The Middle East downstream sector is facing numerous challenges including low margins, overcapacity and increasingly stringent quality environmental regulations, and the role of technology companies is now more important than ever to look for ways to improve efficiency and process heavier, sourer crudes.
“The demand for cleaner fuels and increasingly strict regulations on refined petroleum products requires refiners to adapt to new operating environments. In addition to these pressures, greater use of heavy crude requires innovative technologies, explains Colin Chapman, Founder and President of Euro Petroleum Consultants (EPC).
Innovation is key to realizing greater downstream potential”
Technology will help plant operators to improve margins and get ahead of the competition in this ever-changing market environment.
Following a highly successful inaugural event in January 2011 that attracted 300 attendees including the major regional operating companies, the 2nd Middle East Technology Forum (ME-TECH 2012) will run 14-15 February in Dubai, bringing together all the key players across the gas processing, oil refining, residue upgrading and petrochemical sectors.
Over two days of parallel sessions delegates will hear first hand presentations from leading NOCs and IOCs on their latest projects and strategies.
Fareed Mohamed Al-Jaberi, Business Development Manager with TAKREER will be speaking on TAKREER’s world-class refining strategies, Fuad Mohammed Mosa, Manager, Chemicals Technology Development at SABIC will present on optimum plant operations and Sreeramachandran Kartha, General Manager, Refining Business at Reliance will address delegates on the important topic of refining and petrochemical integration principles and how they have employed them in Jamnagar. SIPCHEM and SAMREF will also be presenting on their recent projects and experiences.
Consultants from Purvin & Gertz, Wood McKenzie and CMAI will be evaluating the market trends across all the downstream sectors, best investment opportunities and examining the challenges and opportunities ahead.
Leading specialists from Shell Global Solutions, UOP, Axens, Foster Wheeler, KBR , ExxonMobil and over twenty other technology, catalyst and equipment providers will be sharing their knowledge and offering their best solutions to meet operating challenges.
An exhibition will run alongside the event in the networking area, allowing delegates to maximize their attendance by visiting up to 40 stands where suppliers will be holding demonstrations and displaying their latest products.
“ME-TECH gives innovators and end-users a platform to exchange views on cutting-edge downstream oil and gas technology solutions to improve margins and achieve operational excellence” said Suzanne Costello, Head of Events at Euro Petroleum Consultants (EPC).
Prior to the main conference on 13 February Criterion Catalysts and Foster Wheeler will host concurrent complimentary half day seminars on their latest technologies and solutions.
ME-TECH will be followed directly by EPC’s high level strategy event, Russia & CIS Executive Summit on 16 & 17 February.
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