IADC Drilling Middle East 2022 Conference & Exhibition


Although the Middle East market has remained resilient through the downturn, this region continues to face challenges around workforce development, drilling efficiency, safety and security, and equipment maintenance.
The 2022 IADC Drilling Middle East Conference & Exhibition will bring together industry leaders and drilling professionals to discuss such challenges and share best practices. Cutting-edge technology advances, including drilling automation, will be featured, as will case studies of relevant technical achievements. The premier event also will highlight evolving approaches to safety and training, providing practical information on new tools and processes that can be used to improve HSE performance.

StartOctober 18, 2022EndOctober 19, 2022
Grosvenor House

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2021 Event Demographics

Registrants by Job Title

  • Management
  • Geologist/Geophysicist
  • Quality, Health, Safety & Environment
  • Library/Miscellaneous
  • Training/Education
  • Company Owner/Corporate Officer
  • Completion Engineer
  • Student
  • Drilling Engineer
  • Drilling & Completion Engineer








Registrants by Location

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Registrants by Company Type

  • Equipment Manufacturer
  • Land Drilling Contractor
  • Land/Offshore Drilling Contractor
  • Major Oil Producer
  • Trade/Professional Association
  • Offshore Drilling Contractor
  • Oilfield Service/Consultant
  • Government
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Venue & Hotel

GROSVENOR HOUSE, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL, DUBAI - Updated 2021 Prices & Reviews (United Arab Emirates) - Tripadvisor

Grosvenor House, Dubai

Address Al Emreef Street, PO Box 118500 – Dubai, UAE
Phone +971 4 399 8888

Negotiated Room Rate; Deluxe Room Single/Double occupancy at AED 1200+++ including breakfast subject to 7% municipality fees, 10% service charge, 5% VAT and AED 20 Tourism Dirham fee. Rates are 10% commissionable on the base room rates excluding breakfast.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellation of the room can be done without penalty 72 hours prior to the arrival date, with no cancellation charges.

Venue Details

Al Emreef St - Dubai Marina - Dubai - UAE

Registration Information

  • Registration fee: IADC Member: $950, Non-Member: $1185
  • Employees of federal regulatory agencies may be eligible for a 50% discount on conference registration.
  • Speakers, sponsors and guests are not eligible for online registration.
    (Please contact europe@iadc.org to obtain the correct registration form)
  • In order to receive a letter of invitation, IADC requires payment via Wire Transfer. The wire transfer information is included on the registration form.
    (Complete the Conference Registration Form PDF above)
  • IADC offers discounted registration to full time students not currently employed in industry.  Please contact europe@iadc.org for further information.
  • No refunds will be made for cancellations 30 days prior to the conference date.

Press Policy

Complimentary press registration is limited to one (1) person per company. This individual must be a titled editor, writer, reporter or other bona fide editorial representative of a legitimate industry or consumer publication. Publishers and sales and marketing specialists are excluded from this complimentary registration practice and must pay the full conference registration fee to attend an event.

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Tuesday, 18 October

07.00 Conference Registration, Coffee Service, Poster Session & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by KCA Deutag

08.30 Welcome & Introduction: Hisham Zebian, Vice President – Eastern Hemisphere, IADC

08.40 Keynote Presentation: Abdulrahman Abdulla Al Seiari, Chief Executive Officer, ADNOC Drilling (invited)

09.00 Market Outlook
Session Chair: Hisham Zebian, Vice President – Eastern Hemisphere, IADC

  • Jeremy Anderson, VP Development-MENA, Rystad Energy

09.30 Well Control Learning
Session Chair: Aaftab Kharbanda, Vice President Operations and Projects, Shelf Drilling

Innovations in Continuous Well Control Learning: Martin Brand, Simulator Manager, Seadrill, Clive Battisby, Chief Operating Officer, Euan Kennedy, Regional Director – Americas, Drilling Systems.
This presentation includes a summary of the issue we had, the steps we took to develop a solution, the solution itself and how it is impacting our organization in a positive manner, while enhancing what the offshore crew have available to support their learning and development.

