13–15 January 2020
Dhahran EXPO
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Saudi Aramco


Here is what our Sponsors have to say...

Khalid Taqa

“TAQA is a proud principal sponsor of IPTC 2020 and it gives us great pleasure to announce the launch of our new “TAQA Innovation Centre”, which positions TAQA as a value creator, leading-industry innovator and enabler of a more prosperous, dynamic and resilient economy for the King of Saudi Arabia.”

Khalid M. Nouh
Chief Executive Officer 


Mike Cousins

“ExxonMobil is proud to sponsor the IPTC which brings influential leaders together to share best practices and technological advancements to tackle new energy challenges. We start a new decade with IPTC 2020, and look forward to a bigger, better, and brighter future in energy.” 

Mike Cousins
Senior Vice President, ExxonMobil Upstream Business Development Company


Zaher I

“We are proud to be a principal sponsor to IPTC 2020. An event focused on technology and sharing expertise as well best practices among industry veterans is essential to ensuring we work towards a sustainable future in the industry. We look forward to being part of the conversation and showcase our latest technology and digital solutions that are customer focused.”

Zaher Ibrahim
President, Saudi Arabia, North Gulf & East Mediterranean,
Baker Hughes



"Halliburton is proud to sponsor IPTC 2020 – an important venue for collaborating with our customers and peers. It allows us to showcase our leading technology and continuous improvement initiatives that attain the lowest cost per BOE for our customers."

Samir Salous 
Vice President for Saudi and Bahrain, Halliburton


Ziad Jeha

"Schlumberger will be driving customer performance to new levels, by leading the digital E&P industry transformation, developing fit-for-basin solutions, capturing value from higher performance impact, and fostering capital stewardship."

"IPTC is a great venue to demonstrate our commitment as the performance company of choice, leveraging 80 years of local experience."

Ziad Jeha
President Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, Schlumberger



“NESR is proud to be a diamond sponsor of IPTC 2020. IPTC offers a unique opportunity to network and exchange knowledge. We will exhibit our fit-for-purpose solutions, state-of-the-art technologies, and engage our local talents in support of IPTC’s success in its first edition in Saudi Arabia.”

Hani Almaimani 
Executive Director, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain,
National Energy Services Reunited Corp. (NESR)


Here is what our Authors have to say...(Continued)

Yingwei Yu

Training an Automated Directional Drilling Agent with Deep Reinforcement Learning in a Simulated Environment

IPTC Paper 19987 | Session 64: AI and Big Data in Drilling
15 January | 0900 hours

"We want to introduce our community to how we solve the real-world oil and gas decision-making problems, particularly in directional drilling, through the deep reinforcement learning framework. We hope to trigger the interest in the new technology among the community. Secondly, we want to hear the feedback from the community for further improvement and practical implementation."

Yingwei Yu


Hassan M

Simple Optimized Module for Flared Gases Recovery

IPTC Paper 19677 | Session 61: Smart Energy Efficiency Applications
15 January | 0900 hours

"This is a new and simple prospective of how to utilize the flared gases in remote production oil fields in order to overcome the logistics and infrastructure constraints, which are the major limitations for investing in such projects."

Hassan Mahmoud Taman


Sergiy G

First Commercial Use of New Steerable Liner Drilling Technology Delivers Early Returns for North Slope Operator

IPTC Paper 20218 | Session 70: Enhancement in Well Construction Techniques
15 January | 1100 hours

"Steerable liner drilling is not yet common in the industry, but the technology has significant potential to increase reservoir production in unstable and challenging formations. In addition, sharing success stories is a great opportunity to recognize the people who believed, created and deployed this new technology."

Sergiy Grymalyuk
Baker Hughes


Ghaith Aljazzar

A Flexible NGL Recovery Process for Shale Gas Production

IPTC Paper 20003 | Session 67: Innovations in NGL Recovery and LNG
15 January | 1130 hours

"I look forward to sharing Fluor’s Deep Dewpointing Process (DPP) for shale gas applications. Fluor and Joule Processing are leveraging the versatility of the refrigerated reflux process by productising the proven and patented DDPSM version of this technology in the form of a modular design. The smaller modular footprint will reduce installed cost and accelerate factory lead-time to shorten the overall EPC schedule."

Ghaith Aljazzar



The Potential for Sour Gas to Position the Middle East as the Future Global Sulfur Hub

IPTC Paper 19942 | Session 97: Business and Risk Management
15 January | 1600 hours

"I hope that Middle Eastern oil and gas operators will begin to view sulphur as a valuable product in its own right and not as simply a waste byproduct.  I also hope to convey the message that sour oil and gas producers are not only in the energy business, but are also in the business of supplying critical raw material to the food production industry, supporting healthy population growth in global communities."

