MEICA 2021 sees attendance from over 150 attendees in its 2nd Edition

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Dubai, UAE: Aldrich International, a global consulting platform spearheading the development of knowledge-based economies in the MENASEA, will convene The Middle East Instrumentation Control and Automation (MEICA 2021), the GCC region’s first technical gathering focusing on Instrumentation Control and Automation impacting the growth & future of Oil & Gas industry in Middle East, scheduled on October 05-07 in Dubai, UAE.

Addressing the theme of “Optimal Plant Performance and Adapting Security Strategy”, the summit’s vision is to facilitate an enabling environment to address the emerging trends, challenges and opportunities in the Oil & Gas sector of the Middle East Market.

As an End User, we are seeing an increased implementation of Instrumentation and Automation in the Energy Industry and this is an important step for improved performance and quick operations. The Energy Industry has a sophisticated workflow requirement which will further enhance the dependency on Automation and Instrumentation systems. There is a growing importance to reduce the functional time for various operations. 

Zahrah Zainuddin, Project Manager, Wipro Limited said, “The event set up is excellent and professional. I’m happy that we’re the Diamond Sponsor for this event. The participating companies are all well-chosen and I think they complete each other. The presentations I’ve attended are very informative and were full of new techniques, common issues and solutions which for sure will benefit the energy industry and recording errors, attacks and issues might come.” 

Speaking ahead of the summit, Terence Liu, Chief Executive Officer, TXOne Networks said, “If you have a successful business, you will be targeted – so the goal is not only to maximize ICS protection, but also to keep the business and its operations running. Both IT and OT environments benefit from OT-native defenses that can give visibility of ICS assets, protocols, control commands, and unusual events that could signal potential incidents. TXOne Networks has joined MEICA to collaborate with specialists and stakeholders in the oil and gas industry so that we can help secure these globally crucial operations from cyber threats. TXOne Networks completed the missing puzzle in OT Cybersecurity by offering the industrial-grade OT native ICS endpoint protection TXOne Stellar series.

Based on increased cybersecurity threats, we are also seeing companies increasing their focus on Industrial Cybersecurity to secure their operations from any downtime as any downtime costs an end user tremendously. These Industry trends further stress the importance of MEICA which is focusing on Instrumentation & Control, Automation and Industrial Cybersecurity. 

Troy Robert, Vice President Sales, Dragos said “Dragos is a proud sponsor of MEICA 2021. The oil and gas industry is a prime target for adversaries seeking to exploit industrial control systems, and this conference brings together leading experts from across the globe to discuss the latest technology related to instrumentation, control, automation, and cybersecurity. It aims to encourage the exchange of knowledge and experiences. Dragos is on the mission of Safeguarding Civilization, and we also believe in empowering communities with the context and abilities to respond to threats efficiently and effectively. Dan Wittig, our Account Manager in the region, hosted a session where he shared his experiences as a CISO of a global manufacturing company, championing a multi-year journey to implement and manage cyber risk across the OT infrastructure.”

Through MEICA, our aim is to reduce the gap between the end user and the technology companies and to give the engineers from our plants a platform to share the issues they are facing in the plants, to share their technical expertise, to interact and listen with their peers from other end user companies, to directly interact with the vendors and technology providers. This will also give an opportunity to the technology companies to share the latest technology they have, to share with us technologies to solve the issues which our engineers are facing, to support in improvising our operations.

MEICA is an Operator driven event supported by regions well known industry peers. The MEICA committee is represented by experts from Saudi Aramco, ADNOC, Petroleum Development Oman, Sadara Chemical Company, Kuwait Oil Company, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, Saudi Electricity Company, Petro Rabigh, Saudi Aramco Total Refining & Petrochemical Company (SATORP), Maaden Aluminium Company, ENOC, OQ. 

Key Industry Veterans from leading service providers, operators who will headline MEICA 2021 as it aims to spearhead discussions gravitating around the high-stake area of Instrumentation Control and Automation & Industrial Cybersecurity. The confirmed industry leaders at the summit included: Mamdouh Al Aidarous, Engineering Consultant – Saudi Aramco; Ahmed Al Mashani, Head of Control & Automation – FEED Office, Petroleum Development Oman, Syed Jamal Shahayar, Wipro Limited, Flavio Pol, Application Engineering Manager, Computational Enterprise Simulations (CES), Mohamed Rashed, Technical Sales Consultant – Process Safety, Schneider Electric, Mansoor Al Abdool, Manager Automation, Dolphin Energy Limited; Fawaz AlSahan, Chairman of Instrumentation Standards Committee, Saudi Aramco among others.

Confirmed Sponsors & Exhibitors at MEICA 2021 included: Wipro Limited, TXOne Networks, Schneider Electric, Dragos Inc., Fortinet, Forescout, Tripwire, Moxa, CCC Global, Drager, Symphony IndustrialAI and GM International

ABOUT MIDDLE EAST INSTRUMENTATION CONTROL AND AUTOMATION CONFERENCE & SHOWCASE 2021 (MEICA 2021):

MEICA was the first Instrumentation Control and Automation conference in Middle East. The event will feature technologies from GCC and all over the world that will help Oil & Gas Producers, Power Generators, Aviation industry etc. to enhance and Improve Process Efficiency, Safety and inculcate better cybersecurity practices.

The upcoming event will also include key service providers and engineers involved in equipment design, standards, maintenance and reliability, cybersecurity and asset integrity practices that evolves around the instrumentation control and automation equipment prodigy of heavy industries in GCC by providing an all-new perspective on the technology and engineering expertise necessary to power a sustainable outcome for the industry. 

ABOUT ALDRICH INTERNATIONAL:

Aldrich International is a global consulting and event organizing firm assisting in both international and private clients to plan, develop, design, construct, operate and maintain hundreds of critical infrastructures in aviation, logistics, facilities management, oil and gas, energy, banking and finance industry around the world.