The wheels will begin rolling at the fifth StocExpo Europe conference and expo with a tour around the Netherlands petrochemical hub of Rotterdam.
The bus tour will reveal Rotterdams storage splendour accompanied by a narrative commentary highlighting the ports new projects and key infrastructure that make it Europes storage gem.
The three-day conference at the Ahoy will feature industry insights from leading experts with a keynote speech from The Port of Rotterdam Authoritys Ronald Backers. Backers will give an overview of the storage outlook and opportunities within the ARA region. He will address the market sector and analysis of current capacity, and the development of storage facilities in the region securing Rotterdams position as Europes top oil and chemical cluster.
With the news that Buncefield has gained approvals to begin storing petrol again following the 2005 explosion, the focus of a couple of presentations will be on emergency response and process safety.
Day twos conference theme shifts from the European market, its drivers and progression to strategies for operational excellence and regulatory updates with an examination of REACH.
The Emirates National Oil Companys Waddah Ghanem will talk on developing the EHSQ competency assurance system for all terminal and berth operations in the HTL Group.
Day three is technology day, exploring updates and best practice solutions. Speakers will outline troubleshooting services, VOC control, tank inspection methods and many others.
Inside the largest event of its kind in Europe, the exhibitors hall will boast a host of new companies from Belgium, China, Germany, The Netherlands and the US, displaying an array of products for all sections of the industry whether oil, chemical or petrochemical.
StocExpo Europe 2009 also introduces it first late night opening until 21:00 on 25 March.