Latest innovative technologies to be focus at ME-Tech
DUBAI, January 11, 2017
The latest innovative technologies and industry developments shaping the oil and petrochemical sectors will be highlighted at the upcoming 7th edition of ME-Tech – Middle East Technology Forum for Refining & Petrochemicals, in Dubai, UAE.
The event will take place on February 21 to 23, at the Madinat Jumeirah.
Two of the key discussion areas will centre on clean fuels technologies and the impact of future environmental regulations, said a statement from the organisers.
The forum will welcome updates from some of the region’s major projects such as Sabic’s oil-to-chemicals and Kuwait National Petroleum Company's clean fuels project, it said.
Colin Chapman, president of Euro Petroleum Consultants - organiser of the conference, said: “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 - International Martine Organisation (IMO) 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, it added.
Süleyman Özmen, vice president refining and chemical licensing at 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 Organization (IMO) regulations will tighten the global cap on the maximum sulphur content of marine fuel oil from 3.5 to 0.5 per cent, and the industry will have to find solutions that will enable its cost-effective production,” he said.
Conference sponsors Honeywell UOP are 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 deep process knowledge with Honeywell’s software capabilities, said a statement.
The result is smarter plants that run better and are less likely to be impacted by downtime. When asked about the industry’s next revolution Honeywell UOP had this to say: We can see ‘Asset Optimisation’ as the next big development, it said.
Optimisation is a major theme of the forum and delegates will hear from important names from the sector such as Schneider Electric, BAPCO and PAS in this focused session, it stated. – TradeArabia News Service