Ancap, Bayernoil, BP, ENI, Galp Energia, Grupa Lotos, Gunvor, OMV, Preem, Repsol, Shell, Total & many more join the ERTC 19th Annual Meeting line-up in November 2014

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Latest agenda released including exclusive case-studies for event for international oil refining professionals hosted by Global Technology Forum, taking place in Lisbon, 18-20 November 2014.

ExxonMobil just announced their plans to invest $1bn in its refinery in Antwerp, Belgium (Exxon Mobil to Plow $1 Billion Into Belgian Refinery, Wall Street Journal, 2/7/14 - Although the European refining industry has been blighted by low demand, increased competition and ever squeezed margins – it seems there may still be some hope for the refining industry.

One thing is certain. The European refining industry of the future will look different and many are looking at how they can prepare for a prosperous future. The theme at the centre of the ERTC 19th Annual Meeting agenda is future proofing the international refining industry through dynamic leadership.

Just two of the agenda highlights include the panel discussions which will debate and address strategic industry challenges with panellists from Gunvor, European Commission, Fuels Europe and Galp Energia amongst others:

  • Breathing the life back into refining: Industry new entrants will reveal how they are maintaining refinery margins through their trading capabilities and will discuss strategy, challenges and results
  • Assessing the impact of industry challenges: Industry movers and shakers will examine what is being done to ensure the survival of the oil refining industry

Previous attendees from Petrom commented it was, "One of the best events related to the latest developments in the refining industry." While an attendee from MOL said, "[it] showed us the way to find solutions to cope with the difficulties of the European refining sector."

This two-day event delivers high level plenary sessions that offer strategic insights into the future of the industry; 9 separate streams to enable participants to drill down to the details that matter and over 15 hours of networking.

Attendees will examine how the industry is weathering the storm, learn from case studies from other refiners who have overcome operational challenges, and gain inspiration and ideas that can be applied to improve margins and increase profitability.

Other speaker highlights include presentations from BASF, ExxonMobil, IHS Downstream, KBC, Solomon Associates, Shell, and UOP to name just a few.

To view the full agenda download the brochure here:

Discounted early bird tickets are still available for registrations received before 25 July. Further information and the full event programme can be found by clicking here:


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About ERTC Annual Meeting

Hosted by Global Technology Forum, the ERTC Annual Meeting is now in its 19th year. Attended by 500+ refining professionals from all over the world, it is the premier meeting point for the industry. The agenda is developed in partnership with the esteemed advisory board which is made up of industry experts – to see the 2014 panel follow this link: For more information about the conference please visit:

About Global Technology Forum

GTF hosts a worldwide series of refining technology conferences and training courses with the help of our elite advisory boards. These include the ERTC, ARTC, LARTC and PARTC conferences, which serve the European, Asian and Latin American markets, respectively. Founded in 1996, GTF was a pioneer as at the time there were no conferences in Europe dedicated to oil refining technology until we introduced the ERTC (European Refining Technology Conference), which has matured into our flagship event and is now the largest of its kind and is the focal point for oil company personnel to exchange information and network, meet all suppliers in one location, develop contacts with peer groups in other companies and allow informal benchmarking, and get the best available technical solutions.

We also host GTF training courses, which have an unrivalled reputation within the industry. Each course is developed in collaboration with expert industry speakers and aims to equip engineers with key learning outcomes on specialist subjects, such as fluid catalytic cracking, blending, waste water management, improving refinery profit margins and energy efficiency. In addition to our public training courses, we also offer in-house training and e-Learning solutions, together with Learning Management Systems at the corporate level with built in functionality and reporting.

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