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Key conference to probe innovation in oil industry.

MANAMA: Oil industry downstream technology and innovation will be under the spotlight at a key event being hosted in Bahrain next week.

The second edition of the Middle East Refining Technology Conference (MERTC) is set to take place under the patronage of Oil Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa at The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain on January 23-24.

Organised by the World Refining Association (WRA) in collaboration with National Oil and Gas Authority (Noga), the event is billed as the number one refining event for the Saudi, Bahrain and Kuwait markets due to WRA's strategic content, stakeholder support, and innovative formats along with advisory board scored papers and technical content.

The event is supported by a number of international oil companies and is expected to see participation from different companies experts, specialists, and managers of oil refineries, as well as those interested in refining technology in technical, research and academic institutions.

More than 40 expert speakers are expected to lead discussions on: strategic projects aimed at raising the level of refineries, management of carbon emissions, optimal developmental research, commercialisation and integration opportunities in refining and petrochemicals, regional projects for talent development and investment strategies.

Shaikh Mohammed praised efforts by the WRA and others supporting the conference which he said was essential to review the latest developments in refining technology.

He said Noga is keen to implement the directives of Bahrain's leadership towards reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in various sectors and the implementation of the Paris Agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in 2020.

As of November 2017, 195 UNFCCC members have signed the agreement, and 173 have become party to it.

The agreement aims to respond to the global climate change threat by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

"Noga has laid great emphasis within its strategy on the subject of climate change, in view of the fact that the oil sector is one of the sectors most affected by it," said the minister.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
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Date:Jan 15, 2018
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