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2012 Show report

  • The 10th edition of GEO ended on 7 March 2012 having attracted 3,616 trade visitors and conference delegates.

    The 3 day exhibition of petroleum geoscience products, services and technology spanned 8,000 metres of space at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre and featured 147 companies from 27 countries. 92% of exhibitors surveyed on the last day ranked their experience at GEO 2012 as either ‘good’ or ‘excellent’.

    Principal participants at GEO 2012 included all six GCC national oil and gas companies – ADNOC, Bapco, KPC, PDO, Qatar Petroleum and Saudi Aramco – who exhibited alongside supermajors including Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell and Total. Service industry giants BGP, CGGVeritas, Halliburton, Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Schlumberger, Tatweer Petroleum and Weatherford; national groups from North America and the UK; and numerous smaller independent specialist suppliers and distributors from across the globe completed this line up.

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    GEO 2012 Cutting of the Ribbon Opening Ceremony

    GEO 2012 was held under the patronage of His Royal Highness the Prime Minister of Bahrain Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa. The exhibition was inaugurated on his behalf by Bahrain’s Minister of Energy and National Oil and Gas Authority Chairman Dr Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza.

    Read here for a list of exhibitors at GEO 2012

  • The high level technical conference which ran parallel to the exhibition was supported and developed by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), the Dhahran Geoscience Society (DGS), the Bahrain Geoscience Society (BGS), the Geological Society of Oman (GSO), Qatar Geological Society (QGS) and the Emirates Society of Geoscientists (ESG) in cooperation with a committee of national and international oil company representatives. A major focal point of the GEO series, it attracted 1,145 registered delegates.

    Under the chairmanship of Petroleum Development Oman’s Director of Exploration Intisaar Al Kindy, the technical programme consisted of more than 360 technical and poster presentations designed to share the knowledge and experience of managing, operating and supplying companies.

    Topics ranged from human resources, technologies to solve complex reservoir challenges, reservoir characterisation, advances in geophysics, integration and next generation technologies, petrophysics, geological studies and basin modelling, new play concepts in exploration, harvesting unconventional resources, environment and safety in addition to special sessions.

    The packed conference schedule at GEO 2012 also offered 5 panel sessions led by presidents, CEOs, managing directors, and chairmen of key players in the industry such as CGGVeritas, Chevron, Daleel Petroleum, Dana Gas, Dolphin Energy, ExxonMobil, Halliburton, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Petroleum Development Oman, Saudi Aramco, Schlumberger, Shell, Tatweer Petroleum, Total and WesternGeco.

    These sessions covered new exploration frontiers, geoscience and the environment, multi-disciplinary approaches to hydrocarbon exploration and development, emerging trends in research and development and maximising recovery from reserves.

    Read here for a list of speakers at GEO 2012