AIChE Saudi Section Teams with Bahrain Society of Engineers To Launch First Middle East Process Engineering Conference & Exhibition

April 25, 2011
New York – The first Middle East Process Engineering Conference and Exhibition (MEPEC) is scheduled for October 23 to 26 at the Gulf International Convention Centre in Manama, Bahrain. Organized by the Saudi Arabian Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the Bahrain Society of Engineers, the meeting will offer practical approaches to performance and innovations in the process industries, particularly upstream and downstream activities in oil, gas and petrochemicals.
AIChE President Maria Burka will join Rajeev Gautam, president and CEO of UOP; Christian Dupraz, executive vice president of Axens;  David Wood, chair of the World Chemical Engineering Council, and John Royal, president & CEO of Gulf Publishing, as a keynote speaker at the event. The conference is under the patronage of Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza, Bahrain’s minister of energy.  
Sessions will focus on troubleshooting, debottlenecking and capacity increase; process modeling and optimization; supply chain optimization; performance management; quality improvement; and green processing and sustainability. For those interested in presenting a paper, May 31 is the deadline for submitting an abstract. 
The concurrent exhibition will provide opportunities for equipment, materials, and service providers to display and demonstrate their products in a key market that continues to experience capitalization of the chemical and energy industries, as well as ongoing needs for maintenance services. The organizers are also offering a number of sponsorship opportunities, with several companies, from Saudi Aramco and SABIC, to ABB, to Yokogawa and WorleyParsons, already signed up.
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