Manama, Bahrain: The 20th Middle East Oil & Gas Show and Conference (MEOS 2017) will take place from 6 – 9 March 2017 under the patronage of His Royal Highness the Prime Minister of Bahrain Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa. Organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and UBM AEM, MEOS continues to be a premier platform for sharing E&P knowledge and expertise in the region.

Over 8,000 oil and gas professionals are expected to converge at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre to debate and shape the future of the oil and gas industry in the region over the course of the conference and parallel exhibition.

“2017 marks the 20th edition of MEOS, building on 38 years of successful and expanding interactions between industry and technical leaders, all in the centre of a region leading the world in energy supply,” said Nabeel I. AlAfaleg, MEOS 2017 Conference Co-Chairman and Chief Petroleum Engineer, Saudi Aramco.

“The MEOS conference theme this year is ‘Transforming the Industry through Innovation and Operational Excellence’. Fluctuations in the oil and gas markets have made our industry very challenging. Therefore, emphasis on innovation and practicing operations excellence has never been greater. This transformation will allow the industry to continue to meet future global energy demands ensuring continuity of economic growth despite the cyclical nature of the business,” he continued.

“Operators and service companies are identifying opportunities to do more with less through operational excellence while evaluating the financial outcome of their significant investment. This conference will reflect on the importance of industry transformation, and will address it from many perspectives through panels with invited industry leaders, presentations and open discussions,” added Michael Bittar, MEOS 2017 Conference Programme Co-chairman and Senior Director, Halliburton.

Following a record number of abstract submissions, over 270 papers will be presented during 50 technical sessions covering topics related to reservoirs, production and facilities, exploration and appraisal, drilling and completions, project management, human resources, business models and HSSE.

The packed agenda at MEOS also includes an executive plenary session featuring leading industry figures discussing the conference theme, an industry keynote session entitled ‘Oil Price Volatility: Continue Investing in the Future to Meet Future Demands or Control Cost to Survive?,’ six panel sessions discussing important matters relevant to today’s industry, and a special workshop entitled ‘Women in Leadership—Invest, Initiate, Innovate’ with influential speakers.

Two one-day SPE seminars entitled ‘Advanced Hydraulic Fracturing Design and Treatment’ and ‘Artificial Lift and Production Optimisation Solutions’ will provide delegates with further opportunities to improve technical skills.

A full programme of events aimed at the next generation of oil and gas professionals will meanwhile offer high school students, university students and teachers the chance to engage and gain valuable career advice.

A 3 day exhibition of oil and gas products and services will run parallel to the conference from 7 – 9 March. Featuring over 200 exhibitors from 25 countries, it covers all areas of the upstream industry; including exploration, development, production, transportation, and processing of oil and natural gas.

Principal exhibitors include GCC national oil and gas companies, who will be exhibiting alongside international supermajors, service industry giants and independent specialist suppliers and distributors from across the globe.

“Since its inception in 1979, MEOS has played a significant role in the development and transfer of exploration and production technologies in the Middle East. This global event has successfully united thousands of industry professionals to learn, forge business relationships, share expertise and foster new technologies in one of the most prolific hydrocarbon regions in the world,” said UBM AEM’s Director of Sales and Marketing Fawzi Al Shehabi.

“MEOS 2017 builds on 38 years of this successful interaction, and as we look to the future, I am confident that this year’s exchange of experience and technology will further contribute towards the advancement of the oil and gas industry and aid its goal to meet world energy demand efficiently, responsibly and with maximum value,” he continued.


Saudi Arabia and the UAE are set to increase gas spending with the latter evaluating major gas capacity expansion with the development of such sour gas fields as Hail and the planned 50 per cent expansion of the Shah Process Plant. The design concept of this expansion is being reviewed by Amec Foster Wheeler who are participating in SOGAT 2017, and will feature O2 enrichment as an integral part the enhanced gas handling and throughput.

Technical advancements and development of efficient and cost effective processes for gas conditioning have opened new ventures for the market players to invest in R&D. Two such new developments will be launched at SOGAT 2017 and are cMIST™; Compact Inline Dehydration Technology’ from ExxonMobil. The natural gas industry is increasingly pursuing compact and lower weight processing technology for offshore, onshore, remote, and challenged gas processing cMIST™ enables 50% dehydration system weight reduction and 50 – 80% absorber footprint reduction along with significant capital cost savings. The technology is highly modular to allow for simple transportation into remote, challenged or offshore environments and provide installation configuration flexibility. This will be presented in the Middle East for the first time.

