12-13 April   |   Moscow, Russia



Polymer-based products constitute about fifty percent of a modern airplane’s total weight. Petrochemical materials are used for building modules of the International Space Station and latest design robots. In just half a century consumption of polymers increased by more than an order of magnitude. And yet producers are already facing a number of threats and challenges, including tightening environmental regulations, depleting crude oil reserves, and advancements in biotechnology. What would be the role of petrochemicals in the future global energy landscape the next thirty years?

Special presentation: Global energy scenarios 2050 and implications for the petrochemical market

Anton Poriadine
Partner – CIS Advisory Strategy Leader

Keynote presentation: Petrochemicals of tomorrow. What are the future new markets for polymer products?
Andrey Kostin
General Director

Additive production technology and 3D-printing: the shift in the global production paradigm and what it means for the petrochemical sector

KEYNOTE DISCUSSION: Capitalising on the region’s competitive advantages in the petrochemical sector

  •  What would be the leading trends in the petrochemical industry ten years forward?
  • What should be done to maintain and enhance the competitiveness of the region’s petchems players in the global context?
  • What should an oil-and-gas company of the future look like?
  • How strong would be the industry focus on efficiency (as opposed to outright expansion) in the years to come
  • What are the ways to drive up business profitability and cut costs to maximise competitiveness?What should be the role of the state and petchems sector regulations at the present stage?
    Johan Vanderplaetse
    President – Russia and CIS
    Schneider Electric


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Experts predict that in another ten years the petrochemical industry will become the fastest growing segment of the global economy. China and India, being the world’s largest developing economies, would determine global economic growth rate levels thirty years forward. Heavyweights of the global oil market have already been making noticeable investments in petrochemical projects, driving and speeding up capacity additions, which makes the segment competitive as never before. This leaves no room for error when identifying one’s target markets and competitive advantages.
Current status of global chemical industry: prospective market developments scenarios
Patrick Kirby
Principal Olefins Analyst – EMEA
Wood Mackenzie

Petrochemicals strategy of the US: consequences of the shale gale for the global petrochemicals market
Peter Callais
Vice President Global Sales
Townsend Solutions

Current trends and further developments outlook for the aromatic hydrocarbons market at a glance: market structure forecast
Andy Nicholson
Vice President, Market Development Petrochemicals
Argus DeWitt

Development prospects for low-scale specialty chemicals production in Russia: what should regional producers do to become competitive in the international market of higher added value chemical products?
Aleksandr Badnin
Oil & Gas Industry Director



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Up until recently persisting underdevelopment of project financing in the CIS has been viewed as a major impediment for current industrial projects implementation. But now there seems to emerge a trend of positive growth rates in the segment. What is the outlook for financing large-scale chemical projects in Russia and the CIS with the participation of international partners, ECAs, international and domestic financial institutions, and development banks.
Featured presentation: One Belt One Road Initiative: the largest infrastructure construction initiative in modern history totalling over $900 billion and what it would mean for the chemicals market of Russia and the CIS
Albrecht von Blumenkron
Director – Natural Resources
ING Bank

Case study: Arranging financing for the largest global gas chemical asset of over $6.3 billion worth of project costs: current status report and further progress outlook
Alexey Kravchenko
Deputy CEO – Corporate Finances Director
Nakhodka Fertiliser Plant (NZMU)

How do you go about evaluating a project’s bankability when attracting project financing? Case study of Russia’s largest gas processing project in the Far East (Amur GPP)
Ksenia Kavas
Head of Legal Department
Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk
Olga Davydava
Herbert Smith Freehills CIS
Oksana Koerner
Senior Associate
Herbert Smith Freehills CIS


  • What are legislative-and-regulatory framework barriers for the development of long-term lending and ways to overcome those?
  • What could be the positive impact of the EPC-services segment development in the region for upcoming advancements of project finance tools?
  • How to do a better job of managing an increased risk exposure when financing large investment projects in the oil and gas & chemical segment?
  • Could project financing be an option for medium-scale businesses or would it rather be the tool-of-choice for mega-projects and oil and gas giants?
  • What is the best way to estimate future project’s profitability as the prerequisite for solvency of the borrower? Criteria to consider?
    Vyacheslav Okhotin
    Head of Downstream Oil & Gas
    Chemicals and Fertilisers, Gazprombank


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Within the horizon of several years the FSU territory will likely be home for largest projects in the oil and gas chemical sector with ambitious (both by size and tenure) programmes of capital construction worth dozens, if not hundreds, of billions of dollars. Maximising efficiency when implementing those projects is deemed critical for their future profitability and the overall development of the industry. How to manage large-scale projects in the oil and gas chemical sector of Russia and the CIS with greater efficiency?
Case study: A unique undertaking in logistics – delivery of large-dimensions process equipment within the scope of implementation of ZapSibNeftekhim, Russia’s largest petchems project
Svetlana Ivashchenko
Head of Logistics – Deputy General Director
Andrey Geykalo
Commercial Director
Mammoet RUS

Case study: How to avoid making the same mistakes with new projects? Best practices and tactics of project management as demonstrated by a world’s leading producer of nitrogen fertilisers
Andrey Komrakov
EPC Contracts Advisor

Featured presentation: Competencies vs motivation: why lack of motivation in a project team might actually come at a higher cost for the project owner then lack competencies? What are the differences between project and linear activities in the context of motivation and what is that special system of motivation required for project teams doing megaprojects?


