Welcome from the Chair
On behalf of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Programme Committee, I welcome you to the 2020 SPE Virtual Upstream Finance and Investments Conference.
2020 has been a hugely challenging year, with the disruptive forces of COVID19 reaching every corner of the world. While the immediate focus in our industry and beyond has been on survival, many have also used this break in routine to critically examine future plans and explore opportunities for more radical change. This conference provides an ideal global forum, with both technical and financial experts in attendance, to discuss these opportunities.
We will examine how the industry is raising the bar on climate ambitions and increasing low carbon investment. We will be putting the spotlight on the characteristics that future projects and companies need in order to attract investment, acknowledging the growing emphasis on environment, social and governance (ESG). We will revisit the topic of private equity investment, a prominent focus at last year’s conference, and how perceptions have changed over the last 12 months. We will discuss how oil and gas operations can become more resilient and the role of breakthrough technology and digitalisation. We will look at global variance in how the industry is reacting to COVID disruption and preparing for the energy transition.
I hope you will find these sessions engaging and take the opportunity to pose questions to our panel of experts and take part in stimulating discussions. I look forward to meeting you at the conference.
AJ Isherwood Consulting Ltd.