The only focused distillates event in the industry’s calendar

In what started out as a promising 2020 for middle distillates, the industry found itself faced with the biggest global shakeup of the markets in history. Lockdowns imposed around the world has decimated demand for jet fuel and diesel, while the predicted warm winter ahead in Europe shows little hope for outlook for heating oil. With many refiners having to adapt to stay afloat, when we will start to see recovery on the horizon?

At a critical time for our sector, join us to better understand how the middle distillate and refining industries are adapting in this time of great uncertainty.

Key areas of focus:
- Explore the current state of play for middle distillate markets, with a focus on upstream market dynamics, hear the refiners perspective and trade evolution for distillate products.
- Gain insights into current market outlooks for key distillate products, including jet fuel, diesel and heating oil, and explore how traditional trade flows have been disrupted in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Hear perspectives on the future of transport fuel, at a time of EV, emerging sustainable aviation fuels, and future fuels such as hydrogen.

Networking, bonus content, and more

Do more with your registration. You'll receive access to our online event tool in advance of the conference. Use it to:
  • Build your network—You can't "work a room" like you used to. Now you can see who else is registered, help people find you, and exchange contact information digitally.
  • Connect—Use 1:1 messaging to introduce yourself. Conversations are saved and searchable for your convenience.
  • Enjoy extra content—Get Platts market news, exclusive content, and more leading up to the event. Find out about event updates as they happen.
  • Share—Add your social media profiles to the tool to easily post, share, and connect. Check the real-time activity feed to learn what other attendees are thinking right now.
  • Take it all with you—Use the tool to take notes, then export them (and share with other attendees). Look up contacts and conversations later. Visit the replay for a refresher and to download speaker presentations. Install the mobile app version for easy access from anywhere.

    Duration: 6.5 hours

    Cost to attend: US$199

    Who attends?

    - Distillates traders
    - European refiners
    - Terminal, ports and Logistics companies
    - International oil majors
    - Large scale fuel buyers
    - Ship operators
    - Regulators and governments
    - International finance 


This is a content led virtual event bringing together speakers from around the Middle Distillates sector.

Thursday, February, 2021
Session 1: Setting the scene for Middle Distillates
  • 09.30 AM Chair's welcoming remarks 
    Francesco Di Salvo, Associate Editorial Director, Clean Refined Products, S&P Global Platts
  • 09.40 AM Upstream market dynamics: what does it mean for downstream margins? • A look at how the crude oil markets performed in 2020
    • An update on recent OPEC discussions
    • US Shale in 2021: is the revolution over?
    • Demand projections for 2021
    • When do we expect peak oil?

    Nicole Leonard, Head of EMEA Custom Solutions and Cross-Commodity Analytics, S&P Global Platts
  • 10:10 AM Middle distillate fundamentals in focus • 2020 in review: what happened?
    • Given the aviation industry took over a decade to recover from 9/11, when do we anticipate signs of demand recovery for jet fuel?
    • As sustainable transport gains momentum, what will that mean for demand forecasts?
  • 10:35 AM A new era for European refiners - how will this impact distillate production? • Adapting at a time of uncertainty: how have refiners coped with events over the past year?
    • What blends are refiners currently looking at?
    • What are refiners’ strategies and priorities going into 2021?
  • 11:00 AM PANEL: Bull or bear – trade evolution for distillates • Global refining and middle distillate supply & demand forecast into 2021: will we see an impact as demand for jet, MGO and diesel recovers?
    • Distillate storage in Europe: how is this varying?

    Patrick Kulsen, Managing Director Insights Global
    Kristine Petrosyan, Oil Analyst, IEA
    Sandrine Devos, Secretary General, Eurofuel
  • 11:40 AM Live Q&A with our speakers
  • 12:00 PM Refreshment break & Networking time
Session 2: Distillate pricing, trading, and risk
  • 12:30 PM PANEL: Middle distillates – in a global context • How have traditional trade flows been disrupted for distillate products over the past year?
    • Trade flows and politics: recent US elections
    • Middle East refining expansion plans in a global context

    Abdullah Al-Meshan, Senior Sales Representative, Middle Distillates, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation
  • 1:10 PM Outlook, overview and performance of the key Middle Distillate pricing
  • 1:30 PM What next for the gasoil benchmark? • Global comparative overview of specification evolution
    • Role of regional arbitrage/trade and the US/Asian evolution-transatlantic and East/West issues
    • Where next for specification evolution - region or product?
    • Trading trends and evolution
Session 3: Future disruptors to middle distillate markets
    • 2:00 PM Shaping a Cleaner and Greener Refining Industry - low carbon pathways towards 2050 • A Clean Planet for all : assessment of impact to EU Refining system
      - EU long term strategic visions
      - Challenge for the EU refineries of the future

      • Alternative scenario towards climate neutrality for Refining and transport
      - Light and heavy-duty vehicles: GHG reduction
      - Assessment of the role of Low Carbon liquid Fuels in Road Transport

      Damien Valdenaire, Science Executive Refining Technology, Concawe
    • 2:30 PM Sustainable Aviation Fuel
    • 3:00 PM PANEL: The future of transport fuel • Carbon zero pledges: how will this impact future mobility?
      • The rise of EV and proposed combustion engine bans worldwide: how will this impact the industry?
      • Growth in sustainable aviation fuels
      • Renewable diesel – are refiners still looking at this?
      • Hydrogen: the fuel of the future?

