The Middle East’s Premier Refining and Petrochemical Technology

Following its inaugural success, it is with great excitement that we announce that MERTC is returning to Bahrain from the 23-24 January 2018.

Hailed as the ERTC of the Middle East, MERTC cemented itself as a premier meeting place for refining and petrochemical stakeholders of the region.

The inaugural event last January witnessed 248 industry stakeholders from 71 companies, and 20 Countries. Download the full post event report here

Developed once again in conjunction with our esteemed Advisory Board, MERTC 2018 will provide refiners and petrochemical producers with insights into the latest technologies and the opportunity to discuss with their peers the challenges and opportunities facing the industry including;

  • The opportunities and impact of Crude to Chemicals
  • How R&D can be integrated into operations to generate commercial value
  • Leveraging the gulf’s unique attributes and advantages
  • Innovation Drivers of the industry and key challenges
  • Collaboration models across the value chain
  • The impact of the IMO fuel spec and impending 2020 deadline

The MERTC 2018 Call For Papers is now open, to download a submission form, please click here.

Who attends MERTC?

  • Crude to Chemicals 
  • Collaboration and JVs
  • Commercialising R&D
  • IMO and low sulphur fuel technologies
  • Digitalisation and Industry 4.0
  • Refinery-Petrochemical integration
  • Catalyst Advances
  • Women in Downstream
  • Reverse mentoring

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


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!




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.


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.


World Refining Association

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69-79 Fulham High Street, London,

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Stay tuned!
Call for papers will be opening 14th August.