Angie Slavens
UniverSUL Consulting  



Here is what our Authors have to say...

Abdullah Al Salam

Zuluf Gosp-3 Demothballing

IPTC Paper 19767 | Session 5: Better, Faster and Safer Production
13 January | 1100 hours

"The audience will gain more knowledge in which how to handle major scattered activities safely, asset integrity and reliability enhancements such as major rehabilitation works for 48” ZS-1 subsea trunkline. Also, learn synergising initiatives to optimise cost and time as well as debottlenecking Zuluf field potential by successful ZG-3 De-mothballing, where we started the GOSP (4) months ahead of schedule with additional oil gain."

Abdullah Al-Salam
Saudi Aramco


Thomas c

The Most Reliable and Cost Effective Advanced Sulfur Recovery Technologies for Saudi Arabia and the Middle East Region

IPTC Paper 20024 | Technical Session 12: Novel Technologies in Gas Processing
13 January | 1600 hours

"I believe everyone in this planet Earth has a responsibility of keeping the earth environment green and healthy. Writing a paper about Fluor’s Advanced Sulfur Technologies and presenting it in IPTC 2020, I believe is an effective way of letting our clients in the Middle East region realise Fluor’s Sulfur Technologies for keeping a green and healthy environment for their communities."

Thomas Chow


Ibrahim Atwah

Diamondoids in Tracing Petroleum Systems: Case Studies from the Unconventional Reservoirs of North America

IPTC Paper 19748 | Session 18: Geoscience Aspects of Unconventional Reservoir Characterisation
13 January | 1600 hours

"Diamondoids are the ultimate natural geotracer molecules as they hold invaluable information about the fluid’s sources and thermal alterations. In the unconventional shale reservoirs, diamondoids are underutilised tools, and our paper is aimed at highlighting the advantages of diamondoid techniques to identify the sweet-spots and allocate produced hydrocarbons from unconventional mudrock reservoirs." 

Ibrahim Atwah
Saudi Aramco


Franci Bottazzi

A New Downhole System For Real Time Reservoir Fluid Distribution Mapping:
E-remm, The Eni-reservoir Electro-magnetic Mapping System

IPTC Paper 19807 | Session 26: Geomechanics and Fracturing
14 January | 1100 hours

"We would like to communicate to our peers and to the management that the technical and economic impacts of our E-REMM technology are extremely high. It can change radically the approach to management of resources. In fact, it allows updating in real-time the 3D distribution of fluids in the reservoir. This knowledge is fundamental for making critical decisions during production/injection."

Franco Bottazzi



Machine Learning Classification Model for Multiphase Flow Regimes in Horizontal Pipes

IPTC Paper 20058 | Technical Session 42: AI and Big Data in Production
14 January | 1400 hours

"For the past two years, I have been working on myself to learn how to code in python, and obtained Udacity’s certificate on Machine Learning Engineering. I identified a topic related to O&G, applied what I have learned, and now is the time to show the result of my investment in myself."

Mayadah Alhashem
Saudi Aramco


Xiang Zhai

Smart Autopilot Drone System for Surface Surveillance and Anomaly Detection via Customizable Deep Neural Network

IPTC Paper 20111 | Session 53: Drones, Robotics and Internet of Things
14 January | 1600 hours

"Surface environment and facility management can be efficiently automated with the help of recent breakthroughs in AI and high-performance computing facilities. Beyond a solo drone application, we would like to also show that there is great potential in teaming up humans with AI to automate many of the industry’s business decision-making processes. The industry needs to keep an open mind to encourage collaboration and adaption of new ideas."

Xiang Zhai


Adrian Nen

Solid Management Optimization for Offshore HP/HT Sour Gas Well Cleanup

IPTC Paper 20148 | Session 54: Production Facilities Optimisation
14 January | 1600 hours

"It is an honor for our teams to have an opportunity to present our work and we believe that the Industry and professional will gain new knowledge and enjoy our knowledge sharing about Solid Management Optimization for HPHT Sour Gas Well Cleanup. Sour gas development is not easy this is due to the fact where the concentration of H2S and CO2 within the reservoir might hinder the economic, processing but also drilling and operation."

Ardian Nengkoda
Saudi Aramco


Sarfaraz H

Pursuing Efficiency and Reliability in Pumping Systems

IPTC Paper  19695 | Session 45: Advances in Operational Efficiency in Gas Processing
14 January | 1600 hours

"Pumps are one of the most widely used equipment in the process industry. Understanding pumps and its interaction with the rest hydraulic system offers significant potential for efficiency and reliability. For the highly-transient process demands the presentation provides insights to unravel and improve."

Sarfraz H. Dairkee
M.A.H.Y. Khoory & Co. LLC.


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