ME-TECH to focus on innovation, refining-petrochemical integration

The 8th edition of the Middle East Technology Forum for Refining and Petrochemicals, organised by EPC, will take place during 19-21 February 2018 in Conrad Hotel, Dubai.

Delegates attending 2017 ME-TECH.
Delegates attending 2017 ME-TECH.

The 8th edition of the Middle East Technology Forum for Refining and Petrochemicals, organised by EPC, will take place during 19-21 February 2018 in Conrad Hotel, Dubai.

ME-TECH 2018 will highlight the need for innovation through technology as well as continued refining and petrochemical integration in order for the region to maintain its competitiveness, particularly in the current market conditions with fluctuating oil prices and the resulting impact on margins. The event will feature market outlook and scene-setting keynote and plenary presentations along with parallel sessions covering in-depth refining and petrochemical topics.

Colin Chapman, president, Euro Petroleum Consultants, said: “ME-TECH is the region’s flag-ship event focussed on downstream business and technology. Along with major national and international producers presenting project case studies and details of their future business strategy, leading service and technology providers will showcase their latest innovations and solutions to help end-users achieve their corporate and performance objectives. All of this is combined with significant networking opportunities throughout the event where relationships, both old and new, will be nurtured.”

Topics such as ‘Overcoming Middle East Feedstock Challenges’, ‘Clean Fuels Technologies’, ‘Latest Catalyst Innovations’, ‘Options for Maximising Conversion’, and ‘Implementing Optimisation and Management Tools’ will be discussed.  Additionally, the topic on everyone’s mind is the looming MARPOL regulation scheduled to come into force on 1 January 2020. 

To reach compliance to this regulation, substantial investment in upgrading fuel oil residues to gasoil grades will be needed. However, there are also alternatives such as reduction of residue production through changes in crude slate; residue destruction (i.e., not to produce fuel); desulphurisation of residues; and blending with low sulphur gasoil.

Whilst any regulatory compliance always provides challenges, it can also offer many opportunities, and this will be a popular topic of discussion amongst speakers and delegates at ME-TECH 2018, exchanging opinions and plans for the best way to ensure that they have the optimum strategy in place come 1 January 2020, as well as what impact it will make on margins and crude prices, both regionally and internationally.

Honeywell UOP will be again hosting their popular ME-TECH 2018 Pre-conference Seminar on Monday, 19 February. The topic of the seminar – Growth and Sustainability in a New Energy World – will focus on the best practices and key aspects of process technologies that will help operators navigate the new energy landscape and drive sustainable growth. During the forum, Honeywell UOP will present on a number of their technologies from integration opportunities to the Oleflex process in petrochemicals.

Following the recent public announcement from Siluria Technologies and Wood about the availability of their new Modus™ process technology for petroleum refiners, delegates at ME-TECH will have the opportunity to learn more about this cost-efficient, one-step process to upgrade low-value refinery offgases, from key representatives from both companies.

Suleyman Ozmen, vice president, refining and chemical licensing, Shell Global Solutions, and a highly regarded speaker at many past editions of ME-TECH, will share his knowledge on a key topic at the forum – ‘Bringing clarity to complexity: Key insights on the residue upgrading challenge’. 

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