Circularity for plastics: Challenges, concepts and fundamentals


By Herman van Roost, Business Development Manager Recycling, Total Refining & Petrochemicals

With the circular economy at everyone’s attention and with the EC’s Plastics Strategy published, the plastics sector is entering a new era. A lot of innovation effort is focused on sorting and recycling technology, even more since China shuts its borders for most plastic waste.
But why are plastics less mature in terms of circularity compared to paper, glass and other commodities ?
Is our recycling technology up to the task ? How to steer innovation ? Is there a role for the virgin resin industry ?
How are fundamental scientific principles interfering with ‘design for recycling ‘?
A need for engineers to step in!


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Successful Operation of First Alyclean® Solid Acid Alkylation Unit


By Maurice Korpelshoek, Technology Marketing Director, CB&I

Alkylate product remains one of the most favored octane blending components in the refining industry. CB&I and Albemarle have developed and commercially proven a unique solid acid alkylation process, called AlkyClean®, which is the most environmentally advanced and safest processing option to produce alkylate, and an excellent alternative to retrofit existing HF alkylation units. After several years of process development and pilot plant testing, this novel alkylation process was licensed to Shandong Wonfull Petrochemical Group in China. This unique technology is the only demonstrated technology for solid acid alkylation. The results of more than a year of successful operation, together with application of this technology in existing refineries will be discussed.
Alkylate continues to be preferred gasoline blendstock for refiners.
First commercial demonstration of solid acid alkylation technology!
AlkyClean technology is innovative and proven solution for solid acid alkylate production.



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Excellence in Turnaround Management


BJos Vankevelaer, Vice-President & Cracker Expert, BASF


Excellence in Turnaround Management is today a huge challenge in our chemical industry. Identification and implementation of Best Practices play a key role in order to achieve this excellence.

The presentation will guide you through some of the important turnaround processes supporting these Best Practices.

Examples will be mainly based on the last turnaround of the Steamcracker of BASF in Antwerp. During the shutdown of the plant more than 2000 tie-ins were executed in order to achieve the new capacity of the Steamcracker.


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Migrating towards a Plant-Wide Optimized Production Control System


By Kris Lauwers, Senior Manager Global Solutions BeNeLux, Rockwell Automation

Today's manufacturers face a complex marketplace and significant pressure to balance multiple priorities centered on globalization, sustainability, innovation and productivity. 

Rockwell Automation understands the realities of the marketplace and has developed an approach to Plant-Wide Optimization that helps manufacturers meet these challenges and capture the opportunities they represent.

In this evening session we will explain how solutions based on Rockwell Automation PlantPAx, our Distributed Control System,  enable Plant-Wide Optimization and help the process industry drive more visibility and flexibility, better production intelligence and higher asset utilization overall. 


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Floating LNG – Monetization of Stranded Gas


BJos Leo, Director of Business Development, CB&I

The presentation provides an overview of the FLNG initiatives in the market. As a result of the FID decision on Shell Prelude FLNG unit, the energy market has seen a spin off with new activities on the FLNG front. FLNG was till recently the domain of stranded gas fields that could only be monetized by a floating production unit. The FLNG market now has become more robust - financiers, LNG off-takers and energy companies have gained trust by the fact that the first FLNG is actually being built.

As a consequence, more field developers are now embracing the FLNG application. Spearpoint areas for FLNG include Australasia, offshore Brazil and offshore Africa. Apart from a feasible vehicle to develop stranded offshore gas fields, the FLNG units are considered a viable proposition for areas where the realization of a conventional LNG project might be constrained. 

There appears to be an analogy between the market for crude oil FPSOs, floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs) and potentially floating LNG units (FLNGs). For FPSOs and FSRUs, the developments are characterized by a long development period with only a few players being active. Once the new technologies were accepted by the industry, there was a boost in the development within a short time span.

It is interesting to see if FLNG is moving in the same direction.

The presentation will be discussing the market developments, the market drivers and the actual players.


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