Under the patronage of HE Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry of Qatar and Chairman of Qatar Petroleum (QP), the 8th Middle East Artificial Lift Form (MEALF) will be held from 3 to 5 February 2015 at The Ritz-Carlton Doha Hotel.

Expecting an audience of over 400 industry professionals, the three-day event will focus on the increasing use of artificial lift technologies in oil production operations throughout the Middle East region. With around 150 papers already submitted by technical experts of the industry and a representation of over 25 countries by around 40 exhibitors, MEALF 2015 is emerging as the only dedicated event for the artificial lift industry in the region, and it will provide an opportunity for networking with industry professionals, top executives and decision makers.

MEALF 2015 is proud to announce the role of Qatar Petroleum as the Exclusive Partner of the event, the success of which can be attributed to the tremendous support offered by QP HE Dr Al Sada is scheduled to deliver the welcome message during the opening of the event, and Khaled Al Ansari, Manager of Dukhan Field Development, and Abdulrahman Ahmed Fakhroo, Senior Petroleum Engineer at QP, are among the committee members for MEALF 2015. QP will also be contributing in the conference, where James Lau P Lam and Eraky Khalil Mahrous will be representing the corporation among the technical speakers.

Taking place after every two years, MEALF plays an important role in providing the best technical solutions while promoting knowledge sharing and creating a best practice centre to meet the future needs of the industry. To be held with the theme of ‘Lifting Our Future’, the forum will consist of an exhibition, a conference and various workshops. The exhibition will showcase all the equipment, technologies and services related to artificial lift operations. It will also keep delegates abreast with the latest products and the newest technologies that are now available in the market.

The conference will consist of highly informative presentations and forum discussion sessions that will feature high-profile speakers focusing on all aspects of artificial lift as an important component of oil production activities. Bringing together the best technical specialists under one roof, the conference will focus on documenting excellent learning case studies and best practices in artificial lift topics, thus providing first-hand information on key issues and developments.

The presentations will be carefully selected by renowned individuals in the oil and gas industry, thus delivering a programme with sessions focusing on New Technology, Artificial Lift Design, Automation, Surveillance & Optimization, Complex Systems, Harsh Environment, Reliability & Failure Analysis, and Artificial Lift Challenges and Best Practices.

The forum will also include an entire day of pre-forum training workshops to be held on 3November 2014. These workshops will be conducted by leading experts from Schlumberger, Weatherford, General Electric and Lufkin, and they will feature various topics including gas lift, electrical submersible pumps, artificial lift selection, and sucker rod technologies.

The eighth edition of MEALF will witness an initiative of being a ‘Green Event’ where the use of paper will be discouraged throughout the duration of the forum. To do so, each delegate will be provided with an iPad that has full access to the MEALF App. It will contain all information regarding the event and will be easily accessible by all the participants, since it will be available on all iOS devices.

Other new initiatives of MEALF 2015 include the involvement of the youth in the oil and gas industry by giving free access to students in both the exhibition and forum. Not only will they learn from the leading experts in the field, but they will also be given the chance to exhibit their projects at the reserved space in the exhibition. Students will be expected to receive support from international and regional companies with regards to honing their skill sets and receiving counselling for future opportunities. An insightful panel discussion will also take place under the topic, New Generation: Challenging the Future, which will help create a vision to support the younger generation to develop their careers in the oil and gas industry.