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Poster of Scientific Support to EU Refining Capacity event© EU, 2012

Brussels (BE) - 01/10/12

European Forum for Science and Industry Roundtable: Scientific Support to EU Refining Capacity


The European Commission's Joint Research Centre organised a roundtable in the framework of the European Forum for Science and Industry on "Scientific Support to EU Refining Capacity" on 1 October 2012 in Brussels.

At this event high-ranking representatives of oil and gas companies, heads of industry associations as well as representatives from the science community, Member States and the European Commission considered the key challenges to identify where scientific expertise and research should be targeted for the benefit of the EU refining industry. The main question was whether European refinery capacities correspond to the real needs of European markets.


Berlaymont building, Schuman Room, Rue de la Loi 200, Brussels



SESSION I Panorama of refineries in Europe

'Status of Refining in Europe' Chris Beddoes, Acting Secretary General, European Petroleum Industry Association (EUROPIA)

SESSION II Assessment of supply and demand

'European refining in global perspective: shrinking demand, changing feedstock and the new global merchant refiners' Antoine Halff, Head, Oil Industry and Markets Division, International Energy Agency (IEA)

SESSION III Perspectives for the refinery sector

'European refining outlook to 2030: technical and economic challenges' Michael J. Lane, Secretary General, The oil companies' European association for environment, health and safety in refining and distribution (CONCAWE)

'Technology & investment responses to market & regulatory developments' Baudouin Kelecom, ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Planning Executive Europe

SESSION IV How can science contribute to the competitiveness of the refinery sector?

'Innovative Technologies for a Better Competitiveness' Jean Sentenac, Chairman and CEO of Axens – IFP Group Technologies

'How can science contribute to the competitiveness of the refinery sector?' Giacomo Rispoli, Executive Vice-President for Research, Development, ENI

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