2018 STRATEGIC CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

08:00 – 09:00
REGISTRATION & COFFEE
09:00 – 09:20
WELCOME REMARKS BY THE CONGRESS CHAIRMAN
  • Speakers:
    Dr. Ali Al Gheithy
    Dr. Ali Al Gheithy Petroleum Engineering Function Director Petroleum Development Oman
    Dr. Saleh bin Ali Al Anboori
    Dr. Saleh bin Ali Al Anboori Director General of Planning and Studies Ministry of Oil and Gas, Sultanate of Oman
09:20 – 10:00
MINISTERIAL PANEL - UNITED NATIONS: ACCELERATING PROGRESS THROUGH DIVERSIFICATION OF RESOURCES
  • The low oil price has provided both, a challenge and an opportunity, for the oil and gas sector. Fuelling an irreversibly hydrocarbon addicted world, the energy sector is supplying to meet the growing demands for hydrocarbons. With a recent upward surge in oil pricing and a slightly more stable market, the industry needs to begin planning for the near future focusing on value creation, increased margins and short-cycle investments.

    • Will exploration and production of shale and heavy oil surpass light oil in the future energy mix? 
    • Impact of global policy trends, energy reforms and agreements, and volatile prices on policies and development of heavy oil? Can agile regulations and subsidies     act as a catalyst for promoting sustainable and profitable development of heavy and ultra-heavy oil resources? 
    • What type of announcements and developments can we expect from governments and NOCs of oil producing nations in the next 5 years? 
    • Heavy oil sector as an engine for job creation, technological innovations and disruptions, and diversification of resources
    Speakers:
    His Excellency Dr Mohammed bin Hamad Al Rumhy
    His Excellency Dr Mohammed bin Hamad Al Rumhy Minister of Oil & Gas Sultanate of Oman
    His Excellency Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa
    His Excellency Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa Minister of Oil Kingdom of Bahrain
    Moderator:
    Hadley Gamble
    Hadley Gamble Business Anchor CNBC
10:00 – 11:00
OFFICIAL EXHIBITION INAUGURATION, COFFEE & NETWORKING
11:00 – 12:00
RETHINKING THE ENERGY OPERATION MODEL: AGILITY, ADAPTABILITY & GLOBAL COOPERATION IN REDEFINING THE FUTURE OF E&P
    • Shifting to digitally-enabled operating models and portfolios: playground for connected collaboration or intense competition? 
    • Prevailing trends and impact of digital transformation on E&P activities in the Middle East and globally. Are businesses adequately prepared? 
    • Enhancing commercial agility in supply chain contracts and why it is an imperative move to develop the heavy oil sector
    • Can advancements and innovation in Enhanced Oil Recovery help reduce heavy oil production OPEX? Can EOR advancements accelerate transformation of  heavy oil from an expensive to produce’ resource to a ‘go to fuel’ in the near future? 
    • Navigating through 5 year plans: forecasting the future of heavy oil business with focus on technology disruption enabling cheaper exploration of heavy oil, and increased interoperability between industries and sectors
    Speakers:
    Dr Bakheet Al Katheeri
    Dr Bakheet Al Katheeri CEO Mubadala Petroleum
    Luca Bertelli
    Luca Bertelli Chief Exploration officer Eni
    Steve Kelly
    Steve Kelly President & General Manager Occidental of Oman Inc.
    Steven Moss
    Steven Moss CEO GlassPoint Solar
    Amran Marhubi
    Amran Marhubi Technical Director Petroleum Development Oman
    Moderator:
    Tom White
    Tom White CEO Badr EOR
12:00 – 13:00
MOVING FURTHER DOWNSTREAM: UNLOCKING REFINING POTENTIAL & VALUE CHAIN PERFORMANCE TO MEET THE RISING DEMAND OF HIGHER VALUE REFINED PRODUCTS
  • The last two years have witnessed a powerful change in the commercial strategies of today’s NOCs and IOCs. A new roadmap has been created with companies inclining towards integration of upstream and downstream operations to stay relevant and agile to the world’s evolving energy demands. 

