Advancements in technology are crucial to improve efficiency and maintenance of rotating machinery. The Middle East Rotating Machinery Technology and Innovation Conference & Showcase (ME RoTIC), which ran from October 10th- 12th at Sofitel, The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai highlighted some of the best practices and technologies from the GCC, Middle East and all over the world to help Oil & Gas Producers, Power Generators and Aviation industry professionals to enhance their productivity in today’s challenges environment including maintenance and reliability areas of machinery.
“We are currently in a period of unprecedented technological disruption, and as global industries transform and shape to these advances, the oil and gas industry must keep pace. Additionally, keeping rotating equipment in condition is extremely important. It will not only help address the present needs, but also equip the machinery to face harsh conditions such as more extreme temperatures, heavier loads and greater exposure to damaging contaminants in the future,” said Samuel of ALDRICH.
ME RoTIC is hosted by ALDRICH in collaboration with committee members from Saudi Aramco, Saudi Electricity Company, SABIC, Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO), GASCO, Ethydco which explores latest technologies related to Rotating Machinery for various Industries provides a strategic platform for experts to engage in conversations with major stakeholders of the industry.
The conference was inaugurated by H. E. Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Ibrahim, Ex-Governor, SWCC and featured eminent speakers such as Mamdouh Al Aidarous, Engineering Consultant, SAUDI ARAMCO; Dr. Abdurrahman Khalidi, Chief Technology Officer, GENERAL ELECTRIC; Bernard Quoix, President – European Turbine Network, Head of Rotating Machinery Department, TOTAL E & P; Paul van Stokkom, Staff Engineer – Rotating Equipment, Asset Technology Center, SABIC; Nawaf Al Baz, Senior Mechanical Generation Engineer, SAUDI ELECTRICITY COMPANY; Bavley Farid, Application Engineer, Omicron Energy; Samuel Blaser, Managing Director, AST TURBO; Connor Chan, Rotating Machines Engineer, Iris Power LP and Jeffrey Benoit, Vice President, Ansaldo Energia, among many others.
The premier conference featured discussion on varied topics including Benefits of Implementing an Independent Reliability Function in an Organization, Energy saving and Efficiency Gains via Improving the Air Quality of Gas Turbines, Advanced Oil Debris Monitoring for Aeroderivative Gas Turbines & Industrial Gearboxes, Variable Frequency Drive Pumps’ Reliable Operation Window & Energy Saving Analysis, Dry Gas Seals Technology, Repair and Care, Turbomachinery Safeguarding, Basic Care of Dry Gas Seals and New Trends in Rotating Machinery Designs, materials among many others.
A report by ExxonMobil’s annual Outlook for Energy: Journey to 2040 report projects that energy demand will grow by about 25 per cent over the next 23 years. And, in 2040, it projects that oil and gas will still account for 57 per cent of the total energy mix.
“To meet that energy demand, producers will have to ensure that the rotating machinery used in oil and gas is well-maintained and equipped with latest technologies. ME RoTIC is a premier gathering that not only highlights the best practices and trends of the industry, but also serves as a driving force addressing the needs of end user and improving the overall productivity of plants and organizations,” added Samuel of ALDRICH.
ME RoTIC 2017 witnessed the presence of all key stakeholders of Rotating Equipment Industry including Engineers, R & D specialists, Scientists, Standards Professionals, Maintenance Professionals, Reliability Professionals, Senior Management, Equipment Manufacturers, Service Providers as well as Associations and Academicians.
Featuring 40 per cent international visitors, 65 per cent decision makers and 70 per cent trade visitors, ME RoTIC witnessed 300 visitors and 200 delegates on the first day of the event.