The second is from Paqell and focuses on the ‘Techno-Economic Impact on the Improvements of the THIOPAQ O&G Process for Sulfur Recovery’. The latest improvements are far reaching, as the rates and efficiencies of the process have been increased significantly. This paper gives an overview of the technical and economic impact of these improvements based on two cases studies and the new technology is being launched at SOGAT 2017.

Within SOGAT 2017 the Workshop from GASCO and Al Reyadah on ‘Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) which is part of the ADNOC Integrated Gas Master Plan , will be of benefit to all those attending. ADNOC has taken a lead in the Middle East with Al Reyadah, a joint venture between Masdar and ADNOC, to be the first specialized company focused on exploring and developing a commercial-scale CCUS project, particularly focusing on CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR).

World Future Energy Summit Sees 60% Growth in Buyer Demand

High Interest in KSA 9.5 GW and India 175 GW Renewable Energy Deals

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The 10th edition of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) ended Thursday, with strong growth in commercial activity surrounding the event and the number of hosted business meetings surging by more than 60 per cent.

Hosted by Masdar as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, WFES aims to promote the business case for industries involved in sustainable energy, water, and waste management. Organisers say the rapid acceleration in the renewable energy market across the MENA and South Asian market has had a clear impact on business at the event.

Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, said: “The success of the World Future Energy Summit over the last decade has been built on partnership – on bringing together governments and businesses, and sharing the goal to make renewable energy successful, dependable and commercially viable.

“The past three days have clearly shown the benefits of collaboration, and of what can be achieved through well-coordinated and decisive action. We are delighted to have hosted an event that has encouraged such lively debate, based on shared knowledge from around the region and international markets. The event has also helped both new relationships to be forged, and existing relationships at home and abroad to be cultivated. Most importantly, the World Future Energy Summit has once again inspired real decision-making. We can be proud that the 10th edition of this global event has been a successful platform for new agreements, partnerships and initiatives that will take the renewable energy and clean technologies sector forward.”

While final attendance is yet to be confirmed, early calculations show that the figures will be consistent with pre-show estimates of around 880 exhibiting companies from about 40 countries, and 38,000 attendees from 175 countries. Attendance included around 1675 CEOs from 128 countries.

In 2016, WFES hosted 850 exhibiting companies and 35,000 attendees.

While the value of most deals signed during the event is confidential, growth in attendance is outpaced by the indicators of business activity. Calculated at the start of the event’s final day, WFES 2017 hosted almost 8,600 business meetings as part of its Business Connect matchmaking programme. This compares with around 5,300 in 2016 – a rise of almost 62 per cent year-on-year.

WFES organisers overhauled their approach to matchmaking this year, offering a dedicated hosted buyer programme, a powerful digital matchmaking tool for buyers and sellers that recommended meetings and products, onsite buyer concierge, and product and exhibitor matching booth.

Those estimates do not include meetings arranged with official government delegations seeking partners for ambitious renewable energy plans.

As predicted, Saudi Arabia’s plans to add almost 10 gigawatts of renewables to its energy mix offered the most immediate business opportunity. WFES organisers arranged tailored meetings between the official Saudi delegation and around 100 developers, investors and technology suppliers. Leading the delegation, the Saudi Energy Minister, H.E. Khalid A. Al-Falih, confirmed that the first round of tenders for about USD 50 billion worth of projects would be launched in two weeks.

India’s plans to add 175 gigawatts of renewables by 2022 also attracted considerable interest, with a national delegation meeting potential partners in a dedicated India Investment roundtable meeting. India’s Energy Minister, Mr. Piyush Goyal, held private meetings with organisations including Masdar and DEWA, along with major players in the Indian renewable energy market such as AVAADA Energy and Mytrah Energy Limited.

Major announcements at WFES included a joint DEWA and Masdar announcement of plans to start building the third stage of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which at 800 megawatts will be the world’s largest PV plant on completion; a USD 50-million UAE fund for renewable energy projects in the Caribbean; a cooperation agreement between Masdar, Qatar Electricity and Water Corporation, and Nebras Power to develop renewable and sustainable energy projects; Masdar’s purchase of a 25 per cent stake in the pilot Hywind Scotland floating offshore wind farm in the North Sea; and an agreement between Masdar and Bee’ah to develop a 300,000-tonne waste-to-energy plant in Sharjah.

Masdar will also provide consultancy services for the building of a 5 megawatt grid-connected solar power plant in Seychelles.

