Message from the Co-Chairs

Dear Industry Colleagues,

We are pleased to welcome you to the inaugural SPE Virtual Symposium: Deepwater – Raising Potential through Innovation scheduled 24–26 August 2021.

Deepwater exploration and production presents a host of challenges. Major findings through case studies and technological advancements are guiding businesses in areas of operational decision making, cost optimisation, risk management, and improving safety and efficiency. Through this process, a closer partnership and collaboration between operators and services companies have produced environmentally friendly innovations. These significant reforms have reenergised interest in deepwater development, to unlock ultra-deepwater potentials and enable new projects in high-cost oil producing regions.

Although deepwater and ultra-deepwater exploration remains a new frontier in the Asia Pacific region, they present huge resource potentials and prospects as there are established deepwater development and operation projects and successful case studies. The symposium will discuss these operational excellence best practices and lessons learnt on how to sustain the production and operation of not just mature deepwater fields, but also marginal fields.

We encourage efforts and collaboration of our industry and its leaders to support this inclusive opportunity to bring the industry together to share and discuss latest insights on future challenges and opportunities. 

We look forward to your support for SPE Virtual Symposium: Deepwater – Raising Potential through Innovation.



Symposium Co-Chairs

Mohamad Abu Bakar
General Manager
Resources Development and Management
Malaysia Petroleum Management

Daniel Abbott
Development Manager
Sabah Deepwater Assets
Sabah Shell Petroleum Company