02 – 03 November   |   Vienna, Austria



08:00 - Registration and morning coffee

Registration and morning coffee

09:10 - Overview keynote and real-time audience polling

  • Outlook for the global downstream sector in a “lower for longer” oil price environment  


09:30 - Projecting market outlook in CEE & CIS

  • European downstream outlook: facing the challenges. What are the best ways to improve competitiveness in European refining?
  • Analysing the current state of downstream projects in CIS and outlook for mega projects planned for 2018-2022
  • MOL Group 2030 strategy on becoming CEE leader in petrochemicals
  • Lukoil: Large-scale downstream projects to be implemented by the company in Russia and Europe

Focus presentation: Eni is the first company in the world to convert a traditional refinery into a biorefinery. Why is the company planning to invest over €420 million in producing one million tonnes of biodiesel by 2020?

10:45 - Q&A session and real-time polling


11:30 Coffee Break

12:00 - Handling the challenges of project execution

Challenge No 1: Preventing project risks

5 specific steps that should be taken in early planning to minimise risks on minimum costs

Challenge No 2: Securing funds

How to find the right capital structure: navigating through the complexities of attracting financing through export-credit agencies and local banks

Challenge No 3: Failing to meet cost expectations

Case study of using value engineering throughout a project to ensure cost objectives are met without compromising project quality; Identifying key areas where you can unlock savings

Challenge No 4: Adapting to the ever-changing engineering market in the CIS region

How international contractors can adapt to the local engineering regulations and work efficiently in Russia

Challenge No 5: How to avoid delays in commissioning & start-up

Improving construction and delivery planning by implementing lean-construction tools

14:00 - Best practices and case-studies on redefining project execution

  • Exploring new strategies to improve project performance from increasing worker training to adopting innovative project management solutions
  • Case study of developing a balance strategy between operators and contractors: maximising collaboration among the project owner, engineering, process licensors, suppliers, construction and the start-up team
  • NIPIgas experience of delivering a project as the first Russian EPC contractor
  • Lessons learned from executing a revamp project in challenging climate conditions
  • Case study: how to avoid the hidden pitfalls of revamp construction on live operating units

Special presentation: Complete scope definition when you are supposed to or complete it later at twice the cost


16:00 Coffee Break


16:30 Brainstorming roundtables discussions

How to develop a competent project team within an organisation?



08:30 Morning Coffee

09:00 Adopting innovative project delivery technologies to ensure robust project execution and to minimise project risks

  • Embracing digital transformation of your capital projects’ organisation to enhance project performance
  • Adding measurable value by petrochemical plant revamps
  • Streamlining projects with a modular approach: how modularisation can increase project management efficiency and improve the lead time
  • How IOT and Predictive Analytics can improve construction productivity
  • Advanced solutions to align engineering & construction teams to enhance productivity
  • How to optimise the project procurement cycle


10:45 Coffee Break

11:15 Highlight presentation:

Managing non-technical risks. Environmental and social aspects

11:35 Comparing various contractual strategies: EPCM, EPC and OBE. Three case studies:

  •  OBE contractual scheme case study (the project delivered by the project owner by its own with subcontractors)
  • EPCM contractual scheme case study
  • EPC contractual scheme case study

12.00 Panel discussion:

 Assessing the three presented case studies’ advantages and disadvantages

12:25 Live audience polling:

And the winner is…


12:30 Lunch

13:30 Technical Site-visit to Slovnaft Refinery

To close the two-day event there will be an exclusive site visit to Bratislava refinery which is ranked as one of the most complex refineries in Europe due to the high complexity (NCI = 11.5).
Onsite visit will include:
  • presentation of the refinery by the top management
  • full tour of the facilities
  • Q&A session with the refinery managers
  • updates on developments from the past two years and Slovnaft’s plans to invest $500 million by 2020 to upgrade its petrochemical unit

18.30 Coaches return to Marriott hotel