Event Details

Bunker Fuel Blending: A 2- Day Course

Venues:
UAE :

26th Mar 2017 - 27th Mar 2017
Al Diar Siji Hotel, Fujairah

(Early Bird Cut off Date: 19th Feb 2017)

The Netherlands :

11th May 2017 - 12th May 2017
Novotel Rotterdam Brainpark, Rotterdam

(Early Bird Cut off Date: 7th Apr 2017)

 

About the Event

Conference Connection’s Blending Courses

This two-day course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview and discussion of bunker fuel blending techniques, technology and cost/benefits. It addresses profitable blendstock selection, low sulfur fuels (1% and 0.1%), ECA’s, potential use of low sulfur, highly paraffinic crudes such as Light Tight Oils (LTO) either blended with IFO or used directly as fuel, scrubbers and their economics, and compatibility and sludging issues when blending paraffinic blendstocks with high asphaltene blendstocks. Case studies are used to illustrate the relative importance of each aspect of the bunker fuel blending operation, together with specific exercises.


The Blending Technology & Economics courses, focusing on gasoline, diesel, and bunker fuel were first launched in 2009 and are now held annually in Singapore, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Rotterdam, Fujairah, and other key refining centres.  The courses enjoy strong support from nearly 100 companies which include key refineries, bunker groups, traders, blending specialists, schedulers, analysts, and engineers.

Key supporting bunker and refining companies include Singapore Refining Company, Maritime Port Authority, BP Singapore, PTT Public Company, Petronas, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, Shell, Saudi Aramco, SATORP, TOTAL Oil Asia Pacific, and Chevron.

Intertek, DNV, Inspectorate and Saybolt have hosted laboratory visits for attendees of the popular 3-day gasoline and 2-day bunker courses.

Participating countries for the series since its inception include: Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Korea, India, Thailand, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, South Africa, Kuwait, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Timor-Leste, Egypt, Estonia, Lebanon, Zimbabwe, Bahrain, Sudan, Vietnam, Nigeria, South Africa, Netherlands, UK, Spain, France, Sweden, Mexico, Curacao and USA.

BFB Courses have been successfully held from 2010 to 2015 in the top bunker ports: Fujairah, UAE • Singapore •  Rotterdam • Dubai, UAE 
 
This two-day course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview and discussion of bunker fuel blending techniques, technology and cost/benefits. It addresses profitable blendstock selection, low sulfur fuels (1% and 0.1%), ECA’s, potential use of low sulfur, highly paraffinic crudes such as Light Tight Oils (LTO) either blended with IFO or used directly as fuel, scrubbers and their economics, and compatibility and sludging issues when blending paraffinic blendstocks with high asphaltene blendstocks. Case studies are used to illustrate the relative importance of each aspect of the bunker fuel blending operation, together with specific exercises. 

Maximum Flexibility - Special "Max-Flex" Fee 

As Gasoline and Diesel course (GDB) is held back-to-back with the Bunker Fuel Blending course (BFB), also led by Mr Ara Barsamian, companies may nominate different participants to attend GDB and BFB, and benefit from the special "Max-Flex" Fee per person (minimum requirement of 2 persons from the same company, each attending 1 event).

Click the links below to view a summary of participating companies, Venues held and countries represented  respectively for previous courses.

PastattendancePastattendance

 

Course includes a laboratory visit
The course will be enhanced by a Lab visit to witness critical fuel tests, such as octane, density, viscosity, and compatibility of fuels, and see the typical equipment used, such as octane and cetane engines, sulfur analyzers, gas chromatographs, viscometers, and many more.

Key Issues to be Covered

Take the “Black Art” Out of Blending
  • Covers both IFO and MDO/MGO
  • Calculate the Cheapest or Most Profitable Recipe
  • Should You Buy a Blendstock? At What Price?
  • Estimating Buy-Sell Negotiating Room
  • Estimate Blendstock Prices
  • Get the Blend Right the First Time
  • Making “Room” Intelligently in a Storage Tank
  • Best Way of Correcting an Off-Spec Tank
  • Impact of Current and Future Specs
  • $ Value of Non-Linear Property Calculations
  • Testing Methods: Lab and On-Line Analyzers
  • In-line Blend Release and Certification
  • Blend Key Performance Indicators: $$$$$

 

PLUS!
Receive the free take-home blending software developed by Ara Barsamian!

  • Bunker Linear/Nonlinear Property Calculators for Ignition Quality, Cold Properties, Viscosity
  • Complete Bunker Linear Blending Spreadsheet with Component Data Base and Specs
  • Bunker Blend Optimizers Demos (software courtesy of HPI Consultants)

 Click here to view Ara’s Blending Insight Newsletter.


