Major refining and petrochemicals event to take place in Bahrain

mepetrotechforwebMore than 3,500 refining and petrochemicals industry professionals from 30+ countries will converge in Bahrain from 26 – 29 September 2016 for the 10th Middle East Refining & Petrochemicals Conference and Exhibition (Middle East Petrotech 2016)

Held under the patronage of Bahrain’s Prime Minister His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Middle East Petrotech 2016 is the largest gathering of the downstream oil and gas industry in the Middle East, playing a significant role in the development and transfer of downstream hydrocarbon technology in the region. It incorporates a four-day high level conference organised by a committee of NOCs, IOCs and major service providers, and a parallel three-day exhibition organised by Arabian Exhibition Management.

“The conference theme ‘Teaming Up for Excellence: Industry, Government and Education’ is focused on the symbiosis between downstream oil professionals, government officials and those active in the education and training fields. Synergy between these sectors will lead to the advancement of the downstream industries through the maximisation and exploitation of resources, implementation of best practices and benchmarking utilisation,” said Bakheet Al-Rashidi, Middle East Petrotech 2016 chairman and president and CEO of Kuwait Petroleum International.

“Understanding the latest developments and trends in the global economy and future shifts in market dynamics is of vital importance. Top management and economists will discuss possible ways forward in an uncertain world at Middle East Petrotech 2016,” he continued.

Optimising the best return on assets will also be a focus of the conference, through energy conservation, new tools for the successful completion of projects, operational excellence and encouraging a culture of reliability and efficient turnaround maintenance.

Health, Safety and Environment will be showcased in a bid to encourage the creation of a culture of plant safety and environmental practices to help ensure a safer and healthier future for future generations.

The pre-conference forum on 26 September at the Ritz Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa will discuss the vital roles of industry, education and government across three sessions, and will be followed by the conference opening ceremony, which will begin with welcome address from Bahrain’s Minister of Oil, H.E. Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, and the Middle East Petrotech 2016 chairman Bakheet Al-Rashidi. An executive plenary session will follow under the theme ‘The Economic Downturn and Its Effect on the Oil Downstream Industry’ with addresses from Amin H. Nasser, president and CEO, Saudi Aramco; and H.R.H. Prince Faisal Bin Turki, advisor, Saudi Arabia Ministry of Petroleum & Mineral Resources.

Over the next three days, the conference will feature 63 technical sessions with insights on case studies, best practices and industry advancements across nine distinct tracks: operational excellence, plant reliability & integrity, project challenges, energy management, HSE & risk management, smart plant & technology, market intelligence, catalyst management and people development. Daily keynote sessions led by presidents and CEOs will also take place, further examining the roles of government, education and industry.

New for 2016, a series of ‘Meet the Experts’ sessions will provide delegates with the opportunity to meet, consult and learn from recognised authorities on 10 key topics, and the agenda also includes two short courses, two workshops and the opportunity to sit a Certified Maintenance Reliability Professional (CMRP) Exam.

The Middle East Petrotech 2016 exhibition of refining and petrochemicals products and services, which runs from 27-29 September at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre, will showcase over 120 exhibitors from 20 countries. Regional giants, including Bapco, ADNOC, KNPC, Petro Rabigh, Saudi Aramco, Sadara Chemical Company, SAMREF (Saudi Aramco Mobil Refinery Company), SASREF (Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery), SATORP (Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical Company) and YASREF (Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Company) are taking flagship stands. International service industry majors will also have a strong presence. A host of specialist companies and national pavilions from Canada and Egypt consolidate this line up.

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