7th International Petroleum Technology Conference opens in Qatar

by  — 20 January 2014

Some of the oil & gas industry’s largest firms convened in Qatar today to discuss the sector outlook and review the technology advancements – at what is the first and largest international gathering of energy producers and consumers for 2014 for the Eastern hemisphere.

Prime Minister & Interior Minister HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al Thani and His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry visiting Maersk Oil Qatar stand during the IPTC. (Image Maersk Oil)

The 7th International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) which is the largest multi-society, multi-disciplinary oil and gas event in the Eastern hemisphere is set to attract over 6,000 plus oil and gas professionals to what is the largest IPTC in history.

Held from January 19 – 22 at the Qatar National Convention Centre, the 7th IPTC which carries the theme Unlocking Energy Through Innovation, Technology and Capability is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, who visited the event today.

The event has secured an impressive list of speakers, especially on its opening day on January 20. This includes His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Interior Minister of the State of Qatar, His Excellency Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry of the State of Qatar, Saad Sherida Al Kaabi, director, Oil and Gas Ventures, Qatar Petroleum, Andrew P. Swiger, senior vice president, Exxon Mobil Corporation and chief executive officers, presidents and senior vice presidents from a spectrum of national and international oil and gas national oil companies.

 “The Seventh IPTC returns to its birthplace for the third time, with registration from 63 countries and 521 organisations this year. Response to the conference and exhibition has been overwhelming,” said Waleed Refaay, International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) project director for the Middle East.

“This event has [already] become the largest in IPTC’s history, with a 7,500sqm net exhibition area with over 121 exhibitors including Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil, Shell, Total, Saudi Aramco, Weatherford, ADNOC, KPC, ConocoPhillips and Maersk Oil amongst others,” Refaay added.

Over the next three days, the nine-stream conference featuring over 400 technical and knowledge sharing presentations, including 67 technical sessions, , and panel sessions with a host of industry experts will discuss challenging issues including The Future of Integrated Project Management in a Cyclic Environment, Fundamentals of the Natural Gas Revolution, Growing the Resource through Upstream Technology and Delivering on Evolving Stakeholder Expectations.

The organisers have also included a new topical luncheon session focusing on East Africa as oil companies scramble to get a slice of what could be an energy goldmine. This session will discuss how recent discoveries have increased the prospects of the region. It will also discuss operational, commercial, and geopolitical challenges and the regulatory and infrastructure gaps that could hinder the transition from gas exploration to production in the medium term. It will also touch on the global implications of these East Africa developments.

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