Welcome from the Chair

Dear Colleagues,

The SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition is one of our industry’s key annual events. It is renowned for excellent technical content, and this year is no exception.

The 2017 conference will cover a variety of core drilling subjects, including drilling technology, risk management, zonal isolation, managed pressure drilling, well control, and drilling automation. In addition, the conference will address the future of providing energy in a sustainable way  and how we can invest in energy and adopt practices and technologies from other industries. We will also host special events for the development of our young professionals and diverse talent pool.

The process of recovering hydrocarbons is becoming increasingly challenging, for a variety of economic, technological, social, and environmental reasons. However, our industry has faced and overcome similar challenges before.  In the plenary session we will focus on how our industry can become safer and more competitive by learning from other industries.  We will hear from industry leaders, innovators and investors from companies like McLaren, GE, Evercore and Energy Ventures.  

This conference will take place in The Hague, The Netherlands – a perfect location for this event to continue its international status.

I encourage you and your colleagues to attend this great event and share your experiences with other industry professionals. 


Leigh-Ann Russell
VP, BP Global Wells Organization
2017 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference Chair