The New Flagship Event for the Middle East
The inaugural MERTC 2017 has been been shortlisted as a finalist in the Conference Awards 2017 in Best New Conference Launch category:

MERTC celebrated success at its premier inaugural event amid an air of increasing optimism following global oil demand and the subsequent role of the Middle East’s downstream players.

248 delegates joined 56 speakers to discuss critical issues surrounding the Middle East’s refining and petrochemical markets. Featuring major stakeholders including Bapco, Sabic, Saudi Aramco, Tasnee, Sadara and many more, attendees benefitted from conversations, debates and detailed presentations around topics including unlocking opportunities in the region’s downstream sector, responding to today’s fast changing market,  the challenges and pitfalls of Middle East Refining in a global context, developing propriety technologies in the GCC, attracting and retaining today’s millennial and an exclusive ask the expert panel.   

With increasing process improvements, optimising of sites, and collaboration,  MERTC through its interactive formats and expert speaker line-up provided a vital platform for dialogue and long standing relationships to drive the long-term future of refining and petrochemicals in the Middle East. The World Refining Association (WRA) would like to thank all attendees, speakers, sponsors and partners for making the 2017 conference a great success, and we look forward to seeing you all back in Manama in 2018.

Who attends MERTC?



MERTC is honoured to be held under the Patronage of H.E. Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Minister of Energy Kingdom of Bahrain


From the organisers who bring you:


Held Under the Patronage of H.E. Shaikh Mohammed
bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Minister of Oil
Kingdom of Bahrain

Supported by an esteemed advisory board including
Bapco, noga, Sabic, Saudi Aramco, Sadara and more

High level conference featuring both
strategic plenary
sessions and technical streams

Dedicated Exhibition showcasing the latest innovation technology to help the Gulf region maximise its
wealth of opportunities

MERTC 2017 was featured on the Bahrain News Agency’s news bulletin. View the clip below:


Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsor

Associate Sponsor

Registration Desk Sponsor

Lanyard Sponsor

Delegate Bag Sponsor




Facing a new reality

As the low oil price becomes the new norm, the Middle East’s refiners and producers face a new reality. The loss of feedstock competitiveness coupled with the pressing need to comply with more stringent international standards has meant that the region’s focus is now on improving yields and becoming more sustainable to protect margins. Refiners and producers must continue their efforts in research and innovation in new technologies.

MERTC will connect senior downstream professionals with leading technology and service providers across a variety of event formats conducive to knowledge sharing and doing business. Exclusive seminars, high-level market keynotes, regional project updates, as well as the latest advances in process technology will be included.

If you are interested in getting involved we would be delighted to hear from you!

  • Catalyst advances and catalyst management

  • Carbon management and emissions control technologies and processes

  • Commercializing R&D and developing proprietary technologies

  • Refinery-Petrochemical integration opportunities

  • Regional projects, current priorities and growth plans

  • Future technologies for changing feedstock landscape

  • Talent strategies – Millennials and generation Y

  • Saudi Vision 2030 and National Transformation Programme




Interactive Roundtables are small structured groups of self-selected people where they discuss a topic around tables, with individuals switching tables periodically and getting introduced to the previous discussion at their new table by a table host. We’ll be creating a café ambience in order to facilitate conversation.

This is an ideal format to gain insight into how your industry is tackling the biggest problems. Hosted by a series of experts from consultants to senior industry experts, have access to their knowledge and advice for free!


Designed to give you an exclusive event experience, our Networking Managers can help you with anything at any time – from pre-arranging meetings to ad hoc introductions or even printing your boarding pass.

We’re here to help!


Speed networking ensures you don’t miss out on that vital introduction. You’ll be at a table with 6 of your peers for 3 minutes. When the bell rings pick up your new business cards and move to the next table for more introductions. A great icebreaker, that sets up further discussion later on at the show.

Remember to bring lots of business cards!

On-floor Exhibition Seminar

The learning doesn’t stop during the networking breaks. We have both dedicated ‘Ask the Expert’ session and short 10 minute presentations from regional refiners and producers in our dedicated exhibition seminar area.

What our delegates said about MERTC...


We facilitate knowledge sharing and nurturing of business partnerships within the oil and gas sector. We do so by providing face-to-face opportunities to network including conferences, exhibitions and networking evenings; independent analysis and creation of industry reports and webinars. We create events that matter.


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