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Mideast refining, petchem experts to gather in Abu Dhabi

High ranking officials and decision-makers from the refining and petrochemical sectors will take part in a major downstream event taking place in Abu Dhabi this month.

The prestigious Middle East Technology Forum for Refining and Petrochemicals (ME-TECH) is being held at the St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, from February 26 to 28.

The attendees will include representatives from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), Bapco Duqm Refinery and Petrochemicals Industries Company, KPC, KNPC, KIPIC, Orpic, Saudi Aramco and Sabic among others. The event will also welcome large delegations from the Middle East, Europe, North America, Far East and South East Asia.

“We are honoured and privileged to welcome Adnoc as strategic partner for ME-TECH 2019. We look forward to hearing from senior representatives of regional refiners and petrochemicals producers as well as almost all of the leading licensors and technology providers active in the GCC. The event will include several high level panel discussions focused on key issues in the downstream sector, which will be moderated by Süleyman Özmen, leading independent expert consultant,” said Stefan Chapman, vice president at Euro Petroleum Consultants, the event organisers.

Many key oil and gas players are taking part to discuss their latest technical achievements as well as trends in the downstream sectors.

Daniel Carter, director, global consultancy, at industry heavy weight Wood, who is a major sponsor of the event, shared his views on some of these trends. “The changes in bunker fuel sulphur through the IMO legislation are rapidly approaching. We see a number of customers looking at how to tackle this challenge through residue upgrading projects. Many national oil companies are also looking to diversify their portfolio across the refining and petrochemical value chains to balance crude oil exports as economic drivers. There remains to be large incentives to improve profitability in the Middle East, as well as driving the best practice in operations and maintenance.”

Since ME-TECH was launched by leading oil consultancy Euro Petroleum Consultants (EPC) in February 2011 the oil and gas industry, not to mention the economy in general, has experienced many changes. Fluctuations in the oil price had a knock-on effect on budgets affecting service providers involved in the provision of training and conferences. However throughout this time, the ME-TECH conference has managed to retain its high standard, size and loyal following - never veering from its objective of presenting the latest technology developments in order to help refiners and petrochemical companies keep up-to-date with the latest technology developments that can assist them to remain competitive and produce higher quality products, the statement said.

Tamimah Dhaher, general manager of EPC in the Middle East, explained how the ME-TECH event has managed to achieve this. "Our key differentiator is that EPC is primarily a technical consultancy. We have always said that ME-TECH is a conference designed by chemical engineers for chemical engineers. We work hard to drive the quality of our events in terms of knowledge sharing and information exchange and to ensure a positive experience for our attendees by creating a platform for technology companies and other service providers to engage meaningfully with their target audience."
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Downstream Event
  • Petrochemical
  • Saadiyat Island Resort
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