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The 2012 Middle East Unconventional Gas Conference and Exhibition (UGAS) has received 200 paper submissions from leading oil and gas companies and academia - 87 companies spread across 25 countries.

Waleed Refaay, Managing Director of SPE said, "The papers have been carefully selected by experts in the field to reflect all aspects of unconventional gas: economy of scale and commercialisation; exploration and appraisal; development and production; HSE challenges; technology challenges and emerging solutions".

The relentless pursuit for improving oil and gas technology and the continuous effort to reduce cost and increase operating efficiencies have resulted in the transformation of previously overlooked uneconomic resources, such as tight gas, coalbed methane and shale gas, into much more economical gas production sources. To address this change, the theme of the conference is "Unlocking Unconventional Gas: New Energy in the Middle East".

The conference will include a robust technical programme, with three panel sessions titled 'Setting the Scene', 'Unconventional Gas Development Challenges', and 'Unconventional Gas Expertise'. The sessions will host renowned oil and gas figures from Baker Hughes, BAPCO, Halliburton, Schlumberger, and Saudi Aramco.

A technical workshop will also take place alongside the conference, addressing business and technology challenges of sour fields with sessions on 'HSE', 'Strategies for Sustainability', 'Technical Challenges', and 'Reservoir Characterisation and Management'.