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Topical Breakfast and Luncheon Sessions

Industry Breakfast Session: UAE Country Focus

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 | 0730–0900 hours

As a result of the major expansion of its activities in oil and gas exploration and production, UAE today produces more than 2.8 million barrels of crude oil per day, putting it among the top oil producing countries in the world. Plans are underway to produce 3.5 million barrels per day by 2017.

This session will share an overview of the activities carried out by the ADNOC group and one of the major supporting contractor companies in their continuous efforts to support Abu Dhabi to be in a leading position as a reliable global energy supplier and in the use of the latest technology in exploration, drilling, production and reservoir management, and at the same time promoting sustainable development and international openness (cooperation).


Ali Khalifa Al Shamsi, Strategy & Coordination Director, ADNOC


  • Aqeel Madhi, Chief Executive Officer, NPCC
  • Omar Suwaina Al Suwaidi, Deputy Director, Strategy & Coordination, ADNOC


Topical Luncheon Session: US Unconventional Resources: Shaping the Future

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 | 1330–1500 hours

  • The recent and rapid commercialization of large-scale shale gas production
  • Highlight growth in unconventional shale gas extraction in the early 21st-century
  • The rising industry investment trend in the US
  • Growing Role as a Gas Exporter


Gamal Hassan, CEO, ADH International Group


  • Atul Arya, Senior Vice President and Business Leader, Energy Insight, IHS
  • Jeff Spath, Vice President Industry Affairs, Schlumberger; 2014 SPE President


Industry Breakfast Session: Accelerating Innovation in the UAE with International R&D Centers

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 | 0730–0900 hours

The process of innovation involves making research and development (R&D) a reality in terms of practical and/or commercial applications. UAE’s Vision 2021 sees its economy into a model where growth is driven by knowledge and innovation: Productivity and competitiveness will come to rival the best in the world, as a result of investment in science, R&D and technology throughout the fabric of the UAE economy.

The objective of this special session is for a panel of distinguished R&D/Technology leaders across the Energy sector to share with us how international R&D centers (e.g., in IOCs, academia, service industry) can help accelerate the implementation of innovation in the UAE, in line with UAE’s Vision 2021. They will entertain discussions on topics around global‐local partnerships, capabilities/talent development, academia‐industry interactions, maturing and nurturing technologies from ideas to application, technology transfer/startups, and sustainable R&D culture.


Wafik Beydoun, Manager, R&D Division, ADNOC


  • Alain Goulois, Vice President R&D, Total
  • Dave Masson, Vice President Upstream Development Growth and JVs – Chief Reservoir Engineer, Shell
  • Robert Armstrong, Director, MIT Energy Initiative
  • Simon Bittleston, Vice President Research, Schlumberger
  • Yoshiro Ishii, Executive Officer, Vice President, INPEX Corporation


Topical Luncheon Session: CO2 Injection in Sequestration and Improved Oil Recovery

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 | 1330–1500 hours

Various studies indicate that petroleum and natural gas will remain the premium fuel of the next two to three decades, and perhaps much longer. Burning of hydrocarbons produces a significant amount of CO2, which may result in increasing CO2 concentration of the atmosphere. There is ample evidence from the past 400,000 years that an increase in CO2 concentration leads to global warming.

The CO2 produced from power plants and other sources, when captured, can be stored in the saline aquifers in the subsurface. The CO2 can also be injected in many oil reservoirs to significantly increase oil recovery.

In this special session, unique features of CO2 in relation to sequestration in subsurface saline formations, CO2 injection in the type of subsurface formations that can lead to substantial oil recovery, and modeling of the processes will be the focus of the presentations. The institutional and environmental challenges will also be discussed. There will be three talks at the session to cover unique features of CO2, past and present experiences with CO2 injection in some large subsurface formations, and reliability of modeling tools available to the industry. Two major oil companies will discuss their experiences with injection of CO2 for sequestration projects in the aquifers and in oil fields. Statoil will describe their extended experiences and results from CO2 sequestration in saline aquifers. Petrobras presentation will cover CO2 injection in deep offshore Brazil. The presentation from academia will also cover the type of oil fields that may benefit most from CO2 injection, and limitations and advances in simulation software for reliable predictions.


Abbas Firoozabadi, Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Yale University


  • Bamshad Nazarian, Principal Researcher Reservoir Technology, Statoil
  • Terry Lindquist, Regional Director, Subsurface Engineering, OXY


Industry Breakfast Session: Carbon Dioxide Enhanced Oil Recovery in the Middle East, hosted by the Energy Working Group of the UAE-UK Business Council

Thursday, 13 November 2014 | 0730–0900 hours


Morten Kristensen, Senior Reservoir Engineer and Project Manager, Geoscience and Petroleum Engineering, Schlumberger


  • Arafat Al Yafei, Manager, CO2/N2 Development Department, ADNOC
  • Paul Crooks, Senior Project Manager CCUS, Masdar
  • Peter Tanner, Project Manager, Thermal Power Projects, Energy Gorup Middle East and India, ATKINS


Topical Luncheon Session: East Africa

Thursday, 13 November 2014 | 1330–1500 hours

In the last 10 years, East Africa became the new frontier in the oil and gas industry.

Discoveries of world-class reserves and proximity of the increasingly demanding markets of Asia and the Far East turned a region long ignored by international oil companies into a hub of frenetic activity and mushrooming opportunities.

From the hinterlands of South Sudan and Uganda, to the coastal and deep offshore areas of Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and South Africa, the energy world has turned its focus of interest to the East African Rift and the Indian Ocean Basins. Conventional onshore and deep offshore, pre-salt and also unconventional shale prospects, are making a profound difference to a region marked by energy poverty. And certainly the rest of the world, too, will see significant changes.

Such bounty to come raises a number of questions for the future of these countries and the world at large:

  • Is this perhaps the last chance for large scale conventional oil and gas discoveries?
  • What are the challenges and the opportunities?
  • What will be the impact in an undeveloped region characterized by drastic shortage of infrastructure and skilled workforce and lack of experience in developing major export projects? How can local content and in-country value be developed?
  • In a continent well known for high corruption indexes and political instability, how can fairness and transparency prevail and overall progress, development and welfare of the populations be secured?
  • Is such abundance a blessing or a curse (or both) for countries with some of the world’s largest GDP growth?


Jose Pereira, Middle East Representative, Partex


  • Malcolm Francis, Multiclient Exploration Geophysics Manager Eastern Hemisphere, Schlumberger
  • Mohamed Zine, Regional Director Africa, IHS Energy
  • Scott Munro, Vice President, General Manager North Sea and Africa, McDermott