The 9th World Heavy Oil Congress & Exhibition enabled collaboration between heavy oil professionals from across the globe. Attendees from over 41 countries joined us in the Sultanate of Oman and the event provided many opportunities for knowledge exchange and networking between Omanis and our guests. We are happy to see this event in the Sultanate for the next three years and look forward to welcoming you all to Oman and the World Heavy Oil Congress & Exhibition in 2019.
His Excellency Dr Mohammed bin Hamad Al Rumhy
Minister of Oil & Gas
Sultanate of Oman
World Heavy Oil Congress and Exhibition tackles very specific and important topic of heavy oil, bringing together the experts and experiences of people all over the world and especially in Oman who have been in forefront in the industry. Developing its heavy oil resources is very important and I think it’s an opportunity for us to learn the experiences in Oman and other places on how to effectively produce heavy oil and use best technologies available. My appreciation and thanks to His Excellency Dr Mohammed bin Hamad Al Rumhy, Minister of Oil & Gas and to all the organisers for setting up a fantastic conference and hoping to see you soon in the near future.
His Excellency Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa
Minister of Oil
Kingdom of Bahrain
Occidental is honored to attend the World Heavy Oil Congress and Exhibition (WHOC). For more than a dozen years, we have had the privilege of operating Mukhaizna, a heavy oil field that is also the largest oil field in the country. Our employees have developed tremendous expertise in heavy oil, particularly the Omanis we have been fortunate to hire and train from the concession areas where we operate. They have developed unparalleled experience in the region, and are a tremendous asset to us and to Oman. WHOC provides excellent opportunities for knowledge transfer and business networking, and we look forward to returning next year.
President & General Manager
There are people who say that Heavy Oil is a sun setting industry with the advent of renewables and there isn’t much to be had in heavy oil. Well you need to just be here to see the energy, vibe and attendance to actually see that people are hungry and thirsty and we want to make the best of the resources that we have been endowed with. Heavy oil is here to stay for a long time to come; and here, at the conference, we have been engaging, networking, and interacting on how to take back all the learnings and knowledge to continue to responsibly sustain heavy oil for the decades to come
Field Development Manager
Petroleum Development Oman
I think the title of this conference is a hot topic in itself. Internationally and even within Oman and Gulf region, heavy oil is a fast becoming part of the energy mix; therefore, advancement in technology is always ongoing. I do think the importance of research and development of heavy oil in upstream & downstream is essential part to be addressed in this conference and will definitely help fill the gap towards commercialization. Attending events such as the World Heavy Oil Congress is an excellent source to network, meet new people and get latest information about the developments in the heavy oil industry.
Dr. Abdulazim Marafi
Senior Research Scientist
Petroleum Research Center, Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research
The World Heavy Oil Congress & Exhibition provided us with an opportunity to meet and network with the heavy oil community. We were also delighted to be part of the panel discussions where we shared knowledge on how we are a leader in energy convergence, uniting renewable and conventional energy industries. We also shared our success story in building Miraah, one of the world’s largest solar plants in the world. We look forward to coming back for future editions and join heavy oil professionals that come from Oman and across the world, in taking the sector forward.