  • How to resolve the problem of the region’s limited market of high-competencies project staff by means of alliances and partnerships with world-class contractors?
  • What are the challenges for the development of EPC(M)-contracting in the region against the background of overall instability in the market of general construction contractors, and legislative and regulatory limitations?
  • What are the technologies of choice to drive down costs and enhance efficiency of the region’s petchems capital construction projects in short- and mid-term outlook?
  • What should customers and contractors do to mitigate the problem of intermediate control over project implementation as regards works performed and their quality to avoid going way over the budget and designated project timeframe?
    Airat Safin
    Ethylene Plant Director


Through 2030 developed world economies plan to sustain petchems industry growth rates at no less than 7 percent per annum. The question remains though – whether the CIS region nations will be in position to progress in the industry on par with such global rates? Key competitive advantages of the region include solid feedstock base, excellent prospects for domestic consumption increase, export opportunities targeting EU, China, and the Far East. As the result, the CIS region sees dozens of billion dollars invested in such megaprojects of the chemical sector as ZapSibNeftekhim, Amur GPP, Amur GCC, Eastern Petrochemical Company by Rosneft, SOCAR GPC, Atyrau GCC and many other projects of various scale and capacity. What is the current status and deadlines for the key projects in 2018?
Development strategy of SIBUR Holding, the largest petchems company in Russia and CEE

Investment opportunities and overview of Russia’s largest construction projects in the oil and gas chemical sector as seen in the Far East territories
Mikhail Slavkov
Investments Department Director
Far East Investment and Export Agenc

Overview of largest projects of construction and revamping of oil and gas chemical capacities in Azerbaijan, including SOCAR GPC worth over $4 billion: current status and development plans
Farid Jafarov
General Manager

Outlook and development strategy for petchems in Kazakhstan: construction of greenfield oil and gas chemical production capacities in the Atyrau Region and establishment of a bundled technology chain to make high added value petchem products

Key projects in the gas chemical industry of Turkmenistan: Turkmengaz State Concern development strategy


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To do well in domestic and international markets corporates at all times have to find ways to produce more at less costs, adjust to changing environment, implement innovations and make their business more robust. For the petchems industry to progress it is vital that cutting-edge technology is there and put to work to make chemical production more profitable and innovation-generating activities more efficient in terms of their economic yield. What are the technologies and solutions of today’s market that could be used by the region’s producers as we speak?
Ethylene plant cost down – get CAPEX and plant performance well balanced
Danil Efremov
Director-Business Development, Petrochemical Plants
Linde Engineering

Case study: How to make a large-scale petchem asset competitive in the absence of ethane feedstock? Practical experience of achieving higher earnings through integration and addition of steam cracking to the existing refinery configuration

Maximising steаm cracking profitability: optimised slate for ethylene production in accordance with market developments scenarios
Evguenia Copley
Strategic Client Director – Russia and CIS

Combined implementation of production best practice solutions to cut CAPEX, energy consumption, and greatly improve the olefins margins


A surge in the global plastics industry and high added value products gave birth to a vast variety of all kinds of polymer materials and respective production techniques. Core market players realise that the potential should be developed by all means in both public and private domains. The point is how to make it happen in the best possible way. Now as never before resources of organic optimisation are extremely scarce, and producers face an apparent incremental role of novel technology in their business development, and this role is set to increase further. Which technology and solutions would be best for production profit increase and making high added value products?
Higher output and grade optimisation of products as a key contributor to higher competitiveness and successful marketing strategy of a producer in niche segments of the ever-challenging polymers market
Yury Golubev
Commercial Manager – Russia, CIS, & EE
Univation Technologies

Practical experience of technical integration of steam cracking and PE units for greenfield and brownfield (revamp) PCC projects

Chlorine value chain: innovative technology to valorize residual chlorine produced from process handling chlorine
Marc Manyeres
Licensing Manager

Making use of the region’s feedstock advantage to build large-scale production assets with the focus on export market outlets for polymers


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It is common knowledge that the chemical sector of the CIS just as some other industries of the region has skipped several cycles of upgrading of their technology and process hardware. Experts maintain that R&D expenses in the chemicals industry of Russia are 350 times less than the figure in the US. What practical steps should be made to speed up technology developments and marketable solutions based hereon? Key market players strive for clear vision of promising trends of the world’s science and technology advancements, as well as identifying global technology and innovation tendencies, capable of having the greatest impact on the long-term evolution of the chemicals sector.
Case study: how feasible is the idea of applying intelligent systems in petrochemical production the CIS region? A practical example of artificial intelligence application in the polycondensation process management at a plant in Russia
Andrey Kostin
General Director

Digital strategy and capabilities to win in a digitized world
Alexey Lebedev
General Director

  • What could be the prospects for petchems, including the CIS, based on new technology principles in the segments of large-, mid-, and small-scale chemical production?
  • Which materials will be in demand, and which will be ousted by better-performing or better-priced analogues?
  • How high is the priority of automation and digitalisation of production and processes in the current development strategies of vertically-integrated petchems companies in the CIS?
  • What are the ways to decrease import dependency in technology and high-tech equipment without sacrificing profitability and shear implementability of a project? What are the opportunities of co-operation with global technology providers?
    Sami Pelkonen
    CEO – Electrolysis and Polymers
    Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions
    Bruce DeBault
    Global Business Development Director
    Dow Oil, Gas and Mining
    Maxim Shereykin
    General Director
    Agency for Technological Development

18:40 Evening Gala Cocktail Reception