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OpEx MENA 2015 highlights the importance of operational excellence for energy companies

International delegates flocked to Abu Dhabi last week to attend the event and enhance their technical knowledge as well as share their experiences with industry peers.

The third edition of the Operational Excellence in Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals Conference – OpEx MENA 2015, organised by Euro Petroleum Consultants (EPC), highlighted the importance of operational excellence in assisting energy companies to maximise production and improve efficiency.


International delegates flocked to Abu Dhabi last week to attend the event and enhance their technical knowledge as well as share their experiences with industry peers.


Inaugurating the event, Mr Stefan Chapman, Vice President of EPC said that in today’s challenging business environment, operational excellence is more important than ever. “Operational Excellence is an important element of organisational leadership that stresses the application of a variety of principles, systems, and tools toward the sustainable improvement of key performance metrics,” he said. “In other words, operational excellence is the ability to confidently demonstrate and prove that everyone is using resources to do more of the right things, more of the time,” he added.


Delivering the keynote speech, Mr Ahmed Omar Abdullah, Chief Operating Officer of Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer) said that assisting leadership and improving efficiency are keys to achieve operational excellence, adding that his company has all the management processes and tools to achieve its operational excellence target. “We need to focus on producing more efficiently as well as safely,” he said.


A general consensus between speakers at the event was that the human factor is key to the success of reaching operational excellence. Defining a clear goal and communicating effectively across the different departments of the organisation are also among the ingredients for success.


The two-day event included seven sessions covering key topics related to operational excellence including sustainability and HSE, operational effectiveness, implementation and benchmarking, asset performance and reliability, asset optimisation and productivity as well as enabling technologies.

The event was an opportunity for operating companies in the Middle East to share their success stories in reaching for operational excellence at their plants, as well as learning how they can improve their efforts in the future. 


Mr Bassam Al-Bokhari, Vice President, Industrial Relations at Petro Rabigh, presented a paper entitled “transformation roadmap towards sustainable operational excellence,” where he highlighted the roadmap principles. “Accountability, integration, measures and sustainability are key principals to achieve a sustainable operational excellence,” he said. 

He also said that key factors for success included management sponsorship, employee involvement and immediate actions following the communications are among the key factors for success. 


The event offered an excellent opportunity for attendees to network with industry peers, and to visit the exhibition area that took place alongside the conference, where regional producers and technology and solution providers showcased their offerings. 


The event concluded with a promise that next year’s edition will offer more insight and knowledge to the industry players. “OpEx MENA has cemented its position as a must attend conference given the quality of papers presented and attendees,” says Mr Colin Chapman, president of EPC. “The fourth edition of the event will take place in Abu Dhabi in December 2016, and we promise our industry colleagues that it will offer all the knowledge that attendees expect from such events,” he concluded.


For more information about the conference, please visit www.opex.biz or contact the organiser directly at office@europetro-me.com




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