Under the patronage of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the 7th International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) officially opened at the Qatar National Convention Center on Monday 20/01/14, with Qatar Petroleum (QP) serving as the host organization of the event.
His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, formally inaugurated the conference and exhibition, and he was accompanied by His Excellency Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry and Chairman of QP, and Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Director of Oil & Gas Ventures at QP and Co-Chairman of the 7th IPTC Executive Committee.
Speaking at the opening of the conference, H.E. Dr. Al-Sada called on the participants to give importance to achieving two main goals: “providing eco-friendly, high quality, and low cost products and technologies and achieving the best added values to quality, innovation and sustainable development.”
His Excellency said: “Experiences have proven that scientific innovations and breakthroughs are the means to overcome the challenges facing not just the oil industry, but also the various other industries around us. Therefore, this conference constitutes the ideal platform to seek solutions to providing the energy the world needs — specifically those related to the environment and safety — in order to maintain the required levels of living, health, and welfare.”
The Minister of Energy and Industry expressed Qatar’s pride in hosting this important event for the third time, which he said enhances its position an economic, commercial and industrial center, and emphasizes its growing role as an energy leader.”
H.E. Dr. Al-Sada said: “Qatar’s success in the development and the optimum utilization of its natural resources was achieved by a long-term strategy, which included the development of an advanced infrastructure, building a diverse and robust economy, a stable investment climate, the expansion of the county’s industrial base, achieving a higher added value, and the adoption of the best and latest technology solutions. This strategy is part of the Qatar National Vision 2030, the roadmap that was launched and guided by His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar.”
Held with the theme “Unlocking Energy through Innovation, Technology and Capability,” the 7th IPTC is the third edition to be held in Qatar, following its inaugural launch in Doha in 2005 and its fourth edition in 2009.
This year’s event, which will be held until January 22, brings together over 6,000 industry professionals representing major oil & gas companies from all over the world. The conference features plenary and panel sessions as well as a technical programme that covers a comprehensive range of topics, from exploration and drilling, field development and production operations to reservoir management, geoscience, gas processing and new technologies.
Senior QP officials are taking part in the 7th IPTC either as chairpersons of the technical and panel sessions, as conference speakers, or as co-authors of the technical presentations. A large number of QP staff have also registered as delegates of the conference. Many of the papers to be presented at the conference will discuss the lessons learned as well as the experiences gained from QP’s operations in Dukhan, in its industrial cities, and in its offshore oilfields.
In addition to its prominent role in the conference, QP also has a strong presence in the 7th IPTC exhibition, which features the stands of many of the world’s major oil and gas companies. The QP pavilion covers a total area of 400 square meters, and it showcases the operations of QP and its Industrial Cities Directorate as well as three of its joint venture companies, namely RasGas Company Limited, Qatargas Operating Company Ltd., and Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO).
Besides being the host organization of the event, QP is also the titanium sponsor of the 7th IPTC’s Young Members Activities. These activities, which include friendly competitions and educational sessions, are all aimed at encouraging university and high school students to take up courses in any engineering discipline and to eventually pursue a fruitful career in the oil and gas industry.
The IPTC rotates between Asia Pacific and the Middle East, with Doha designated as its permanent home in the region. A collaborative effort of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the IPTC is considered as “the largest multi-society and multi-disciplinary oil and gas event in the Eastern Hemisphere.” For more information, visit http://www.iptcnet.org/2014/doha/.
*Source : QP Facebook