OPEN­ING NEW VIS­TAS

In­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als across the globe to at­tend World’s lead­ing Heavy Oil Congress & Ex­hi­bi­tion in Oman from Septem­ber 3 to 5. An OGR Re­port

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The World Heavy Oil Congress & Ex­hi­bi­tion (WHOC) to be held at the Oman Con­ven­tion & Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre from Septem­ber 3 to 5, will ex­plore the theme “Trans­form­ing the Heavy Oil Value Chain,” and pro­vide an in­valu­able plat­form for in­dus­try lead­ers, de­ci­sion mak­ers, and pro­fes­sion­als to con­verse and learn from each other on high level strate­gies, and mid to long-term plans for the sec­tor.

HE Dr. Mo­hammed Bin Ha­mad Al Rumhy, Min­is­ter of Oil and Gas said, “Heavy oil con­trib­utes ap­prox­i­mately 15 per cent of Oman’s oil pro­duc­tion and is an im­por­tant as­pect of the in­dus­try, es­pe­cially as we con­tinue to in­no­vate and pi­o­neer novel EOR tech­nolo­gies to meet the evolv­ing de­mands of pro­duc­ing heavy oil. We know that as the heavy oil sec­tor ma­tures, op­por­tu­ni­ties for col­lab­o­ra­tions, in­no­va­tion, and in­vest­ment will also con­tinue to ad­vance and evolve.”

“We have worked hard to put to­gether

a high qual­ity pro­gramme of tech­ni­cal pre­sen­ta­tions, panel dis­cus­sions, and ded­i­cated case stud­ies that are en­gag­ing, nur­tur­ing, and thought pro­vok­ing to ad­dress the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties our in­dus­try faces both to­day and to­mor­row.

With an im­pres­sive lineup of more than 100 ex­pert speak­ers and mod­er­a­tors, we are con­fi­dent that WHOC will pro­vide a valu­able and un­par­al­leled op­por­tu­nity for heavy oil pro­fes­sion­als across the globe to gain the lat­est in­sights in heavy oil projects, in­vest­ments, and tech­nolo­gies while shar­ing knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence with peers,” said Jean-Philippe Cossé, Vice Pres­i­dent, Mid­dle East at dmg::events.

The event is ex­pected to at­tract more than 3,000 in­ter­na­tional at­ten­dees.

“We are de­lighted by the grow­ing num­ber of del­e­gates who have reg­is­tered for the strate­gic and tech­ni­cal con­fer­ence pro­grammes and look for­ward to hav­ing record at­ten­dance of vis­i­tors and del­e­gates at this year’s event,” he said.

“The low oil price en­vi­ron­ment of the last three years has pro­vided both, a chal­lenge and an op­por­tu­nity, for the en­ergy sec­tor. With the mar­ket now ap­proach­ing a pos­si­ble sta­bil­i­sa­tion, the in­dus­try needs to be­gin plan­ning for the near fu­ture fo­cus­ing on value creation, in­creased mar­gins and short-cy­cle in­vest­ments,” said Luca Bertelli, Chief Ex­plo­ration Of­fi­cer, Eni. Com­ment­ing on the un­tapped po­ten­tial of heavy oil re­serves, Dr. Ri­faat Al Mjeni, EOR Port­fo­lio Leader at Pe­tro­leum De­vel­op­ment Oman and Tech­ni­cal Com­mit­tee Mem­ber for the World Heavy Oil Congress & Ex­hi­bi­tion 2018, said, “40% of PDO’s hy­dro­car­bon re­sources are classed as heavy and ul­tra-heavy oil of which very lit­tle has been ex­ploited due to tech­ni­cal and com­mer­cial chal­lenges. It is recog­nised that the key to un­lock­ing a large por­tion of the heavy oil port­fo­lio is EOR and their as­so­ci­ated tech­nolo­gies both chem­i­cal, and ther­mal. Cur­rently, about 10% of PDO pro­duc­tion comes from EOR and it is an­tic­i­pated that by 2025, this will in­crease to more than 30 per cent.”

Steven Moss, CEO of GlassPoint So­lar said, “More than ever, GCC lead­ers are em­brac­ing the en­ergy tran­si­tion. In the past few months, we have seen ma­jor an­nounce­ments from Saudi Ara­bia to the UAE and Oman re­veal­ing plans to di­ver­sify their en­ergy mix with re­new­ables and re­duce do­mes­tic con­sump­tion of fos­sil fu­els.

GlassPoint stands at a unique po­si­tion, of­fer­ing a so­lar tech­nol­ogy tailor-made and proven for oil and gas de­ploy­ment. We are unit­ing the two in­dus­tries to pro­duce to­day’s en­ergy at lower costs and with less en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact, and at the same time, we are help­ing the oil and gas sec­tor de­velop ex­per­tise and new ca­pac­i­ties for the new en­ergy era.” He ex­plained, “As a com­pany, we are fo­cused on di­ver­si­fy­ing our project port­fo­lio in new mar­kets in the Mid­dle East and North Amer­ica and com­mer­cial­is­ing next gen­er­a­tion tech­nolo­gies.”

Un­der the aus­pices of the Min­istry of Oil & Gas and co-hosted by Pe­tro­leum De­vel­op­ment Oman (PDO), the World Heavy Oil Congress & Ex­hi­bi­tion will in­clude a two-day strate­gic con­fer­ence cov­er­ing 10 di­verse ses­sions, and a three-day tech­ni­cal con­fer­ence fea­tur­ing more than 80 case stud­ies and pre­sen­ta­tions, along­side a three-day in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tion.

Or­gan­ised by dmg::events, an in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tions and pub­lish­ing com­pany head­quar­tered in Dubai, the event is one of the largest con­gre­ga­tions of heavy oil pro­fes­sion­als glob­ally.

In ad­di­tion to the con­fer­ence, WHOC 2018 will host an in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tion with lead­ing com­pa­nies ac­tive in heavy oil sec­tor ex­hibit­ing to in­clude PDO,

Eni Spa, China Na­tional Off­shore

Oil Cor­po­ra­tion, Bahrain Pe­tro­leum Com­pany, OXY Oman, GlassPoint So­lar, Badr EOR, RGL Reser­voir Man­age­ment INC, High Tower En­gi­neer­ing LLC, HP Well Screen, Kit­snet, Albpetrol, Safety Tech­ni­cal Ser­vices Co LLC, Solu­force, Sala­man­der So­lu­tions, Ter­ra­log Tech­nolo­gies, Sonovita and In­dus­trial Train­ing Con­sul­tants to name a few.

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