10.00 Networking Break & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by KCA Deutag

10.30 Panel Discussion: ESG-Journey to Net Zero Emissions
Moderator: Salman Maimani, Wells Functional Manager (CFDH), Petroleum Development Oman

Post COP 26 many players in society and industry have made firm commitments to deliver their contribution to meeting Net Zero emissions by 2050. Naturally, this puts a lot of pressure on industries which are living on hydrocarbon production, refining and distribution. These industries must reinvent themselves to meet Environmental, Social and Governance standards, or they will face extinction. As such, most players in the oil and gas industry have embarked on a journey towards Net Zero Emissions which embraces many initiatives, ranging from reduction of Carbon footprint, Carbon Capture and Utilization to generation and use of renewable energy wherever possible. Examples of such initiatives are electrification of work units, generation and maximum use of renewable energy. Many of today’s companies will completely change their portfolios by 2050: Operating companies may become energy companies, contractors and service providers will innovate and specialize to meet the needs of their transformed clients.

This panelist session will give you an idea of how operators, contractors and service providers in the oil and gas industry envisage their industry in 2050 and how they are progressing their journey towards Net Zero Emissions, to meet societies’ expectations in terms of Environmental, Social Performance and Governance.

  • Blake Gendron, Vice President – IR & Business Development (ESG Impact) at NESR
  • Mohsin Al Hadhrami, Director New Energy, Schlumberger
  • Musallam Said Al Maashani, CEO, Al Baraka Oman
  • Christophe Raimbault, VP Sustainability and New Energy, Valaris

12.00 Luncheon & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by Derrick Equipment

13.30 Managing Organizational Change
Session Chair: Aaftaab Kharbanda, Vice President Operations and Projects, Shelf Drilling

Utilizing “About to Retire” or “Retired” Expertise: Steve Taylor, BD/HR Director, IAS International
Our Ageing Workforce has been a concern and has been discussed for at least the last 10 years, it was a topic at last year’s IADC ME Conference, but what have we done about it? We are all agreed that the industry cannot afford to lose the knowledge and experience of our “Baby Boomers” but delaying action increases the likelihood that our fears will turn into reality. We have made huge advances in the way we learn so how can we harness this to capture and then share the knowledge gained by our experienced professionals who have done the “hard yards”.

Taking Leadership and Culture to the next level with Human Performance methods: Chris French, Business Development Executive, The REACH GROUP
Critical to the success of Human Performance is for leaders to develop a culture where people trust each other and feel supported, encouraged and comfortable to speak-up on issues, admit mistakes and willing to make suggestions for improvement. Human Performance is about utilizing the expert knowledge of the worker to develop proactive solutions to make the work environment more robust or resilient to compensate for potential mistakes and errors while creating a learning organization that will drive efficiency.

Driving a Systematic Change Management Approach Within a Fledgling Organizational Culture: Stephen Reid, Corporate HSE Manager, ARO Drilling
Continuous changes that must be driven during the inception of a new company, coupled with the immature culture within that company, are key factors that influenced our need for a simplified, user friendly, and easily accessible on-line change management system. As a fledgling company with an immature culture, we tried to offset this by identifying and capturing the years of knowledge and experience from within the company, to solve this extremely high-risk Change Management process from a “mature company” approach.

15.00 Networking Break & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by KCA Deutag

15.30 Panel Discussion: Drilling Automation
Moderator: Salim Harti, Chief Executive Officer, MB Petroleum Services LLC

Drilling automation is a topic that is widely discussed in the industry, but are we there yet? Indeed, with advancement of digital technology in the last decade many solutions in drilling automation have been already tested and proven, however technology deployment is yet to reach a large scale. What are the main barriers and challenges drilling industry is facing and in Middle East particularly? To help answer these questions this panel discussion will include different views on the subject from service companies, drilling contractors and operators. This panel will also touch real-time monitoring and drilling optimization.

