Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), gatekeeper to Abu Dhabi’s hydrocarbons riches, expects to sign a number of key agreements at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition (ADIPEC) next week, according to a senior member of the state oil company.
“The ADNOC stand will feature daily agreements and signings as we work with our industry partners to ensure that we meet the growing global energy demand while building efficiency and sustainability in all our practices,” commented ADIPEC 2014 chairman, and ADNOC Strategy & Coordination director, HE Ali Khalifa Al Shamsi as he described the company’s presence on the exhibition floor at a press conference on Tuesday.
Running from November 10-13 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), ADIPEC 2014 marks the show’s 30th edition with “Challenges and Opportunities for the Next 30 Years” as its defining theme.
“Since 1984, ADIPEC has been known as a platform for industry stakeholders to network, collaborate and learn from one another. As we examine the challenges of the next 30 years, such opportunities become even more vital to our industry.”
“This year, the ADNOC stand at ADIPEC will have a full programme of activities, including interactive panels and technology presentations. In addition to video films, which provide an overview of our various projects, there are new interactive technologies which visitors to the ADNOC stand can use to bring our work in the oilfields to life,” added Al Shamsi.
Technology will be used to enhance the ADIPEC experience, with a dedicated ADIPEC 2014 smartphone application, now available for download, and onsite interactive screens, which will help attendees keep track of all the activities taking place during the world-class energy event.
More exhibitors, more speakers
The global industry event is set to attract more than 1,800 exhibitors, 6,500 delegates, and 400 speakers, breaking last year’s records in all aspects, according to organisers. More than 60,000 oil and gas professionals are set to attend, of which 53 per cent have joint or direct purchasing authority. Last year’s event generated US$5 billion in business, with 39 per cent of visitors coming for network opportunities.
Leading speakers in the ADIPEC 2014 Conference Programme include representatives from Saudi Aramco, Royal Dutch Shell, GE Oil & Gas, and BP. The two Executive Plenary Sessions in the conference will tackle Innovation and Leadership, and Technology and Sustainability, highlighting the pivotal role that talent, research and development play in enhancing energy production around the world.
Ahmad Mohamed Al Kaabi, director of the Petroleum Economics Department at the UAE Ministry of Energy, said ADIPEC 2014 reinforces the UAE’s commitment to help build a sustainable model of energy production and share best practice.
“The UAE is seeking to increase its crude oil production capacity to 3.5 million barrels per day in the coming years to ensure global market stability. To meet the demand for petroleum by-products, the country is also increasing its refining capacity to reach around 1.1 million barrels per day,” he said.
Highest NOC/IOC pariticpation
Sixteen National Oil Companies (NOCs) and 17 International Oil Companies (IOCs) have confirmed their presence at ADIPEC this year, the highest NOC and IOC participation in the event’s history.
NOCs new to ADIPEC this year are companies representing Mexico, Indonesia, and Tunisia, which will be joining the ranks of key market players, including the Kuwait Oil Corporation, Qatar Petroleum, Saudi Aramco, and the China Petroleum Technology & Development Corporation. IOCs from Russia, Italy, and South Korea have also announced their participation, together with companies representing the US, Norway and the Netherlands.
The event will feature 20 international pavilions, a 25 per cent increase from last year, with the participation of the world’s major oil producers, including the US, China, Canada, and Mexico. New countries being represented in ADIPEC’s international pavilions this year are Malaysia, India, Nigeria, Indonesia and Taiwan, further cementing the event as a global platform for learning best practice.
Billed as the premier speaking platform in the Middle East and North Africa, the ADIPEC 2014 Conference Programme will feature 81 technical sessions in nine key industry topics: Exploration & Production geoscience, unconventional resources, field development, drilling and completion technology, project engineering and management, operational excellence, HSE, gas technology, and people and talents.
For the first time in the history of ADIPEC, the conference will include four academic sessions, in addition to topical breakfasts and luncheons. The programme will commence with an Opening Ceremony followed by a keynote speech from Dr Michio Kaku, a renowned physicist and authority on the environment who will discuss the outlook of the energy sector over the next 30 years, and the critical role of technology and innovation in achieving sustainability.
The Ministerial Panel will bring together HE Suhail Al Mazrouei, the UAE Minister of Energy, and international ministers who will offer new insights on developing in-country value through the development of local talent. The Executive Plenary Sessions and Executive Panels will tackle some of the most critical topics in the industry, including NOC/IOC collaboration in mature fields, unconventional resources, and research and development.
“With increasing energy consumption, it is essential that the world’s decision makers address the growing need for energy and develop strategies for securing sustainable resources for the future,” said Christopher Hudson, senior vice president, Energy at dmg events, organisers of ADIPEC.
Special features of ADIPEC 2014 include the ADIPEC Awards, which celebrate innovation and recognise commitment to excellence in the energy field. Winners of the distinguished awards will be announced during a gala dinner at Emirates Palace on the first day of the show.
Young ADIPEC, the event’s educational engagement platform, continues to motivate the next generation of engineers with a series of activities, including site visits and industry-related competitions and demonstrations, designed to encourage students to follow a career path in the energy sector. The Young ADIPEC Edutainment Zone will have a dedicated area for the Petroleum Institute, where students can carry out live experiments and discuss course options.
The Middle East Petroleum Club (MEPC), a high-level private business club for the most influential leaders in the oil and gas industry will be run in conjunction to ADIPEC. It provides senior professionals with a platform to connect with peers and colleagues.
The ADIPEC 2014 VIP Programme, which will be hosted in a purpose-built theatre, is a series of exclusive briefings dedicated to MEPC members and senior industry representatives that look at some of the impending issues in the sector. Influential leaders will be briefed on boosting oil production, two major expansion projects in the UAE, and innovation in technology through industry collaboration.
The VIP Programme will also include the highly anticipated conclusion of the Women in Industry series, a range of ADIPEC 2014 events and initiatives dedicated to women in the energy sector. The event will feature breakthrough insights from patron of the series and panel speaker HE Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development, and will offer live on-stage discussions and interviews with women leaders in the industry.