      Al Bedwell, Director, Global Powertrain, LMC Automotive
      Patrick Huber, Group CEO, H2 Energy Holding
      Matteo Ronchetti, General Manager, Eni Shipping & Trading
    • 3:40PM Q&A with our speakers
    • 4:00PM Networking time With the aim to replicate the communal experience of in-person events we are delighted to announce the addition of video networking at this event. Much like an in-person event, you will have the opportunity to roam the networking area, have private video chats or even break off into group discussions and network as effectively as you did before.


Sami_Oja.jpg Sami Oja, 
Vice President, Supply Chain Management, Neste Oil
Matteo_Ronchetti.png Matteo Ronchetti, 
General Manager,  Eni Shipping & Trading
Al_Bedwell.pngAl Bedwell, 
Director, Global Powertrain, LMC Automotive
SandrineDevos100x100.jpgSandrine Devos, 
Secretary General, Eurofuel

Sandrine Devos is Secretary General of Eurofuel (the European Heating Oil Association), which represents organisations that promote the use of heating oil and liquid fuels for domestic heating in Europe. Eurofuel is engaged in the promotion of existing and innovative techniques for liquid fuels for heating and equipment, in the domestic market.

A French national, Sandrine studied political sciences and European Affairs in France, Sweden and UK, and worked in Ireland. She has had over 10 years of EU public affairs experience gained in the Brussels arena within UEPG, the European Aggregates Association (construction sector) and within EBI, the European Boating Industry. Familiar with the functioning and challenges of European industry representation, she has a solid network with the EU institutions and a sound understanding of environment-related issues.

Patrick_Huber100x100gif.gif Patrick Huber, 
Group CEO,  H2 Energy Holding
Speaker-Kristine-Petrosyan-100.png Kristine Petrosyan, 
Oil Market Analyst, IEA

Kristine Petrosyan leads refining, crude, and product market research for the International Energy Agency's flagship Oil Market Report. She started her career in Ernst&Young's Moscow office in the corporate finance department. After graduating with an MSc in Energy Studies from the University of Dundee in Scotland, she joined BP in London as an upstream commercial analyst for Russian projects, moving on later to trading analysis. Prior to joining the IEA, she worked in BP and Glencore as a middle distillates trading analyst.

Patrick_Kulsen.jpg Patrick Kulsen, 
Managing Director, Insights Global
Abdullah_Al-Meshan.png Abdullah Al-Meshan, 
Senior Sales Representative, Middle Distillates, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation
Damien_Valdenaire.PNG Damien Valdenaire, 
Science Executive, Refining Technology, Concawe

Damien Valdenaire joined Concawe in 2016 as a Science Executive for the Refining Technology at Concawe. He has been involved with Concawe since 2014 as he was at that time a TOTAL Member Company representative.

Previously, he spent his 18-year career in the refining industry within TOTAL. He held a variety of process Engineering, Planning, Economics and Managerial positions in four different sites in the TOTAL group, in Belgium, England and France, before moving to TOTAL Refining & Chemical in Brussels as Senior Refining Strategy Analyst.

In his current position, Damien has led the studies regarding the impact of Regulations on the EU refining industry (product quality, CO2 intensities of refined products, ETS, etc.) and contribute in projects such as the future of refining in a “low carbon economy”.

He is also a member representative in IPIECA Climate Change Working Group, in the ESSF (European Sustainable Shipping Forum) and IOGP CCS (International Oil and Gas Producer, working group on Carbon capture and Storage).

Damien holds a Master Degree in Chemical Engineering from National Institute of Applied Sciences in Toulouse (France).

Nicole Leonard2.jpg Nicole Leonard, 
Head of EMEA Custom Solutions and Cross-Commodity Analytics, S&P Global Platts

Ms. Leonard manages custom analytics projects for Platts’ EMEA clients ranging from oil and gas producers and refinery companies to commodity traders and private equity firms. Her areas of expertise include North American oil and gas production, global crude oil supply and trade flows, refined product supply and demand, petrochemical feedstocks, Middle Eastern energy markets, and non-energy commodity analysis. Ms. Leonard also manages non-consulting client engagement, providing energy market updates to over 100 S&P Global clients per year, and showcases Platts Analytics’ analysis at over a dozen conferences, annual meetings, and forums per year. She has held senior analyst positions on Platts Analytics’ production, NGL, natural gas, and crude oil teams, during which time she contributed to and managed reports, built relevant and durable quantitative models, and facilitated the expansion of crude and product analysis at Platts Analytics.


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Position your business in expert company, distinct from your competitors. At S&P Global Platts Middle Distillates Virtual Conference each sponsor has the opportunity to showcase their product or service to industry-wide professionals. We provide an environment that encourages an honest and open dialogue among attendees. If you would like to lead the conversation as an event sponsor, contact us for more details on available packages: Irina Bondareva on +44 (0) 7976 684 617 or [email protected].

Download the brochureDemonstrate your strengths, raise your company profile, and maximize your ROI as we bring key industry players and decision-makers to you. At the S&P Global Platts Middle Distillates Virtual Conference, each sponsor has the opportunity to showcase their products and services, and distinguish themselves from the competition. We offer a full range of opportunities and packages, and can even tailor solutions to suit your needs.

Contact us to start a conversation about your goals and how you can lead the pack as an event sponsor: Irina Bondareva, Business Development Manager, at +44 (0) 7976 684 617 or [email protected].

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New for this event, a networking tool is available for you to connect with other attendees through video 1-2-1 and group meetings. Work the room virtually from the comfort of your own home!


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The S&P Global Platts Middle Distillates Virtual Conference will take place Online on February 4, 2021 at 9:30am - 4:00pm GMT.

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