09 - 11 October 2017 | Bahrain
Under the Patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister, Kingdom of Bahrain

Call for Abstracts

THEME:

SUSTAINABLE GROWTH THROUGH PROCESS INNOVATION & DOWNSTREAM INTEGRATION

TOPICS:

1. Process Design & Development
The role of process engineering in the design and development of processing facilities is to provide robust, reliable, safe, energy efficient, environment-friendly, cost-effective and sustainable design features with proven benefits

  • Research and Development: Research and Development (R&D) is key to business growth and contributes to a company’s success. The focus areas will be on catalyst development and scale ups, high capacity solvents, micro reactors, high efficiency molecular sieves, hydrate inhibitors, antifoam agents, advanced separation technologies, heat transfer techniques, ionic liquids and application of computations modelling tools such as CFD for various industrial applications

  • Field Pilot Testing: Piloting is a key step in process scale ups of new technologies and plays a crucial role in successful commercialization. The focus areas in this section include new petrochemical process technologies for gas processing, NGL fractionation and refineries. Technologies covered in this section will improve plant performance, increase reliability and availability with lower capital and operational costs

  • Advanced Process Design Technologies: Advanced process design includes state of the art chemical reaction engineering, Nano-technologies, and process intensification for efficient mass and energy transfer. This section also includes the design of equipment such as reactors, fractionators, heaters, coolers, fired heaters, column internals, and rotating equipment

  • Process Revamp and Rejuvenation: Retrofitting existing processes is required to increase production capacity, decrease energy consumption, improve products quality and extend the plant service life by applying new process design concepts. This area includes Manufacturing Operation Management (MOM) practices such as modeling for planning, scheduling, data reconciliation, fault identification, advanced analytics and computational techniques for solving process retrofit problems

2. Process Excellence
In today’s challenging business environment, for companies to remain competitive, it is essential to focus on several different competing requirements. The need to maximize utilization of aging assets, cope with stringent regulatory requirements, productivity enhancements, and knowledge & talent development of the workforce are critical for business success. Process excellence helps business to grow profitably through continuous improvement and innovation. Companies are looking at enhancing productivity to lower cost and more efficiently respond to ever changing and challenging customer needs in a globally competing environment.

  • Manufacturing and Operational Excellence: With increasing competitiveness, diminishing profit margins and the dynamic nature of business, companies are committed to manufacturing and operational excellence to become better than the best in class to realize success and growth. Operational excellence is a holistic approach that results in integrating operations, management methodologies, simplifying operating environments, building flexible supply chain and enabling greater access to real-time information through multiple channels, all this, in ways that optimize people, assets, and processes. Analyzing current process performance using advanced statistical tools, would result in change from reactive to proactive performance maintenance and drives results. This approach helps to reduce unplanned downtime, enhances productivity, minimizes maintenance costs, improves efficiency, and extend asset life.

  • Process Automation: With an increase in drive for process integration, the complexity of (take out the) industrial processes continues to increase. To excel in managing such complex integrated processes effectively, process engineers must be able to deal with unexpected events and manage operations dynamically through effective use of advanced process control, such as adaptive control and stochastic predictive control systems. Automation and holistic integration of complex interacting processes has the potential to improve throughput and reduce energy consumption.

  • Process Modeling and Optimization: Process Modelling and Simulation provides holistic understanding of complex integrated processes. Use of advanced modelling tools in combination with optimization algorithms, would accelerate developing models for new processes for faster and optimum selection with minimum uncertainty. Furthermore, models of entire processes including the supply chain systems would help in simulating variety of scenarios and predict the process behavior.

  • Plant Reliability: Improving reliability of our assets using engineering techniques like Condition Based Maintenance (CBM), Route Cause Analysis (RCA), Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) etc., will help business to reduce uncertainty, mitigate / control risk, enhance productivity and maximize operating profits.

  • Information Technology/ Operation Technology (IT/OT): This is the convergence of information technology systems with our operational technology systems used to rationalize and simplify manufacturing process. As the use of some of the above technology enablers become more common, it is therefore imperative to streamline and converge the use of such tools for arriving at smart solutions. Through the convergence of IT/OT systems, an enhanced level of data connectivity is achieved which brings the required level of security to company assets.

3. Sustainability
Consumption of non-renewable resources by the process and associated industries is increasing exponentially. With the rapid growth in world’s population and the increase in purchasing power of the public, new plants are built every year to meet the ever-growing consumption demand across the world. Therefore, sustainability should become an integral part of new process designs for reducing our environmental footprint, developing more environmentally friendly products and enable consumer protection.

