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Tank Storage Germany 2016

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The Tank Storage Germany 2016 conference programme, which takes place on 16 & 17 November at The Hamburg Messe, has been unveiled.

The world class line-up of over 16 industry leaders speaking at the event, such as Alexander Fokker, Commercial Manager at Vopak Terminal Hamburg and Thomas Schröder, COO of TanQuid, will explore the latest global and local industry issues, developments, and trends affecting the German bulk liquid storage sector.

Wilhelmshaven is the single largest independent tank storage facility for petroleum products including LPG in Germany, and the only deepwater port in the country. With expansion at the site planned, Sven Partzsch, Managing Director of HES Wilhelmshaven, will kick off the conference with a detailed look at the terminal and port.

Industry forecasts will be provided by four experts including Henning Müller, Principle at McKinsey & Company, who will consider the European refining industry. Michael Dei-Michei, Analyst at JBC, will deliver the outlook for refining, product demand and trade flows; Duane Dickson, Global Chemicals Sector Leader at Deloitte will assess the chemical market, whilst Peter Hills, Senior Consultant at Channoil Consulting, will outline the changes to the shale industry and the sector’s impact on trade flows.

Tighter rules and regulations within the German storage market, in particular concerning environmental and climate issues, are placing greater pressure on storage operators to ensure correct operations are in place whilst maintaining cost effective business. Regional regulations are set to be a key theme within the 2016 conference programme. Oliver Stanelle from Oiltanking, will provide an update on German regulations, whilst Sven Eric Utsch, Managing Partner at Utsch & Partners, will explore the wider regulatory environment within which companies have to operate.

Storage has been seen as a stable and attractive investment opportunity. However not all terminal investment opportunities are the same. So what are the criteria that investors look out for when choosing whether or not to invest in a terminal or a region. Robert Hardy, Executive Director at JP Morgan, will provide a financial investor’s perspective. Staying with the investment theme, Frank Schreurs, Managing Partner at In-Energy, will explain how terminals can benefit from developments in investor markets.

Energy efficiency is another hot topic; this will be Stefan Goestl, Oil and Midstream Lead at Arcadis who will show how to optimise the energy footprint to reduce costs, while also being technically and environmentally compliant.

The two day Tank Storage Germany conference also has practical sessions for tank terminal operators. For instance, Olatoyosi Joseph Akanni, Terminal Manager at Vision Middle East, in a talk focused on aboveground storage tank management and best practice, will look at how to remove the cost barrier and extract more value from operations, considering how developments such as wireless technology and automation have reduced costs or improved operations. Michel Houtermans, Managing Partner, Risknowlogy will share his experience with SIL and overfill prevention systems, while Thomas Geier, CEO, FSP-Tech and HSE Manager at Nynas Hamburg, will share insight into how tank showers deliver both safety and cost saving methods.

Tank Storage Germany 2016 also features a major exhibition, with over 90 suppliers from across the supply spectrum, using the show to launch products and services into the market.

Adapted from press release by Francesca Brindle

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