By PINAR OYA YILMAZ and MOUJAHED AL-HUSSEINI
This month's column was written by Pinar Yilmaz, AAPG's representative on the GEO 2002 Program Committee, and Moujahed Al-Husseini, the conference secretariat.
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The fifth Middle East Geoscience Conference and Exhibition (GEO 2002), a biennial event that focuses on the petroleum geosciences of the Middle East basins, will be held April 15-17 in Bahrain.
This event is your chance to come and learn about the most prolific hydrocarbon province of the world (65 percent oil and 35 percent gas reserves).
GEO meetings are held in the Bahrain International Conference Centre, with rotating general chairman from one of the six Gulf national oil companies (Saudi Aramco in 1994, Bahrain Petroleum in 1996, Petroleum Development Oman in 1998 and Kuwait Oil in 2000). Abu Dhabi National Oil Company is the host for 2002, with Ali Al-Jarwan as the general chairman.
Qatar Petroleum has been invited to chair GEO 2004.
The Program Committee has prepared a first-class program based on the theme "From Prospects to Mature Reservoirs," emphasizing both the exploration potential of the region and the maturity of the supergiant fields.
The response to the call for papers has been overwhelming, with a record of nearly 400 submitted abstracts, compared to 333 for GEO 2000.
Three days of technical program offers five concurrent oral sessions and full day of poster sessions. The sessions are grouped under general topics of:
There also will be some special sessions, plus exhibits from over 100 companies and organizations.
(The GEO 2002 Program Committee will meet in Bahrain in early November to finalize the conference program and prepare the final announcement. The abstracts will be accessible on the GeoArabia Web site)
The technical program will be supplemented by the popular special sessions on business issues, as well as several keynote sessions.
The first such session follows the opening session on Monday April 15, titled "New Technology Directions in E&P." The session will be presided by HE Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, minister of oil and industry of Bahrain, and chaired by GEO general chairman Al-Jarwan.
There also will be two executive panels at the conference:
Impact of Geoscience Technology in Managing Middle East Reservoirs, chaired by Anwar Khalaf of Bapco and co-chaired by Khalid Al-Sumaiti of Kuwait Oil Company.
Speakers will include Abdul Jaleel Al Khalifa (Saudi Aramco), Gary Jones (Western Geco), Trevor Burgess (Baker Hughes), Iain Percival (Shell) and Kurt Rudolph (ExxonMobil).
Advances in Middle East Gas E&P, chaired by Mahmoud Abdul Baqi (Saudi Aramco).
Invited companies include Saudi Aramco, ExxonMobil, Qatar Petroleum, Shell and TotalFinaElf.
For the more adventurous geoscientists, the GEO 2002 program features three excursions:
Several courses will precede GEO 2002, including "Arabian Plate Sequence Stratigraphy" to be taught by the authors of GeoArabia Special Publication 2. Other short courses are being organized by the AAPG, EAGE and SEG, in collaboration with the DGS.
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