Programme Chairs’ Message

Letter from the Programme Chairs

Ashraf Tahini

Ashraf Tahini

Saudi Aramco
Programme Chairman
Wael Abdallah

Wael Abdallah

Schlumberger
Programme Co-Chair
Amran Zakei

Amran Zakei

PETRONAS
Programme Co-Chair

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the programme committee, we are delighted to invite you to attend the 2021 SPE Middle East Oil & Gas Show and Conference (MEOS 2021) that will be held on 15–18 March 2021 at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The year 2020 is a tough year for humankind as our resolve was tested while dealing with the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. The oil and gas industry took a massive and unprecedented hit during this time. As people were forced to go into lockdown, the demand for hydrocarbon declined and so did the prices.

Facing and overcoming these challenging circumstances made us, as an industry, stronger and more resilient than ever. Tough times, however unpleasant they maybe, offer great opportunities for innovative solutions. As we move forward, we can’t escape the role technology has played in our lives during the pandemic period. It kept the world in touch and wheels of the economies rolling.

The oil and gas industry thrives on technology advancement to cope with new challenges, a reality we all witnessed during the past years. The MEOS 2021 technical programme reflects how the oil and gas industry has embraced the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) in all aspects of its business and the role it is playing in shaping the future.

As we look towards the future, we are certain that our reliance on digital transformation will increase as we incorporate it into every aspect of our work. This will be true reality from the office to the rig.

The MEOS 2021 programme will also feature aspects of sustainability and environmental stewardship. This is where our industry leads the conversation on the carbon footprint of fossil fuels and spring towards climate resiliency and net-zero emissions.

The MEOS 2021 edition provides a unique opportunity to learn, share, and exchange ideas and solutions on how to adopt the following in one of the toughest periods in recent world history.

We invite you to submit abstracts on topics related to exploration, reservoir, production, drilling, completion, facilities, 4IR technologies, human resources, health, safety, security, and environment. In addition, we are happy to introduce new topics in MEOS 2021 this year including: midstream gas, carbon footprint management, and business continuity through challenging times.

We are looking forward to your participation to share and exchange ideas, and expand our network for the betterment of our industry and the world we live in.