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36 Countries
366 Events
55,000 Customers
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Our Global Reach

We run 18 events across 4 continents each year.

Our events bring together the industry’s stakeholders to discuss and debate all the critical issues from upgrading facilities to operational efficiency.

We facilitate knowledge exchange and partnerships within the oil and gas sector.

We run 18 conferences, exhibitions and networking events throughout the year. We also provide independent analysis and industry reports.

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What We Do

Organise Events

World Refining Association is committed to creating high quality events in the form of conferences, exclusive roundtables, exhibitions and networking evenings. We have a global reach and are currently active in Africa, Middle East, CIS and Europe.

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Provide original content

We recognise your need to access knowledge. We regularly create reports, whitepapers, analysis and webinars tackling all your critical issues.

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Facilitate business partnerships

We pride ourselves on our innovative and exciting event formats. We will give you more opportunities to meet the right people, and more platforms to have the right conversations.

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Asian Downstream Week 2016

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The steady decline in world crude oil prices from their highs of above $110 per barrel in mid – 2014, to the sub – $40 level – at the end of 2015 – is providing the Middle East’s downstream sector with an almost unprecedented opportunity to expand.

For decades, much of the focus within the region has been on the upstream oil and gas sector. But now, attention is turning to refined oil products and petrochemicals as the ability to benefit from better profit margins as cheaper feedstock becomes more evident.

Those Middle East oil companies that years ago had the foresight to invest heavily in the downstream sector, now find their decisions vindicated. In 2015, they were able to gain some partial relief from the collapse in crude oil revenue, through higher downstream margins.

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As the suppressed oil price becomes the new norm, the Middle East’s downstream operators face a new operating reality. The loss of feedstock competitiveness and capitalised margins, coupled with more pressing international standards and compliance has meant that the region strives to compensate for its loss of leverage by improving yields and becoming more sustainable. As such, new technology, investing in research and innovation are priorities.

We have created a report to enable you to better understand the current landscape of the GCC’s downstream sector.

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The Road To Recovery: North Africa’s Oil and Gas Industry

North Africa’s oil and gas sector has had some difficult times over the past decade. But despite that the region as a whole still remains in the top league of African oil and gas producers.

The challenges the region has had to grapple with include:
• Unfavourable tax laws that helped to weaken the investment climate
• A failure over decades to curb domestic energy consumption
• The retention of fuel subsidies
• The high-profile terrorist attack on Algeria’s Amenas gas plant, which exposed the region’s vulnerability

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Egypt is currently the largest oil producer in Africa outside of OPEC and the second largest natural gas producer after Algeria. Egypt, having already taken on a major role in international energy markets is now seeking to get its downstream industry back on track.

Egypt has great potential when it comes to refining and petrochemicals. It is an important transit route, offering great potential to become a hub for petroleum products. Nonetheless, since the Arab spring uprising of 2011 that saw the overthrowing of President Hosni Mubarak, great tolls have been taken on the domestic oil, gas and petrochemical industries.

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Video Gallery

ERTC 2016 Montage
North Africa Downstream Summit 2015 – Part 2
North Africa Downstream Summit 2015 – Part 1
Middle East Energy Golf Day 2015
Abu Dhabi International Downstream 2015


Axens participated to the Egypt Downstream Conference in February 2016 and really enjoyed the event. This is important for Axens to be present and to meet national operators. Axens has been working with WRA teams for many years and consider their events are well organized and executed. For all these reasons, Axens is looking to join the event for the 2017 edition.

Eric Benazzi, Axens
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