    •  Integration of refining and petrochemical plants with heavy oil E&P businesses: a boon or bane?
    • Connecting business transformation and digital strategies to eliminate inefficiencies in upgrading heavy crude: a nice to have or must have?
    • Capitalising on infrastructure upgrades and technological advancements to manage costs and generate maximum revenue from finished products: identifying mid-term and long-term opportunities 
    Speakers:
    Niaz Mustafa
    Niaz Mustafa Senior Vice President - Commercial Heurtey Petrochem (Axens)
    Giacomo Rispoli
    Giacomo Rispoli Executive Vice President of Portfolio Management & Supply and Licensing Department Eni Refining & Marketing
    Moderator:
    Wail Al-Harrasi
    Wail Al-Harrasi Founder WABAS Enterprises & Investments
13:00 – 14:00
LUNCH & NETWORKING
14:00 – 14:30
DIGITISATION IN ENERGY: REVOLUTION OR EVOLUTION?
  • Digital innovation and integration is top priority on every CEO's agenda. Creating a futuristic and innovative oil and gas business is more than installing new technology. It requires a new business model, organisational structure, new strategies, and new talent. It will also bring along new questions, challenges and opportunities.

    • Integrating artificial intelligence and robotics in regular operations of production and upgradation of oil: impact on OPEX and operational excellence, challenges and long-term results
    • Exploring existing and upcoming technologies in the heavy oil sector, and how they can enable a smoother transition into the Fourth Industrial Revolution
    • Critical experiences and strategic priorities in creating a sustainable and innovative business and financial model for unconventionals
    • Delving deeper into existing policies and regulations governing the Information Technology sector, its impact on the oil and gas, and how effective governance can take digital transformation to the next level
    • Digital transformation: an amalgamation of IT, marketing and operations. How will digitisation impact these core functions and what skillsets do employees of today need to acquire in order to be future ready?
    Speakers:
    Madhav Kasture
    Madhav Kasture Director Ability Digital Solutions ABB
14:30 - 15:00
DEVELOPING THE WORLD HEAVY OIL CONGRESS: THE COMMITTEE PERSPECTIVE
  • Bringing together the WHOC 2018 Advisory Board and the Technical Committee to reflect on organising the 2018 World Heavy Oil Congress & Exhibition, their expectation for the 2019 event, and how the heavy oil sector can be developed, regionally and globally, to reach its maximum potential.

    Speakers:
    Dr Ali Al Gheithy
    Dr Ali Al Gheithy Petroleum Engineering Function Director Petroleum Development Oman
    Dr Rifaat Al Mjeni
    Dr Rifaat Al Mjeni EOR Portfolio Leader Petroleum Development Oman
    KC Yeung
    KC Yeung Chairman Partners Energy Development Corp
    Moderator:
    Junaid Ghulam
    Junaid Ghulam Field Development Manager Petroleum Development Oman
15:00
CLOSE OF DAY 1
08:00 - 9:30
REGISTRATION & COFFEE
9:30 – 10:30
HEAVY OIL E&P PROJECTS: BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION STRATEGIES & SUSTAINABLE RESULTS
    • Mid and long-term projections on existing and upcoming projects
    • Minimising OPEX on projects and delivering maximum return on investment 
    • Strategies implemented to minimise environmental impact of EOR in E&P of heavy oil 
    • How can renewables and renewable technology contribute to the growing demands of oil and gas E&P? 
    • Is the new wave of renewable integration with hydrocarbon EOR a COP21 compliance or actual business sense?
    • Analysing investment trends, policy regulations, and subsidies available for E&P projects and how can they benefit oil and gas businesses
    Speakers:
    Adnan Al Lawati
    Adnan Al Lawati Vice President Operations Occidental of Oman Inc.
    Marwan Char
    Marwan Char Vice President Projects GlassPoint Solar
    Prakash Pardasani
    Prakash Pardasani Development Director (Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals) - Middle East Mott MacDonald
    Ismail Mostafa
    Ismail Mostafa Reservoir Engineering Manager and Senior RE Advisor /Discipline Lead for Middle East – MENAT region Baker Hughes, a GE company
    Moderator:
    Junaid Ghulam
    Junaid Ghulam Field Development Manager Petroleum Development Oman
10:30 – 11:30
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT: A CRUCIAL STEP IN DISRUPTING AND ADVANCING HEAVY OIL SERVICES AND TECHNOLOGIES TO BE FUTURE READY
  • Oil and gas are the most used commodities in the world. With the world’s ‘easy oil’ on the brink of exhaustion, it is becoming increasingly imperative to explore and produce tomorrow’s hydrocarbons.

