Monday, 30 October 2017

How are you preparing for MARPOL?

With the deadline looming for the implementation of the bunker fuel regulations, it is imperative for both the refining and shipping industry to work towards compliance for 2020.  The refining industry will need to convert around 150mte of residue to 0.50 mass % sulphur having a massive impact on refinery configuration and operations.

To reach compliance, substantial investment in upgrading fuel oil residues to gasoil grades will be needed, however  there are alternatives such as:

▪ Reduction of residue production through changes in crude slate
▪ Residue destruction (i.e. not produce fuel)
▪ Desulphurisation of residues and blend with low sulphur gasoils

Whilst any regulatory compliance always provides challenges, it can also offer many opportunities.
BBTC MENA 2017 – Bottom of the Barrel Technology Conference taking place in Bahrain on 4 & 5 December, will provide a platform for our esteemed panellists and speakers to discuss the above points as well as the potential international and regional impact on margins and crude prices. 

Don’t miss your opportunity to gain valuable information that will aid in preparing your action plan and implementation for compliance over the next two years.

Bottom of the Barrel Technology Conference
Optimum Technology Solutions for Residue Upgrading
4 & 5 December | Four Seasons Hotel, Bahrain

Launched 17 years ago, this well-established event is rich in technical content, providing a forum to learn about the latest developments from the leading technology and catalyst providers.  Additionally, it will provide an excellent networking opportunity for refinery management, refining specialists, technical advisors, operations and process engineers to interact, exchanging experiences and sharing common challenges and solutions.  BBTC continues to be the only event that focuses on technologies, project trends, catalysts and equipment innovations for residue upgrading in refineries around the world.

For more information, please visit or email the organisers at

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