If interested, please contact Mike O’Driscoll


Welcome Reception Sponsor                                       Exhibitors

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Supporting Partners

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IMFORMED is delighted to announce

Barite & Oilfield Minerals Forum 2024

The Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston Galleria

5-7 June 2024

Yet again we shall be delivering a topical programme with expert speakers covering the key issues and outlook insights for the supply and demand of industrial minerals used in the oilfield market.

However, in its ninth year, we are now broadening the scope of the event to incorporate the wider barite market outside the oilfield market, ie. including supply and demand for chemical and filler grade barite.

This exciting initiative is the result of agreement reached with The Barytes Association for IMFORMED to now manage an annual conference devoted to all aspects of the barite industry. The association will hold its annual General Assembly at the same venue prior to the Barite & Oilfield Minerals Forum.

This unique conference, whose venue will alternate between Houston and world locations every other year, will bring together under one roof the major players across the global barite and oilfield mineral supply chain, from producers, processors, and traders to logisticians, financiers, and end use consumers.

Confirmed Speakers*

Oil & gas supply demand outlook
Panuswee Dwivedi, Project Manager, ADI Analytics LLC, USA

The energy transition: a reality check & impact on oilfield market
Uday Turaga, CEO, ADI Analytics LLC, USA

Barite market global overview
John Newcaster, Principal, IMPACT Minerals, USA

Industrial barite grades & markets
Moritz Ostenrieder, Managing Director, Sachtleben Minerals, Germany

Barite sourced from Pakistan
Tahir Malik, CEO, Eshal Industries, UAE

Sepiolite & attapulgite clays in offshore drilling fluids formulations: A technical review and the logistics advantage of Spain as supplier
David Giner, Industrial Specialty Product Manager, Sepiolsa, Spain

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Topics to include:

  • Barite & oilfield mineral supply updates

  • New & alternative sources

  • Chemical & filler barite market demand

    • paint, plastics, rubber, friction, insulation, electronics, glass, ceramics pharmaceuticals.
  • Oil & gas market outlook

  • Mineral recycling

  • Drilling fluid developments

  • Proppants outlook

  • Logistics challenges

  • Processing solutions

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What our delegates had to say on the 2023 Forum:

“Excellent presentations and speakers.”
Juan Luis Prieto, Managing Director, Baramin, Mexico

“Overall solid programme, with good coverage for other minerals besides barite”
Alastair John, Well Construction Fluids Bulk Chemicals, SLB, USA

“Enjoying some good discussions around barite, supply chain, and oilfield chemicals outlook at the IMFORMED Forum in Houston. Really appreciate sharing the subject info and presentations. Please keep me updated on any future events.”
Justin Gauthier, US Business Strategist, AES Drilling Fluids, USA

“I want to thank you so much for sharing this information and for the great organisation of the Forum.”
Pablo Seijo, Senior Technical Sales Manager, Mineralia, Spain

“This was my first experience to visit this conference: much information and a nice gathering, meeting in one place and interacting, thank you for the nice management.”
Shankar Lal Daruka, Managing Director, Daruka & Company (Mica) Pvt Ltd, India

“Thanks for hosting a great event and I look forward to attending in the future.”
Eric Battersby, Trade Development Manager, Port of Corpus Christi, USA


Programme Outline

Wednesday 5 June 2024
18:00 Welcome Reception & Networking
sponsored by Bastion Industries
Thursday 6 June 2024
09:00-17:00 Presentations & Discussion
Friday 7 June 2024
09:00-12:00 Presentations & Discussion

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Find out about

  • Drilling technology and its impact on mineral selection and volumes

  • Global shale gas development, utilisation, and outlook

  • Proppant demand forecast by volume and type

  • The strategy behind groups providing an oilfield mineral portfolio

  • How oilfield service companies source and use oilfield minerals

  • The latest logistics and processing innovations to help cut costs

  • Supply/demand trends for barytes, bentonite, frac sand, and other oilfield minerals

  • Emerging proppant players and markets

Network with

  • Producers

  • Processors

  • Traders

  • Buyers

  • Supply chain managers

  • Processing technology providers

  • Economists

  • Data analysts

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The networking and knowledge benefits to be gained by attending this Forum will be invaluable.