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Tank World Expo to showcase innovations, reveal market plan

Tank World Expo, the definitive tank storage event for the Middle East and Africa regions, which takes place on 12-13 April 2016 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, will feature an array of new technology launches and innovations as well as reveal future market plans

The conference programme will host 20 leading authorities from the bulk liquid storage sector, including companies such as OTTCO, Orpic Logistics, Burgan Cape Terminals, CITAC Africa and Fujairah Oil Terminal.

The programme will cover everything from developments in Oman and future developments in Fujairah to oil prices and the African bulk liquid storage sector. It will also include an opening address from Al Kaabi, assistant undersecretary for UAE’s Ministry of Energy.

There will be a strong focus on Oman throughout the 2016 conference programme, reflecting the transitioning marketplace. Andrés Suárez, General Manager at Orpic Logistics, Oman, will present an overview of the Muscat-Sohar Pipeline Project (MSPP), and discuss Oman’s potential to become a logistics hub.

Maintaining this focus will be Said Al Mawaali, project director at OTTCO, who will be presenting the latest developments at the region’s largest storage facility in Oman. Roderick de Rooij, commercial manger at Oiltanking Odfjell Terminals Oman, will also look at Oman, discussing the future outlook for the storage market in the region. He will outline how to capitalise on the trade routes between Asia and Europe, whilst analysing the region’s demand for storage capacity.

Abdullah Zeren, market risk manager at Aves Ic ve Dis Ticaret A.S, will turn regional focus to Turkey and the recent developments in the Turkish storage sector. He will provide a brief overview of the local market and the local sanctions and restrictions. He will also explore the demand for storage and trade routes, touching on the growth plans at Aves storage terminal, before analysing the growth of the region’s biodiesel sector.

Africa is another major focus for 2016, with Amrita Sen, chief oil analyst at Energy Aspects, examining regional supply, demand, trade flow and downstream capacity across the Middle East and North Africa. Following the African theme will be Gary Still, executive director at CITAC Africa, who will outline how to assess storage capacity and infrastructure across Africa in relation to product flow. Muziwandile Mseleku, CEO of Burgan Cape Terminals will also discuss the region, looking at the opportunities within the African bulk liquid storage sector.

The Tank World Expo conference will also feature specialist technical sessions. Per Cato Roed, managing director at BMT Asia Pacific will cover the use of simulation and modelling in the design and development of bulk liquid storage facilities, while Riyad Sulaiman, capital investment planning engineer at Saudi Aramco, will take a look at advanced analytics for terminal investments. He will also discuss scenario planning, rational valuation under uncertainty, and real options analysis.

Some of the companies to features in the expo include Knowsley SK, Arflu Industry Valves, Climbex S.A., Loadtec Engineered Systems, Mascoat, Omnivalve and Endress+Hauser, among many others.