  • Mansur Damiev, Business Development Manager, Middle East & North Africa, Pason Systems
  • Adam Malsagov, GeoLead , Well Construction 4.0, Middle East & North Africa, Halliburton
  • Trevor Warren, Country Manager, Kuwait, Ensign Energy Services

17.00 Know Your Zones
Session Chair: Mansur Damiev, Business Development Manager -MENA, Pason

Know Your Zones: Kenny Adams, Head of Land Drilling QHSSET, KCA Deutag
In our daily operations we have numerous pieces of heavy equipment moving/ rotating and our personnel are required to perform specific jobs in these potentially hazardous areas called Red Zones. The Drill Floor and Catwalk area have always been classed as Red Zones and we have seen a marked reduction in lifting, dropped objects and most importantly injurious incidents by focusing on Red Zone Management. We recently introduced further Red Zone Management Systems to continually improve on our lifting, forklift and rig move operations. The presentation will cover how KCA Deutag Land BU manage the various Red Zones and the benefits gained in achieving safe, effective and trouble-free operations.

17.30-18.30 Welcoming Reception & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by IADC Southern Arabian Peninsula Chapter

Wednesday, 19 October

08.00 Conference Registration, Coffee Service, Poster Session & Open Exhibition

09.00 Welcome & Introduction: Hisham Zebian, Vice President – Eastern Hemisphere, IADC

09.10 Keynote Presentation: Ali Rashid Al Jarwan, Chief Executive Officer, Dragon Oil (invited)

09.30 Panel Discussion: Culture, Leadership & Human Performance
Moderator: Ibrahim Al-Meshref, Business Development & Client Liaison Director, ARO Drilling

The Oil & Gas’s prime asset is the human on the field, in the office, and the factors that affect our performance. Human factor principles aim to understand the relationship between the employee, their equipment and the surrounding environment, which include learning styles, behaviors, values, leadership, communication and organizational culture. Through a better understanding of these principles, changes can be made that result in a reduction of incidents, improved efficiency and operational safety. In this panel discussion we will be discussing the different aspects, and how can we become ready and fit for the future of our industry.

  • Steve Taylor, BD/HR Director, IAS International
  • Mario Leopizzi, Director HSE, Shelf Drilling

11.00 Networking Break & Open Exhibition

11.30 Technology & Innovation I

Session Chair: Bradley Silveira, Superintendent Operations, Valaris

Coupling Rig Control Systems Automation and Drilling Data Analytics for Performance Consistency: Luis Felipe Gonzalez, Head of Drilling Engineering Domain, Hernan Melgares, Abidemi Alabi, Daniel Cardozo, Dmitry Kuravskiy, Nathan Wicks, Andrew Zheng, Yuelin Shen Schlumberger
The complexity of Automated Rig Control Systems configuration and calibration has been a recognized challenge in the industry, which in some cases has resulted in detrimental effects on drilling performance. The authors present a study focused on understanding the RCS response to different drilling conditions thanks to the streaming of RCS’s channels into drilling data analytics software. This study drove the design of a closed-loop improvement procedure to be implemented in the well planning phase to back-feed the RCS with optimized settings, capable of adapting to changing conditions in subsequent wells through physics modeling.

Leveraging Machine Learning to Predict and Prevent Stuck Pipe in Drilling Operations: Dalila Gomes, Product Development Engineer, Tim Robinson, Exebenus, Mohammed Arriffin, Meor Hashim, Azlesham Rosli, Petronas, Eswadi Othman, Faazmiar
This paper describes a successful example of a software that uses Machine Learning techniques to identify stuck pipe symptoms and risks. The stuck pipe software comprises three agents, namely Differential Sticking, Hole Cleaning, and Mechanical Sticking. The output of the software allows the operational team to act proactively in case a risk is identified during live operations.

12.30 Luncheon & Open Exhibition

14.00 Technology & Innovation II
Session Chair: Bradley Silveira, Superintendent Operations, Valaris

Challenge and Breakthrough of Combining Autonomous Directional Drilling Solution with Automated Rig Control System on a Jack-Up Rig: Mohammad Syahmi Mohd Zurhan, Drilling Engineer, M Ridzuan Abd Mokhti, M Syazwan A Murad, Khairul Amir Khazali-Rosli, M Shukry Said, Petronas
Through a robust machine learning engine, autonomous directional drilling will be able to revolutionize the way we deliver a well with challenging subsurface conditions. This technology will be able to expedite decision making and ensure it is the most accurate settings in real time. Ultimately, ensuring the operator to reduce risk of diverting from the geological target and be able to give more emphasis in safety while performing the job in a high risk conditions.

