The fourth edition of the North Africa Technical Conference and Exhibition (NATC) returns to Cairo, Egypt, from 15–17 April 2013, under the patronage of the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Egypt. Organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), this year’s event will feature panel sessions, technical presentations, case studies, and poster sessions on a wide range of issues of interest to the North African oil and gas industry.

“The fourth NATC promises to be one of the region’s must-attend oil and gas events of the year”, says Hani ElShahawi, Deepwater Technology Advisor, Shell and NATC Conference Co-Chair.

The fourth NATC’s power-packed agenda features plenary sessions with prominent speakers such as Jean-Daniel Blasco, Vice President North Africa, Total, and Sudhir Vasudeva, Chairman and Managing Director, ONGC, India, and many more.

“NATC continues to be an excellent platform to discuss the latest advancements, opportunities and challenges in the North African oil and gas industry”, commented Mohamed Ghareeb Moustafa, Eastern Hemisphere Technical Director, Artificial Lift Applications Oil Division, Lufkin Industries and NATC Conference Co-Chair.

The panel sessions on Day One, 15 April, will provide an excellent opportunity for government and industry officials to discuss the current status of the North African oil and gas industry and share ideas, experiences and future plans. The sessions will also take an in-depth look at the various prospects and challenges of unlocking unconventional resources and the latest innovations in technology and applications.

CSR and Sustainable Development will be the main topics for discussion in the panel session on Day Two, 16 April. Participants and speakers will discuss the need for customising successful CSR elements to reflect local sensibilities and enable efficient project delivery. Finally, the focus of the panel session on Day Three, 17 April, will be the analysis of the North Africa and East Mediterranean region gas supply and demand, and the regulatory, technical, and environmental challenges involved in the development of unconventional gas resources.

Under the theme “A Paradigm Shift in the Oil and Gas Industry of an Evolving Region”, technical presentations will fall under categories that include Reservoir Management, Field Development, Formation Evaluation, Well Completions and Optimisation, Gas Technology, and more. Speakers will discuss topics like EOR/Heavy Oil, Formation Testing, Marginal and Brownfield, Well Bore Integrity and Challenges, Unconventional Reservoir Characterisation, Production Logging and Water Management, to name a few.

New additions to the NATC event this year will be the Technology Theatre and e-Posters. Over 30 exhibitors from around the world will present the latest innovations in software, technology, and services to a select audience in the Technology Theatre. Electronic (e-Poster) sessions will be taking place at the exhibition floor and will give participants the opportunity to interact with oil and gas specialists and experts.

The training course on 14 April entitled “Problems and Advanced Solutions & Edge Technology of Different EOR Methods” covers advanced EOR processes such as super-surfactant and viscoelastic polymer techniques, steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD), carbon dioxide-steam process, and advanced microbial enhanced recovery (MEOR). It will examine the technical background, current status, and future of chemical EOR techniques with global field case studies to understand the strengths and limitations of these methods. The course also provides recent changes and/or chemical advancements that make chemical EOR methods attractive.

Not to be missed, the SPE Student Chapters’ Officers Workshop will give the next generation of oil and gas professionals the chance to interact with the visionaries and leading decision makers of the industry. The workshops will offer career development presentations, discussions on “tough topics,” industry-relevant presentations, and excellent networking opportunities.

The 2013 NATC is sponsored by Baker Hughes (Gala Dinner Sponsor), Total (Silver Sponsor), Shell (Delegate Bags Sponsor), RWE Dea (Conference Programme Sponsor), and Schlumberger (Lanyard Sponsor).

For more information about this prestigious event, please visit www.spe.org/events/natc

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