Conference Program

06 - 08 May 2024   |   Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
07:30

Registration

08:00 08:30

VIPs & Guests Arrival

09:00 09:30

Opening Remarks from 2024 MEPEC Conference Chairman Plenary Hall

Master of Ceremony

Eithne Treanor

CEO, E Treanor Media

Speaker

Walid Al Naeem

Vice President & Chief Engineer, Aramco

09:30 10:00

Keynote 1 Plenary Hall

Facilitator

Eithne Treanor

CEO, E Treanor Media

Keynote Speaker

Elise Nowee

President, Shell Catalysts & Technologies

10:00 10:30

Keynote 2 Plenary Hall

Facilitator

Eithne Treanor

CEO, E Treanor Media

Keynote Speaker

Bryan Glover

Chief Growth Officer & CTO, Honeywell

10:30 11:00

Coffee Break & Exhibition Networking

11:00 12:00

Strategic Panel: Role of Process Excellence in Driving Sustainability Plenary Hall

How to leverage the power of process excellence to cope with the upcoming storm of global climate risks.

Moderator

Dr. Darlene Schuster

Executive Director & CEO, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

Speakers

Sultan Albigishi

Acting Chief Executive Officer, ADNOC Refining

Ebubekir Koyuncu

Chief Executive Officer, Air Products Qudra

12:00 13:00

Prayers, Lunch & Exhibition Networking

13:00 14:00

Technical Session I

4 Sessions

Process Excellence I

Moderator

Kelepile E. Meleloe

Process Engineer, GME Operations Engineering Solutions Department, Aramco

Managing High-Risk Transitions: How Petro Rabigh Partnered with Grace to Deliver Refinery Value and Successfully Manage Technology Change

Speaker

Graeme MacAulay

Technical Service Manager, W.R. Grace & Co

Leverage Process Simulation Tool for FCC Catalyst Selection

Speaker

Mohammad Rakib

Research Science Specialist, Aramco

Reconfiguration of Naphtha Splitters Using Dividing Wall Column Technology

Speaker

Ratheesh Sureshbabu

Manager, Process Technology, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited

New Energies I Session Room B

Moderator

Dr. Basim Abussaud

Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM)

Overcoming Modularisation Challenges for Low Carbon Hydrogen (LCH) Plants

Speaker

Eric Maina

Engineering Manager, MCDERMOTT

Ereact™: Production of Chemicals and Sustainable Aviation Fuels Using Electrified Synthesis Gas Generation

Speakers

Aadesh Harale

Aramco

Adam Kadhim

Product Line Director, Topsoe

Technoeconomic Study on the Thermochemical Recycling of Waste Plastic to Produce Dimethyl Ether

Speaker

Mohammad Awwad

Master's Degree Student, KAUST Catalysis Center

Digitalization I Session Room C

Moderator

Dr. Steve Hall

Independent Industry Consultant

End-to-End Optimization of Stabilization Columns through Advanced Process Control

Speaker

Alaa Aljassim

Process Engineer, Aramco

AI-Enhanced Gasoline Blending System for Refineries

Speaker

Abdul Gani Abdul Jameel

Assistant Professor, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM)

AI Approach to Real Manufacturing World: AI Solution for an HCR Plant and AI Hybrid Solution for a TDM Plant

Speaker

Chang-Ha Lee

CEO & Professor, DogWoodAI & Yonsei University

Decarbonization & Energy Transition VII Session Room D

Moderator

Dr. Nasiru M. Tukur

Engineering Consultant, P&CSD, Aramco

A Plant's Sustainability By Utilizing Flare Gas Recovery System

Speakers

Abdulaziz Al Qubali

Project Engineer, Aramco

Naseem Al Rashedi

Supervisor Engineer, Aramco

Incremental Approach to Decarbonization for Steam Crackers

Speaker

Jose De Barros

Vice President, Ethylene Business Group, Lummus Technology

Unlocking Sustainable Chemistry: Landfill Gas Utilization for Green Chemical Production

Speaker

Sultan Alsaif

Technology & Innovation Director, SIRC Saudi Investment Recycling Company

14:00 14:30

Coffee Break & Exhibition Networking

14:30 15:30

Technical Session II

4 Sessions

Process Excellence II Session Room A

Moderator

Shakeel Kadri

Executive Director & CEO, CCPS

Manage Process Safety By Making an Big Impact on Nuisance Alarm Management

Speaker

Jai Chainani

Senior Process Control Engineer, Aramco

Achieving Operational Excellence through SSX

Speaker

Mohammad Albuzaid

Organizational Development Consultant, KANZ

Evaluation of the Disposal of a Sour Water Stream to Protect the Integrity of a Flare System in an Oil and Gas Processing Facility

Speaker

Simon Wohnsiedler

Lead Process Engineer, Aramco

Decarbonization & Energy Transition I Session Room B

Moderators

Tim McMinn

Vice President Process Engineering & Products, ExxonMobil Technology and Engineering Company (EMTEC)

Dr. Debalina Sengupta

Program Director, Coastal Resilience, Texas Sea Grant, Texas A & M University

Valorizing Biomass Waste into Activated Carbon for a Low Carbon Economy

Speakers

Manar Al Attar

Process Engineering Student, International Maritime College of Oman

Anfal Al-Shezawi

Process Engineer (Student), International Maritime College of Oman

Reduction of CO2 Emissions on the Crude Desalting Systems: A Focus on Fourth-Generation Dual-Frequency Electrostatic Technology

