Global en­ergy in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als will con­verge in the UAE this month

Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East - - EDITOR’S COMMENT - Martin Me­nach­ery Edi­tor, Re­fin­ing & Petro­chem­i­cals Mid­dle East­nach­[email protected]

As the re­gion mi­grates from sum­mer to win­ter, Novem­ber is al­ways a busy month for the down­stream, mid­stream and up­stream oil and gas in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als in the Mid­dle East be­cause of the two most im­pact­ful events hap­pen­ing in the UAE – ADIPEC and the GPCA An­nual Fo­rum. The 21st edi­tion of ADIPEC will take place dur­ing 12-15 Novem­ber at Abu Dhabi Na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre. With the par­tic­i­pa­tion of 15 IOCS and 27 NOCS, the speak­ing en­gage­ments of more than 100 min­is­ters and en­ergy in­flu­encers and 980 ex­perts, the in­volve­ment of 10,400 del­e­gates, 161 con­fer­ence ses­sions, 28 in­ter­na­tional ex­hibit­ing pav­il­ions, 2,200 ex­hibit­ing com­pa­nies in 155,000sqm of floor space, 110,000 trade visi­tors from 135 coun­tries, and thou­sands of prod­ucts, tech­nolo­gies, so­lu­tions and ser­vices on show­case, ADIPEC is def­i­nitely one of the most in­flu­en­tial oil and gas in­dus­try plat­forms in the world. It is worth men­tion­ing here that the 20th edi­tion of the event gen­er­ated a busi­ness of $10.34bn. And, by merit, there is en­hanced fo­cus on the down­stream side of the en­ergy in­dus­try in this edi­tion of ADIPEC.

The 13th GPCA An­nual Fo­rum is sched­uled for 26-28 Novem­ber at the Mad­i­nat Jumeirah, Dubai. Con­sis­tently at­tract­ing over 2,000 del­e­gates from al­most 600 com­pa­nies from over 80 coun­tries, the fo­rum is the big­gest and high­est pro­file gath­er­ing of chem­i­cal in­dus­try lead­ers in the Ara­bian Gulf.

I would like to quote Dr Ab­dul­wa­hab Al-sadoun, sec­re­tary gen­eral of GPCA, here: “To en­sure a steady and sus­tain­able sup­ply of high-value chem­i­cals to the world, the GCC in­dus­try must in­vest in in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies, in­ten­sify the move to­wards con­sol­i­da­tion to build crit­i­cal mass, and in­te­grate its re­fin­ery and petro­chem­i­cal op­er­a­tions to max­imise the value of the crude oil bar­rel.” This state­ment is clearly the roadmap for the fu­ture of the down­stream in­dus­try, not just in the GCC, but in the en­tire Mid­dle East.

This is­sue of Re­fin­ing & Petro­chem­i­cals Mid­dle East has pre­views of both the events. I wish en­er­gised and en­gag­ing events for the par­tic­i­pants and or­gan­is­ers, and hope that both the plat­forms will add fur­ther mo­men­tum and vi­brancy to the down­stream in­dus­try in the re­gion, which is al­ready at the thresh­old of trans­for­ma­tional progress.

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