Middle East Petrotech 2016 to open in Bahrain on Sept. 26


The region’s largest oil show will be held in Bahrain from September 26 to 29. The 10th Middle East Refining & Petrochemicals Conference and Exhibition (Middle East Petrotech 2016) is likely to be attended by 3,500 refining and petrochemicals industry professionals from more than 30 countries, making it the largest gathering of the downstream oil and gas industry in the Middle East, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.

Being held under the patronage of Bahrain Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the bi-annual event, established 20 years ago, includes a four-day high level conference and a three-day exhibition.

The conference, to be held under the theme ‘Teaming Up for Excellence: Industry, Government and Education,’ is being organised by a committee of experts and major service providers spearheaded by Kuwait Petroleum Corporation and Saudi Aramco.

Middle East Petrotech 2016 Chairman and President and CEO of Kuwait Petroleum International Bakheet Al-Rashidi said that the event is a bright spot for the region and the industry alike and an important opportunity to convene as it looks to the future in the present challenging time for the energy sector hit by low oil prices.

“The conference theme is focused on the symbiosis between downstream oil professionals, government officials and those active in the education and training fields. Synergy between these sectors will lead to the advancement of the downstream industries through the maximisation and exploitation of resources, implementation of the best practices and benchmarking utilisation,” Al-Rashidi added.

Market dynamics

“Understanding the latest developments and trends in the global economy and future shifts in market dynamics is of vital importance. Top management and economists will discuss possible ways forward in an uncertain world at Middle East Petrotech 2016.”

The conference will focus on the optimising the best return on assets through energy conservation, new tools for the successful completion of projects, operational excellence and encouraging a culture of reliability and efficient turnaround maintenance.

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 of  Saudi Aramco; and Prince Faisal bin Turki, Advisor, Saudi Arabia Ministry of Petroleum & Mineral Resources.

The conference will be opened with a welcome address from Bahrain’s  Minister of Oil, Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and Bakheet Al-Rashidi.

The packed agenda includes two short courses, two workshops and the opportunity to sit for a Certified Maintenance Reliability Professional (CMRP) exam on September 25.

The exhibition will showcase over 120 exhibitors and runs from September 27 to 29 at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre

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