The 13th Middle East Geosciences Conference and Exhibition (GEO 2018) opens on 5 March 2018 under the patronage of the Prime Minister of Bahrain, His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa. World authorities on energy industry issues will deliver keynote addresses to over 1,500 delegates during the launch at the Ritz Carlton hotel.

Among the lineup of speakers are Bahrain’s Minister of Oil and Chairman of the Bahrain National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA) His Excellency Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa; global industry kingpin His Excellency Ali Al-Naimi, former Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of Saudi Arabia and Current Advisor to the Royal Court; and reknowned energy expert and documentary filmmaker Dr. Scott W. Tinker, Director, Bureau of Economic Geology University of Texas.

The event, co-hosted by UBM AEM and the world’s 3 largest professional geoscience associations – the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) – features more than 420 invited speakers and a parallel international exhibition at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre.

In testing times for the energy sector, Ahmad Al Eidan, GEO 2018 Chairman and Kuwait Oil Company’s Drilling & Technology Directorate Deputy Chief Executive Officer, says GEO is a bright spot for the region and the industry alike, and an important opportunity to convene.

“As we are all aware, the oil industry is still going through challenging times and despite a number of attempts to call the bottom of this current cycle there are no clear signs yet when conditions will significantly improve,” said Ahmad Al Eidan.

“The impact of unconventional reservoirs on oil and gas production has changed the dynamics of the market and as a result, technological advancements are key in finding and producing hydrocarbon reservoirs in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Examples of opportunities are in areas of improving recovery factors beyond the current levels, increasing fracturing efficiency in unconventional reservoirs, and introducing drilling automation, which altogether should lead to a future of sustainable energy under the current market environment,” he continued.

The associated 6,000 square metre exhibition of industry products and services opens in a separate ceremony on 6 March 2018 at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre, and runs until 8 March 2018. More than 100 companies from 19 countries will be in attendance. The global showcase features key stakeholders, major players, suppliers and service providers in the oil and gas exploration and production sector.