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In conjunction with MEPEC 2011, there will be a two-day workshop titled 'Refinery Economics' on the 22nd and 23rd of October, delivered by Mr. Joe Barth, a Senior Consultant at HSB Solomon Associates LLC.

The seminar covers the economic and optimization skills needed to maximize refinery profit. Practical, hands-on examples are used to illustrate Solomon's approach to the intricacies of marginal economics and the workings of Linear Program (LP) models.

In addition, attendees will discuss Planning and Optimization Best Practices. The course is intended for anyone who takes part in the development of refinery operating plans or helps decide business strategy. No prior knowledge of refinery economics or use of LP models is required.

It is worth highlighting that the three day event is preceded with another four pre-conference workshops titled : Sulphur Technologies & Gas Processing, Process Optimisation, Amine Treating, and Practical Strategies for Energy Issues of Chemical Plant Complexes.

The main topics are Process Modelling and Optimisation, Supply Chain Optimisation, Performance Management, Quality Improvements, Green Processing and Sustainability, and Troubleshooting, Debottlenecking and Capacity Increase.