The 9th Middle East Refining and Petrochemicals Conference and Exhibition (Middle East Petrotech 2014) concluded on 21 May 2014 at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre having attracted a total of 3,645 trade visitors and conference delegates marking a 43% increase on the previous event.
Feedback from exhibitors was highly positive, with 89% of those surveyed commending the quality of attendees as “excellent” or “good”. This satisfaction is further reflected in 95% of attendees, and 94% of exhibitors, affirming immediate intentions to participate at Petrotech 2016 due to take place from 15 to 18 May 2016.
The 3-day exhibition of the latest technologies, new product launches and best industry services in the refining and petrochemicals industry attracted the participation of 134 companies from 21 countries.
Covering 6,000 square metres of space, it showcased flagship stands from regional refining and petrochemical giants including Bapco, ADNOC, Borouge, KNPC, Petro Rabigh, Qatar Petroleum, Saudi Aramco, Sadara, SASREF, SATORP, TASNEE and YASREF. International service industry majors also maintained a strong presence at Middle East Petrotech 2014, and a host of specialist companies consolidated this line up. 86% of attendees praised seeing products and talking to suppliers at the exhibition as “very useful” or “useful”.
The exhibition opening ceremony was performed by Bahrain’s Deputy Prime Minister His Excellency Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, accompanied by Bahrain’s Minister of Finance and Minister in Charge of Oil & Gas Affairs His Excellency Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa. During the official tour, the Deputy Premier praised Petrotech’s significant role in boosting investment and furthering technological advancement in the energy sector.
The parallel technical conference serves as a major highlight of the Petrotech series. Under the chairmanship of Saudi Aramco’s Executive Director Refining & NGL Fractionation Omar Bazuhair, the 2014 conference committee produced a pace-setting programme under the theme Downstream Value Chain Integration Opportunities. Delegate opinion was high, with 88% of delegates surveyed rating the quality of presentations as “excellent” or “good”.
The conference featured an impressive line up of speakers, beginning with the conference opening ceremony on Sunday 18 May at the Ritz Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa. The session began with welcome address from Bahrain’s Minister of Finance and Minister in Charge of Oil & Gas Affairs, His Excellency Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa and Omar Bazuhair, Middle East Petrotech 2014 Chairman and Executive Director Refining & NGL Fractionation, Saudi Aramco. Keynote addresses followed from:
His Excellency Dr. Muhammad Al Jasser
Minister of Economy and Planning
MINISTRY OF ECONOMY AND PLANNING, SAUDI ARABIA
Khalid Al Falih
President and Chief Executive Officer
Over the subsequent 3 days at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre, the 3-stream conference featured 90 peer-reviewed technical papers and 3 panel sessions led by industry thought-leaders on topical issues including Downstream Integration & Opportunities, New Business & Entrepreneurship, and Behaviour & Process Safety.
New for 2014, the conference also included a special high-level investment forum entitled Opportunities and Incentives for Enabling Downstream Industrialization. The forum took place on 18 May at the Ritz Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa and explored investment opportunities and government incentives via 4 panel sessions, led by CEOs of major companies and investment authorities.
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