30 APRIL-2 MAY 2018
Hall 5 I Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre Muscat, Oman
EXHIBITION HOURS: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Oman Automation Summit 2017

Power demand in Oman is forecasted to surge over the next five years. In addition to awarded projects, by 2021, the Muscat Integrated System (MIS) will need an addition of at least 1GW, while the oil and gas sector and rural areas are also expected to have an additional power requirement of at least 1GW. Oman seeks to build a non-oil dependent economy by diversifying its revenue sources.

The SCADA and DCS systems fulfill a critical role in the electricity sector, enabling the safe and efficient operation of power plants and transmission and distribution networks on a round-the-clock basis that ensures customers are provided with the electricity they need, irrespective of when they need it.

The SCADA and DCS systems fulfill a critical role in the electricity sector, enabling the safe and efficient operation of power plants and transmission and distribution networks on a round-the-clock basis that ensures customers are provided with the electricity they need, irrespective of when they need it.

The SCADA and DCS systems are very diverse in terms of technologies, complexity and age, with the more modern systems being highly complex and interconnected computerized systems using modern IT and data networking technologies.

This complexity and interconnectivity brings risk, and the identification and mitigation of the risks and hazards due to accidents or malicious activity relating to modern SCADA and DCS systems (i.e., SCADA and DCS cyber security) is not a mature practice and is not commonly covered explicitly by regulations in Oman.

The impact of a cyber security incident could range from a minor disruption to significant impacts, such as a system shutdown or mal-operation, so that the Authority must consider carefully the options open to them to ensure that the sector takes an appropriate approach to managing SCADA and DCS cyber-security risks.

Although there are some safeguard approaches that have been conducted by operators, the areas of concern include very little evidence that management systems are in place for SCADA and DCS cyber security, a low level of security awareness and ultimately, the impact of security threats is not only dependent on the level of protection in place, but the capability to detect and the capability to respond.

Due to the current industry landscape in Oman, companies are increasingly interested in technology that will optimise production capacity at lower costs.Technologies can further improve the efficiency, fuel-flexibility, and reliability of power plants.This is addressed using software, sensors, process automation and data analytics to drive efficiency and increase reliability across the value chain, the statement said.

Oman Automation Summit 2017 will cover the latest advancements for monitoring and managing distributed equipment and facilities via recent developments in SCADA, remote networks (wireless & wired), security (cyber & physical), automation, onsite and back-up power, and all other manner of technology that allows for the management of remote assets in the Sultanate’s Oil and gas, Power, Water and wastewater and Chemical and petrochemical industries.

The aim of Oman Automation Summit 2017 is to bring together experts from all the stakeholders and to provide a platform to discuss challenges, recent developments, deployments and technology trends, as well as initiatives related to control, automation, industrial informatics and smart grid and their applications.

The only conference of its kind in the region, Oman Automation Summit 2017 brings together professionals from around the world to share knowledge about the intelligent automation and control of electric power transmission and distribution systems.

Who Should Attend Oman Automation Summit 2017?

Oman Automation Summit 2017 is a two day international conference that serves equipment and facility managers, communications system operators, designers, developers and integrators interested in learning the latest capabilities and best practices in these rapidly advancing fields. The conference provides a platform to network with peers, professionals and potential business partners involved in technology solutions serving a variety of applications.

Who Should Attend Oman Automation Summit 2017?

  • Heads/Managers of Infrastructure Systems & Mission Critical Equipment
  • Heads/Managers of Remote Sites and Equipment
  • Heads/Managers of Distributed Equipment, Facilities and Networks Managers
  • Heads/Managers of Smart Grids/ Smart Metering/ Smart Energy
  • System Designers and Application Developers
  • Communications, SCADA and IT Managers
  • Process Control Managers and System Designers
  • Enterprise Architects and Planners
  • Managers of Power & Control Systems
  • OEM Design Engineers seeking to equip their products, devices and systems with the latest technologies for remote monitoring, control and automation
08:00 Registration counter opens
Session 1: Integrated Operations (IO)
Session chairman

Nasser Mahrooqi, Discipline Manager - Technical Data Management, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO)
09:00 Keynote speech

Big Data & Analytics & Enabling Capital Efficiency

Nasser Mahrooqi, Discipline Manager - Technical Data Management, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) (PDO)
09:30 The Digital Transformation – Taming the Tiger to improve efficiencies

  • Understanding new ways in improving operational efficiencies and economics
  • Learn how oil and gas companies around the world are utilizing cost effective technologies to introduce tighter control, reduce OPEX and better leverage their resources to Increase agility of their operations.
  • Improving safety and increase operational integrity
  • Reduce cost and improve operational efficiencies
  • Improve on-time completion and reduce project delivery cost
  • Increase operational efficiencies and maximize cash flow

Ghassan Al Jamil, BIG Data & IOT Solutions Lead - Middle East & South Africa, Oracle Corporation
10:00 Integrated Operations Management Accomplishments; International case study

  • What do leaders of IOCs worry about? What IO is and what it offers? What have we achieved through the implementation of IO
  • The role of leadership in IO Implementing IO: Realizing the benefits
  • Understanding the IO objectives: Increasing operational efficiency, reducing operational costs, increasing recovery factor and reducing investment costs

Tom Van Geijstelen, General Manager, TeQnovation
10:30 Optimization of reverse osmosis seawater desalination plants by advanced process control

Marcus Oates, Executive Vice President – Sales, Siemens Middle East
11:00 Tanker filling Station Automation System

Mohammed Al Hinai, Control Engineer, The Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW)
11:30 Morning networking break
Session 2: Advanced technologies in SCADA
12:00 Chairman’s opening remarks
12:00 Presenting PAEW’s SCADA Master Plan

Ahmed Al Shaqsi, Head Section of SCADA, The Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW)
12:30 International best practices: New Trends in SCADA Technologies and Recent Experiences in Iranian Utilities

Hamidreza Rajaeian, SCADA Specialist, Monenco Iran Consulting Engineers
Session 3: Cyber Security
13:00 Chairman’s opening remarks

Ali Al Khaburi, IM&T Security Lead, Petroleum Development Oman
13:10 International best practices: Cyber Security in Smart Grid

Sanaz Nouri, AMI & Smart Grid Specialist, Monenco Iran Consulting Engineers
14:40 Chairman’s closing remarks

Ali Al Khaburi, IM&T Security Lead, Petroleum Development Oman
14:50 Lunch and end of seminar

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