Under the Patronage of His Excellency Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa Minister of Oil, Kingdom of Bahrain.

SPE Workshop: Unconventionals in the Middle East: Potential, Challenges and Opportunities 9 - 10 May 2018 Sofitel Hotel Manama, Bahrain

About this Workshop

In light of the successful developments of some of the unconventional reservoirs in the US, and as the conventional reservoirs exploration is moving towards an end, the oil reliant Middle East countries need to invest more in exploring and developing their unconventional resources.

In fact, several countries in the Middle East have already taken the lead and embarked on this mission. This trend is expected to increase and spread to other countries in the region.

Furthermore, developing unconventional resources in the region has many unique challenges and it is becoming clear that the successes and best practices from the United States experience don’t necessarily and entirely apply to the Middle East reservoirs.

This workshop will provide a platform for experts to discuss the potential of the unconventional resources in the region, share their experiences in the form of case histories, outline innovations and technologies developments, as well as discuss challenges faced while exploring and producing unconventional prospects.

Workshop Objectives

The objective of this workshop is to provide the audience with an overview of unconventional reservoir projects in the MENA region and to discuss case histories and innovative technologies.

This workshop aims at sharing lessons learned and best practices to help accelerate the learning curve associated with the development of unconventional reservoirs in the MENA region.

While it focuses on the MENA region, the workshop which will include keynote speeches, technical presentations, panel discussions and Q&A sessions is designed to bring together regional and international professionals associated with unconventional reservoirs.

A major secondary objective of the workshop is to connect members from the unconventional community for future communication as well as to kick off a knowledge transfer process among attendees to encourage sharing of best practices and lessons learned with respect to case histories and evolving innovative technologies.

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.


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.

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.

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. 


  • 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.


In keeping with workshop 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.