MEPEC 2017 Preview

MEPEC ... downstream integration a key focus

MEPEC ... downstream integration a key focus

MEPEC – celebrating youth, innovation and women

The show has grown considerably, both in terms of participation at the conferences and the size of the exhibition. This year, the show anticipates hosting over 2,500 participants, 150 exhibiting companies and thousands of visitors over three days

With an exciting line-up of industry initiatives and thought-provoking content, industry leaders and participating process engineers will engage in technical conversations and find solutions to current challenges at MEPEC 2017, the Middle East’s definitive event for process engineers, taking place from October 9 to 11 at the Bahrain International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Since it debuted in 2011, MEPEC has grown considerably, both in terms of participation at the conferences and the size of the exhibition. This year, the show anticipates hosting over 2,500 participants, 150 exhibiting companies and thousands of visitors over the three-day event.

Keeping in line with global issues, this edition of MEPEC will focus on "Sustainable Growth through Process Innovation & Downstream Integration".

MEPEC’s technical sessions will feature four main topics – Process Design and Development, Process Excellence, Sustainability and Downstream Integration for Value Creation. The programme focuses on key priorities for the region, whilst bringing synergy and collaboration between industries. There will be 48 technical presentations delivered by leading regional and international key players including Sabic, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Bapco, Tasnee, Honeywell, Sadara Chemical Company, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Rexa Inc, AspenTech, ExxonMobil Chemical amongst many others.

Also a staple at the show and one of the key attractions at MEPEC are the workshops facilitated by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Academy. The workshops titled ‘The Keys to Managing a Capital Project Successfully’ and ‘Spreadsheet Problem-Solving for Chemical Engineers’ are run concurrently from 09:00 am to 5:00 pm on October 10 and 11. Special emphasis will be placed on detail planning, monitoring and controlling a capital project, and the use of quantitative risk analysis as the basis of cost and schedule contingency. Participants can join chemical engineer and Excel expert David Clough and learn tips and techniques unknown to many engineers that will help solve chemical engineering problems faster and accurately.

Additionally, MEPEC aims to bring together industry leaders, students and professionals alike for a high-impact scientific exchange during the iPoster sessions. Throughout the three days, there will be 42 digital posters displayed, providing an interactive platform for authors and visitors to engage and transfer knowledge.

Also not to be missed is the second AIChE Middle East Regional Chem-E-Car Competition, the only competition of its kind in the region, which challenges undergraduate students to develop and construct a car powered by a chemical or a biochemical energy source, which will safely transport a specified weight over a given distance and then stop. Five universities from the region will compete on October 10.

ChemME another key initiative of MEPEC gives graduates, undergraduates and young professionals in the region a chance to learn from leaders in their industry, solve design challenges, attend technical debates and join in a plant tour of Bapco.

MEPEC’s ICZ – Innovation & Commercialisation Zone gives startups a platform to showcase their creative solution, proof of concept designs and working prototypes to the region’s premier audience of process engineers. The innovation zone offers a lively, interactive experience to all participants demonstrating solutions, applications, and technologies on specific industry challenges.

With 25 exhibitors coming from countries like Portugal, Saudi Arabia, UAE to name a few, the 2017 Innovation and Commercialisation Zone is restricted to new companies with limited revenues and a promising idea. Because of this, the ICZ initiative forms a unique ecosystem for the celebration of the cutting-edge. With this feature, visitors across all three days of the MEPEC will have the opportunity to see potentially ‘the next big thing’ before it hits the mainstream.

And perhaps the most crucial initiative of MEPEC, LEWAS (The Leadership Excellence for Women Awards), is an award programme dedicated to recognising professional excellence in women from the oil and gas industry. Women engineers are among some of the most distinguished contributors to the engineering community. The award programme honours achievements in academics, corporate excellence, women in achievement and a male corporate champion who’s made a significant contribution in promoting women diversity in the workplace.

This year saw a remarkable increase in nominations across every category. With over 200 applications across 7 categories, the judging panel had a daunting task of deciding on the final shortlist given the high caliber of achievements.

Also, for the very first time alongside MEPEC three other co-located events will take place; The Leadership Excellence for Women Awards and Symposium, The Middle East Fine and Specialty Chemicals Conference and Exhibition and the Middle East Process Safety Conference.

Combining, these four shows makes for an un-missable, world class networking event for visitors, delegates, investors and government-related organisations.

Over 103 expert speakers and moderators, high-level dignitaries, CEO’s and process-engineering professionals are expected to attend the event.

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