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DOHA: “Offshore Middle East 2013” — a three-day conference and exhibition — organised by Offshore and hosted by Qatar Petroleum, will be held here under the patronage of
H E Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry at Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) from January 21 to 23, a statement said yesterday.
The event will discuss new developments, enhancements and regional challenges related to the oil and gas industry.
A main driver for offshore gas development has been, and will likely continue to be, strong growth in natural gas demand in the Gulf region and the broader Middle East. The Gulf region has an abundance of reserves of natural gas – much of it offshore such as the South Pars/North Field reservoir which is the largest non-associated gas field in the world – but only Qatar is a significant natural gas exporter.
Since its inception four years ago, Offshore Middle East has carved a niche for itself as the leading conference and exhibition for the offshore oil and gas market and continues to experience significant expansion as the industry experiences renewed growth in the Middle East and North Africa region.
The event will commence with the Opening Plenary on Monday 21, January featuring keynote speakers Dr Mohammad Al-Sada; Mubarak A Al Hajri, Operations Manager -Offshore Fields; and David Paganie, Chief Editor, Offshore magazine and Director, Offshore Conferences, PennWell Corporation.
A panel session Managing Ageing Oil and Gas Assets is also expected to draw interest particularly from oil and gas plants in the Middle East since ageing infrastructure poses unforeseen major and complex breakdowns and follow-on risks to safety and production.
Running alongside the conference, the exhibition floor will showcase innovative products and technologies by leading regional and international companies including Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Shell, Maersk Oil, Al Nasr Holding Co and Total.