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IDW 2019 – International Downstream Week

The International Downstream Week 2019, organised by Euro Petroleum Consultants and co-hosted by Saras was held from 27 to 30 May 2019 at the Forte Village Resort in Santa Margherita di Pula,.

The event focused on the themes of digital transformation and refining-petrochemical integration, through technical sessions dedicated to technologies. During the BBTC, the latest technologies and options for upgrading refinery residues were discussed, including thermal processes and hydroprocessing technologies, and some best practices were presented.

During the opening ceremony, Carlo Guarrata, CEO of Sarlux, brought the Group’s greetings and delivered a speech entitled: Saras, a Leading Player in the Refining Industry: Current & Future Projects & Plans.

The Saras Group made the following presentations across the sessions of the conference:

  • Saras Group’s Digital Transformation: An Overview of the Journey & Case Studies, session on Digital Transformation Strategies & Solutions.
  • Catalytic management optimization and HDT Pilot Plant Testing e Predictive Maintenance on Rotating Equipment, Mix & Match E-Poster Sessions.
  • Crude Oil Maximisation: A Holistic Aproach, session on Refining Technologies.
  • Machine Learning and NMR Spectroscopy for Fast Characterization of Crude Oils & Residues, session on Bottom of the Barrel Trends, Regulations & Project Drivers.
  • Sarlux IGCC: Digital Data Management, Experience Future Development, session on Petroleum Coke & Thermal Processes Technologies, Equipment & Solutions.
  • FCC Slurry Upgrading Through Unconventional Routing, session on Residual Fluid Catalytic Technologies (RFCC).

The Advisory Board of International Downstream Week 2019 was composed of:

Raffaella Lucarno, Saras Head of Technology & Planning

Francesco Mura, Saras Head of Digital Platform

Ilshat Sharafutdinov, Chairman of the Management Board LUKOIL Neftochim Burgas

Aman Amanpour, Former President of Shell Chemicals Middle East, Independent Petrochemicals & Energy Consultant

The International Downstream Week 2019 ended on 30th May with a guided tour of the Saras Group’s Sarlux refinery.

The Saras Group is one of the main European oil refining operators, and is also active in the electricity generation sector. Directly and through its subsidiaries, the Group sells and distributes petroleum products on national and international markets. In addition, the Group produces and sells electricity through its subsidiaries Sarlux Srl (IGCC plant) and Sardeolica Srl (wind farm). The Group also supplies industrial engineering and research services to the oil, energy and environmental sectors through its subsidiary Sartec Srl.


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