Manama, Bahrain: Over 8,500 oil & gas professionals will gather to hear from 400+ expert speakers and meet with over 200 exhibitors at the 21st edition of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Middle East Oil & Gas Show and Conference (MEOS) from 18 – 21 March 2019 at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Held under the patronage of His Royal Highness the Prime Minister of Bahrain Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, this biennial event builds on 40 years of successful interaction between industry and technical leaders in one of the most prolific hydrocarbon regions in the world.

This year’s conference theme ‘Resilience through Talent and Technology Transformation’ reflects on how the industry can stay the course as it stands on the brink of a technological revolution while dealing with the implications of a long-lasting low-oil-price environment.

As operators and service providers seek opportunities to do more with less, MEOS 2019 will discuss the main enablers in this new era, what the future will look like, and how resilience can be achieved while maintaining a win-win environment for all via a series of high level panels, open discussions and workshops.

Over 200 peer-reviewed technical presentations and 160+ interactive poster presentations will also cover real life case studies, best practices and the use of emerging technologies across 12 key topics: the 4th industrial revolution, drilling and completions, EOR, exploration geology and geophysics, HSSE, human resources and diversity, production and facilities, reservoir characterisation, unconventionals, reservoir engineering, project management and energy efficiency and innovation.

A 3 day exhibition runs parallel to the conference from 19 – 21 March providing participants with further networking, learning and business opportunities. Over 200 exhibitors from 25 countries will showcase the latest innovations, products and services in all areas of the upstream sector; including exploration, development, production, transportation, and processing of oil and natural gas.

Principal exhibitors include GCC national oil and gas companies, who will be exhibiting alongside international supermajors, service industry giants and independent specialist suppliers and distributors from across the globe.



The packed agenda at MEOS 2019 opens with two brand new features – the MEOS 2019 Energy Awards and the SPE Middle East Energy Summit.

The inaugural MEOS Energy Awards recognise the outstanding efforts of individuals in the upstream oil and gas industry as voted for by an independent expert panel. Winners will be announced on 18 March 2019 across 5 categories: technology and innovation, transformation and industrial development, performance and project delivery, HSE and social responsibility, and talent and capability development.

The new one-day Energy Summit takes place under the theme ‘Towards Resilient and Sustainable Energy Strategies’ and is aimed at government officials, policy makers, academics, business leaders and green energy advocates. Ministers and energy kingpins will discuss the need for countries reliant on non-renewable natural energy sources to generate secure, sustainable and practical energy strategies to guarantee future economic prosperity.




High level discussion continues at the conference opening ceremony on 18 March 2019, beginning with welcome addresses by Bahrain’s Minister of Oil His Excellency Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa, the MEOS 2019 Chairman and Saudi Aramco’s Chief Petroleum Engineer Waleed Al-Mulhim, and the 2019 SPE President Sami Alnuaim.

Presidents and CEOs from Saudi Aramco, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, a GE Company will reflect on resilience in the future from both operator and service company perspectives at the subsequent executive plenary session on 19 March 2019 entitled ‘Resilience of the Future—How Can We Achieve Resilience in the Coming Years?’.

Other conference highlights during the course of MEOS 2019 from 19 – 21 March 2019 include an industry keynote session exploring how the oil and gas sector is adapting to demands for cleaner technologies and energy sources, a workshop sharing best practices to support cultural transformation and build a truly diverse workplace, and 6 panel sessions featuring CEOs, presidents and managers. Speakers include senior representatives from Alphax Decision Sciences, Arabian Drilling Company, Baker Hughes, a GE Company, Broadview Energy, CMG, Dragon Oil, ExxonMobil, Halliburton, IFP School, IHS Markit, KAYRROS, Microsoft, NASA, NESR, Oilserv, OOCEP, Petroleum Development Oman, Rystad Energy, Saudi Aramco, Schlumberger, Shell, SparkCognition and the University of London amongst others.