MEPEC to bring region's process engineering industry together in 2013

Bahrain expo centre - MEPECThe Middle East Process Engineering Conference and Exhibition (MEPEC) is set to return in 2013, bringing together a large number of leading chemical, petrochemical and petroleum engineers and professionals from across the region

Organised by the Saudi Arabian Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineer (SAS-AIChE), the second edition of MEPEC will take place from 29 September to 2 October 2013.

The event, set to be held at Bahrain International Exhibition Centre in Manama, will include a number of workshops and discussions offering delegates practical experience in all aspects of process engineering, with topics relevant to both upstream and downstream activities within the region's oil, gas and petrochemical industries.

MEPEC 2013 has been endorsed by the World Petroleum Council (WPC), with the organisation's president Dr Renato Bertani having agreed to join the MEPEC Advisory Committee, which will be headed by the governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) and former senior vice-president of Saudi Aramco, Abdulatif Al-Othman.

Said Al-Zahrani, a senior executive at Saudi Aramco, board member of SAS-AIChE and part of the MEPEC 2013 Organising Committee, explained, "The role of the Advisory Committee is essentially for its members to formulate recommendations and provide advice to ensure that MEPEC 2013 will address the right industry issues and deliver value to all participants."

Dubai-based Middle East Energy Events (ME3) has been selected by the Saudi Arabian Section of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (SAS-AIChE) to project manage and coordinate the next edition of MEPEC following the success of the first edition of the conference and exhibition in October 2011.

Frederic Malgoire, commercial director of ME3, said, "We are delighted that SAS-AIChE executive members have selected our company to deliver MEPEC 2013 and we believe our ability and proven experience in delivering global energy events in many countries over the last 15 years will add value to the growth of MEPEC.

"MEPEC 2011 was a tremendous success and its organisers must also be congratulated for their achievements. Our mission is to turn MEPEC into a truly international and leading conference and exhibition for the process engineering industry."

According to ME3, the four-day event show is likely to attract more than 150 exhibitors, a minimum of 1,400 delegates, and more than 200 speakers and presenters.

Dr Pierce Riemer, director general for the WPC, added, "Process engineers are amongst the most important stakeholders in our industry to help tackle key technical, social, environmental and management issues in order to contribute towards seeking solutions to those issues."

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