The Middle East & North Africa Industrial Gas Conference 2013 is underway in Dubai, UAE, exploring the dynamics and drivers for growth in the region’s blossoming gases industry.

Around 250 delegates from more than 25 countries have gathered at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai for the event, highlighting the significance of developments in the region to both domestic companies and international players alike.

The conference is gasworld’s third event to be held in the Emirate and its fourth in the Middle East overall, this time focusing on the changing political, economic and gases landscape in the wider MENA region.

It comes at a crucial time in the Middle East and North Africa.

Economic modernisation is driving growth for the gases industry in the region, as manufacturing capabilities expand and downstream integration continues. As a typically chemicals, refineries and steel dominated market increasingly evolves and adds more advanced products to its output, this also means increased industrial gas usage per product and more opportunities for the gases industry.

At the same time, the region is still in the midst of considerable political and civil change, with the well-documented Arab Spring, for example, providing one of the biggest challenges for those operating in this market.

This is reflected in the event’s agenda, which will cover a broad range of topics including bulk liquid distribution, specialty gases, the automation megatrend, argon recovery, CO2 and desalination, safety and enhanced oil recovery (EOR).

This is an agenda influenced by Naji Skaf, CEO of Gulf Cryo, and Logie Mackay, Director of Schilltron Middle East FZ LLC, both of whom are part of the conference’s steering committee.

Skaf said, “We are delighted to see that from our suggestions and feedback concerning the topic of adopting a coherent safety culture, a growing importance in the MENA region, will be on the in this year’s conference agenda.”

Mackay added,  “gasworld events always provide a great deal of networking, knowledge and fun for all involved. I am delighted to have been asked to influence the agenda for this event. By looking at the supply chain, safety in the region, and up and coming trends, this promises to be a great event.”

The conference also comes hot on the heels of the ADIPEC 2013 oil and gas conference in Abu Dhabi last month (November).

The event reported that more than $1 trillion of investments are needed by 2030 to meet demand for gas and electricity in the Middle East and North Africa – and soon nearly 50% of its economic growth will come from the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates). That’s according to analysis shared at the event by information and analytics provider, IHS.

Agenda

At the Jumeirah Beach Hotel today, a packed programme of speakers and debate is already underway in the venue’s Meyana Auditorium.

A wide range of esteemed international and regional figures within the industry will be sharing their insights over the next two days.

Key speakers include:

  • Joannes Mongardini, Qatar National Bank
  • Bernardo Sestini, SIAD
  • Marcus Jakt, gasworld Business Intelligence
  • Iyad Sawalha, Air Products
  • Ralf Gubler, IHS Chemical
  • Alessandro Gorla, Linde

Keep abreast of all the latest news, views and developments at the MENA Industrial Gas Conference 2013 via the gasworld website, updated throughout the day.