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Mus­cat will wel­come more than 500 con­fer­ence del­e­gates from over 40 coun­tries at the World Heavy Oil Congress & Ex­hi­bi­tion (WHOC), to be held at the Oman Con­ven­tion & Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre from Septem­ber 3 to 5.

Co-hosted by Pe­tro­leum De­vel­op­ment Oman (PDO) and un­der the aus­pices of the Min­istry of Oil &

Gas, the an­nual Congress will ad­dress chal­lenges and dis­cuss op­por­tu­ni­ties across the heavy oil value chain through a two-day strate­gic con­fer­ence, and a three-day tech­ni­cal con­fer­ence along­side a three-day in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tion.

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.” De­spite a chal­leng­ing eco­nomic en­vi­ron­ment, PDO is spear­head­ing in­no­va­tion and con­tin­u­ing to iden­tify novel EOR tech­niques to max­imise pro­duc­tion from four ac­tive heavy oil fields with par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on the Amal West field and the Mi­raah So­lar plant. It is an­tic­i­pated that by 2025 more than 23 per cent of PDO’s pro­duc­tion will come from EOR projects.

The Strate­gic Con­fer­ence will cover 10 di­verse top­ics on in­vest­ments, cre­at­ing ag­ile busi­ness mod­els, col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween heavy oil pro­duc­ing coun­tries, and un­lock­ing re­fin­ing po­ten­tial and value chain per­for­mance. Some of the key con­fer­ence speak­ers in­clude: HE

Dr. Mo­hammed bin Ha­mad Al Rumhy, Min­is­ter for Oil & Gas, Sul­tanate of Oman; HE Shaikh Mo­hammed bin Khal­ifa Al Khal­ifa, Min­is­ter of Oil, King­dom of Bahrain; Raoul Res­tucci, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Pe­tro­leum De­vel­op­ment Oman; Dr. Bakheet Al Katheeri, CEO, Mubadala Pe­tro­leum; Steve Kelly, Pres­i­dent & Gen­eral Man­ager, Oc­ci­den­tal Mukhaizna; Giuseppe Ricci, Chief Re­fin­ing & Mar­ket­ing Of­fi­cer, ENI SPA, S M Farouq Ali, Pro­fes­sor of Pe­tro­leum En­gi­neer­ing, Univer­sity of Hous­ton; and Dr. SK Majumdar, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor (Re­fin­ing & Tech­nol­ogy), In­dian Oil R&D. The Tech­ni­cal Con­fer­ence will en­cour­age greater knowl­edge ex­change and net­work­ing where at­ten­dees can ex­pect to gain knowl­edge of up­stream, mid­stream and down­stream heavy oil projects, new tech­nolo­gies and ser­vices through over 80 tech­ni­cal case stud­ies and pre­sen­ta­tions from across the globe.

Pe­tro­leum En­gi­neer­ing Func­tion Di­rec­tor at Pe­tro­leum De­vel­op­ment Oman and Co Chair­man of World Heavy Oil Congress & Ex­hi­bi­tion 2018, Dr. Ali Al Ghei­thy said, “It is a great op­por­tu­nity for Oman to host this pres­ti­gious event in Mus­cat. Oman is al­ready ex­ploit­ing a lot of its heavy oil re­sources and this trend will

con­tinue and ex­pand in the fu­ture. Oman has on­go­ing full field de­vel­op­ments of heavy oil us­ing both ther­mal and chem­i­cal (poly­mer flood) pro­cesses – this is a sig­nif­i­cant part of Oman’s daily pro­duc­tion. So, we have sev­eral ar­eas of our ex­pe­ri­ences to share as well as learn from all our vis­i­tors who will be at­tend­ing.”

Jean-Philippe Cossé Vice Pres­i­dent, Mid­dle East at DMG events the or­gan­iser of WHOC said, “We are both proud and ex­cited to be host­ing the 2018 edi­tion of the Congress in the Mid­dle East for the very first time, which is home to one third of the world’s heavy and ex­tra heavy oil re­sources. It will act as an in­valu­able plat­form for the global heavy oil in­dus­try to gather and learn from each other.” He added, “The Sul­tanate en­joys high quan­tity pe­tro­leum pro­duc­tion, a com­pet­i­tive in­fra­struc­ture with global stan­dards, and has fu­ture de­vel­op­ment plans to pos­i­tively im­pact the coun­try’s pro­duc­tion. This, cou­pled with un­ri­valed hos­pi­tal­ity, prom­ises to make this year’s congress and ex­hi­bi­tion a mem­o­rable one.”

WHOC will also host an in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tion where re­gional and in­ter­na­tional NOCs, IOCs, ser­vice and tech­nol­ogy providers will show­case the best tech­nolo­gies, prod­ucts, and ser­vices for the heavy oil sec­tor. The ex­hi­bi­tion is open to all par­tic­i­pants in­clud­ing govern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives, project own­ers, con­sul­tants, con­trac­tors, and in­vestors to meet, do busi­ness, and max­imise the evolv­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in the heavy oil sec­tor both across the Mid­dle East and glob­ally. Some of the con­firmed ex­hibitors in­clude: Pe­tro­leum De­vel­op­ment Oman (PDO), ENI SPA, China Na­tional Off­shore Oil Cor­po­ra­tion (CNOOC), Bahrain Pe­tro­leum Com­pany (BAPCO), Kit­snet, Badr EOR,

Albpetrol, RGL Reser­voir Man­age­ment Ltd, SoluForce, HP Well Screen, and Sala­man­der.

Pe­tro­leum De­vel­op­ment Oman is the Host Spon­sor of WHOC 2018 with ENI as the Plat­inum Spon­sor. The event is also spon­sored by Glass Point So­lar and sup­ported by Busi­ness Gate­way as In Coun­try Value Part­ner in ad­di­tion to Oman Air, Oman Hol­i­days and Oman Tourism as Of­fi­cial Travel Part­ners.

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