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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IMO Regulations Implementation Report



IMO Survey Report - SnipThe tighter sulphur limit creates major ramifications for both the oil refining and shipping industries. Seeking to measure perceptions of how well these industries are adapting to this changing IMO regulatory regime, WRA recently conducted a survey of professionals within the refining and other industries. This Survey Report is a summary of the results, along with additional perspective from IMO and a consultant who closely tracks this evolving situation.

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The Egypt Downstream Summit and Exhibition Advisory Board Meeting 2016

Egypt’s refining and petrochemical industries are at the forefront of the government’s plans to get the energy sector on track, and following reforms to the fuel subsidies and devaluating the Egyptian pound, they are demonstrating their commitment to potential foreign investors.
With on-going and new projects in Egypt’s refining and petrochemical sector, opportunities are plentiful for investors.
It is against this backdrop that the 2nd Egypt Downstream Summit & Exhibition is being held with the support of Egypt’s downstream stakeholders.

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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 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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