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Bahrain set to host key energy industry forum

August 11, 2014

MANAMA: Bapco is among the leaders in a wave of change sweeping the management ethos across Middle East energy operators in order to avoid costly incidents and remain competitive.

Utilising the experiences of Chevron, Bapco has developed and implemented an operational excellence management system and is officially supporting the upcoming Operational Excellence Middle East Forum.

To be held at the InterContinental Regency Bahrain, Manama, the forum is scheduled for September 28 to 30.

Organised by The Energy Exchange and World Refining Association the event will be held under the patronage of the National Oil and Gas Authority.

"The commitment of Bahrain to operational excellence is in line with its standing in the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom Report which highlighted the country's competitive and efficient regulatory environment, and which is also reflected through the country's petroleum sector which accounts for 60 per cent of export receipts and 70pc of government revenue," The Energy Exchange conference director Maxwell Thompson said.

"A number of projects within this sector such as the new crude oil pipeline between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, the modernisation of the Sitra Refinery and the offshore LNG import terminal are part of the revitalisation of Bahrain's hydrocarbon industry and make Bahrain a dynamic and logical choice for the second edition of Operational Excellence Middle East," he added.

The first day of the main conference will be opened with an official address by Finance Minister and Minister in charge of Oil and Gas Affairs Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa.

A key focus of the programme on day one will be mapping how the region's operators are implementing operational excellence today and what they have learned from the experiences of their international counterparts.

With industry representatives from Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE as well as India, Canada and the US, the programme will also address the future of pperational excellence and how it is evolving to ensure continuous improvement.

The second day will examine the three key principles of operational excellence: leadership, management of people and change before moving on to address a major concern for operators within the region - asset integrity, reliability and maintenance.

Preceding the main conference, former lean master technical authority with Shell and now oil and gas lead for Secora, Gary Downs, will deliver a master class addressing the practical approaches to increasing productivity, while reducing waste.

Using interactive exercises alongside multiple case studies Mr Downs will demonstrate successful approaches that have been employed and that deliver sustainable benefits.

Keynote speakers sharing their insight and experience at Operational Excellence Middle East include: Bapco refining division general manager Hafedh Al Qassab, GPIC head of environment, health and safety Jassim Darwish and Bapco operational excellence head Mark Hodgkinson.

International technology providers including Honeywell, Dupont and Petro IT will also be providing insight on leveraging technology to maximise operational excellence initiatives further highlighting the aim of the conference to provide a comprehensive programme for those already involved in operational excellence as well as those about to begin the journey.

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Source: Gulf Daily News (Bahrain)

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