25 September 2016
Manama, Bahrain - 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.

"Middle East Petrotech is a networking and knowledge sharing opportunity for the international and Middle East downstream sector, which is not only rich in hydrocarbon resources, but also has a large pool of talent and experience and potentially vast opportunities for growth, innovation and investments," said Middle East Petrotech 2016 Chairman and President and CEO of Kuwait Petroleum International Bakheet Al-Rashidi.

"This year we aim to intersect the realms of education, government and industry to underscore distinctive elements of collaboration that will yield superior industrial development. This will be demonstrated during the conference with examples that reinforce concepts of collaboration, and the sharing of real-life successes in the GCC region. Leaders from industry, key decision makers from the government and academics from top universities will discuss future long term and short term strategies, collaboration on industry and research, government policies to promote investments, educational opportunities and ideas for the implementation of new technology," he continued.

"It is imperative to unlock the full potential of collaboration in the pursuit of building prosperity for tomorrow. This has never been as important as now for the Middle East region given structural economic challenges, political uncertainties, increasing competition and the new younger demographic reality," Al-Rashidi added.

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 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; and Nizar Al-Adsani, CEO, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation;

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 from 20 countries 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.

For more information visit: www.mepetrotech.com 


About Middle East Petrotech
Since it's inception in 1996, the Middle East Petrotech series has played a significant role in the development and transfer of downstream hydrocarbon technology in the Middle East. Middle East Petrotech 2016 features an outstanding exhibition of hardware and services coupled with a comprehensive technical conference programme, which ensures a valuable exchange of refining, gas and petrochemical field knowledge among managing, operating and supplying companies. In 2014, Petrotech was attended by a total of 3,645 conference delegates and exhibition visitors.

The 6,000 square metre exhibition of refining and petrochemical products and services features over 100 exhibitors from 20 countries. The Middle East Petrotech 2016 conference agenda comprises of a high-level executive plenary session, a pre-conference forum, 3 keynote sessions, 10 Meet the Experts sessions and 63 technical presentations.

The event is organised by Arabian Exhibition Management and is supported and developed by a committee of national and international oil company representatives and market leaders. In 2016, the committee is chaired by Kuwait Petroleum International's President and CEO Bakheet Al-Rashidi.

For more information, please visit www.mepetrotech.com

About Arabian Exhibition Management
Arabian Exhibition Management is a pioneer of professional exhibition organisation in the Middle East. Since its inception in 1977 this Bahrain-based company has successfully staged over 150 events. AEM's calendar of exhibitions held in Bahrain and Kuwait caters to a wide range of industry sectors, including oil and gas; refining and petrochemicals; geosciences; jewellery and watches; and consumer goods.

AEM is an affiliate of Allworld Exhibitions. The Allworld Exhibitions Alliance of organisers, managers and consultants in exhibitions is the world's largest private association of professional organisers active in the field of international trade shows.

For further information contact
Arabian Exhibition Management
Fawzi Al Shehabi / Joanne Blundell
PO Box 20200, Manama, Bahrain
T: +973 17 550033 
E: fawzi@aemallworld.com / jo@aemallworld.com

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