Important: MERTC Information Update

As a consequence of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, MERTC, originally scheduled to take place on 2-4 March 2020, will now be held at Ritz Carlton, Bahrain on 1-3 February 2021.

The MERTC Team will be in touch directly with all sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and delegates in relation to this postponement and to answer any questions.

There will be further communication to these groups over the coming days and weeks as we aim to facilitate a smooth transition to the new dates for everyone involved.

Please be assured that we are continuing to closely monitor the latest public health and government advice with regard to COVID-19 (coronavirus) and are carefully adhering to their directions. Our absolute priority is to safeguard the health and welfare of all those involved in our events.

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.

The Middle East Refining Technologies Conference (MERTC) is recognised as a truly regional event in the Middle East, bringing together the region’s downstream community to collaborate and learn about the latest technological developments and strategies that will drive and shape the industry in 2021.

Back for its fourth year, the core theme for MERTC 2021 is how Refineries and Petrochemical Plants in the Middle East can remain competitive in a downstream industry that is in a state of flux. With the topic of the energy transition gaining increasing prominence in downstream, MERTC will look into the circular economy and the role of integration as refinery and petrochemical stakeholders will need to adapt their approach and review their technologies.

MERTC provides:

  • Original & Interactive Presentations
  • Exciting Truly Regional Speaker Line-up
  • Unrivalled Regional Attendance
  • An integrated refining AND petrochemical conference
  • International Insight
  • Our Famous 1-2-1 Partnering Programme

Our audience of 350+ downstream delegates, including 200+ refiners and 58 speakers, will ensure that you:

  • Hear from the Middle East’s key players responsible for moving industry-changing projects forward
  • Gain in-depth industry knowledge and expert market insights
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MERTC provides easy and invaluable access to many of the global players in the Oil & Chemicals industries. Insights into industry trends, facetime with people in the field and easy access to top executives all rolled into one neat package.

Erik Verdeyen
Chief Evangelist,

MERTC is an opportunity to gather with the top professionals in the area, as well as a window onto the latest technologies and best practices.

Raul Lobo
Senior Process Engineer,

MERTC addresses the issues of the day at a very high level, focusing on the big picture and topics that are extremely relevant. The speaker selection is quite rigorous and the moderation very professional.

Dr. Bashir Dabbousi
Director of Technology Strategy & Planning, Saudi Aramco

// News Coverage

Bahrain News Agency (BNA) is the principal contributory of major national news in the Kingdom of Bahrain by virtue of its honest and objective reporting. BNA is the official conveyor of Bahrain’s news and events and the main source of the Kingdom’s news locally and abroad. To watch coverage of MERTC 2019, Click here

// Petchem Report

Future profit for refiners will be very much influenced by their petrochemical production capacity, and this has quickly become a key route towards maximizing margins. Especially in the Middle East, home to the world’s most exciting and ambitious Oil to Chemicals project, adding flexibility and petrochemical integration is now a key survival strategy. Read more

Speaker Interviews

We sat down with a number of previous speakers from MERTC to get their take on the trends and technologies affecting the Middle East region as well as what they were most looking forward to at MERTC. Read more

General Enquiries

Sarah Casey
Portfolio Director
T: (+44) 0207 384 7955

Sales Enquiries

Marc Jones
Managing Director
T: (+44) 0207 384 7999

Delegate Enquiries

Alexander Lee
Delegate Sales Executive
T: (+44) 0207 384 7724


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