Hosted under the patronage of His Excellency Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Minister of Oil, Kingdom of Bahrain and supported by National Oil & Gas Authority (NOGA), the 2nd Middle East Heavy Oil Congress (MEHOC) took place on the 11-12 April 2017 at the Gulf Hotel, Kingdom of Bahrain
The Congress offered two days of unparalleled networking and knowledge exchange opportunities for heavy oil professionals from across the globe through a dedicated conference and an international exhibition where NOCs, IOCs and service providers showcased latest technologies and offerings to heavy oil professionals.
While heavy oil will be a saviour to the ever-increasing demand for fossil fuels from the developing nations, its future production will have to overcome extremely difficult recovery conditions, the downhole difficulties increased by the need for sustainability and environmental compliance. We need to pursue an extensive research and development, before they become commercially accessible. This conference provides us a platform to understand the current economic outlook and anticipate future pressures including where heavy oil fits within the current and future energy mix. We should also see discussions on integration and bringing heavy crudes to the market ensuring a sustainable and commercially viable future.
His Excellency, Dr Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza
Minister of Electricity & Water Affairs
Kingdom of Bahrain
MEHOC 2015 was well organised. The conference was attended by many professionals from all over the world, and covered many topics focusing mainly on the E&P of Heavy Oil in the Gulf Region and the challenges encountered in the exploration of Heavy Oil. However, there were as many topics presented to cover the downstream side of the Heavy Oil processing. In future HO conferences, I would like to see more papers addressing the main challenges of Heavy Oil in the downstream processing unit.
Mahmood Abdulraheem Bucheeri
Manager – Oil Processing Department
BAPCO and member of the MEHOC 2015 Organising Committee.
Indeed, the Heavy Oil Middle East Conference is an eye-opening and valuable event. An opportunity to meet field developers and facility operators, vendors and project planners as well. The facilitated discussions have provided a great opportunity to step a little back, learn and think a bit differently about opportunities and problems. The experience had an immediate impact on me on many aspects. Back home, all valuable information have been shared with project team, project control and project designer. Through these type of conferences, the oil community can face economically the increasing energy demand.
Sr. Process and Facility Engineer
Kuwait Oil Company
MEHOC 2015 was very good. We got the opportunity to meet quality people and form great connections in the region's heavy oil sector that would have taken me years to connect with otherwise. I also appreciated this chance to become educated on the challenges and opportunities for heavy oil technology in the region in one quick group of seminars.