The oil market is changing and, with it, the storage industry. The ARA (Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp) region is facing competitive pressure and the industry needs to adapt to remain a significant distribution hub.
The response to this challenge is clear, with huge investments currently being made to modernise infrastructure facilities and address the ever-present threat of cyber security. This is the backdrop to the storage industry’s important event, StocExpo Europe, which takes during 20-22 March 2018 at Ahoy, Rotterdam.
As well as over 200 leading suppliers from the international tank storage market, the conference and exhibition has attracted over 30 speakers representing all aspects of the industry from geopolitics to cyber security and from the IoT to risk management.
Keynote speakers have been drawn from some of the industry’s leading commentators, including Paulo Nery, senior director, EMEA Oil, Genscape; Sally Martin, vice president, HSSE, downstream operations, Shell; Cyril Widdershoven, senior advisor, Geopolitics, Verocy; Marcel Jutte, managing director, Hudson Cybertec; and Radu Mateescu, project manager, group logistics, MOL Group.
Dutch representation includes Arend van Campen, a committee member of the Dutch branch of the Energy Institute and Sandra De Bont, executive director, VOTOB (Dutch Tank Storage Association), among others. The event sponsors reflect many of those major companies that form the foundation of the industry such as Emerson, Bechtel, Matrix Applied Technologies, Emco Wheaton, Chemie Tech and SA Equip.
Giving a detailed market analysis across the ARA region, Paulo Nery will be identifying the threats but also the huge opportunities that exist in Europe. Further analysis will be provided by Onur Capan, commercial analytics manager, VTTI, while examples of best practices from South Africa and the successful growth in the Port of Ghent will be discussed. Other topics on the first day included the IoT and safety culture.
Process safety leads the sessions on the second day with a geopolitical review, regulation update, cyber security advice and risk analysis. On the final day, attention is given to logistics, emergency containment and the effective planning of building of tank structures.
As with any industry, there is always an eye on the future and specifically the new talent that will drive the industry going forward. StocExpo Europe has also developed the ‘Engineers of the Future’ programme which will have its own agenda on the 22 March designed to highlight the benefits of working and forging a career within the tank storage industry.