ME-TECH focusses on downstream technology advancesby Martin Menachery on Jan 11, 2017
The 7th edition of ME-TECH – the Middle East Technology Forum for Refining and Petrochemicals – will have a strong focus on the latest technology innovations and industry developments shaping the oil and petrochemical sectors.
Clean fuel technologies and the impact of future environmental regulations are two of the key discussion areas. The forum will showcase updates from some of the region’s major projects such as SABIC’s oil-to-chemicals and KNPC’s clean fuels project.
Colin Chapman, president, Euro Petroleum Consultants (organiser of the conference), observed: “The economic climate and oil price have been the focus of many industry conferences over the last 18 months; but, interestingly, companies are now adjusting and moving forward by committing to new innovative technologies, planning ahead for upcoming regulations such as MARPOL from International Maritime Organisation, and we look forward to hosting the industry’s key players to showcase future developments.”
Residue upgrading remains a strong point of interest, as many operators look to maximise the bottom of the barrel. Suleyman Ozmen, vice president, refining and chemical licensing, Shell Global Solutions, said: “Two of the key challenges facing our industry today are the management of residue processing to minimise fuel oil production and finding ways to produce more clean transportation fuels. In 2020, International Maritime Organisation regulations will tighten the global cap on the maximum sulphur content of marine fuel oil from 3.5 to 0.5%, and the industry will have to find solutions that will enable its cost-effective production.”
Honeywell UOP is following this innovation trend and will be sharing their revolutionary new business offering called connected performance services (CPS) using the Industrial Internet to run refineries by combining UOP’s process knowledge with Honeywell’s software capabilities. The result is smarter plants that run better and are less likely to be impacted by downtime. Honeywell UOP considers asset optimisation as the next big development.
Optimisation is a major theme of ME-TECH Forum and delegates will hear from important names from the sector such as Schneider Electric, BAPCO and PAS. ME-TECH 2017 will take place during 21-23 February 2017 in Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE. The forum will begin on 21 February with a pre-conference seminar hosted by Honeywell and the conference will continue on 22 and 23 February with plenary and technical sessions.