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Tank World Expo 2016 to host major industry names

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Tank World Expo, the definitive tank storage event for the Middle East and North Africa regions, will take place on 12 - 13 April 2016 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The two day event brings together the best and brightest from the Middle East and African bulk liquid storage industry, opening its doors to suppliers and key decision-makers from across the region.

Show supporters

Easyfairs, organiser of Tank World Expo 2016, has announced that His Excellency Eng. Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei, the UAE Minister of Energy, will open the show and deliver its keynote address. It has also confirmed that the show will be officially supported by The UAE Ministry of Energy.

Nick Powell, StocExpo & Tank Storage Portfolio Event Manager commented: “When we acquired Tank World Expo and made the decision to merge it with Tank Storage Middle East, we established the largest bulk liquid event for the region. Having His Excellency Eng. Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei opening the show and The UAE Ministry of Energy on board as a government supporter, is simply fantastic and really strengthens the position of our show.”

Tank World Expo also boasts many other major show supporters, including Horizon Terminals, ENOC, Fujairah Oil Terminal, Gulf Petrochem and Star Energy Oil Tanking, as well as some of the world’s leading suppliers including Emerson Process Management, Kanon Loading Equipment, ATECO Tank Technology Engineering and Endress+Hauser.

Exhibition hall

Many exhibitors will be using Tank World Expo 2016 to launch new innovations and technologies to the Middle East and African markets. For instance Arflu Industry Valves will be presenting its dual expanding plug valve. Easy to operate, this valve requires very little maintenance and offers a verifiable double block and bleed service, plus a long lifetime.

Climbex will be showcasing the fully automated mobile ORECO units for cleaning petroleum tanks, including decanter and disc separators. This system works in an inert atmosphere, constantly monitoring the levels of oxygen in a tank, stopping if the maximum permissible concentration level is exceeded. This ‘non-man’ entry cleaning reduces cleaning time by up to 80 per cent, shortens tank downtime, provides simultaneous sludge separation and increases oil recovery by up to 95%.

Knowsley SK will be displaying its latest foam mixing technology – the Turbinator. Designed to accurately mix foam concentrate liquid, with either freshwater or seawater, the Turbinator is suitable for use in fixed systems or mobile units. Its design makes it inherently self-priming, plus the gear type foam pump creates strong inlet suction, leading to a reliable and uninterrupted foam concentrate supply.

First time exhibitor, Loadtec, will be highlighting its wide range of tanker loading arms. It will also present its portfolio of fall prevention systems, designed for safe access to road, rail and marine tankers.

Mascoat, the global leader in thermal insulating coatings, will be demonstrating its latest coating – the Mascoat Industrial-DTI. This multiple purpose coating solves insulating and corrosion under insulation issues. It is capable of thermally insulating up to 375°F, fulfilling niche temperature focused market areas, on all types of substrates.

Fort Vale will demonstrate its MK3 Safeload semi-automatic bottom loading coupler, with extended ‘wrap around’ trigger design that follows the profile of the loading adaptor, covering over 60% of the adaptor circumference.

Conference programme

Tank World Expo 2016 will also feature a two day conference programme led by 18 leading industry figures from organisations such as The UAE Ministry of Energy, OTTCO, Oiltanking Odfjell Terminals Oman, Dubai Mercantile Exchange, Burgan Cape Terminals and CITAC Africa.

In 2015 the show focused primarily on Fujairah, but the 2016 conference programme reflects the changing market place, with an increased focus on the UAE and Greater GCC region, which is currently developing the world’s largest terminal. With this in mind, Said Al Mawaali, Project Director at OTTCO, will be presenting ‘Latest developments at the region’s largest storage facility in Oman’.

Maintaining this focus will be Roderick de Rooij, Commercial Manger at Oiltanking Odfjell Terminals Oman, who will be looking at the future outlook for the storage market in Oman. He will discuss how to capitalise on the trade routes between Asia and Europe, whilst analysing the region’s demand for storage capacity. He will also explain how best to increase the terminal’s efficiency and explore Oman’s future growth ambitions.

The growth of Fujairah is still a key driver in the Middle East’s continued rise. It is the second most productive region in terms of bunkering capacity and the third largest oil storage and products trading centre in the world. In light of this, Malek Azizeh, Commercial Director at Fujairah Oil Terminal will discuss the region’s crude oil storage position as a strategic regional hub for products and crude.

The recent merging of Tank World Expo and Tank Storage Middle East, creating one ultimate show, has also allowed a greater focus on the African sector, with Muziwandile Mseleku, CEO of Burgan Cape Terminals looking into the opportunities within the African bulk liquid storage sector.

Following the African theme will be Gary Still, Executive Director at CITAC Africa, who will be presenting ‘Assessing storage capacity and infrastructure across Africa in relation to product flow’. He will analyse the African supply challenge, cover the regional demand growth and discuss the investment in infrastructure.

For those looking for a more general overview, Paul Young, Head of Energy Products at Dubai Mercantile Exchange will be looking at the impact of oil prices on the storage sector, predict how long contango will last, and delve into crude supply and demand drivers in the Middle East. In a similar vein, Amrita Sen, Chief Oil Analyst at Energy Aspects will present ‘Regional supply, demand, trade flows, and downstream capacity across the Middle East and North Africa’.

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