H.E. Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Minister of oil, opened on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, the 4th edition of the SPE Middle East Artificial Lift Conference and Exhibition at the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq. Organized by the World Petroleum Engineers Association in cooperation and coordination with the National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA), with the support and sponsorship of Saudi Aramco, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, Tatweer Petroleum and a number of national and international oil companies, with a broad participation of experts, specialists, heads and directors of companies working in the field of artificial lifting.
In his opening statement, H.E. the Minister said that the government of the Kingdom of Bahrain welcomes in holding such global events, where several international companies are participating and that this event is an important event that supports and enhances the oil industry in the Middle East region by providing the best achievements done by technologies and industrial solutions in the field of artificial lifting of plants and factories working in the field of oil and gas and other related industries. Assuring H.E. that the establishment of such conferences, exhibitions and specialized events in the Kingdom of Bahrain will undoubtedly contribute in preparing specialized competencies in the oil and gas sector, as well as the economic returns of the Kingdom.
Moreover, H.E. the Minister of Oil added that the future of increased pumping of oil and gas at comparable rates depends entirely on modern technologies, since wells cannot continue pumping oil or gas at the same rates, because of the landing of pressure to pull oil from the reservoir, where the oil is lost from the bottom of the well to the surface. H.E. stressed the need to use advanced technology and artificial lifting to increase the production capacity of the fields by supporting the oil column in the well to the surface.
H.E. the Minister referred to the achievements of the Kingdom of Bahrain in this regard through the application of advanced technology and the latest artificial lifting techniques, which contributed positively and constructively to increase the production of the oil well in the field of Bahrain, which is one of the oldest oil fields in the Gulf States region. Noting the tireless efforts of the national human cadres, which have had a great impact on the establishment of many joint ventures with various international companies and oil exploration and their impact on the national economy.
This year's event was marked by the introduction of the latest innovations and technologies in the field of the accompanying exhibition, as well as the numerical participation in the conference, in which many companies, consultants, stakeholders, majors and service providers from around the world participated.
In conclusion, H.E. the Minister of oil, extended his thanks and appreciation to the International Petroleum Engineers Association, the President of the Conference, the members of the organizing committee and all the sponsors of this event, as well as the exhibitors, all participants, attendees and visitors, wishing everyone a successful conference.
Then, Mr. Jamal Al Mufleh, Conference Chairperson, the General Supervisor for the Development of Production and Facilities at Saudi Aramco, and Nasser Al Nuaimi, Vice President of Petroleum Engineering and Development at Saudi Aramco and Mr. Sami Al Nuaim, SPE President, who expressed their thanks and appreciation to H.E. the Minister of Oil, for his continued support in various oil events and other related events held by the World Petroleum Engineers Association in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Noting H.E., the importance of this global event in the present time to develop the work of oil wells and increase their production by using the best modern technologies and minimizing damage and accidents.
On the sidelines of the conference, H.E. the Minister of Oil, inaugurated the accompanying exhibition, in which a number of local, regional and international oil companies participated and met with a large number of exhibiting companies, where they reviewed the best of the latest technologies.