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This month’s column, a look at the current state of affairs for the Middle East Region, was prepared by Abdulla Al Naim, the Region's president and general chair of the upcoming GEO 2006, the Middle East Geoscience Conference and Exhibition.
This year marks the second consecutive year for AAPG to participate as a major partner in oil and gas conferences and exhibitions in the Arabian Gulf Region. After the enormous success of the International Petroleum Technology Conference last November, AAPG is geared up to provide the Middle East with the GEO -- a solid and well-established conference -- on March 27-29.
And for or the first time, AAPG is the official secretariat of GEO.
The GEO, established in 1994, has been growing in scientific content as well as in popularity. GEO continues to distinguish itself by focusing on geoscience and technical content.
It prides itself in bringing the elite in technology providers, national oil companies, international oil companies, service companies and academia from all around the globe.
The GEO takes place in the Kingdom of Bahrain every two years to discuss progress as well as challenges in the oil and gas industry.
GEO 2006 -- the seventh in its series -- is no different; it is set to address the theme of “Meeting E&P Challenges to Energize the World.” Hence, we will focus on the subject of finding oil and gas and developing it as the main challenge facing our industry, with the backdrop of the opportunity to excel at meeting this challenge in the hydrocarbon-prolific region of the Middle East.
For GEO 2006, we received 422 abstracts. Due to space, time and quality considerations, a total of 260 oral and poster presentations will be selected. Specifics of the program include:
- Many world-class experts were invited and will participate.
- An executive session where key industry leaders address the strategic issues of the oil and gas industry will be held.
- 160 oral presentations are planned over a period of three days, organized in four main periods (Monday afternoon, all day Tuesday and Wednesday morning). Each period will host five parallel sessions, holding eight oral sessions apiece.
- 100 posters will be displayed for 24 hours each starting at Monday noon, and the posters will be exchanged by Tuesday noon.
- A new plenary session, a “technical end-note” wrap-up, will be held, using the theme “Technology impact on Geoscience and Petroleum Engineering.” Aspects of finding, developing, and producing Middle East Prolific reservoirs will be highlighted, focusing on Middle East oil and gas reservoirs.
Workshops, Courses, Field Trips
The technical program committee (and the local societies) committed themselves to offering workshops, courses and field trips at a reduced price to allow maximum number of participants to benefit. Course fees will not exceed US$100 per day for any workshop or course.
A partial list of these activities includes:
- A workshop displaying cores from the Paleozoic rocks in the Arabian Peninsula, managed by local societies.
- A second workshop on multiple suppression techniques is planned for land seismic acquisition and processing professionals.
- A course on near surface static corrections for seismic reflection.
- A two-day course on seismic interpretation (led by a world-class expert).
- A course on reservoir characterization (Applied NMR Petrophysics), which will cater to reservoir characterization and reservoir management professionals.
- A two-day course on integrated exploration and evaluation of fractured reservoirs is offered to the attendees.
- A post-conference field trip to Syria.
- Archaeological and shopping visits for geoscientists, technical people and spouses.
Other ‘Side’ Benefits
Executive networking, an update on the geoscience in the Middle East Region, new technology and insights that are shared, plus the friendly ambiance of the great, welcoming Kingdom of Bahrain are but a few of the benefits to be reaped when you join GEO 2006, the premier geoscience conference for the Middle East.
See you in Bahrain!
For more information, go to the conference Web site at http://www.aapg.org/geo2006/; or to the site of the local host Dhahran Geoscience Society (DGS), at www.dgsonline.org/.