I would like to start the quarterly message by wishing you a happy new year. On a personal note, 2019 was a rewarding year. I had the pleasure of meeting some of our finest and most devoted members as the SPE regional director. The amount of dedication and selflessness displayed by these volunteers epitomises what makes our society great. This is why I am optimistic that 2020 will be even better as we work together to better our society.
Our agenda for the year begins with the International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC), which lands in Saudi Arabia for the first time, with more than 8,000 delegates and 250 exhibitors. The conference is under the patronage of his Royal Highness Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin AbdulAziz Al-Saud, crown prince, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia deputy prime minister, and minister of defense. The conference is a collaborative effort among the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). It brings a rich agenda with 100 technical sessions and 10 plenary and panel sessions that will provide an enriching experience to all participants.
Furthermore, our region will be hosting the ESP Journey to the Future Symposium on 19–20 February, Oman Petroleum and Energy Show Conference on 9–11 March, Unconventional in the Middle East Symposium on 15–16 April, and Reservoir Management and Water Flood Excellence 20–22 April in addition to the other 47 conferences and symposiums later in the year and in other regions. I encourage all our members to try to participate in as many of these events as possible.
At the end I would like to remind you to renew your membership. In addition, I hope you continue promoting our great society and recruit new members.
Faisal N. Al-Nughaimish
SPE Regional Director
Middle East and North Africa