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Oilfield Minerals Outlook 2014 Middle East

Following the success of the 2013 Oilfield Minerals Outlook conference hosted in Dubai, Industrial Minerals Events hosted the 2nd Oilfield Minerals Outlook which took place in Abu Dhabi in 2014. Sponsored by ESNAAD, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, this event united industry professionals and key players from across the sector.

A plethora of projects and possibilities will see the demand for oilfield minerals in the Middle East steadily augment and a surge of activity for the unconventional sector will result in new, significant demand for proppants.  This, especially in light of the Middle East’s plan to fuel its electricity demand with domestic tight gas resources, brings unconventionals into a period of unprecedented importance.

Still, conventional drilling in the region remains at the heart of oil and gas activity and an increase in drilling activity places emphasis on the need for added supply and new resources. Will India remain the key supplier to the Middle East oilfield markets and can improvements to the quality of Chinese minerals result in added movement of its resources to the Middle East markets?  Where are the new deposits going to spring up?  Is there any potential for the Middle East to self-supply certain minerals for its drilling activities? All of this was discussed at OFM-Middle East in 2014.

Some of the topics we discussed:

  • Supply of key oilfield minerals to the Middle East’s markets
  • Barite, bentonite, calcium carbonate, haematite, ilmenite, attapulgite
  • Specifications for specialised minerals; density enhancers, viscosifiers, cement reinforcing, circulation loss preventers
  • New reserves and new horizons for existing important oilfield minerals
  • CIS countries, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey
  • New Middle East operations for oilfield mineral suppliers to accommodate the ME markets
  • New well drilling activities
  • End-users’ use and need of oilfield minerals
  • Developments in emerging oil markets
  • Minerals needed for new tight gas drilling operations
  • Demand for proppants & stimulation minerals in the region: high-, intermediate-strength and lower grade proppants
  • Shipping, unloading and inland movement of minerals to their end destinations
  • Governmental policy and its affect on attracting new drilling activity

Join us in 2015 to catch up with the action in the Middle East Oilfield Minerals sector. More information available soon at

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