    With unconventional resources expected to become a major contributor in tomorrow’s hydrocarbon mix, developing technology to advance and upgrade these resources at a lower OPEX is imperative.

    • Overview of top-line research and development projects in E&P and refining for heavy oil; how can these benefit the sector in the coming 10 years?
    • Impact of low oil price on research and development projects, and in turn its impact on innovation and advancement in heavy oil projects 
    • Research and development in EOR; including developing EOR technology and methods that depend on alternate sources of energy 
    • Analysing the mid and long-term impacts of research and development on cost efficiency, operational excellence, and overall profits of the company
    Speakers:
    Dr.S.K.Mazumdar
    Dr. S.K.Mazumdar Executive Director(Refining Technology) IndianOil R&D, Faridabad, India
    Dr. SM Farouq Ali
    Dr. SM Farouq Ali Professor of Petroleum Engineering University of Houston
    KC Yeung
    KC Yeung Chairman Partners Energy Development Corp
    Moderator:
    Dr Rifaat Al Mjeni
    Dr Rifaat Al Mjeni EOR Portfolio Leader Petroleum Development Oman
11:30 – 12:00
LIFE OF FIELD ANALYTICS: HOLISTIC FIELD ASSET VALUE AND CAPITAL INVESTMENT PROGRAM
  • A recent industry statistic stated that 25% of UKCS developments deliver on promise whether that is CAPEX, schedule or NPV; which means an alarming 75% do not. Modern field development approaches must be used to improve that statistic.

    Advisian has spent the last three years working with internal and commercial software to develop the first life of field integrated asset model. Having a common platform for visualisation from the subsurface through the wells, production system, facilities and seeing the commercial impact of any change in that chain, means everyone is correctly focused. This presentation is focused on how the software gives the customer the opportunity to see the full life of field asset value and capital investment program rather than a view partitioned by disciplines and bias.

12:00 - 12:45
ENERGY ECONOMICS: IMPACT OF GLOBAL DECISIONS ON THE HEAVY OIL SECTOR
  • With many oil producing countries, especially in the Middle East, preparing for a future less dependent on oil, there is a change in national policies and strategies; creating a ripple effect on global policies and the future of many economies; especially emerging countries. This session will provide an economists perspective on:

    • Impact of IPOs, M&As and growing investments in the downstream sector on global energy policies: an economist's perspective
    • Analysing the growing demand for renewable energy technology and how this demand impacts the oil and gas sector on a macro level
    • Becoming future ready: Analysing the impact of cryptocurrencies, IPOs and crowdfunding on conventional oil investments; and what banks, investment companies and operators need to do to keep up with the disruption
    Speakers:
    Mustafa Ansari
    Mustafa Ansari Senior Economist APICORP
    Laury Haytayan
    Laury Haytayan MENA Director, Natural Resource Governance Institute
    Moderator:
    Wail Al-Harrasi
    Wail Al-Harrasi Founder WABAS Enterprises & Investments
12:45
CLOSE OF DAY 2 & CLOSE OF THE STRATEGIC CONFERENCE