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Top speaker line-up unveiled for Tank Storage Middle East

08th December 2014

The inaugural Tank Storage Middle East event, taking place on 26 and 27 January at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, boasts a strong speaker line-up for its conference programme

Top speaker line-up unveiled for Tank Storage Middle East
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The largest dedicated tank storage event for the region hosts a hotly anticipated two day, paid for conference, which will see over 20 experts from companies such as ENOC, SIDDCO Group, Fujairah Oil Terminal, Gulf Petrochem and GPS Chemoil share best practices, provide future forecasts and explore the growth of renewable fuels in the Middle East.

Few industries are developing as quickly as the energy sector. Akber R. Naqvi, Executive Director at Al Masah Capital will consider the factors impacting demand for storage capacity in the Middle East. He will discuss the region’s divestments, the expansion of refining capacity and explore the storage growth that Asia and the Middle East are experiencing.

Continuing the theme of a booming storage sector will be Tarun Arora, General Manager at GPS Chemoil who will delve into the potential pitfalls of overcapacity in Fujairah. He will examine where the demand for storage is coming from and the impact this expansion is having on storage development in the Emirate of Fujairah.

Fujairah clearly has a key role to play within the Middle East, so providing further details on this Emirate will be Nizam Noorali, COO at Socar Aurora. He will talk about the opportunities and challenges Fujairah faces as a trading hub, why it has become such a popular storage destination and what’s needed to move it forward.

Oman plays an increasingly critical role within the Middle East storage industry and as such the conference programme is packed full of updates and assessments for Oman. Edwin Lammers, Commercial Director from SOHAR Port and Freezone will discuss the country’s bulk liquid storage hub, detailing the developments at the Port of Sohar and the advantages of this location. Roderick de Rooij, Commercial Manager, Oiltanking Odfjell Terminals Oman will examine the future outlook for the storage market in Oman and Andres Suarez, General Manager Logistics at Orpic Logistics will take a look at the transportation and distribution of oil products within Oman.

Broadening discussions to an overview of the Middle Eastern storage market, Muthukrishnan Prabakaran, will draw on his experience as Global Head of Terminals at Gulf Petrochem to discuss the growth of oil demand, the expansion of storage terminals and the escalating capital expenditure on terminals which is resulting in both mergers and acquisitions.

The conference will also provide an opportunity for delegates to gain insights from other Middle East countries. For instance, Tony Randerson, Technical Manager at SKA ENERGY will talk about overcoming the challenges of building storage in Iraq, exploring the demand for storage capacity and explaining the importance of complying with the local regulations. He will also look at the Khor Al Zubair Port and the advantages its location brings.

As part of the conference’s safety content Nabeel H. Ali, Chief Fire & Safety Compliance Officer at ENOC, will discuss the importance of preparing, implementing and monitoring a sustainable fire prevention system. His talk will explore the significance of conducting frequent fire-fighting equipment adequacy tests and how to ensure the effectiveness of a fire prevention system.

Photovoltaic demand is set to treble in the next four years across the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia alone forecast to install 2.4 GW of solar parks between 2016 and 2018, making renewables a hot topic. Yousif Lootah, CEO of Lootah Biofuels will be looking at the growth of renewable fuels in the Middle East and the impact of demand for storage capacity.

A key way to improve the cost effectiveness of plants and minimise capital expenditure, is to extend a tank’s life. Mike Mottern, Supervisor, RT Maintain Potential Project Inspection Unit at Saudi Aramco, will discuss how to do this, detailing the risk-based inspection techniques needed to return a tank to service and still meet the terms of compliance.

Tank Storage Middle East 2015 not only features a strong conference programme, but also a packed exhibition hall, with over 85 suppliers from across the globe using the show to launch products & services into the Middle Eastern market. The free-to-attend exhibition will feature the latest developments in tank design, construction, maintenance, metering and measuring; to name a few.


For more information on visiting the exhibition, booking as a delegate for the conference or becoming a media partner, please contact Kyla Arneson, Marketing Project Manager on  +44 (0) 20 8843 8804 or email

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