ADIPEC Will Focus on Challenges, Opportunities

By Abdelghani Henni 10 Sep 2014

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) will be held in Abu Dhabi on 10-13 November with the theme “Challenges and Opportunities for the Next 30 Years.”

The conference will bring innovators, policymakers, and experts together to focus on key subjects affecting the industry, such as pricing, investment in human capital and training, and health and safety. Meeting growing global energy demand through developments in technology, unconventional resources, and international collaboration will also top the agenda. 

“Global energy demand is growing as economies prosper,” said Ali Khalifa Al Shamsi, conference chairman, and strategy and coordination director at Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). “Innovation enables the energy mix to adjust and to meet resource recovery expectations. Collaboration and commitment among stakeholders is vital. Industry events such as ADIPEC facilitate creative collaborative ventures. These ventures then increase value along the value chain.”

The conference will focus on nine industry topics: exploration and production geoscience; unconventional resources; field development; drilling and completions technology; projects engineering and management; operational excellence; health, safety, and environment; gas technology; and people and talent. 

ADIPEC 2014 will be held under the patronage of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and supported by the Ministry of Energy, ADNOC, and the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry. SPE returns as conference organizers.

ADIPEC will host more than 400 speakers from 111 organizations, with 84 technical sessions and a strategic program. The conference will include a ministerial panel and two executive plenary sessions.

The ministerial panel session will focus on how developing and sustaining local content can effectively be achieved at a pace and in a manner that meets the needs of the region. It will also highlight government efforts to transform oil wealth into a broader framework that invests in people—particularly youth—with a focus on technical skills, training, and developing technical professionals who are qualified and capable.

The first executive plenary session will focus on leadership development, creativity, and innovation. Discussions will explore the challenges of the changing landscape and need for collaboration as the world strives to meet future energy needs. The second panel session will focus on how new technologies can accelerate results, deliver a sustainable competitive advantage, and open new frontiers. Chief executive officers will share how their respective organizations have developed and embraced sustainable improvement in practice. 

Breakfast sessions, topical luncheons, and four academic sessions are also on the conference agenda, offering experts a platform to share innovative and groundbreaking ideas. A program for industry leaders and policymakers will offer discussions on the role of women in the oil and gas industry and country-specific briefings. For more, visit ADIPEC's website.

Abdelghani Henni is the Middle East Editor for the Journal of Petroleum Technology.