NEW EVENT: Outlook for Gasoline Trading East of Suez

One and a half-day Dialogue for Traders, Refiners & Analysts and Fuel Specialist

Location: Kingdom of Bahrain

Venue: Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay (Check The Map)

Starts: 18 Nov 2020

Ends: 19 Nov 2020

Type: Conference

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MPGC Week 2020 from 15 to 19 November

The 1.5-day Dialogue on the Outlook for Gasoline Trading East of Suez, held in conjunction with MPGC Week 2020, originally scheduled for 1-2 April 2020, has been re-scheduled to 18 – 19 November 2020.

This announcement follows our earlier communication on the postponement of MPGC 2020, following the global outbreak of COVID-19. Our top priority continues to be the safety and well-being of all stakeholders in the MPGC community from over 50 countries that have given their annual support and commitment to the conference.

Six other Middle East Petroleum & Gas Week 2020 events being held in the same week, will also be re-scheduled to 15 – 19 November 2020:


Conference Connection is fully committed to delivering a successful conference and all the week’s activities for NOCs, IOCs, Traders, Analysts, Refiners, Financial Institutions, Ship owners, Technology and Service Providers to discuss the direction of the global oil markets.

For further inquiries and clarification, please contact us Tel: +65 6338 0064 or Email:

   Held in conjunction with the MPGC Week Events 2020
Specially convened for Traders, Refiners and Analysts attending the 28th Annual Middle East Petroleum & Gas Conference (MPGC 2020), this new 1.5 Day programme will be held back to back with MPGC 2020 and address the emerging markets for Gasoline Trading in the Gulf and examine both commercial and technical dynamics of this important product.
■ November 18: Dialogue Sessions
■ November 19: Half-Day Refinery Visit Hosted by BAPCO


  Held in conjunction with the MPGC Week Events 2020

Key issues to be covered

  • Overview of the gasoline markets – supply and demand with emphasis on East of Suez
  • Economics of Blending Gasoline:
    • Gasoline specifications, why we have them, why they differ around the world
    • Blend components and how to value them
    • Challenges of blending gasoline (mostly non-linear; dumbbell blends etc.)
    • Main additives and why they are required
  • Winning strategies for optimal gasoline supply
  • Joint venture optimisation and achievements
  • Gasoline pricing

Speakers confirmed

Mr. Abdullatif Al Sahhaf

Manager Marketing Transformation, Bapco

Outlook for Gasoline Trading East of Suez 2020 Speaker


Abdullatif is responsible for managing Bapco’s Marketing Transformation Program, aimed at establishing infrastructure and organizational capabilities that enable trading. Abdullatif has more than 14 years’ experience in various Marketing roles ranging from retail and bulk domestic sales to international oil sales. He also managed several projects in different disciplines, including construction of retail service stations, commercial initiatives and joint venture negotiations. Abdullatif, a certified Energy Risk Professional, holds a Master’s degree in Product Engineering from Northumbria University and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics from Glasgow Caledonian University.

Mr. Tirath Magdani

Managing Director, Bahrain Gasoline Blending W.L.L. (BGB)

Outlook for Gasoline Trading East of Suez 2020 Speaker


Tirath joined Greenergy in 2009 as Group Treasurer, and later as Finance Director for Greenergy Fuels where he was instrumental in the restructure of the Group’s banking lines. In 2014, Tirath relocated to Dubai to establish the Greenergy business in the Middle East and Asia, and has since developed the Greenergy Biofuels business in the region, and shaped Greenergy’s JV with Bapco, BGB. Prior to joining Greenergy, Tirath held various senior finance / business development roles at BP. Tirath is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Mr. Gareth Lewis-Davies

Principal Consultant, FGE

Gareth is an experienced energy commodity strategist with a focus on oil market analysis. He specialises in short-term global oil market trading analytics in service of understanding the impact on paper and physical markets of crude oil and refined product market conditions.

Gareth joined FGE in July 2019 as principal consultant to apply his experience of producing and publishing oil market research to FGE’s operations. In addition to covering the global oil supply/demand balance and its impact on oil price, he is responsible for the development of product specific analysis in the form of global product reports, including bunker fuels.

Gareth has previous expertise in long-term energy strategy (including gas and power), equity analysis of energy companies and energy geopolitics.

Mr. Paul Young

Head of Energy Products, Dubai Mercantile Exchange, UAE

MPGC 2020 Speaker
Outlook for Gasoline Trading East of Suez 2020 Speaker


Paul joined the Dubai Mercantile Exchange in 2013 as the Head of Energy Products, bringing his extensive knowledge and experience amassed from over 20 years working in energy markets. Prior to the DME Paul spent his career at S&P Global Platts and Dow Jones/Telerate, rising to a number of senior positions that included London, Dubai and Singapore. He has worked on the design and implementation of many energy benchmarks, including key oil prices such as Dated Brent and Dubai/Oman crude, plus European and Asian refined products. More recently, Paul has spearheaded the rollout of Middle East oil derivatives.


Mr. Ara Barsamian

President, Refinery Automation Institute LLC, USA

Ara Barsamian is the president and CEO of Refinery Automation Institute LLC (RAI), and has over 48 years of experience in bunker, gasoline, diesel, and biofuel blending operations and technology. Among his first experiences at Exxon was computerized bunker blending in an Aruba refinery. Lately he has spearheaded development and testing of IMO 2020-compatible bunker blends, recipes, and updating ISO 8217 specs. Earlier in his career, he was a group head with Exxon Research & Engineering Co., President of 3X Corp., and Vice-President of ABB Simcon, all in the area of fuels blending.

Mr. Barsamian is a senior member of AIChE, ASTM, ILTA and IBIA. He is on the board of directors of AIChE, and a professor (adjunct) at New Jersey Institute of Technology.

He holds BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from City University of New York.

Mr. Michael Chami

Gasoline Trader, Vitol

Senior Representative

S&P Global Platts

Who should attend

This programme will be specially relevant for all companies involved in the production, processing, marketing, trading and distribution of gasoline including: National Oil Companies, International Oil Companies, independent traders, refineries, product storage companies, gasoline blenders, those in testing and inspection, consultants, transportation groups, bank and financial institutions, and others.

This will also appeal to both new and experienced professionals including:

  • Traders: Gasoline & Diesel, Fuel Oil, Mogas, Light & Middle Distillates, Oil Products, MTBE & Oxygenate
  • Purchasing & Procurement Managers
  • Blenders & Schedulers
  • Analysts, Planners, Researchers
  • Product Managers
  • Supply Operations
  • Logistics, Quality Assurance & Inspection Managers
  • Marketing & Commercial Managers
  • Refinery & Terminal Managers
  • Process & Lab Engineers/Managers
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