  • Energy Conservation: Energy conservation is the process of reducing energy demand through sustainable design, process optimization or replacing conventional energy sources with nonconventional alternatives while enabling the supply to begin rebuilding itself. Papers under this theme should relate but not be limited to any of the following areas; process intensification, heat-integrated separations, cogeneration, process integration, smart energy grids, renewable energy sources, energy storage methods and systems, energy system modeling, simulation and optimization, thermodynamic analysis and optimization of energy use, computational methods for sustainable solutions, sustainable innovations.

  • Environmental Compliance: A substantial improvement in efficiency of mass and energy utilization can be achieved through the combination of regulations and providing performance incentives. Papers under this theme should relate but not be limited to any of the following areas; corporate sustainability initiatives, environmental risk management, emission control, climate change policy, carbon pricing, environmental assessment, energy efficiency financing, energy management and monitoring systems, sustainability trends and practices.

  • Innovative Solutions for Waste Minimization and Utilization: Waste reduction and utilization is a process of developing innovative non-conventional solutions either to reduce or eliminate the waste by improving process efficiency or designing sustainable solutions to utilize waste and convert to useful resources. Papers under this theme should relate but not be limited to any of the following areas; CO2 capturing and grid management, cradle to cradle design, life cycle assessment, process design with zero energy balance, recycle or reuse, waste treatment and reclamation, green engineering, reliability and maintenance of sustainable energies, and low-temperature energy.

4. Downstream Integration for Value Creation
Process integration takes advantage of potential synergies that are inherent in the mega-scale industrial process that consists of multiple processes working together. The role of Process Engineering is very vital in design and development of these mega-scale complexes where special emphasis is given for process integration to maximize the products with optimum resources and minimum waste. Identification of opportunities for revenue enhancement/cost reduction, risk reduction, and improving operational efficiency through the transformation of downstream operations into integrated value chain is crucial to remain competitive and drive sustainable growth.

  • Synergy and Collaboration between Industries:  This area will focus on joint effort between the refining and petrochemical industries to produce diverse product mix that will balance risks and add value proposition. Topics of interest would be, but not limited to; Integrated and multifunctional operations, single and multi-objective synthesis, design of process and subsystems, supply chain management, data mining and analytics and multi scale modelling.

  • New Technologies for Process Integration:  Focus area will be on novel technologies for process integration or optimized selection and integration of existing downstream technologies that will efficiently utilize available feedstocks to produce competitive products with lower CAPEX and OPEX.

  • Integration for Waste Reduction:  The emphasis in this section is on selection and integration of waste management technologies to either reduce waste or optimize its management costs. Focus area would be process integration for sustainable development.

  • Integration for Energy Optimization:  Process integration provides an array of opportunities to conserve energy due to synergies between different processes. The area of focus will be value creation through effective downstream integration of energy supply sources, combined heat and power generation, smart grids, residual heat utilization and similar initiatives. 

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For questions regarding the online submission process, please e-mail Hannah Capstick at speaker@mee-events.com 

Abstract Submission Guidelines

All abstracts must be written within the following sections:

  • Title

  • Objectives/Scope: List the objectives and scope of the abstract.

  • Methods, Procedures, Process: Briefly explain your overall approach, including your methods, procedures and process.

  • Results, Observations, Conclusions: Describe the results, observations and conclusions of the proposed abstract.

  • Benefits of the Paper: Explain how this paper will present new or additional information that can be of benefit to a practicing engineer.

Call for Abstract Instructions

  • Abstracts should only be submitted via the website and in English

  • The abstract title is limited to 24 words

  • The abstract must be concise and contain less than 500 words, including spaces

  • The abstract should include the first author's and all co-authors’ names and organizations

  • The abstract should be approved by management/ legal department

  • The use of standard abbreviations is desirable. A special or unusual abbreviation must be placed (in round brackets) after the first appearance of the word(s) for which it stands

  • Authors can include only one figure, table or black and white illustration (maximum width 7 cm), color illustrations will be printed in black and white in the abstract book

General Instructions

  • Submitting an abstract for presentation does not constitute registration for the conference. Abstract presenters must register to attend the conference.

  • You will be notified whether you will be selected for Oral and/or Digital-Poster presentation, following the acceptance of your abstract. 

  • The Technical committee reserves the right to reject abstracts that are not found to be relevant for the conference 

Rules

  • The presenting author must ensure that all co-authors approve of the abstract's content before submitting the abstract

  • Abstracts must be submitted and presented at the conference in English

  • Notification of receipt and acceptance will be sent to the abstract submitter only

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