More than 8,000 oil and gas professionals will converge on the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre next month to debate and shape the future of the oil and gas industry in the region.

They will be at the 19th Middle East Oil and Gas Show and Conference (MEOS 2015) being held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa from March 8 to 11, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.

Organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and Arabian Exhibition Management (AEM), MEOS 2015 is billed as one of the largest and best attended technical events of its kind in the region.

The multidisciplinary conference programme includes 42 technical sessions with more than 300 papers on topics covering reservoir, production and facilities, exploration and appraisal, drilling and completions, project management, human resources, business models, and health, safety, security and environment.

For the first time since the inception of MEOS in 1979, the agenda also includes a ministerial session on March 8 at the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel and Spa.

The session will examine the current global energy picture through the eyes of responsible governments.

MEOS will also offer a high-level executive plenary session on March 9, and six panel sessions from March 9 to 11 at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre.

The executive plenary session will address this year’s conference theme ‘Energy Beyond Limits Through Innovation and Collaboration’ and will look at how the exploration and production industry is transforming and pushing limits through innovation coupled with collaboration to provide world energy needs, efficiently, responsibly, and with maximum value.

Daily panel sessions at MEOS 2015 feature chief executives, managers and presidents of national and international oil companies and the service industry.

Discussion topics include 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.

“With a strong technical programme and comprehensive exhibition, companies and delegates alike can utilise MEOS 2015 to learn, forge business relationships, share expertise, and create new technologies in one of the most prolific hydrocarbon regions in the world,” Arabian Exhibition Management’s director of sales and marketing Fawzi Al Shehabi said.

“The era of easy oil is over, but despite increasingly challenging environments and exacting producing horizons, the upstream industry continues to meet world energy demand.

“It is an ambitious undertaking we tackle head-on, safely and successfully, through innovative and collaborative efforts between energy suppliers, service companies and academia.

“It is an exciting time to be in our business, and MEOS 2015 is an important opportunity to connect,” Al Rushaid added.

International Energy Forum (IEF) secretary general Aldo Flores Quiroga will present another important session entitled ‘The Current Turbulence in Oil and Gas Markets and its Possible Implications: A Perspective from the IEF’ on March 10.

The special breakfast session will address the challenges of operating in a low oil price environment and what is required to strike the right balance between short term return and long term sustainability of supply.

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.

Source: Trade Arabia