Conference Day One: Tuesday, 19 March 2019

8:00 am - 8:30 am Registration, refreshments and networking

8:30 am - 8:40 am Speed networking session

8:40 am - 8:45 am Welcome address by IQPC

8:45 am - 9:00 am IQPC & chairman’s welcome and opening remarks


9:00 am - 9:40 am VIP panel discussion - The age of technology and disrupting your maintenance strategy

Mr. Mohammed Saud Al Shammari - Manager – Engineering and Maintenance, Al Shuaiba Refinery KNPC, Kuwait
Technology today has revolutionised the way the oil and gas industry operates, its time we start understanding how it can change maintenance techniques and strategies

Mr. Mohammed Saud Al Shammari

Manager – Engineering and Maintenance
Al Shuaiba Refinery KNPC, Kuwait

9:40 am - 10:00 am Al Zour refinery roadmap and strategy in achieving maintenance targets and maximum reliability

Senior Management Representative - ., KIPIC
  • Understanding the long term maintenance strategy of the to-be largest refinery of the world
  • Identifying key stakeholders responsible in ensuring smooth inception and operations
  • Ensuring optimum planning and control mechanism in avoiding unplanned shutdowns and loss of production

Senior Management Representative


  • Using reliability centered naintenance for achieving excellence
  • Providing a structured framework for analysing the functions and potential failures for a physical asset
  • Determining cost-effective maintenance techniques to minimise the possibility of failure

Mr. Mohammed Saud Al Shammari

Manager – Engineering and Maintenance
Al Shuaiba Refinery KNPC, Kuwait


Scheduling and planning software is integral for maintenance teams to meet and exceed their KPI’s, learn which software would suit you the best.

10:20 am - 10:40 am Best practices on allocating maintenance costs and budgeting using CMMS

  • Improving the strategic planning process in order to allocate optimum budgets
  • Placing effective performance monitoring systems to measure effectiveness and reliability
  • Benchmarking and integrating planning to track performance and failures

10:40 am - 11:00 am Ribbon cutting ceremony by VIPs

11:00 am - 11:10 am Exhibition tour, networking and coffee break


Using the right lubrication does not just increase reliability it increases the life cycle of asset by atleast 20%

11:10 am - 11:30 am Effect of lubrication in reliability of rotating equipment

Ali M. Al Shurafa - Lead, Rotating Equipment and Vibration Advisor, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia
  • Increase equipment reliability by protecting and maintaining a good lubrication viscosity
  • Reducing bearing failures through an effective particle contamination management programme
  • Identifying developing damages through an effective wear debris analysis programme

Ali M. Al Shurafa

Lead, Rotating Equipment and Vibration Advisor
Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia

11:30 am - 11:50 am Remote monitoring, diagnostic of gas turbines and compressors

  • Effective remote monitoring of turbines by converting data into actionable information
  • Increasing turbine reliability and availability through diagnostic software
  • Avoiding emergency shutdowns using automatic fault detection and diagnosis systems for turbines


The Al Zour refinery is said to process heavy crude oil which can be highly corrosive, wouldn’t it be noteworthy to understand how maintenance teams are tackling this?

11:50 am - 12:10 pm Challenges faced by the Al Zour refinery as they plan to process heavy oil

Dr. Abdulazim Marafi - Senior Research Scientist, Petroleum Research Center, KISR, Kuwait
  • Learn about the impact of crude oil quality on the downstream refineries
  • Problems faced with distillation of residual crude
  • Importance and impact of catalysts at Al Zour

Dr. Abdulazim Marafi

Senior Research Scientist
Petroleum Research Center, KISR, Kuwait

12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Prayer and Networking Break


Drones have saved companies $4million dollars/shutdown, wouldn’t you want to save the same amount for your refinery? Learn how.

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm International Trailblazer - Introduction to drone surveillance systems to monitor oil storage facilities

Csaba Feher - Director, Maintenance and Technology, MOL, Hungar
  • 3 parallel pilot projects on the use of drones undertaken by MOL, Hungary
  • Effective and efficient use of drones for surveillance of oil storage tanks

Csaba Feher

Director, Maintenance and Technology
MOL, Hungar


E-PTW systems have saved oil companies around the world an average of $6.5 million in costs and wait time

12:50 pm - 1:10 pm Electronic Permit to Work (E-PTW) systems for efficient shutdown management

Mr. Ahmed Ragab - Senior Reliability Engineer, ADNOC Offshore, UAE
  • What are E-PTW systems and why are they such a talked about subject?
  • Using E-PTW systems for fastening the process to avoid delayed failures and shutdowns
  • Reducing paperwork and approval transition by creating a web based platform

Mr. Ahmed Ragab

Senior Reliability Engineer
ADNOC Offshore, UAE

1:10 pm - 1:50 pm Reducing downtime using intelligent alarm management mechanisms

Mr. Salem Al Shahrani - Maintenance Manager, SWCC, Saudi Arabia
  • How to maximise alarm efficiency?
  • Excessive alarm messages is a curse to maintenance engineers and how to reduce them
  • Deployment of smart alarm systems to create an efficient environment

Mr. Salem Al Shahrani

Maintenance Manager
SWCC, Saudi Arabia

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Join us in celebrating excellence of organisations and leaders in the industry who strive to adopt, implement and ultimately achieve maintenance excellence. The awards is the highlight of the 5th Annual Maintenance Kuwait Summit social calendar. For more details on the award categories and nomination dates, please see page 11.

2:15 pm - 3:30 pm Networking lunch

3:30 pm - 3:30 pm End of the day one

The published programme is correct at time of printing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight.