Topics & Sessions
Technical Program Introduction
MEPEC 2011's event welcomed more than 1000 attendees to address the challenges of changing feed stocks, sustainability, changing product quality specifications, extracting maximum value from assets and limited availability of an experience workforce. The event also provided a forum for sharing knowledge on successful implementation of supply chain optimization, capacity increases and performance improvement through deployment of new technologies.
This major international conference was focussed around being to be a forum for discussion and exchange of practical experience in all aspects of process engineering issues related to the process industry (including but not limited to upstream and downstream activities in the Oil and Gas and Petrochemical Industries).
MEPEC 2013 highlighted how to add value to the process industry through smart engineering and manufacturing & operation excellence.
The main theme of the conference “Meeting Future Challenges through Engineering Excellence” has been selected to emphasize the main objective of the event of seeking solutions to the various challenges facing the process industry through engineering excellence.
The “search for the best to improve the rest” approach is the foundation for most of the best practices programs in our industry to attain engineering excellence. Today’s industries are seeking out and sharing best practices to reduce costs and help the company’s bottom line. It is long recognized that “reinventing the wheel” is costly and in most cases not required.
The conference brought together hundreds of experts from all over the world to share their most innovative ideas and best practices for resolving process engineering issues. The conference is also expected to gather Licensors, EPC contractors and Exhibitors from leading companies in Oil & Gas, Petrochemical/Chemical, and others, to speak and showcase their equipment, technologies, services, opportunities available that will help your company gain competitive position in this key industry.
The 2nd Middle East Process Engineering Conference & Exhibition was an opportunity for process engineers, production engineers, researchers, senior managers in engineering, operations, maintenance, SHE, and process technology from owner side; and business development executives from services and products providers to network and learn from their peers.
The conference featured 7 major topics as given below. We are confident that most areas of interest to process, production engineers, or researchers fit easily into one of the six main conference topics.
Main Topics & Sessions
There is a saying that "if you accept less than acceptable results — they become the standard!”. Topics directed at continuous improvement initiatives, tools or methods to improve organization’s competitiveness and enterprise excellence are welcome under this topic. Major companies are reporting Millions of dollars in savings as a consequence of implementing operational or manufacturing excellence through improvement in efficiency, plant availability, reliability & utilization; elimination of redundancy and boosting employee morale.
The success of capital projects is largely measured using a mix of four standard KPIs: cost, safety, schedule and quality. Effective process engineering judgment in the project planning phases underpinned by the right assumptions is vital to minimizing scope changes during construction and ensuring that project’s KPIs are met.
Project scope optimization, improvements in engineering standards and designs that ensure projects are delivered to specifications at minimum life cycle cost will be the discussion theme in this session.
Major companies in the Middle East have the strategic intent of taking leadership in technology development, hence, moving away from “users of best technology to producers of the best technology”. A lot of investment is going into technology development capabilities in oil, gas, chemicals and alternative energy. To succeed in this endeavor requires the services of multitalented, innovative and creative engineers and scientists. Human capital, education, research and technology, and an optimal industrial and services strategy are keys to nation’s future prosperity. Focus on quality of education in general--and science and engineering in particular--and increasing proportion of scientists and engineers are essential prerequisites for economic development. Talent is a resource that is in shortest supply. Topics addressing talent & technology development, patenting, technology licensing and commercialization are welcome in this session.
Refining processes that convert heavy petroleum cuts into valuable products (gasoline, gas oil...) have become increasingly vital for the refining industry. Heavy oil conversion processes, as hydro processing or catalytic cracking, are based on the degradation of the largest molecules by thermal and/or catalytic cracking reactions at high temperature.
In order to improve the performance of conversion processes, reliable and accurate kinetic models are needed. Classic kinetic models for transformation of complex hydrocarbon mixtures use a lumped kinetics approach, in which the feed stocks, reaction networks and the products are defined as global lumps and hence lack fundamental kinetic information and predictive capability.
However, the limitations of the lumping approach and coupled with the current technological advancements motivated the development of more detailed kinetic models containing molecule-based reaction pathways. Elegant models of heavy hydrocarbon processes incorporating molecular and structural details with accurate predictive capabilities will be the topic of discussion in this session.
The increasing trends of petroleum resource depletion and global climate change congruent, with serious air pollution concerns, has forged a powerful collision of serious challenges. Central to this convergence is the complete dependency of our transportation sector on fossil liquid hydrocarbon based fuels. This has forced to drive innovation in alternative fuels through technological development. This has led to development in projects related to electric drive technologies, natural gas, and renewable fuels such as ethanol and methanol. An integrated platform architecture, incorporating plug-in hybrid electric combined with renewable alcohol flexible fuel technology is considered as the means of confronting an uncertain and carbon-challenged future and this will be covered in this topic..
Today, process safety and risk mitigation are critical more than ever. Thus, the importance of having strong process safety and risk mitigation programs in a processing plant cannot be over-emphasized. The traditional methods to managing risk include the use of codes and standards, insurance carrier inspections, safety checklists/inspections and P&ID reviews. Processes were also designed with the goal of decreasing the likelihood of accidents with increasing consequences. New process safety and risk mitigation techniques, methodologies & best practices for managing facilities that handle, use, process or store extremely hazardous materials to minimize the likelihood and consequence of catastrophic incidents will be of interest under this topic.
Improving plant performance has always been an expectation of process engineers working in the process industry, never more so than the last number of years. Driving plant performance through the utilization of automation technologies and the application of process optimization ensures that the goals of minimizing cost, maximizing throughput and/or efficiency are achieved. Process automation & optimization techniques for delivering products to customers at the lowest total cost and highest profit are to be addressed under this topic.