Overcoming challenges while adopting machine control with dynamic modelling in the automated rig control system for a drilling automation project: Kim Nguyen, Drilling Specialist, Egill Abrahamsen, Anders Kristian Nesheim, Tom Mernagh, Sekal AS, Tengku Ezharuddin, Amir Abdullah, Faazmiar Technology, Teck Hua Goh, Dzafriey Rohani, SC Tubular Solutions Malaysia (SCTSM), M Syahmi M Zurhan, M Ridzuan Abd Mokhti, Jasrudin Jamal, M Syazwan a Murad, Khairul Amir Khazali-Rosli, M Faris Arriffin, Lokman Norhashimi, PETRONAS
This paper describes challenges that were overcome by successful planning and execution, resulting in a record-breaking time to install, test, integrate, train, and deploy advanced drilling automation technology on a jack-up rig in Malaysia. The purpose was to prove the value of integrated active drilling automation solutions with the added confidence of safeguards, safety triggers and features based on transient modelling technology to protect the wellbore. The installation marks the first time such Drilling Automation solutions have been deployed outside the North Sea. The paper also includes experience from the first two wells drilled after installation.

15.00 Networking Break & Open Exhibition

15.30 Panel Discussion: Global Supply Chain

Moderator: Kees van de Vrede, Dubai Petroleum

The world is witnessing a global supply chain disruption, with challenges linked to labor shortages, manufacturing and logistics, and the persistent unpredictability. How is the private sector navigating through this issue, and how is this affecting the oil & gas industry? This panel will discuss the supply chain challenges, future outlook, and takeaways on how can we overcome / minimize the effects of those disruptions.


17.00 Adjournment

Poster Session and Unassigned Papers of Note:
The following paper proposals will be included in the poster presentation that is available for all conference participants in the exhibition area. If a scheduled paper becomes unavailable, one of the alternate papers might be presented. In addition, these presentations will be made available in the IADC conference proceedings, should the author so desire.

Minimizing MPD Installation Complexity and Personnel on Site through Rig Integration: Julius Sosa, MPD Engineer, Earl Dietrich, Ian Knight, Stacy Goetz, Chris Humphries, Frontier International, Greg Matherne, Matthew Schumacher, Precision Drilling.
Many Operators face challenges being disinclined to use MPD due to perceived complexity of traditional ad hoc MPD installations and high cost of the system. The presentation highlights a successful collaboration between an MPD service provider and a Drilling Contractor to design a fit-for-purpose MPD equipment and advanced control system that was integrated with the rig’s system.

Integrated Rig Management Platform: Jean Michelez, Managing Director, Giovanni Partuno, Kwantis SRL, Flavio Ferrari, Davide Fenaroli, Saipem.
The Integrated Rig Management System provides the implementation of a comprehensive digital platform to manage, analyse and display drilling data coming from different sources (rig sensors, reporting, equipment description, engines data. The values generated by this Integrated Rig Management System are supporting all main corporate objectives in terms of operations, logistics and carbon footprint.

Regarding the operations, the system provides impartial and detailed KPIs on operation performances, in order to calculate the Invisible Lost Time to be eliminated in future operations. The system has demonstrated up to 8% time and cost reduction on entire well campaigns. For the logistics, the system crosses the near future activities with any rig resources (equipment, services, personnel). Through specific APIs the system makes information available to third parties’ solutions for maintenance, logistics ad personnel management.

Drilling with Casing To Address Formation Troubles In Surface Hole: Alexey Alexeyenko, Drilling Engineering Supervisor, K.N. Han, Saudi Aramco, M. Petrenko, E. Chutchev, Schlumberger
Approximately 4.5 days after setting the 18-5/8 in. surface casing, a 16 in. CwD drill bit made-up to 13-3/8 in. casing successfully drilled 1573 ft with total losses and cemented in place across an interbedded formation. This was a starkly different result compared to the direct offset where operations were suspended after many more days between setting the 18-5/8 in. to decision to suspend. CwD technology, the logic used to arrive at these solutions, and the results of implementation will be discussed in detail in this paper and future considerations will be reviewed. Presentation will summarise existing problems, execution and successful result of technology application.