Speakers

John Philip Marshal

Process Engineer, SLB

Arun Goel

Concept Solution Engineering Manager, SLB

Membrane Reactors for Low Carbon Hydrogen Production

Speaker

Alaa Albasry

Associate Engineer, Aramco

Digitalization II Session Room C

Moderator

Faisal Ahmad Raza

Technical Expert - Process, SLB Saudi Arabia

Enhancing Reaction Furnaces Temperature Monitoring through Machine Learning

Speaker

Abdullah Alhumaid

Associate Engineer, Aramco

Digitization of Gas-Oil Separation Plant (GOSP) Space Using an Hybrid/AI Model

Speakers

Faisal Ahmad Raza

Technical Expert - Process, SLB Saudi Arabia

Mohamed Nassar

MENA -Tech Sales Process Twin & APM, SLB

Advanced Process Control Tools Toward Plant Optimization.

Speakers

Almuhannad Basuni

Advanced Process Control Engineer, Saudi Aramco Mobil Refinery Company Ltd. (SAMREF)

Safi M. AlBuhairi

Staff Process Control Engineer, Saudi Aramco Mobil Refinery Company Ltd. (SAMREF)

Process Excellence XI Session Room D

Moderator

Dr. Mohamed Bin Shams

Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Bahrain

Evaluation of the Maturity LEVEL of the Process Safety Culture for OIL and Gas Industry Workers in a Region of the Middle EAST

Speaker

Leonardo Cotrufo

Lead Engineer, Aramco

Samref SRU Catalyst Management, Retrofit and Optimization Initiatives during the 2023 T/A

Speaker

Khalid Ghazal

Technical Process Engineering (Sulfur & Amine Specialist), Saudi Aramco Mobil Refinery Company Ltd. (SAMREF)

Consequences and Mitigations to High Sulfur Condenser Inlet Temperature

Speaker

Ziyad Alshahrani

Process Engineer, Aramco

15:30 16:30

Technical Session III

4 Sessions

Process Excellence III Session Room A

Moderator

Gyorgy Szekely

Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

Chevron Lummus Global's Hydroprocessing Success at Jazan Refinery

Speaker

Suresh Kumar Nellore

Process Design Engineer, Chevron Lummus Global (CLG)

An Optimal Crude Oil Selection in a Refinery with Lube Hydroprocessing Capacity

Speaker

Lujayn Alsayoof

Economic Optimization Specialist, Bapco Refining

Enhancing Safety and Emergency Response in Industrial Processes: Implementation of HF Alky Critical Operating Parameter (COP) for Hazard Mitigation.

Speaker

Almuhannad Basuni

Advanced Process Control Engineer, Saudi Aramco Mobil Refinery Company Ltd. (SAMREF)

Decarbonization & Energy Transition II Session Room B

Moderators

Tim McMinn

Vice President Process Engineering & Products, ExxonMobil Technology and Engineering Company (EMTEC)

Dr. Debalina Sengupta

Program Director, Coastal Resilience, Texas Sea Grant, Texas A & M University

Blue Hydrogen and Ammonia: Large Scale with Ultra Low Carbon Intensity

Speaker

Jesper Poulsen

Licensing Manager, Topsoe

Performance Evaluation of Membrane Reactor for Low Carbon H2 Production

Speaker

Rakesh Kumar

Lead Engineer, Research & Analytical Service Department, Aramco

Carbon Dioxide Transport with Impurities: Optimal Design and Operation of Pipelines

Speakers

Ahmed Al Hajaj

Khalifa University (invited)

Mohamed Mazhar Laljee

Indian Institute of Technology Ropar

Digitalization III Session Room C

Moderator

Fawaz Sahan

Senior Engineering Consultant, IIoT Leader and Chairman of Instrumentation Standards, Aramco

Industrial Internet of Things Architecture Standardization (Benefits, Challenges & Remediations)

Speaker

Omar Alabdulwahed

Sr. Industrial Computer Engineer, Aramco

Physics-Informed Automated Discovery of Kinetic Rate Models

Speaker

Miguel Ángel de Carvalho Servia

PhD Candidate, Imperial College London

Innovative Process Analyzer Technology for Measuring Gas Composition

Speaker

Ali Aldossary

Engineering Specialist, Aramco

Digitalization VII Session Room D

Moderator

Dr. Steve Hall

Independent Industry Consultant

Enhancing Ethylene Steam Cracker Equipment Design through AI: Addressing Thermal Stresses and Predicting Remaining Useful Life in Cold Boxes

Speakers

Saravana Bhavan Baskaran

Engineering Specialist, Aramco

Prashant Kumar

Senior Business System Analyst, Aramco

Joud Al Jalaoud

Associate Data Science, Aramco

AI Based Multi-Unit Real Time Optimizer (First Refinery in the Middle East)

Speaker

Othman Shamrani

Aramco (invited)

Phosphate Injection Prediction Tool

Speaker

Abdulsalam Ali

Process Engineer, Aramco

16:30 17:00

Exhibition Inauguration

17:00 17:30

Conference Welcome Ceremony

Master of Ceremony

Eithne Treanor

CEO, E Treanor Media

Speakers

Wail A. Al Jaafari

Executive Vice President Technical Services, Aramco

Dr. Darlene Schuster

Executive Director & CEO, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

17:30 18:00

Break

18:00 18:30

Gala Dinner Guests Arrival

18:30 20:00

Gala Dinner Emerald Hall

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