GEO 2018 / MEE

Eidan ... high-profile assignment

Eidan ... high-profile assignment

Experts to focus on role of new technologies in O&G

The GEO conference and exhibition held every two years is always considered an inspirational gathering that industry professionals look forward to, to enhance the Middle East’s hydrocarbon resource development

A diverse collection of exploration products, services, technology and techniques will be on display at GEO 2018 taking place in Bahrain from March 5 to 8, says Ahmad Al Eidan, GEO’s conference chairman.

'The 6,000-sq-m exhibition area with more than 100 exhibitors is complemented by an industry leading conference, social events, workshops, field trips and a number of excellent networking opportunities for attendees to develop long-term relationships and strategies for their operations,' Eidan tells OGN in an interview.

All major NOCs, most of the IOCs and major operating and service provider companies will be represented at GEO 2018, he says.

'We have one of the highest number of technical submissions this year. The technical committee and the reviewers have done great job to select the final presentations. We have over 50 sessions with 204 talks and over 240 e-posters at the 2018 conference,' he says.

Excerpts from the interview:
What is the theme of GEO 2018?

The Executive and Technical Committees of GEO 2018 have selected the theme 'Pushing the technical limits: Shaping the Energy Landscape' which reflects the role and the importance of technologies in our industry.


What have been the tangible gains from the biannual GEO event over the years?

The GEO conference and exhibition is always considered an inspirational gathering that industry professionals look forward to, to enhance the Middle East’s hydrocarbon resource development. The diversity of the audience background and experiences enable a new thought horizon and knowledge sharing that continue to lead new energy generations.


How big would this year’s GEO exhibition be? How many companies will take part?

A diverse collection of exploration products, services, technology and techniques will be on display at GEO 2018. The 6,000-sqm exhibition area with more than 100 exhibitors is complemented by an industry leading conference, social events, workshops, field trips and a number of excellent networking opportunities for attendees to develop long-term relationships and strategies for their operations.

Who will be principal participants at GEO 2018?

All major NOCs, most of the IOCs and major operating and service provider companies will be represented at GEO 2018.


How many presentations are expected at the conference programme?

We have one of the highest number of technical submissions this year. The technical committee and the reviewers have done great job to select the final presentations. We have over 50 sessions with 204 talks and over 240 e-posters at the 2018 conference.


What are the themes of the panel sessions and highlights?

The executive committee was very careful selecting the themes and the session moderators for this year’s conference. We have recognised the benefits of the panel sessions in the past conferences, and therefore we have been careful to extend the topics to provide intuitive solutions. The first session is 'Beyond Current Technical Limits – Overcoming Barriers for Future Energy', the second is 'Unconventional Resources – Challenges and Opportunities', and the third will cover 'AI and IoT in E&P – The 4th Industrial Revolution and Oil & Gas'.


Are there any new additions in this year’s agenda?

GEO 2018 will provide excellent opportunities for the oil and gas professionals to learn on the latest in technologies and their applications through a very well designed pre-conference short courses covering exploration, development, economics and risk analysis.


How successful has the Young Professionals & Students (YPS) feature been over the years?

The Young Professionals & Students (YPS) is a key element for GEO at every conference. The organisations in the region are committed to the future generation and the successful YPS programme, each GEO is a testimony to that. This year we have two short courses and a core workshop, all have been designed to provide a strong scientific foundations for our YPS.


How many universities will be sending students to the programme?

Over 19 universities from the region will be participating at GEO 2018. I believe we have been very active and successful to attract more universities to attend this year’s conference and we are glad to see this number.


What were the key takeaways from the ‘Women’s Growing Role in the Energy Industry’ session introduced in 2016?

GEO 2016 included a special session entitled 'Women’s Growing Role in the Energy Industry' which has been led by top female industry professionals. This session has reflected the role of women and the success they have achieved in industry which has been several years ago almost for men. We have listened to top executives and leaders providing stories of challenges and success and we have seen and are observing the growing role of young women in all disciplines of our industry including working in camps at the exploration and production stages as well as on drilling sites.




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