“The growth in serious buyer activity, and the fact that so many buyers clearly see WFES as a place to start a dialogue with the widest selection of suppliers, underlines the success of the event,” said Ara Fernezian, Group Managing Director – Middle East, at Reed Exhibitions, which organises WFES in partnership with Masdar. “Renewables have very clearly moved past the point where we were trying to create a market, and we are now part of a very dynamic business environment.”

Reflecting the maturity of the sustainable energy market, renewable sources of electricity were joined by the latest advances in storage – seen as the key to confirming the effectiveness of renewables as a consistent and reliable energy source – and innovations in fields such as carbon capture, as part of the WFES exhibition and conference programme.

First held in 2008, WFES has expanded beyond its main energy focus to include co-located events for a range of interlinked markets. The 2017 edition also hosted the 5th International Water Summit (IWS), held in strategic partnership with Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA), and the 4th EcoWASTE exhibition and conference, held in partnership with Tadweer, The Center of Waste Management in Abu Dhabi (CWM).

Also returning for the second year was Solar Expo, dedicated to advances in solar energy, while 2017 marked the launch of the Energy Efficiency Expo.

Part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2017, WFES was held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from 16 to 19 January.

ADIPEC 2016 Consolidates Position as Global Knowledge Meeting Place for the Oil and Gas Industry

World Energy Giants Highlight Event’s Continuing International Appeal

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 07 December 2016 – The Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) posted continued global success, celebrating a milestone year in its 19th edition, and realising ongoing industry acclaim from world oil and gas leaders.

More than 8,500 delegates, 2,000 exhibiting companies, 700 speakers, and over 95,000 visitors from 135 countries gathered in the UAE capital for ADIPEC 2016, breaking the event’s previous records in international participation, and bringing the world’s decision makers, industry leaders, and experts under one roof to address the most critical issues surrounding the evolving energy landscape.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, ADIPEC 2016 was hosted by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), organised by dmg events, and supported by the UAE Ministry of Energy, Masdar, the Abu Dhabi Chamber, and the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi).
The event surpassed last year’s numbers in both size and content, spanning 135,000 gross square metres of floor space, and featuring more than 160 engaging conference sessions covering both technical and non-technical functions in the industry – from the high-level Ministerial and Global Business Leader sessions, to the dedicated Offshore and Marine and Women in Energy sessions.
Headlining speakers in ADIPEC’s distinguished Conference Programme this year included C-suite executives from national and international oil giants, including ADNOC, ExxonMobil, Total, BP, Gazprom, Oxy, Qatar Petroleum, ENI, and Wintershall.
Speaking at the event, global CEOs and industry leaders emphasised ADIPEC’s valuable role as a global knowledge-sharing platform for the oil and gas community.
Rex W. Tillerson, Chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation, said: “The theme of ADIPEC 2016 ‘Strategy for the New Energy Landscape’ is appropriately timed given the challenges and opportunities the energy industry must manage now and in the years to come.”
“It is great to be here at ADIPEC. This is a wonderful gathering of our industry, and it is great to be in this city of Abu Dhabi,” said Bob Dudley, Group Chief Executive of BP.
“ADIPEC 2016 has given us an international global platform,” said Mohammed Barkindo, OPEC Secretary General, who also headlined the event this year, officially launching the 2016 edition of OPEC’s World Oil Outlook report, and offering an industry briefing as part of ADIPEC’s prestigious VIP Programme.
“I’m fascinated by the way this conference is growing each and every year,” said Mario Mehren, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors at Wintershall.
The ADIPEC Technical Conference Programme attracted a record-breaking 2,775 abstract submissions, which, after meticulous selection, paved the way to 106 technical sessions on topics ranging from Exploration and Production to Operational Efficiency – marking more than a 30 percent increase in the number of technical sessions from the previous year.
The event also celebrated the inaugural edition of the ‘Security in Energy’ exhibition and conference, bringing the best and brightest minds in cybersecurity and critical infrastructure under one roof to address the ever-growing challenges in today’s increasingly interconnected energy landscape, as well as the launch of the annual Young ADIPEC Forum, a series of TED-style talks designed to inspire the next generation of energy professionals.
Jean-Philippe Cossé, Vice President – Energy at dmg events, said: “ADIPEC continues to provide a platform for conversation and dialogue within the energy industry. Each year, to support the conference content, we are fortunate to have more than 2000 exhibiting companies that showcase and present the latest technologies and solutions. The event continues to expand to meet the diverse requirements of the industry, and we look forward to building on this success next year.”

ADIPEC 2016 featured 25 country pavilions including major oil producing countries, such as the US, Saudi Arabia, China, and Russia, as well as emerging markets, such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Spain, marking the largest international participation in ADIPEC’s 32-year history.