The 19th Middle East Oil & Gas Show and Conference (MEOS) will take place from 8–11 March 2015 at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister of Bahrain. Organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and Arabian Exhibition Management (AEM), MEOS continues to be one of the largest and best attended technical events in the region.
The conference committee received a record number of submissions for the technical programme. Over 1,200 submissions from 228 organisations and 50 countries were received, an increase of 37% from the previous edition of MEOS in 2013. 327 papers were selected by the committee to present during 42 technical sessions over four days 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, Saudi Aramco’s AbdulHameed Al-Rushaid, said “We are very pleased with the continued and growing interest in MEOS. The staggering increase in submissions and the high-quality of abstracts made the selection process even more challenging than previous years. However, this ensures that the technical integrity of the programme will be second to none and that each delegate will be able to take away significant learnings from the event.”
A key highlight of the conference programme, the executive plenary session, will involve leading industry figures discussing the conference theme “Energy Beyond Limits Through Innovation and Collaboration”. Speakers include Amin Nasser, Senior Vice President Upstream at Saudi Aramco; Paal Kibsgaard, Chief Executive Officer at Schlumberger; Hashem Hashem, Chief Executive Officer at Kuwait Oil Company; Mark Albers, Senior Vice President at ExxonMobil; and Gerald Schotman, Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President Innovation, Research & Development at Shell.
MEOS also offers six panel sessions discussing important matters relevant to today’s industry: academic and industry collaboration to develop future talent, in country value, what makes unconventional resources an economic reality, environmental stewardship, innovative collaboration, and cyber security in the energy sector.
For delegates looking to improve technical skills, two one-day training courses will be taking place about forecasting production and estimating reserves in unconventional reservoirs, and hydraulic fracturing optimisation.
A three-day exhibition of oil and gas products and services will run parallel to the conference from 9–11 March at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre. Spanning 14,800 square metres, it features over 300 exhibitors from 30 countries and covers all areas of the upstream industry.
Principal exhibitors include all six GCC national oil companies—ADNOC, Bapco, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, Petroleum Development Oman, Qatar Petroleum, and Saudi Aramco— who will be exhibiting alongside international supermajors, large national groups from North America and the UK, and numerous independent specialist suppliers and distributors from across the globe.
MEOS 2015 is expected to attract over 8,000 attendees, who will utilise the world-class exhibition and conference as an opportunity to learn, forge business relationships, share expertise, and create new technologies in one of the most prolific hydrocarbon regions in the world.
For more details, visit www.meos2015.com