03 March 2016
GEO 2016, the largest petroleum geoscience conference & exhibition in the Middle East, opens on 7 March in Bahrain

Manama, Bahrain: Petroleum industry professionals and geoscientists from 50+ countries will converge at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre on Monday 7 March for the conference opening session of the 12th Middle East Geosciences Conference and Exhibition (GEO 2016).

The associated 6,000 square metre exhibition of oil and gas exploration products and services will open in a separate ceremony on Tuesday 8 March under the patronage of the Prime Minister of Bahrain His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.

The conference ceremony and plenary session on 7 March assembles a panel of high ranking industry figures who will deliver their own perspective on this year's theme 'Today's Geoscience, Tomorrow's Energy.'

"GEO has always sought to ensure its content and discussions are focused on key issues and challenges for the geoscience community, while placing them firmly in the context of the prevailing business environment. The on-going level of commodity prices makes this more vital than ever. Our theme 'Today's Geosciences, Tomorrow's Energy' underlines the importance of geoscience in meeting not just the immediate technical challenges that lie ahead of us, but also in delivering the growing demand for energy in a cost-effective and efficient manner," said GEO 2016 Chairman and Mubadala Petroleum Chief Executive Officer Musabbeh Al Kaabi.

Aiman Bakhorji, GEO 2016 Technical Programme Committee Co-chair from Saudi Aramco, agrees that attending GEO 2016 is an invaluable investment for energy professionals everywhere.

"As always, GEO 2016 will be attended by decision makers, senior executives and top notch scientists and engineers from across the industry providing international networking and educational opportunities that will enrich our career and professional development. This will indeed be the most productive and strategic time that one can spend away from his office in 2016," Bakhorji said.

The conference opening ceremony on 7 March will begin with ministerial addresses from His Excellency Dr. Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza, Minister of Energy, Bahrain, His Excellency Tarek El Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Egypt and His Excellency Dr. Matar Al Neyadi, Undersecretary, Ministry of Energy, United Arab Emirates. Addresses will follow from Daniel Yergin,

Vice Chairman, IHS, Saif Al Ghafli, CEO, Al Hosn Gas and Sherif Foda, President of Production Group & Vice Chairman, Schlumberger.

More than 200 technical presentations and 120+ poster presentations designed to share the knowledge and experience of managing, operating and supplying companies will follow over the subsequent 3 days of the conference. Topics include human resources, advances in technologies, petrophysics, geological studies and hydrocarbon exploration in addition to special sessions.

GEO 2016 will also offer 5 panel sessions led by presidents, vice presidents, CEOs and managers of key players in the industry such as BP, ExxonMobil, Halliburton, IHS, Mubadala Development Company, Petroleum Development Oman, Schlumberger, Shell and Total amongst others. These topical sessions will cover long term strategies in unpredictable markets, emerging IT trends, integrated technologies, unconventional resources in the region and industry-academia collaboration.

New additions to the 2016 agenda include a special session entitled 'Women's Growing Role in the Energy Industry' led by top female industry professionals.

GEO 2016 also includes a robust programme of activities for young professionals and students representing 18 universities.

Robert Kuchinski, President of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Middle East Region and Senior Technical Adviser for formation evaluation in the Middle East / Africa Region for Weatherford, is planning to attend GEO for the fifth time. Describing GEO as "the premier geoscience conference in the region," he said the event offers numerous benefits to attendees.

"The technical programme is rich and varied. It is a good place to meet geoscientists working in the Middle East and to expand your knowledge on geosciences and the Middle East oil and gas industry," he said.

Kuchinski cites the importance of participation from throughout the region and the world at GEO, noting that energy professionals from abroad have much to learn from colleagues in the region.

"The Middle East contains the world's largest oil and gas reservoirs distributed throughout many unique, interesting and dynamic countries. These oil and gas deposits are being developed by NOCs that are committed to producing as much oil and gas as they can, using the most advanced technology and sophisticated techniques possible," Kuchinski said.

"As much of this technology and techniques are adapted from other parts of the world, a geoscientist in the Middle East gets exposure and learning opportunities from people all over the world," he said.

The parallel exhibition will cater to industry operators, service providers, academia and technology solution providers to share latest breakthroughs and solution-oriented innovations for everyday technical challenges. More than 130 companies from 20+ countries will be in attendance from 8 - 10 March.

Serving all areas of the oil and gas exploration industry, principal participants include national oil companies, international oil companies, suppliers, service providers and country pavilions from Egypt, North America and the UK.

"With a rich technical programme and a comprehensive exhibition, companies and delegates alike can utilise GEO 2016 to learn, forge trading relationships, share expertise and knowledge, and create new technologies. Since this event first took place in 1994, it has played a significant role in the development and growth of the industry and oil and gas resources in the Middle East," said Arabian Exhibition Management's Director of Sales and Marketing Fawzi Al Shehabi.

For further information, or to register to attend GEO 2016 visit www.geo2016.com

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For more information please contact:
Fawzi Al Shehabi / Joanne Blundell
Arabian Exhibition Management 
PO Box 20200 
T: +973 17 550033 
E: fawzi@aemallworld.com / jo@aemallworld.com 

About GEO
Inaugurated in 1994, GEO is the most established showcase of petroleum geoscience products and services in the Middle East, attracting NOCs, IOCs and major operating companies. The event is organised by Arabian Exhibition Management in partnership with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG).

GEO 2016 is also supported by a committee of NOCs, IOCs and major service providers in addition to local geoscience societies from Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Saudi Arabia. In 2016, the programme committee is chaired by Mubadala Petroleum's Chief Executive Officer Musabbeh Al Kaabi.

GEO is the largest and best attended technical event of its kind in the region, offering exceptional networking, business and educational opportunities to all professionals with an interest in the future development of the Middle East's hydrocarbon resources. In 2014, GEO was attended by a total of 4,098 conference delegates and exhibition visitors.

The conference features over 200 technical presentations, 120+ poster presentations, workshops, 5 panel sessions, an executive plenary session and a range of other activities. The parallel 6,000 square metre exhibition of oil and gas exploration products and services features over 130 exhibitors from 20+ countries.

For more information, please visit www.geo2016.com

About Arabian Exhibition Management
Arabian Exhibition Management is a pioneer of professional exhibition organisation in the Middle East. Since its inception in 1977 this Bahrain-based company has successfully staged over 150 events. AEM's calendar at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre caters to a wide range of industry sectors, including oil and gas; refining and petrochemicals; geosciences; jewellery and watches; and consumer goods.

AEM is an affiliate of Allworld Exhibitions. The Allworld Exhibitions Alliance of organisers, managers and consultants in exhibitions is the world's largest private association of professional organisers active in the field of international trade shows.

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