27 - 30 October, 2019
The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Conference Day One: Monday, 28 October 2019

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

8:30 am - 8:40 am Welcome address from IQPC

Valentina Pivetta

Conference Director

8:40 am - 9:00 am Welcome address by the Chairman

9:00 am - 9:30 am Keynote address: The journey of Ruwais area in achieving process safety excellence

How is ADNOC doing it?
  • Developing the world’s largest integrated refining and petrochemicals complex with the highest standards of process safely
  • Achieving process safety excellence by integrating of new technologies like blockchain and smart tracking devices
  • Integrating layers of protection analysis (LOPA) in each process stage

Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS)
Understanding how ensuring SIS can help oil and gas companies to reduce catastrophic incidents up to 40%

9:30 am - 10:00 am Better use of Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA) to assess hazards & risks

Within the GCC, oil and gas companies are limiting the usage of LOPA to only determine Safety Integrity Level (SIL) for instrumented systems.

How can the Middle East use LOPA more widely?
  • Identifying the benefits of extending LOPA to different elements of process safety: fire & gas detection (F&G) systems, alarms and control and communications systems
  • How can LOPA help to implement the risk analysis of specific hazards and establish risk tolerance criteria?
  • Determining the appropriate Safety Instrumented Functions (SIFs) and their Safety Integrating Levels (SIL)

10:00 am - 10:30 am Case study: A more effective use of LOPA in PSM to avoid false assumptions

Companies in the GCC region use LOPA for different and specific aspects, however it can be expanded to cover more pieces of critical equipment

How can the analysis of Safety Instrumented Systems become more effective?
  • Setting new and more reliable parameters of SIL to boost process safety
  • Understanding how to calculate the Probability of Failure upon Demand (PFD) and risk reduction factors (RRF) in SIS to reduce associated risks
  • Understanding how to improve productivity of a LOPA study
Benoy Joseph, Benoy Joseph Process Safety Expert at ADNOC UAE

Benoy Joseph

Benoy Joseph Process Safety Expert

10:30 am - 11:00 am The next step in the process safety life cycle

Setting benchmarks for Safety Integrity Levels verification is essential before designing any Emergency Shutdown (ESD)

How can oil and gas companies undertake the SIL verification?
  • Understanding the best practices currently used within the sector
  • How to avoid unnecessary ESD and reduce operational costs associated with it
  • Exploiting the test interval term analysis for a more valuable PFD calculation
Ali Al Lawati, Operation Excellence Manager at Petrogas Oman

Ali Al Lawati

Operation Excellence Manager
Petrogas Oman

11:00 am - 11:30 am Morning Break and Networking

11:30 am - 12:00 pm Sponsor session: How to effectively determine the SIL

The determination of Safety Integrity Level will help to meet or exceed the reliability of the system.

How can be this achieve effectively?
  • Mitigates consequences which can result in – Loss of life, personnel injury, equipment damage, loss of production
  • Complying with present and future government directives on health, safety and environment
  • Effective training of the human capital

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Focused case study: Reliability in hydraulic WSD/HIPS

Measuring reliability and readiness of high integrity proactive systems (HIPS )response during up normal operations in oil and gas plants is a priority for organisations to control incident costs

How can companies address this challenge?
  • Preventive maintenance and reliability tests during a shutdown
  • How to set high-temperature switch to avoid hazards
  • HIPS tracking system: New systems and technologies
Waleed Al-Sulami, Operation Unit Head at Saudi Aramco Saudi Arabia

Waleed Al-Sulami

Operation Unit Head
Saudi Aramco Saudi Arabia

Human Factors
Understanding how to reduce human errors by 60% and improve process safety: A top-bottom leadership approach

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Human factors and best practices to reduce human errors

Overall 80% of the actual incidents in the oil and gas industry occur due to the incorrect conception of the state of the plants or system.

How can companies reduce this percentage?
  • Human reliability assessments in major accident risk analyses of offshore activities (e.g. drilling and production)
  • Develop a high-performing culture through training, new systems and on-going management
  • Considering human factors in the risk assessment analysis

Vijay Kumar

Process Safety Expert
Equate Petrochemical Kuwait

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch Break and Networking Opportunity

Round tables session: Interactive Group Discussions (IDGs)
This session offers the opportunity to join Process Safety Engineers, HSE, Fire Protection, Prevention Loss, Asset Integrity Leaders discussing about four of the hot topics currently surrounding the PSM.
This is a chance to gathering together to learn, share ideas and grow your personal network


2:00 pm - 2:40 pm Safety culture - Recommended practice for development of a safety and environmental management program for offshore operations and facilities
Ayssar Hanza, Risk Engineering Director at Ace Energy Group

Ayssar Hanza

Risk Engineering Director
Ace Energy Group


2:00 pm - 2:40 pm Process safety management of highly hazardous chemicals - What’s new in the process hazard analysis and what can be implemented?

Sponsor session - IDG C

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm Improving the efficiency of HAZOP study - Can this be applied to new areas both in off-shore and on-shore?

2:40 pm - 2:40 pm Chairman’s closing remarks and end of conference day one