Qatar gears up to host World Petroleum Congress next week

The coveted five-day event, the world’s premier oil and gas forum, is being held in the Middle East for the first time since 1933 when the World Petroleum Council (WPC) was set up in London in 1933. “Almost every CEO of a major oil and gas company from across the globe will be descending on Doha to attend the event,” the chairman of the organising committee of the World Petroleum Congress, Issa bin Shahin Al Ghanim, told The Peninsula yesterday. Besides, petroleum ministers from some 30 energy producing and consuming countries are expected to attend, he added.

Some 100 papers are to be presented at the event, which will focus on all areas of the global energy industry, including upstream, downstream and midstream facets.

In addition, key issues like transportation of oil, gas and derivatives, refining, management and governance, safety and environment will also be debated at length by delegates.

Complementary energy, also referred to as renewable energy sources, is also to be taken up for in-depth treatment.

“The Congress is not only about the number of people who would be attending but also about the quality of the delegates,” said Al Ghanim. The triennial Congress is also known as the ‘Olympics’ of the global oil and gas industry since it attracts representatives from a large number of countries.

Headquartered in London, the WPC has 66 member-countries from around the world, representing over 95 percent of global oil and gas production and consumption. Every three years, the WPC organizes the World Petroleum Congress as the principal meeting place for a global discussion of oil and gas issues.

Following a twelve-month campaign period, one of the candidate countries is selected by fellow Council members to host the next Congress.

The Congress covers all aspects of the industry — from technological advances in upstream and downstream operations to the role of natural gas and renewables, management of the industry and its social, economic and environmental impact.

In addition, outside stakeholders such as governments, other industry sectors, NGOs and international institutions also join in the dialogue.

The World Petroleum Council (WPC) is the world’s premier global oil and gas forum and is the only international organization representing all aspects of the petroleum sector. The WPC was established in 1933 to promote the management of the world’s petroleum resources.

The WPC’s prime function is to catalyse and facilitate dialogue among stakeholders — both internal and external to the petroleum industry — on key technical, social, environmental and management issue in order to contribute towards seeking solutions to those issues. WPC membership is unique as it includes both producers and exporters with representation from National Oil Companies (NOCs) as well as Independent Oil Companies (IOCs). Each country has a national committee made up of representatives of the oil and gas industry, academia and research institutions and government departments.

The governing body of the Council consists of representation from the national committee of each member country.

Beyond the triennial Congress, the World Petroleum Council is regularly involved with a number of other meetings such as the WPC Youth Forum, the WPC-UN Global Compact Best Practice Forum and joint WPC/Opec  workshops on CO2 sequestration, reduction of methane flaring, opportunities for enhanced oil recovery, dispute resolution, calculating reserves and resources, regional integration and the oil, gas and infrastructure developments in Africa.

The Plenary Sessions of the 20th WPC will bring together some of the most prestigious and influential industry leaders from around the world. Following the Opening Plenary with six oil and gas ministers from the Middle East, ExxonMobil’s CEO Rex Tillerson and Shell’s CEO Peter Voser will be joining Qatar’s Minister of Energy and Industry, H E Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, in a high-level presentation of Qatar’s role in the future energy landscape.

Cooperation, Innovation and Investment are the key themes that will be addressed by decision makers, including Robert Dudley from BP, Russia’s Energy Minister Sergei Schmatko, Christophe de Margerie from Total, José Sergio Gabrielli from Brazil’s Petrobras, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient FW de Klerk from South Africa. To view the complete conference agenda, visit

A mega exhibition accompanying the 20th WPC is expected to cover 35,000 square metres, surpassing the previous WPC event in Madrid in 2008 by 20 percent and making it the largest in WPC exhibition history.

In June 2008, over 4,000 delegates were registered at the 19th WPC in Madrid, where initiatives such as Ministerial Sessions, the electronic Poster Plaza and Special Sessions on youth in the industry, were all successfully implemented.

These will also be incorporated into the 20th World Petroleum Congress and Exhibition, with even more delegates and visitors expected to attend.

A Sustainable Stand Award will be given away recognising companies for their efforts in reducing their environmental footprint during the event.

The award will acknowledge exhibitors that the judges believe make the best use of the 3 R’s (Reuse, Reduce, Recycle) and, in doing so, have made the best effort to have a sustainable presence at the exhibition.

Almost 2,000 high-quality papers have been submitted for the 24 technical forum sessions, which are distributed into five blocks: Natural Gas, New Exploration and Production Frontiers and Technologies, Innovations in the Downstream, Complementary Energy Sources, and Industry Commitment to Sustainability. This is an unprecedented level of submissions, both in terms of quality and quantity, and about 300 of these papers will be selected.

The technical programme also includes a broad variety of posters, roundtable discussions, special sessions, best practice keynotes, and plenary sessions with the confirmed participation of high-ranking industry and government authorities. Qatar has a dynamic environment and is a country whose importance in the global oil and gas industry is growing every day.


Article by Links Group on Nov 30th 2011