Keeping in line with global challenges, this year’s theme is ‘Sustainable Growth through Process Innovation & Downstream Integration’. MEPEC is organised by Saudi Arabian Section of The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (SAS-AIChE) and co-organised by Middle East Energy Events with support from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in collaboration with NOGA.
HE Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, the Minister of Oil, Kingdom of Bahrain, expressed his sincere appreciation and gratitude to HRH Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, on his continued support of MEPEC since 2011.
MEPEC has affirmed itself as a global forum in the oil and gas sector in the Middle East and served as a high-level platform for the exchange of knowledge, views and expertise among specialists, engineers and technicians from many national, regional and international oil companies.
HE Shaikh Al Khalifa also expressed his satisfaction for the Kingdom of Bahrain to embrace MEPEC for the fourth consecutive time, a conference which has gained reputation and prestige all over the Middle East, as well as a high turnout and participation by leading national and international companies and institutions working in the field of oil and gas. Moreover, MEPEC is a platform for specialists to meet many of the major specialised international companies and benefit from the best practices and modern technologies in addition to the best engineering solutions to enhance work efficiency.
The conference will include an extensive programme that has been designed and reviewed by a specialised team of global competence in the field of engineering. The conference focuses on four main topics that revolve around process design and development, process excellence, sustainability and downstream integration for value creation. This edition’s goal is to highlight the shifting priorities of the industry in the region.
Major meetings and sessions will simultaneously be held to discuss scientific research and practical experiences of speakers and executives in oil companies and other related firms.
MEPEC also focuses on key industry initiatives aimed at driving innovation and nurturing youth by hosting the ChemME, a platform that lets graduates network with industry leaders, the AIChE Middle East Regional Chem-E-Car competition that challenge university students to design and develop a car that is powered by a chemical reaction, and the Innovation and Commercialisation Zone, a platform devoted to start-ups to showcase their innovations to a dedicated process engineering audience.
Additionally, alongside the conference, a Leadership Excellence for Woman Award and Symposium (LEWAS 2017), will be held to honour and celebrate women who demonstrate innovation, leadership, and talent both in business and academic sectors of the oil and gas industry.
There are five award categories dedicated to women and one each for a male champion and an organisation that has been ambassadors of women diversity in the industry. This year, the show anticipates reaching over 3,500 participants, 200 exhibiting companies and over thousands of visitors over the three-day event.
MEPEC continues to be a visionary forum that allows leaders and experts address present technical issues to solve global challenges. The forum benefits from opportunities arising regionally due to increased demand for cutting-edge technology to improve efficiency and performance in the oil and gas, and petrochemicals sectors. MEPEC, the region’s premier process engineering event is going to be held regularly, with the support of industry’s key players such as Saudi Aramco, SABIC and NOGA.