Digital innovation themed at the Abu Dhabi International Downstream Summit

ADID AnnouncementThe downstream business is looking to further optimise processes with the aim of reducing downtime and increasing efficiency with digitalisation being the key to unlocking hitherto unachievable productivity gains

The Abu Dhabi International Downstream Summit will be focussing on that digital future, where big data analysis will provide the clues to incremental process improvements, using data from hundreds of sensors embedded within plant assets. 

But digitalisation is just one of the key themes that are drawing business leaders and engineers from the Middle East’s refining and petrochemical industry to the Abu Dhabi International Downstream Summit which will be taking place at Sofitel, Abu Dhabi in the UAE on 18 and 19 September 2017.

In addition to listening to the speakers that will focus on digitisation and innovation, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with a large delegation from Takreer and Borouge, in addition to learning about “Crude Chemicals” which is now recognised as an industry game changer. 

In an ever more competitive environment four specialist streams are being run leveraging the experience of some of the industry’s leading technology, service companies and operators that will provide their recommendations on keeping one step ahead of the competition.

Finally, the issues of equality will be addressed in the “Women in Downstream” panel with representatives from Saudi Aramco, KIPIC and Borouge who will discuss the importance of mentoring for women’s career and advancement opportunities.

As Essam Al Sheibany, GM Mina Al Fahal Refinery Operations at Orpic, put it, “All the other conferences look to the past, the Abu Dhabi International Downstream Summit differentiates itself by looking forward to the future while addressing the ways that we can drive our businesses forward”.

This year’s two-day conference, in addition to addressing the broad subjects of “Innovation, Investment & Collaboration” and “Investing in future growth, sustainability & profitability” will have a total of four separate technical streams plus speed networking and interactive round tables. 

Kay Mitchell, ADID Event Director said: “The Abu Dhabi International Downstream Summit is once again heading for a record attendance which reflects the importance of the event and the Middle East region. The event last year attracted over 222 delegates from over 21 countries and we hope to exceed that in 2017”. 

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