2,000 experts for Bahrain geosciences summit
Manama, March 9, 2014
More than 2,000 oil and gas professionals will converge on the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre today for the opening session of the 11th Middle East Geosciences Conference and Exhibition (GEO 2014).
The associated 8,000 sq m exhibition of oil and gas exploration industry products and services will open in a separate ceremony tomorrow under the patronage of HRH Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
The conference ceremony and executive plenary session assembles a panel of high-ranking industry figures who will deliver their own perspective on this year's theme 'Taking Geoscience Beyond the Conventional'.
The theme focuses on current challenges facing hydrocarbon exploration, with emphasis on future technology and innovation.
"As the world changes at an ever-increasing pace, we can only succeed because we enable innovation for the rapid development and implementation of solutions.
"GEO 2014 is an opportunity for upstream professionals in the region to share latest applications and developments in geosciences as one of the premier conferences for technical exchange," said GEO 2014 chairman and executive director of exploration at Saudi Aramco Ibraheem Assa'adan.
"The parallel exhibition will cater to industry operators, service providers, academia and technology solution providers to share latest breakthroughs and solution-oriented innovations for everyday technical challenges.
"Events like GEO help bring together the industry to share knowledge and best practices as we make forays into new areas of innovation," he said.
The four-day conference opening ceremony will begin with welcome addresses from Finance Minister and Minister in Charge of Oil and Gas Affairs and chairman of National Oil and Gas Authority Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa and Mr Assa'adan.
Keynote addresses will follow from Saudi Aramco senior vice-president for upstream Amin Nasser, Royal Dutch Shell executive director for projects and technology Matthias Bichsel and Schlumberger chief executive Paal Kibsgaard.
More than 200 technical and poster presentations designed to share the knowledge and experience of managing, operating and supplying companies will follow over the subsequent three days of the conference.
Topics range from human resources, reservoir characterisation, advances in seismic and non-seismic technologies, next generation technologies, petrophysics, geological studies and basin modelling, exploration and production, harvesting unconventional resources, environment and safety, rift basin exploration and rock physics in addition to special sessions.
GEO 2014 will also offer five panel sessions led by presidents, vice-presidents, chief executives and managers of key players in the industry such as Baker Hughes, Bapco, CGG, ExxonMobil, Halliburton, Kuwait Oil Company, Saudi Aramco, Schlumberger, Shell and Total amongst others.
The sessions will cover emerging players in the Middle East and Africa region, the future of unconventional resources, gas demand challenges, human resources and next generation upstream technologies.
More than 150 companies from 20 plus countries will take part at the GEO 2014 exhibition, which covers all areas of petroleum geosciences.
"With a rich technical programme and a comprehensive exhibition, companies and delegates alike can utilise GEO 2014 to learn, forge trading relationships, share expertise and knowledge, and create new technologies," said Arabian Exhibition Management's director of sales and marketing Fawzi Al Shehabi.
"Since this event first took place in 1994, it has played a significant role in the development and growth of the industry and oil and gas resources in the Middle East." – TradeArabia News Service