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The 2012 SPE Middle East Unconventional Gas Conference and Exhibition (UGAS) which takes place in Abu Dhabi is the third edition of the event, organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

Event theme

With nearly every industry-related projection estimating that natural gas demand will continue to rise in the coming years, it is imperative that new technological developments are introduced to allow the economical production of unconventional gas. The event with its pertinent theme, "Unlocking Unconventional Gas: New Energy in the Middle East", will tackle all aspects related to this resource.

Viable option

Waleed Refaay, Managing Director of SPE said: "The potential of shale gas, tight gas, and coal bed methane has been known for so long. However, it is only with recent technological improvements that extracting these resources has become an economically viable option. Events such as the SPE Middle East Unconventional Gas Conference and Exhibition play a pivotal role in the dissemination of technical information and the introduction of new technologies, enabling oil and gas professionals to tap into this sought after resource."

Technical sessions

UGAS will offer its attendees 15 technical sessions on exploration and appraisal, drilling and completions, development and production, stimulation, and technology challenges and emerging solutions. There will also be technical sessions dedicated to shale gas, tight sand, and case studies highlighting best practices and lessons learnt from the past.

The technical programme of the event will include three panel sessions titled 'Setting the Scene', 'Unconventional Gas Development Challenges', and 'Unconventional Gas Expertise", chaired by distinguished industry icons from Baker Hughes, BAPCO, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, Halliburton, Oman Gas Company, Packers Plus, Petrowell, Saudi Aramco, Schlumberger, and Shell.