A record number of paper submissions have been received for the 20th Middle East Oil & Gas Show and Conference (MEOS 2017) taking place from 6–9 March 2017 at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre. Plans for a content-rich 4 day conference are underway as the largest and best attended technical event in the Middle East region celebrates its 20th anniversary. Held under the patronage of His Royal Highness the Prime Minister of Bahrain Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the event is organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and Arabian Exhibition Management (AEM).
The conference committee received over 1,700 submissions from 159 organisations and 51 countries, marking an increase of 35% from the previous edition of MEOS in 2015. 389 papers have been selected by the committee to present during 50 technical sessions covering topics on reservoir, production and facilities, exploration and appraisal, drilling and completions, project management, human resources, business models, and HSSE.
The conference co-chairman and Saudi Aramco’s chief petroleum engineer, Nabeel Alafaleg, said “We are thrilled to witness a new record high in submissions of high quality abstracts for MEOS 2017. This achievement solidifies the leading stature of MEOS as the oldest and most prestigious conference and exhibition in the region hosted in the Kingdom of Bahrain. I am confident that MEOS 2017 will surpass expectations of participants and attendees, offering high quality technical programmes, distinguished speakers, expert panelists and showcasing cutting-edge technology in the oil and gas industry.”
A key highlight of the conference programme, the executive plenary session, will involve leading industry figures discussing the conference theme “Transforming the Industry Through Innovation and Operational Excellence”. MEOS also offers six panel sessions discussing important matters relevant to today’s industry: The Importance of Technology in the Current Environment, Localisation of the Industry, Challenges and Rewards, Value of Operational Excellence, Cyber Security: What is Our Understanding of a True Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security and How Do We Apply It?, Energy Economics: What’s Next?, Academic/Vocational and Industry Collaboration: Are We Doing Enough?.
A three-day exhibition of oil and gas products and services will run parallel to the conference from 7–9 March. Set to feature over 200 exhibitors from 30 countries, the exhibition covers all areas of the upstream industry; including exploration, development, production, transportation, and processing of oil and natural gas.
“The last edition of MEOS in 2015 attracted over 8,000 oil and gas professionals. In 2017, MEOS will continue to provide the unique opportunity of sharing experiences and knowledge with the regional and global oil and gas community, and to be part of an ongoing transformation of our industry to meet current and future world energy,” said Faisal Al-Nughaimish, 2017 MEOS conference programme co-chairman and manager at the gas drilling engineering department in Saudi Aramco.