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January 1st, 2017


Al Waha to use Honeywell Connected Plant

Al Waha will use a tool within CPS called Process Reliability Advisor at its plant in Jubail, KSA, to continuously analyse the operation of its Oleflex unit, quickly detecting and resolving problems to ensure the plant operates at its peak capability.

WEG to show best motor induction practices at PCIC

WEG will discuss how best practices in the installation and maintenance of synchronous motors are key to enhancing the durability of essential electrical equipment during PCIC Middle East 2017.

AkzoNobel, Itaconix sign polymer technology pact

Itaconix will contribute a proprietary polymerisation technology to turn itaconic acid – obtained from sugars through fermentation – into polymers.

Saudi Aramco showcases sustainable technologies

Saudi Aramco's technology roadmap broadly supports Saudi Vision 2030, and more specifically, the ongoing energy transformation in the Kingdom.

PEFTEC 2017 to show latest refining technologies

PEFTEC 2017 will bring together analytical chemists, scientists, process operators, laboratory personnel and environmental managers who work in the petroleum, refining, chemical and petrochemical industries around the world.

Milaha opens Saudi Arabia-India container service

The frequency of the first-of-its-kind service will be weekly and will connect the Gujarat port of Kandla directly with Jebel Ali in Dubai, UAE, and Dammam and Jubail in Saudi Arabia.

Mltech secures first Caspian contract from MQS

The project will see mltech train MQS personnel to use its proprietary automet software to perform pipe spool fabrication surveys and on-site pipework and steelwork surveys.

RasGas delivers first LNG cargo to EDF in new SPA

Following the successful commencement of commercial operations of the Dunkerque LNG Regasification Terminal on 1st January, 2017, the cargo aboard RasGas' LNG Tanker Murwab, was delivered to the EDF Group on January 23, 2017.

Johnson Matthey opens new online catalyst store

The new online catalyst store from Johnson Matthey Fine Chemicals gives easy access to research quantities of commercial grade ligands and catalysts.

Shell to sell stake in SADAF JV to SABIC

This acquisition will enable SABIC to further optimise operations at SADAF and further invest in the facilities, integrating them with SABIC's other affiliates.

Siemens compressor trains for Iran gas processing

Each of the 12 compressor trains contains a Siemens STC-SV vertical split compressor and will be used in two natural gas processing plants.

Proscient to digitise Aramco's Jazan refinery

Petrotechnics' Proscient selected by Accenture to deliver ground-breaking digital approach to industrial operations for Saudi Aramco's Jazan refinery.

PMO contract signed for World Energy Congress 2019

The Abu Dhabi World Energy Congress will be held during 7-14 September 2019 and is envisioned to be the most successful congress in history since its inception in 1924.

Al Reyadah proves viable carbon capture programmes

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) operations like Al Reyadah, the joint venture between the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and Masdar, demonstrate that CCS is a commercially viable solution to limiting industrial CO2 emissions.

Industry leaders launch Hydrogen Council in Davos

In the first global initiative of its kind, the Hydrogen Council is determined to position hydrogen among the key solutions of the energy transition.

Muntajat expands polyethylene portfolio in Europe

Muntajat is now directly offering the full range of polyethylene products in Europe, including low density polyethylene, linear lower density polyethylene, medium density polyethylene and HDPE under the renowned and trusted Lotrene brand.

ADNOC to improve energy efficiency by 10% by 2020

The energy efficiency strategy will reduce ADNOC’s gas consumption by 156 million cubic feet per day, saving a total of US$1 billion by 2020.

Reliance-SIBUR JV for halogenated butyl rubber

The unit will produce 60,000 MT of halogenated butyl rubber every year under Reliance SIBUR Elastomers Private Limited – a joint venture of which RIL owns 74.9% and SIBUR 25.1%.

GCC millennials deem climate change as real threat

Seventy seven percent of the of millennials aged from 18 to 29 residing in the GCC believes that a commitment to green growth and the implementation of measures to reduce greenhouse gases will improve the economic and job situations in the GCC.

A pictorial report of 11th annual GPCA forum

The 11th annual GPCA (Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association) forum took place during 27-29 November 2016 at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE. Over 2,000 delegates attended the three-day event of knowledge sharing, innovation & best practices exchange.

SABIC schemes boost Saudi sustainability progress

The Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week is a global platform to address the interconnected challenges that affect the widespread acceleration and adoption of sustainable development and clean energy.

Dow gets AEO certification from Dubai Customs

The AEO certification process provides companies with a host of commercial benefits, including faster customer clearance, prioritisation in inspections, reduced post-clearance audits and a dedicated customers key account manager.

Dow recognised in top 100 global innovators list

Dow recognised as top 100 global innovator by Clarivate Analytics for sixth consecutive year.

Emerson flow metres awarded DNV GL TQ certificate

DNV GL - global technical advisor and certification body - awards industry's first technology qualification certificate for fiscal metering to Emerson's ultrasonic flow metres.

Interview: Cherry Ding, Senior Analyst, McKinsey

Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East delves the corporate strategy to understand what really makes the industry's leaders tick.

Residue upgrading

Amec Foster Wheeler will present a combination of delayed coking and solvent deasphalting technologies to enhance residue upgrading during ME-TECH 2017.

