Welcome to the inaugural MERTC Annual Meeting (Middle East Refining Technology Conference), to be held on 22-24 January 2017
The New Flagship Event for the Middle East



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

Global Technology Forum (GTF) together with the World Refining Association (WRA) are excited to announce the launch of their first combined show: MERTC (Middle East Refining Technology Conference) taking place on the 22-24 January 2017 in Manama, Bahrain.

The inaugural MERTC will be the premier meeting place for downstream technology and innovation.

MERTC will unite GTF’s 21 years and WRA’s 20 years of experience in a new flagship event for the region. WRA’s strategic content , stakeholder support, and innovative formats will meet GTF’s advisory board scored papers and technical content to become the number one refining and petrochemical technology event for the Middle East.


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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!

To submit an abstract in our call for papers which is open to refiners, EPCs, catalyst companies, technology licensors, additive providers, software vendors and general equipment suppliers and contractors, please contact Kay Mitchell on

Focusing on technological innovations, refiners and producers will attend MERTC to learn:
  • How to innovate through the adoption of cutting edge technologies

  • How to maximise distillates yields through bottom of barrels technologies

  • How to respond to short and longer term product market growth – is distillate still the fastest growing market?

  • How to capitalise from catalyst and conversion hydro-processing advances

  • How to respond to COP21, COP22, MARPOL regulations and Brexit – what role does technology play?

  • How who implement innovative processes and technologies that can help your plant become more energy efficient



World Café 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.

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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!


The Big Debate is designed to shine a spotlight on a critical issue in the industry that is polarising opinion. With an Oxford-Style format, after an introduction of the topic from the moderator, each panellist will present a ten-minute opening statement either proposing or opposing the motion. This will be followed by an open Q&A session from the audience and inter-panel challenges. To conclude, each panellist will deliver a closing argument followed by an audience vote.





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