The World Refining Association (WRA) today announced the return of Middle East Downstream Week (MEDW) 2012. The conference will highlight the significant benefits that can be achieved in the downstream industry through diversification strategies, integrations plans and key business improvements during times of financial unrest where crude is priced at US$100 per barrel.
To be held at the Beach Rotana Hotel in Abu Dhabi, UAE, MEDW will take place from 25 – 28 March 2012.
Preceding the conference will be Axen’s complimentary Middle East Seminar on Refining and Petrochemical Technology. The seminar will provide downstream operators with an in-depth understanding of the practical and daily challenges faced at refineries and petrochemical plants. In addition, it will highlight the efficient use of technology to facilitate productive development, along with ways to meet market demand.
Key highlights of the Axen’s complimentary seminar include: Middle East refining and petrochemical challenges; Hydrocracking Axens’ catalyst and technology outlook; present challenges for Middle distillates hydrotreatment; options for resid upgrading; and Flexene and Olicrack technologies.
Arianna Neri, Project Director, MEDW, said:
“MEDW 2012 is once again Axens’ partner of choice for their Middle East downstream seminar. This partnership considerably strengthens MEDW’s credibility in the region. Furthermore, it is the ideal conference to discuss the status of the industry in an organic and holistic way. The concerns of various stakeholders from industries that include refining, fuel, marketing, integrated refining/petrochemicals, technology providers and others will all be addressed in detail and a comprehensive strategy to efficiently and effectively ensure regional and global downstream success will be defined.”
Day one of the conference will provide attendees with a comprehensive analysis on the latest technologies available to help develop smart refineries. Speakers will discuss the need for innovation and the importance of research and development in order to develop more efficient and profitable refineries.