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CCUS: Key Elements to Successful Implementation in the Middle East


7 – 8 November 2012

Abu Dhabi, UAE | Beach Rotana Hotel

About this Workshop


Every year large amounts, 30+ billion tons, of greenhouse gasses (GHG) are still being emitted into the atmosphere, and these volumes only tend to increase. While environmental scientists have long been raising the alarm and predicting dire consequences of these emissions on world climate, so far mankind has not responded adequately to these challenges. Do we fully understand the danger of crossing the point of no return? Can we act fast and change our future? The expected and hopeful answer is "Yes", but only if we start making significant and concerted steps in the right direction. Should we act in isolation or use synergy of combining the decades of practical experience gained in CO2 EOR technology developed and optimised in North America with the latest R&D efforts and novel CCS technologies from the rest of the world? The very demographics of this workshop can probably provide the answer.

The leaders of the Middle East region with the involvement of major oil companies and industrial entities, along with policy makers and regulators, are putting their efforts together to understand the challenges and realise the opportunities ahead of CO2–EOR application. This is the result of understanding the responsibility to reduce the GHG while sustaining oil productions, and reaching the anticipated ultimate recoveries, and hence society's welfare.

This workshop provides a venue for not only sharing ideas, but also brings together people who can and do make a difference. Obviously, we face huge challenges to the commercial success of these projects, but where there is a will, there is a way. The whole history of civilisation demonstrates our ability in solving problems. This time it is not different; our collective efforts combined with “out-of-the-box” thinking will pave the road to success.

Visa Information

SPE Middle East, North Africa and India will assist in providing a visa invitation letter, upon request in writing, to confirmed registrants after receiving full payment of registration fees. Visa invitation letters take five days to issue from the date of request and it is the delegate's responsibility to obtain their own visa. SPE cannot issue the visa nor can we guarantee it will be obtained.


Workshop Guidelines


Two (2) days of informal discussions prompted by selected keynote presentations and discussions. Workshops maximise the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices. The majority of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements and lessons learnt. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and the press is not invited to attend.


  • Proceedings will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not expected from speakers.
  • Work in progress, new ideas and interesting projects are sought.
  • Professionally-prepared visual aids are not required; handwritten view graphs are entirely acceptable.
  • Note-taking by participants is encouraged.


Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Steering Committee encourages attendance from those who can contribute to the workshop most effectively either in discussions or with posters. A mix of attendees in terms of geographic origin, companies and disciplines will be encouraged.

Workshop Deliverables

  • The Steering Committee will appoint a “scribe” to record the discussions and to produce the full workshop report for SPE.
  • This report will be circulated to all attendees as the workshop deliverable within 4–6 weeks following the workshop. The copyright of the report is with SPE.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on a specific SPE URL address after the workshop Provision of the materials by the speakers will signify their permission for SPE to do so.


In keeping with ATW objectives and the SPE mission, commercialism in posters or presentations will not be permitted. Company logos must be limited to the title slide and used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter and others involved in the work.

Attendance Certificate

All attendees will receive an attendance certificate attesting to their participation in the workshop. This certificate will be provided in exchange for a completed Workshop Questionnaire.

Continuing Education Units

Attendees at this workshop qualify for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the workshop.