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2nd Annual European Refining Markets Conference

  09/2008

Date: September 29-30
Venue: Hilton Brussels Hotel.Brussels, Beilgium

Since Europe''s shift towards diesel, refinery margins have been supported by strong middle distillate prices in a long term high crude price environment. This has resulted in record high prices at the pump. Europe’s refiners are also subject to targets of 0.1% in heating oil in 2008, 10ppm in diesel from 2009, and increasing parts of the tanker market moving to 1.5% fuel oil since 2006. Combined by emergent export markets such as Russia and the sowering of crude oil, global trends are forcing refiners to assess their margins whilst producing the most desired product mix.

What are likely impacts of Middle Eastern and Indian production on trade flows and North-West European cracks? European refiners such as France are standing at the crossroads of integrating solutions to plan for such regional capacity changes and demand specifications. How are these impacts trickling downstream to the consumer? The 2nd Annual European Refining Markets conference will consider such trends whilst inspecting the industry’s resilience and flexibility to upgrade and deliver the products demanded by a consumer at the most competitive price.

Topics Include:

Competing in a high oil price environment
European product market outlook, 2009 and beyond
A ‘boom?in new capacity - Who is getting to the market first?
Is the diesel demand/supply crunch still dominating expansion rrends in global refining?
Upstream vs. downstream margins - Refining margins in a crude-driven environment
How is the automotive future being fueled - Technology drivers vs. sustainability
Global marine fuels - Demand in a changing environment
What are the problems for refiners tomorrow?
Confirmed Speakers Include:

Maurizio Maugeri, Programme Leader Head R&M Division, Eni
David Martin, Senior Analyst, Oil Industry and Market Division, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Joanne Shore, Senior Analyst, Energy Information Administration
Farzam Kamalabadi, Chairman and President, Future Trends International Group
John Kingston, Director of Oil, Platts
Giovanni Serio, Senior Energy Economist, Goldman Sachs
Johannes Benigni, Managing Director, JBC Energy Vienna
Matti Laakso, Vice President, Oil Refining Business Development, Neste Oil Oyj
Jan Panek, Head of Unit “Coal and Oil,?Directorate-General for Energy and Transport, European Commission
Marcus Frantz, Head of Mid and Downstream Applications, OMV
Kjell ac Bergström, President and CEO, General Motors Powertrain, Sweden
Alain Heilbrunn, Secretary General, Concawe
Kevin McGeeney, Chief Executive Officer, Star Supply Renewables
Richard Wilson, Origination Director, Biodiesel Energy Trading Ltd.
Wade DeClaris, Vice President of Business Development, World Fuel Services Inc
Guglielmo Landolfi, Managing Director, ERG Raffinerie Mediterranee
For more information about the conference,

Contact:

Sophie Adams
Tel: +44-20-7176-6658
sophie_adams@platts.com



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