The Gulf Downstream Association’s International Downstream Conference & Exhibition, due to have been held from 31 May-2 June in Bahrain, has been postponed to the first quarter of 2023
This is due to concerns over recent further outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) and in consideration of the health and safety of participants, according to a statement from the organisers. The final dates will be announced soon.
“It is a difficult process to postpone such a large event and we will be in touch directly with our exhibitors and stakeholders in the coming days. We will continue to discuss with our stakeholders about finalising the dates for the conference and will build on the high-quality content that we had lined up for June 2022 that focused on the period of transformation in the downstream sector where margin improvement and sustainability were topics of major significance,” said Suleman A. Al-Bargan, chairman, GDA board of directors, and vice-president of domestic refining and NGL fractionation, Saudi Aramco.
”Throughout the pandemic, GDA has remained committed to ultimately delivering a high value downstream in person-event for the largest possible audience,” the statement said. “Our founding members are determined to wait for the right conditions to deliver a truly successful gathering that will meet your expectations.
“As we navigate this period, the GDA Secretariat along with the GDA Technical Committees will continue its work to ensure that we build a relevant and comprehensive programme that brings together downstream professionals to address global business challenges, share best practices and unlock potential opportunities through collaboration and partnerships.”