A New Mechanical Approach to Differential Sticking Reduction: Richard Pye, Research Consultant, Rae Younger, Aramco Europe
This paper details a novel design of drill collar which will reduce side force generation and subsequently reduce the probability of being stuck. The patent pending novel design proposes to run the collar at an OD to bit size ratio approaching one, with deep spiral flutes to balance the force vectors which significantly reduces the net side force in any one direction. The design has been validated with the aid of computer FEA, CFD, Drilling Dynamics study and laboratory testing.

Adjustable Gauge Stabilizer Technology Provides Excellent Directional Control Eliminate Unnecessary Trips and Saving Drilling Time in Challenging Deep Drilling Tangent Application: Mashal Al Sharan, Senior Drilling Engineer, Fayes Al Fayez, Jasem Al Jarki, Hamad Al Ajmi, Mohamad Al Otaibi, Kuwait Oil Company, Moustafa Saleh, Ahmed Khalil, NOV
This presentation discusses the Adjustable Gauge Stabilizer technology which is a cost-effective directional control tool developed to reduce drilling costs and improve operational efficiency.

Conference Program Committee

  • Ehab Salah Abdalgader, SADA Academy
  • Fares Abdullah, Nabors Drilling
  • Abdullah S. Al Marri, Saudi Aramco
  • Ibrahim Al-Meshref, ARO Drilling
  • Salman Ansari, Sakson Drilling & Oil Services DMCC
  • Wayne Bauer, Vantage Drilling
  • Gary Castell, Sparrows
  • Randy Clevenger, Gulf Drilling International
  • Erin Cunning, Seadrill
  • Mansur Damiev, Pason Systems
  • Nikolay Dimitrov, KCA Deutag
  • Raymond Dunn, Noble Corporation
  • Mike Edmonson, National Services and Drilling Company
  • Rawad El Jurdi, NOV
  • Salaheddin Elkatatny, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals
  • Mehdi Hamel, ADES Group
  • Mohamed Housny, Drillmec
  • Aaftaab Kharbanda, Shelf Drilling
  • Salman Maimani, Petroleum Development Oman
  • Nick Nawfal, H&P IDC
  • Adolfo Perez Arenas, ADNOC Drilling
  • Stephen Reid, ARO Drilling
  • Bradley Silveira, Valaris
  • Mike Simpson, Cansco
  • Michael Strauss, Ensign Energy Services
  • Hussain Sultan, Tatweer Petroleum
  • Kees van de Vrede, Dubai Petroleum
  • Marije van Koolwijk, DNO Technical Services
  • Mike DuBose, IADC
  • Hisham Zebian, IADC

Exhibition Information

Cost for the 3 x 2 meter Table Top Space + 2 complimentary registration is US $ 3.000.

The space will be set with a skirted table, two chairs and access to electricity. With the space, you receive 2 complimentary conference registration and up to 2 additional registrations at half price (US $ 475).

Exhibitions at IADC events will be limited to showcasing products and services that advance technology, competency or HSE. Exhibitions centered on recruitment or employment should not take space at IADC events. IADC Exhibitions will solely be visited by conference attendees. Non-conference attendees are not allowed to enter the exhibition area.

For more information and exhibition bookings please contact us at europe@iadc.org or phone: +31.24.675.2252.
Reservations can be made by completing the letter of agreement and returning it by e-mail: europe@iadc.org.

Exhibition space is being allocated on a first come, first served basis!


There are four levels of sponsoring: Diamond sponsors, Platinum Sponsors, Gold Sponsors, and Silver Sponsors. Event sponsorships are also available and will be categorized by monetary contribution with the appropriate level of sponsorship. Please find the benefits of the sponsor packages below. The conference sponsor will receive high profile recognition before, during and after the conference.

*Comps refer to number of complimentary registration

Note: no refunds for cancellations of sponsorships will be issued.

For more information and sponsor bookings please contact us at europe@iadc.org or phone: +31.24.675.2252





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Capacity will be limited in session rooms, the restaurant, and on the exhibition floor.

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