terminals Company: Ensuring supply of petroleum products and promoting competition in Jordan's petroleum industry


    Kholoud Mahasneh, General Manager, Jordan Oil Terminals Company

    15:45 - 16:15

    Networking break

    16:15 - 16:45

    How does Rotterdam cope with the challenges for Europe's oil & refining sector

    • Overview of Europe’s largest hub for storage, trade & refining
    • Assets changing hands: Gunvor and Vitol Refining as new entrants, Saudi Aramco expanding
    • Huge investments at refineries to cope with (a.o.) IMO2020
    • Port of Rotterdams’ international ambitions: a successful port in Sohar, Oman and  developing JVs in Indonesia & Brazil


    Jaap van Dalen, Senior Business Manager Oil & Refineries, Port of Rotterdam Authority

    16:45 - 17:15

    International Regulations impacting trade flows across Asia

    • Current supply & demand drivers
    • Impact of the IMO 2020 bunker sulphur limit
    • Demand and supply trends in China
    • Qatar ban
    • US Crude exports/ Shale gas
    • OPEC oil production cuts


    Mike Beviss, Director of Special Products, Eastport Maritime


    End of Day One

    Day Two - Wednesday 18 April 2018

    Day Two agenda

    10:10 - 10:15

    10:15 - 10:45

    10:45 - 11:15

    What does the future hold for tank storage in India?

    • Liquids export - import trade is and continue to be critical for India
    • Growth Outlook - liquids have grown at a faster pace than other cargo
    • Port - Tank Storage Capacity - Current Profile and Future Outlook
    • Overview of players - Local India focussed players versus Global Players
    • Product Wise Profiles - Crude, Petrol. Diesel, Naptha, Lube Oil
    • LNG - Capacity imbalance
    • Approach to Growth - M&A, Green field


    Rahul Saikia, Corporate Finance and Investment Banking, PwC

    11:15 - 11:45

    Networking break

    11:45 - 12:15

    Tank Storage terminals in India- Threats, Risks and Opportunities


    Anand Marathe, Head Operations - Liquid Terminal, Adani Hazira Ports

    12:15 - 12:45

    Panel discussion: Storage market in India


    Anand Marathe, Head Operations - Liquid Terminal, Adani Hazira Ports
    Rahul Saikia, Corporate Finance and Investment Banking, PwC
    Mukesh Parikh, Senior Consultant, SmartHead Consulting

    12:45 - 13:50

    Networking lunch

    13:50 - 14:00

    14:00 - 14:30

    Improving efficiency at the terminal


    Sattam Al Shuwaier, Marine Engineer, Saudi Aramco

    14:30 - 15:00

    Enhancing fire detection response in complex industrial facilities


    David Shiu, Business Development Manager, AP Sensing

    15:00 - 15:30

    Networking break

    15:30 - 16:00

    Emergency Management Planning and Response for Storage Facilities


    Paul Calderwood, Disaster Recovery Specialist, Tennessee Department of Revenue

    16:00 - 16:30

    Innovations in energy trading

    • How terminal operators can use blockchain consortium to reduce costs and keep records of product ownership
    • Blockchain applications including smart contracts and adoption by oil & gas traders
    • Using emerging technologies to make operations more efficient, reduce costs and prevent fraud
    • Big data, algorithms & shipping data, the developments in vessel tracking and product tracking  
    • Smart contracts to make complex pricing and contractual arrangements easier and more secure


    Tom James, Chief Executive Officer, NR Capital


    End of Day Two and Close of Conference