Editor's note: This
proposal comes from the presidents of four groups. They are AAPG's
Patrick J.F. Gratton, 2004-05; EAGE's Olivier Dubrule, 2004-05;
SEG's Peter Duncan, 2003-04; and SPE's Kate Baker, 2004.
2003, our societies -- the American Association of Petroleum Geologists,
the European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers, the Society
of Exploration Geophysicists and the Society of Petroleum Engineers
-- held extensive discussions about working together to organize
a new oil and gas conference and exhibition.
of our organizations, we are now pleased to announce the result
of these discussions: the International Petroleum Technology Conference
(IPTC). This biennial event will not only serve our traditional
E&P sectors but also will cover midstream activities and have
a significant focus on gas.
IPTC will be held Nov. 21-23, 2005, in Doha, Qatar, in the region
of one of the world's most extensive gas reserves.
will combine our individual technical expertise in this cooperative
effort to present what we believe will be the most significant and
comprehensive conference on gas and oil in the Eastern Hemisphere.
attendees to represent a variety of disciplines, including petroleum
engineers, geologists, geophysicists and others. We plan to draw
engineering professionals and industry decision-makers from across
the globe -- the Middle East, Europe, Africa, the former Soviet
Union, Asia Pacific and the Americas.
value IPTC brings to the industry is derived from a strong technical
program and technology exhibition. This conference also will provide
a focused setting for key players to engage with in-region gas and
oil providers, regional energy ministers and international executives
to initiate relationships and new business opportunities.
and relationships established at this conference could help key
industry players open new markets and channels extending far into
years, our members and the industry in general have benefited from
our various cooperative efforts. This is the first time, however,
that AAPG, EAGE, SEG and SPE have joined in a single initiative,
and one of such breadth and scope. We are excited and pleased to
work together on this unique international event for our industry.
at the International Petroleum Technology Conference in Doha, Qatar,