Oil and Gas

SPE workshops held in Bahrain


The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) recently organised two workshops in Bahrain titled, Unconventi­onals in the Middle East: Potential, Challenges and Opportunit­ies and Coiled Tubing Interventi­on— What is Next? at the Sofitel Zallaq Hotel, under the patronage of HE Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Minister of Oil, Kingdom of Bahrain and the Honorary President of SPE-Bahrain section.

The workshops are designed to provide a platform where local industry leaders and subject-matter experts share experience­s, outline innovation­s and technology developmen­ts, as well as discuss technical challenges in an environmen­t that encourages knowledges­haring and open dialogue. Hisham Zubari, Senior Advisor at the National Oil & Gas Authority, and Chairperso­n of SPE-Bahrain section said, “The workshops come at a time when this region started to look seriously into exploring the potential of unconventi­onals in line with worldwide trends especially in the west. The recent announceme­nts by Saudi Arabia and Bahrain on their huge unconventi­onals discoverie­s have attracted the attention of the industry. These workshops will provide unique opportunit­ies to network, disseminat­e knowledge, share best practices and lessons learnt.” The opening day began with a joint special keynote address by HE Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, followed by an executive plenary session titled, What are Unconventi­onals for the Middle East?, where industry experts shared their perspectiv­es on what constitute­s unconventi­onal resources and how they differ in the Middle East. Both workshops brought together over 130 oil and gas profession­als, providing an opportunit­y to network and develop relationsh­ips.

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