The leading platform
for partnership building
and knowledge exchange in
the global downstream oil
and gas industry
20 Years
36 Countries
366 Events
55,000 Customers
New and exciting
formats in our
events every year

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.

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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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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The World Refining Association Inaugural Advisory Board Meeting

Back in May at the Rosewood Hotel in Abu Dhabi, we gathered together thirteen regional and international heavy weights from the worlds of refining and petrochemicals at our inaugural World Refining Association advisory board meeting.

The afternoon’s agenda included discussions on supply-demand dynamics, innovation and technology, human capital, operational excellence and not forgetting the oil price!

Find out why we brought these experts together, who they were, along with the key outcomes and take away’s from the meeting here

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Prospects and Realities for North Africa’s Downstream Development

This report collates insights from experts within in the region’s oil and gas industry to enable you to assess the risk vs. reward potential of investing in North Africa’s downstream industry.
The World Refining Association is committed to creating high quality, strategic and technical conferences across the globe. We also recognise your need for pioneering industry content throughout the year. It’s for this reason that World Refining Association has produced this report, to enable knowledge sharing and learning on a topic as important to the industry as this.

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2015 Global Economics & The Downstream Industry

During the past 12 months, prices in the $3-trillion-plus global downstream market have fallen 40% reaching the lowest level since June 2009, when global markets were recovering from the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers. Prices slid 14% month-over-month in January and have fallen a further 3% into February and March; continuing a six-month slide triggered by falling crude oil and Naphtha prices. By assembling insights from key refining and petrochemical companies globally, we have created an in-depth report to enable you to benchmark, analyse trends, learn from challenges being encountered in different regions and identify a strategy that can be implemented into your own business.

• The top challenges facing global downstream producers
• How the drop in crude oil prices is affecting companies investment strategies
• Which country will have the largest impact on supply and demand dynamics over the next two years

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Video Gallery

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
Operational Excellence Manama 2014


"The technical quality of this conference was excellent, which is why I will continue to send my team to the WRA's series of Middle East conferences. Keep up the great work!"

Abdulaziz Al Saleh, General Supervisor, South Ghawar Engineering Division, Saudi Aramco
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