Industry thought leaders will converge in Bahrain from Monday 26 September to discuss the sector outlook and review technological advancements at the largest gathering of downstream oil & gas professionals in the Middle East.
The 10th Middle East Refining and Petrochemicals Conference and Exhibition (Middle East Petrotech 2016) is expected to attract over 3,500 attendees over 4 days who will utilise the event to initiate new business, learn, benchmark and network with associates from across the globe.
Held from 26 – 29 September under the theme Teaming Up for Excellence: Industry, Government and Education, the event takes place under the patronage of His Royal Highness the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.
The conference has secured an impressive line up of speakers, beginning with a pre-conference forum and the conference opening ceremony on 26 September at the Ritz Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa.
The pre-conference forum will discuss the vital roles of industry, education and government across 3 sessions. Invited speakers include: Professor Jean M.J. Fréchet, Vice President of Research, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology; Dr. Jawaher Al-Mudhahki, CEO, the Bahrain National Authority for Qualifications & Quality Assurance of Education and Training; Dr. Roy Blatchford, Advisor on Education Reform, Government of Bahrain; Abdulaziz Al Abdulkarim, VP Procurement & Supply Chain Management, Saudi Aramco; Rebecca Liebert, President & CEO, Honeywell UOP; Jean Sentenac, Chairman and CEO, Axens; Lord David Howell of Guildford, Former UK Minister of Energy and writer on energy issues; and Dr. Ihsan A. Bu-Hulaiga, Principal Consultant, Joatha Business Development Consultants.
The conference opening ceremony will begin with welcome address from Bahrain’s Minister of Oil, H.E. Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa and the Middle East Petrotech 2016 Chairman Bakheet Al-Rashidi. An executive plenary session will follow under theme The Economic Downturn and Its Effect on the Oil Downstream Industry with addresses from Amin H. Nasser, President and CEO, Saudi Aramco; Nizar Al-Adsani, CEO, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation; and H.R.H. Prince Faisal Bin Turki, Advisor, Saudi Arabia Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources.
Over the next 3 days at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre, the conference will feature 63 technical sessions with insights on case studies, best practices and industry advancements across 9 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 further examining the roles of government, education and industry will also take place.
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. They include: hydrotreating process, instrumentations and analysers, fired heaters, reforming process, process safety, corrosion, hydrocrackers, rotating equipment, steam traps and FCC.
The packed agenda at Middle East Petrotech 2016 also includes 2 short courses, 2 workshops and the opportunity to sit a Certified Maintenance Reliability Professional (CMRP) Exam prior the conference on 25 September.
The Middle East Petrotech 2016 exhibition of refining and petrochemicals products and services showcases over 100 companies and runs from 27 – 29 September at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre. 6,000 sqm is devoted to the latest technologies, new product launches and best industry services in the refining and petrochemicals industry. 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 at Middle East Petrotech 2016. A host of specialist companies consolidate this line up.