Course Director(s)

Ara Barsamian, President, Refinery Automation Institute (ex- EXXON)

Ara Barsamian has 40 years of practical, oil on his hands experience in blending gasoline, diesel and bunkers, including biofuels. Currently, Ara is President of Refinery Automation Institute, LLC (RAIL), a fuels blending automation consulting company in Morristown, New Jersey, USA. Ara, the developer of the blending course, is one of the world™s leading experts in blending operations and technology. His 40 years of hands-on experience in the petroleum refining industry, particularly in computer-controlled optimized blending, oil movements and tank farm automation insures that you get valuable how-to insights for headache-free fuels blending. He designed, implemented, started up and commissioned over 60 blending and oil movement systems in the U.S., Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia. Previously, he was a group head and section head with Exxon Research and Engineering Company, President of 3X Corporation, and Vice President of ABB Simcon, all in the area of blending automation and optimization. He is an active member of ASTM, ISA, ILTA, and AIChE, participating in committee/subcommittee work relevant to blending and offsites automation equipment, software, installation, and measurements test standards and practices. Ara holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from City University of New York.

Why You Should Attend

  • Calculate of bunker profit margins, if a producer, or determining the $ worth of a bunker, if a purchaser. Use of blend economic optimizers
  • Learn the Methods of manufacturing and blending bunker components to make various bunker grades
  • Current (ISO8217:10, IMO Sulfur, ECA’s) bunker specs and future trends
  • Determine suitability of a blend component to make bunkers and avoid being off-spec,unstable or incompatible
  • Measure Bunker properties, how to measure them using ISO/ASTM test methods, and effect on engine, and storage
  • Calculate non-linear properties, e.g.viscosity, to avoid quality giveaway $’s
  • Measuring bunker loading/transfer quantities accurately
  • Use of scrubbers to meet environmental specs, and their cost-effectiveness
  • ISO Dispute resolution methodology
  • Outlook for marine bunkers to 2030

Who Should Attend

The program content is designed for those involved in the bunker production, bunkering operations, petroleum refining, bunker product trading groups, marine shipping industries, as well as personnel from refinery instrumentation and automation companies, refined product marketing organizations, storage terminal operators, bunker operators, and government agencies responsible for fuel regulations. A scientific background IS NOT REQUIRED. It will be especially useful for:

  • Traders and Analysts (Bunker Products, Blendstocks, Renewables, Clean Products)
  • Bunker Blending Engineers / Planners
  • Bunker / Marine Fuels Marketeers
  • Bunker Blending Operators (board, field)
  • Planning / Process Engineer
  • Facilities Planning Analyzers / Engineers
  • Marine Shipping Industry Fuels Engineers
  • Biofuels Producers and Blenders
  • Business Development Manager
  • Operations Executive
  • Engineer
  • Product Blending Analyst
  • GTL Product Marketing Manager
  • Principal Research Scientist
  • Fuels Research Managers
  • Fuels Marketers and Traders
  • Senior Operators / Shift Supervisors
  • Product Coordinators
  • Refinery Terminal Planners and Managers
  • Refinery Lab Personnel / Chemists
  • Commercial Business Analysts
  • Government Environmental Protection Agencies
  • Policy Makers and Legislators
  • Financiers of Blending Plants / Facilities

What Others Have Said About the Event

Truly a pleasure…Thank you for sharing your perspective”  (V. Palassana, ExxonMobil)

“Ara has tremendous knowledge and experience” (Regional COO, Mitsubishi Corporation)

“Thank you for the valuable info shared through the course”
(Operation Officer, Qaiwan Global Energy DMCC)

“Comprehensive material and useful equations/excel sheets for blending” (Business Development Manager, Baker Hughes)

“The primary strength of the instructor was his knowledge on operational blending, testing and equipment” (Fuel Oil & Feedstocks Trader, Repsol Trading)

“The instructor was very knowledgeable” (Crude & Fuel Oil Operator, Total Trading Asia)

“Ara Barsamian was technically high competence, eager to pass on knowledge to students and had excellent communication” (Chief Executive, Mandakan Energy Products)

“The primary strength of the instructor was his great experience and excellent presentation” (Managing Director, Ozoil (M) Sdn. Bhd.)

“The information provided by Ara was relevant to my job requirement” (Quality Control Analyst, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation)

“The strengths were the immerse experience & knowledge of the instructor” (General Manager, Overseas Trade Promotion Ltd)

“The strengths of the course were course materials, hands-on exercises, and lecturer’s experience & knowledge”
(Maintenance & HSE Manager, Socar Aurora Fujairah Terminal)

 


Past & Present Participating Companies


Allied Enterprises * Aditya Fuels LLC * Akron Trade & Transport * Alison Management Corp * Anton * Paar GmbH * Autoridade Nacional do Petroleo * Baker Hughes * BB Energy * BGK Bunkers * BP * Cargosuite Line Intl Ltd * Chemoil Adani  * CEPSA and many more..
click here for the full list

Organizer

 
 
Media Sponsors

WorldOils

Fees

Full Fee US$ 2395 per person
Early Bird US$ 2160 per person
Team/Group Fee US$ 2160 per person (2nd & subsequent delegate)
Joint Attendance Fee US$ 4150 per person

Associated Event

Fujairah Bunkering & Fuel Oil Forum 2017
Special “Max-Flex” Fee US$ 4925 per person

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