Managing and delivering capital projects

Shell to share its best and successful practices in delivering innovative and effective technologies at ME-Tech 2017.

Middle East will continue to rely on NGLs

ExxonMobil will present its BenzOUT technology for the cost-effective reduction of benzene in gasoline at ME-TECH 2017.

Special Report: Predictive intelligence

Emerson embeds prediction data into protection system to improve reliability of critical assets.

Special Report: Modelling pipeline hydraulics

Luc Chantepy gives an overview of a new pipeline hydraulics modelling capability that eliminates the need to employ separate third-party tools for pipeline hydraulics.

Special Report: Promising greater efficiencies

During the past 50 years, serious energy shortage, alarming environmental challenges and intensifying global competition for better profitability have triggered a rapid growth in the realm of industrial rotating equipment and fluid flow solutions.

Feature: Innovating plastics

In the competitive environment of global plastics, innovation is essential for companies to sustain profitability, maintain and expand market positions, and enhance brand value.

Comment: Consolidation will be the key

Dr Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun secretary general, GPCA, explains the importance of consolidation among the Arabian Gulf producers to remain competitive in uncertain times.

Fire at Takreer Ruwais refinery contained

Adnoc Group confirmed that all its refinery personnel are accounted for and there are no casualties.

Emerson opens new manufacturing facility in Dammam

Emerson Automation Solutions strengthens local manufacturing and services with a new facility in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

Innovative technologies

DuPont will showcase its innovative processes at ME-Tech 2017, says Matthew Clingerman, regional engineering manager, DuPont.

Siemens to show digital future experience at WFES

Showcasing solutions that empower energy industries in the Middle East, Siemens will give WFES visitors the chance to experience innovative digital solutions to achieve efficiency, productivity and reliability gains.

ME-TECH focusses on downstream technology advances

ME-TECH 2017 – the Middle East Technology Forum for Refining and Petrochemicals – will take place during 21-23 February 2017 in Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE.

SABIC to launch new dedicated LDPE foam grade

The product quality and consistency of foam grades, including security of supply, are key requirements for customers, in foam processing. The newly developed dedicated LDPE foam grades from SABIC will help customers address their specific needs.

Opinion: Managing the sulphur cap

Dave Ernsberger, head of energy pricing, S&P Global Platts, explains various tactics considered by refineries to meet new IMO sulphur cap on the marine fuels

Cover Story: Integrated approach

Boris van Thiel, CEO, Regional Cluster Gulf States, Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions, discusses innovations and trends in the Middle East petrochemical industry, in an interview given to Martin Menachey during the 11th Annual GPCA Forum in Dubai.

Comment: Sustainable profitability

Management of change in the organisation will be a key factor for success, write RPME's monthly columnists Colin Chapman and Ekaterina Kalinenko

Editor's Comment: New refining opportunities

Welcome to January 2017 Refining and Petrochemicals Middle East.

Petrofac wins Oman gas project

Petrofac's scope of work will include construction of the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) unit and associated facilities, including tie-ins to existing pipeline infrastructure, together with LPG storage and jetty facilities at the Port of Salalah.

Atlantic Council boosts UAE's energy leadership

Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum will bring together approximately 350 leading energy voices from the region and around the world.

Borouge showcases petchem innovations at ArabPlast

During ArabPlast 2017, Borouge employees were on hand at the company's pavilion to raise awareness on its plastics innovations. Visitors were shown various polymer grades that cater to infrastructure, energy, packaging, healthcare & agriculture sectors.

ENI uses Aspen DMC3 in refining operations

Achieving millions of dollars per year in advanced process control (APC) benefits, while reducing deployment and lifecycle maintenance costs, ENI implemented Aspen DMC3 with adaptive process control technology in its Sannazzaro refinery.

ExxonMobil unveils new gas dehydration technology

Representing a step-change in efficiency and significant reduction in operational footprint, the cMIST technology reduces the size, weight and cost of natural gas dehydration for land-based and offshore operations.

Technip wins Socar petrochemical unit contract

The engineering design of a plant with a capacity of 10 billion CMPA single train highly integrated, and a petrochemical plant, including a steam cracker with a capacity of 610 KTPA of ethylene and 120 KTPA of propylene, is the main feature of the work.

Gazprom starts Badra CGTP pre-commissioning work

The utilisation of associated petroleum gas at the Badra field is expected to reach 99 percent, once all gas infrastructure has been commissioned.

Dow innovation centre marks construction milestone

While officiating at the ‘topping out’ ceremony for the Dow Middle East Innovation Center (MEIC), Andrew Liveris, Dow chairman & CEO, made an important milestone for the completion of the superstructure, expected to be operational in the 2nd half of 2018.

Borouge fosters ArabPlast as principal sponsor

Borouge will demonstrate its experience in operating the completed Borouge 3 plant, after recently commissioning the state-of-the-art cross-linked polyethylene reactor, the first of its kind in the region.

Alfa Laval wins US$16.3 million Middle East order

The order, booked in the energy and process segment, has a value of approximately US$16.3 million and its delivery is scheduled for 2017 and 2018.

Twenty-eight French exhibitors to attend WFES, IWS

French companies affirm their presence in the Middle Eastern renewable energy, solar and water markets by attending the World Future Energy Summit and the International Water Summit.

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