• We are proud to announce LTG Nugroho Widyotomo, Secretariat General of National Resilience Council Indonesia will be speaking
  • Check out the new speaker interview with Steve Matza
  • We have more refiners confirmed than ever! Check out the attendee list and see who's confirmed from Petronas, Pertamina, Rosneft, BSR PetroVietnam and more
  • Didier Casimiro, VP for Refining, Petrochemicals, Commerce and Logistics, Rosneft is confirmed to speak at ARTC
  • ARTC 2017 is co-hosted by National Resilience Council Indonesia (Dewan Ketahanan Nasional), Indonesia Defence University and Institute of Sciences Indonesia (LIPI)
  • Read our exclusive interview with Marcelo Kascheres, Refinery Business Development Manager- Asia, Alfa Laval
  • More than 21 Refiners represented at ARTC 2017 in Jakarta: Book now and meet Pertamina, Petronas, Sinopec, SRC, PTT Global Chemical and many more
  • Professor Purnomo Yusgiantoro, Indonesia’s Former Minister for Energy and Former OPEC Secretary General confirmed to give an opening keynote address
Interview with Napaporn Ratanapoka

Napaporn Ratanapoka is the Refinery Technical Manager for PTT Global Chemical.


Q1. What do you see as the single biggest challenge facing Asia’s refining sector today?

More stringent product specifications, for example, Ultralow Sulphur Diesel (10 ppm Sulphur), FO 0.5% Suphur, will lead refinery to have a major investment.

Q2. What do you see as the biggest opportunity for Asia’s energy market in the next 12 months?

There is still have demand growth in Asian, especially India and China, so Petroleum products spread over crude still be maintain at this level.  However, more synergy between Refinery and Petrochemical plants will give significantly improving in overall margin.

Q3. Why do you think events such as ARTC 2017 are important? What do you find most beneficial about attending?

To attend the events like ARTC, we can get not only the current technology development and economics trends from experts, but also obtain the networking with other Refineries/operating companies, which you can take back home to apply in your current business.

Q4. You will be joining a panel at ARTC 2017 on the topic of ‘Outlook on declining margins and future direction for Asia’s refining sector.’ Can you give us a brief insight your initial thoughts on this topic?

How do you feel that Asia’s refining sector has evolved over the last 12 months?

As per oil price significantly drop in the past few years, so it was impact directly to stock gain/loss than the refinery margin.  Risk management to reduce impact of oil prices volatility has been in more focus.

Refinery margin improvement is something like “Business As Usual” in order to keep competitiveness in the market.  To get all employees to realised that Refinery Margin improvement is not only gained by new technology applied or plant modification, some refineries have asked Consultant as the 3rd eye view for finding the gap to improve in the whole work processes and performing the changes which clearly identified as a fast track program.

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