Informa Markets signs agreement with SPE for Middle East conferences

Informa Markets hasmeos1 signed an agreement with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), to co-organise technical conferences for the Middle East Oil & Gas Show and Conference (MEOS) in Bahrain and the Kuwait Oil & Gas Show and Conference (KOGS)

H.E. Shaikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Bahrain’s Minister of Oil, believes the combined strength of the alliance will ultimately benefit MEOS and the wider oil and gas industry.

He said, “We warmly welcome the renewed strategic partnership between the Society of Petroleum Engineers and Informa, who together work diligently to position MEOS as a leading platform in oil and gas which attracts the largest and most influential local, regional and global specialised oil companies to participate. This strategic alliance will act as a catalyst to not only push the industry forward but will boost the economy and attract investment to the Kingdom of Bahrain in other sectors as well.”

Mark Rubin, CEO and executive vice president of SPE, believes the delivery of critical insight from oil and gas professionals as part of the agreement will be key to sustainable growth for the industry in the region.

“SPE’s vision is to advance the oil and gas community’s ability to meet the world’s energy demands in a safe, environmentally responsible and sustainable manner,” said Rubin. “Our strategic alliance with Informa will assist in fulfilling that vision through two key multi-disciplinary events in MEOS and KOGS. We look forward to delivering more to our members and the industry as we advance through these challenging times.”

Faisal Al Nughaimish, the MEOS Conference chairman and head of Gas Drilling Engineering at Saudi Aramco, said, “MEOS is long established as the must-attend upstream oil and gas event in the region. It attracts the leading global players, it’s a gateway for us to find partners and develop lasting business relationships. We enjoy discovering the cutting-edge products and innovative solutions on display from others while showcasing our own projects and accomplishments.”

Informa Markets say the SPE backing for both MEOS and KOGS will chart a new, dynamic course for the industry’s future as it looks to massively improve efficiencies and source innovative solutions to diversify product ranges.

“Informa’s continuing strategic alliance with the SPE underpins our commitment to the growth of our oil and gas portfolio in the Middle East,” said Michael Champion, regional EVP – MEA of Informa Markets.

MEOS is the first of two planned Informa Markets events where SPE will organise the conference and dedicated content streams. The 22nd edition of the biennial show will take place from 24-27 May under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Bahrain at the Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre (BIECC).

The MEOS technical conference will focus on innovative 4th Industrial Revolution technology to solve industry challenges and create future-focused opportunities with onsite content streams tackling a wide remit of industry topics. The exhibition and conference is hosted by Bahrain’s National Oil & Gas Authority (NOGA), chaired by Saudi Aramco and co-chaired by Italian energy major Eni.

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