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Partnership Insight Series: 2017 Middle East Heavy Oil Congress

HOSTED UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF HIS EXCELLENCY SHAIKH MOHAMMED BIN KHALIFA AL-KHALIFA, MINISTER OF OIL, KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN

Often exploration and production of heavy crudes is associated with the western parts of the globe. It is, however, interesting to note that some of the world’s biggest heavy oil deposits can be found in the Middle East, and some of the largest oil producing companies and nations in the region are increasingly tapping into this resource.

The challenges that come with exploration, production, and refining of heavy oil are unique to the region producing the crude. Enhanced oil recovery methods that can be used in Canada, may not be useable for recovery of heavy crude in the Middle East.

While companies are working towards innovative strategies to maximise return on investment, the investment to explore, produce and refine heavy crude is consistently high, and prices low, irrespective of the price per barrel.

To find answers to these challenges, in 2015 the inaugural Middle East Heavy Oil Congress (MEHOC) was created for heavy oil producing companies and professionals to convene in the region at a global platform. The Congress, supported by the conference and an international exhibition, was endorsed by companies including Tatweer Petroleum, Kuwait Oil Company, Bapco, CNPC Liaohe, GlassPoint Solar, Al Khorayef, amongst others.

Held under the theme “Accelerating Growth in the Heavy Oil Value Chain: Innovation, Technology, Strategy”, MEHOC 2017 took place from 11-12 April 2017 in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Hosted under the patronage of His Excellency Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Minister of Oil, Kingdom of Bahrain, MEHOC 2017 hosted over 50 heavy oil experts speaking and presenting across 6 technical, and 6 business sessions over two days.

The technical sessions were  finalised after a rigorous review of over 150 submitted abstracts by the technical committee. Over 25 presentations were delivered across 6 sessions covering the upstream, midstream, and downstream elements of the heavy oil industry. Key speaking companies included:

  • BAPCO
  • Kuwait National Petroleum Company
  • Kuwait Oil Company
  • Lukoil Engineering
  • Occidental of Oman
  • PDVSA
  • Schlumberger
  • Takreer Research Centre
  • Tatweer Petroleum
  • Texas A&M University
  • Total S.A.

Business sessions facilitated conversations on creating strategies to maximize return on investment, managing project costs, the need for better refinery infrastructure, minimizing environmental impact during exploration of heavy oil, amongst others.