Muscat, The International Hydraulic
Fracturing Technology Conference and Exhibition kicked off today
under the patronage of Eng. Salim bin Nasser al-Oufi, Undersecretary
of the Ministry of Oil and Gas.
The three-day event is organised by the Society of Petroleum
Engineers (SPE), and held under the auspices of the Ministry of Oil
and Gas. The event is taking place in the region for the first time.
The event is critically important to the industry and builds on the
success of the popular SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology
Conference in the United States of America (USA), which has attracted
more than 15,500 attendees over the last 10 years.
The opening ceremony commenced with speeches by Eng.
Salim al-Oufi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Oil and Gas, Ali al-
Gheithy, Petroleum Engineering Director, Petroleum Development
Oman (PDO) and Conference Chairman; Darcy Spady, 2018 SPE
President, Broadview Energy, and a keynote address by Andy Krieger,
Head of Global Wells, BP.
Eng. al-Oufi, expressed great appreciation of the event’s quality,
saying, SPE consistently delivers high-caliber and relevant events in
Oman. The technical content is especially filtered to showcase
challenges, solutions and best practices in technology. The agenda of
the conference is well-positioned to enable important discussions and
knowledge-sharing to advance and improve the industry.
Shedding light on this year’s conference theme, Ali al-
Gheithy said, There is a lot to learn from the technological and
innovation revolution in the fracturing technology space, especially
from the USA. The pace and the ability to adapt with the market
dynamics of what has been achieved is remarkable to say the least,
production continues to increase while costs are being optimised and
reduced. We, in the region, can take the opportunity to learn and
partner with service providers and innovators from the USA for several
applications in the region and beyond, thus the conference theme�
Cracking the Code and Taking Fracturing Global.
The world is watching this conference in Oman, and maybe we can be
future leaders in fracturing technology and this could be where the
technology goes to the next level. The experts in our midst are the best
debaters, which will enable us to discuss, disseminate and exchange
information. The SPE core values are similar to that of this conference,
technical excellence, thinking globally, providing value to members,
volunteerism, and planning for the future. said Darcy Spady.
In his keynote address, Andy Kreiger said, I am truly amazed
at the advances that have been made in fracturing design and
operational execution. We’ve come through a very dynamic period in
the last several years and we find our industry on a different trajectory
and I am very excited about where the oil and gas industry is going.
The event features plenary and panel sessions, technical
sessions, knowledge sharing ePoster sessions, and a state-of-the-art
exhibition featuring both regional and international companies who will
showcase their innovations, products, and services. This inaugural
event welcomed over 450 delegates on its first day.
Source: Oman News Agency