StocExpo, the largest and longest-running international bulk-liquid-storage event, which returns on 8–10 March 2022 at the Rotterdam Ahoy, has unveiled a jam-packed conference programme exploring the future of liquid storage.
The conference will take place over all three days of the event, and will feature some of the bulk-liquid-storage sector’s best and brightest exploring the industry’s hottest themes; energy transition, digitalisation, robotics and the future of the industry.
Day one – Energy Transition (8 March) will explore the tank storage industry’s role in the future of energy storage, looking at changing capacity requirements by location, future market shares of biofuels, hydrogen and LNG, flow battery storage, and geopolitical intrigue impacting the European tank storage sector.
Speakers will include Lucia Van Geuns, Strategic Advisor for Energy at the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, Guido Dalessi, as well as representatives from some of the sectors biggest names, including Evos, HG Storage International, Exolum, Naturgy, Scale Gas, Alkion Terminals, Deloitte Consulting, Navigator Terminals, Odfjell, Mabanaft, VTTI and the North Sea Port.
Day two – Digitalisation & Robotics (9 March) will focus on the digitalisation of the industry, Industry 4.0, better data management and the benefits of data sharing. A special presentation from Siemens will give delegates a glimpse at the tank terminal of the future, and the day will close with a focus on robotics, hosted by SPRINT Robotics.
Expert sessions will be delivered by Eduard Smits, Associate Director of Accenture, Manoj Mathew, Industry 4.0 leader at Cognizant, Leo Brand, CIO of Vopak, Mark Noordhoek-Hegt, CEO of Nxtport International, Jelle Swanenberg, COO of Smartflow, Sam Reid, CEO of Dearman Systems, Mark Waddington, Director and Senior Consultant of Channoil Consulting, and Berend R. Paasman, Senior Vice President of DNB Bank ASA.
Day three – Hydrogen (10 March) will take a deep dive into large-scale and underground hydrogen storage and the implication of future technologies for the industry. Speakers will include Catherine Gras, CEO of Storengy UK & Germany, Dider Wesoly from Geostock Green Storage, and Earl Crochet, owner of Crochet Midstream Consulting.
Day three will also see Natalie Gupta, Director Bunkering Value Chain Partnerships and Economics at Yara International introduce us to world’s first green ammonia bunkering terminal. There will be a Next-Gen lunchtime session featuring the StocExpo Forty Under 40, and the conference will close with a roundtable discussing Women in Tanks.
Rikki Bhachu, Head of Marketing at StocExpo, says: ‘There is a lot in the air for the bulk-liquid-storage sector right now. With environmental changes, and an ever-shifting political and regulatory environment, on top of new technologies in robotics and digitalisation, it’s a time of great change for the industry.
‘The conference at StocExpo 2022 has been carefully curated to explore and address all of these issues, one by one, to help companies plan for the future and improve their present-day operations, so the industry as a whole can move forward into the rest of the 20s with confidence. We’re really looking forward to seeing everyone in March.’