10th Middle East Geosciences Conference and Exhibition (GEO 2012) which opened on Sunday.More than 2,000 oil and gas professionals have converged on Bahrain for the
The four-day event, located at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre, is staged under the theme "Shaping the future of geoscience in the Middle East region".
Energy Minister Dr Abdulhussein Mirza, who opened GEO 2012, delivered a speech on the history of oil and gas in the region and the world, the use of geoscience in the oil and gas sector and the growing demand for oil in the world.
He also shed light on the latest oil industry developments in the kingdom and Noga's plans for the future.
"The kingdom is proud to host such a large number of experts and representatives from leading oil and gas companies, which is proof of the security and stability enjoyed by the kingdom during the prosperous era of His Majesty King Hamad," he said.
An associated exhibition of oil and gas exploration industry products and services will open in a separate ceremony today (Monday).
More than 360 technical and poster presentations designed to share the knowledge and experience of managing, operating and supplying companies will follow over the subsequent three days of the conference.
Topics range from human resources, technologies to solve complex reservoir challenges, reservoir characterisation, advances in geophysics, integration and next generation technologies, petrophysics, geological studies and basin modelling, new play concepts in exploration, harvesting unconventional resources, environment and safety in addition to special sessions.
More than 150 companies from 27 countries will be in attendance at the exhibition, which covers all areas of petroleum geosciences.
Main participants include all six GCC national oil and gas companies - Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Bapco, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, Petroleum Development Oman, Qatar Petroleum and Saudi Aramco - who will be exhibiting alongside Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell and Total.
Service industry giants BGP, CGGVeritas, Halliburton, Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Schlumberger, Tatweer Petroleum and Weatherford; national groups from North America and the UK; and numerous smaller independent specialist suppliers and distributors from across the globe complete this lineup.