Field trips offer hands-on experience

ADIPEC is hosting a series of field trips during its conference programme this year to provide first-hand insights for selected students and conference delegates into oil and gas operations in the UAE. Organised in conjunction with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the trips began yesterday and will continue on the final day of ADIPEC.

Participants have been getting the opportunity to find out more about some of the most unique and interesting fields in the oil and gas industry in this series of field trips. These are free to attend, with the exception of a special kayak tour which costs AED250 per person.

During the first field trip, which took place yesterday, participants visited Schlumberger’s Middle East & Asia Learning Centre. This state-of-the-art centre, run in partnership with ADNOC, is one of the largest in the world and has both technical and classroom-based training, including the replication of conditions likely to be experienced in the field, 10 training wells and two fully functional rigs.

Also on 31 October, there was the first of two opportunities to visit the Mangrove Lagoon of Abu Dhabi Island. This took place as a two-hour kayak tour where participants saw modern carbonate sediments laid down in the arid environment of the lagoon. This trip will be repeated on 4 November, the final day of the show.
The final field trip, again on day four of ADIPEC, will be to the modern sabkha environment of Abu Dhabi, one of the few areas in the world where geoscientists can observe interplay between carbonate and evaporite sedimentation.

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