HELD UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE MINISTRY OF OIL AND GAS, SULTANATE OF OMAN


عقد تحت رعاية وزارة النفط والغاز، سلطنة عمان

STRATEGIC CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

08:00 – 09:00
REGISTRATION & COFFEE
09:00 - 09:15
WELCOME REMARKS BY CONGRESS CHAIRMEN
  • Speakers:
    Dr Saleh bin Ali Al Anboori
    Dr Saleh bin Ali Al Anboori Director General of Planning & Studies Ministry of Oil & Gas, Sultanate of Oman
    Junaid Ghulam
    Junaid Ghulam Petroleum Engineering Manager - Oil South Petroleum Development Oman
09:15 - 09:30
Opening Keynote Address: Heavy oil development in the era of increasing shale oil production
  • Shale oil production in U.S.A. is nearly 6 million B/D, and increasing, making USA one of the top oil producers in the world. Shale oil has considerable impact on heavy oil and oil sands development in Alberta, even though shale oil production in Canada is only 335,000 B/D vs. more than 2 million B/D from oil sands.

    On a worldwide basis, the effect is small and short-lived. Heavy oil and bitumen are simpler to extract with a smaller environmental impact than shale oil. This keynote address explores the impact of increasing oil demand and long term shale oil production on heavy oil and oil sands production.

    Speakers:
    Dr SM Farouq Ali
    Dr SM Farouq Ali Professor of Petroleum Engineering University of Houston
09:30 – 10:00
FUTURE-PROOFING THE HEAVY OIL SECTOR: ENCOURAGING GLOBAL COLLABORATION & COOPERATION, AND REDEFINING STRATEGIES & POLICIES ON A GOVERNMENTAL LEVEL
  • Energy systems around the world are going through rapid transitions that will bring about important changes to the way we fuel our cars, heat our homes, and power our industries. With the global energy demand increasingly pivoting towards clean energy and lower carbon emissions, renewable energy sources are expected to hold a larger share in the future energy mix currently dominated by oil and gas.

    • Analysts expect the global demand for oil will peak in 2030 at 108 million barrels per day. How are oil producers combating this today? How can smart technology support the industry in producing and upgrading heavy and extra-heavy oil in an environmentally-friendly way? How can governments enable innovation in their countries?
    • From agile fiscal contract agreements to boost IOC involvement to attracting investments from foreign investors, how are governments redefining strategies and policies in the current geopolitical climate? How do decisions by international bodies such as OPEC, MARPOL, and IMO amongst others impact governmental policies?
    • How are governments supporting the midstream and downstream sectors? With policies favouring the molecule-sourcing upstream sector, how is this impacting the refining and upgrading of heavy oil? What change is required at the governmental and inter-governmental levels to support policies that will accelerate growth and enable refineries to upgrade infrastructure, invest in research and development, and facilitate rapid technology innovation?
10:00 – 11:00
Exhibition inauguration and Coffee
11:00 – 11:45
PRODUCING MORE WITH LESS: LEVERAGING NEW TECHNOLOGIES & REALIGNING STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE RECOVERY IN CURRENT ECONOMIC CLIMATE
    • Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia are leading the way in producing more with less; is the Middle East the new hub of heavy oil recovery? How could this change the way heavy oil is produced and traded globally?
    • With over 1 trillion barrels of potentially recoverable oil in existing mature fields, and an approximate 4,600 billion barrels of heavy and extra-heavy crude, are we innovating technology at the required pace? How are we leveraging existing technologies to improve recovery sustainably?
    • Workforces in the Middle East are exposed to light oil and gas operations. With increased heavy oil operations and EOR methods employed to increase recovery from mature fields, how are CEOs and business leaders training their workforce? Can a collaborative approach with producers in Canada, United States, Venezuela and other experience heavy oil producing countries enable a stronger, leaner workforce equipped?
    • Medium to Long term outlook: What will the heavy oil industry look like in 10 years from today? What can we do today to ensure an upward movement on the growth graph?
    Speakers:
    Sami Al Baqi
    Sami Al Baqi Technical Director Petroleum Development Oman
    Said Al Balushi
    Said Al Balushi Senior Vice President – Technical Occidental of Oman
    Ayman Khattab
    Ayman Khattab President & CEO, Gulf & North Africa, Baker Hughes GE Company
    Robert Richardson
    Robert Richardson COO Maha Energy
    Brian Sidle
    Brian Sidle Senior VP, Sales & Marketing JP Global Digital
11:45 – 12:30
Developing a robust value chain: advancing innovation in refinery operations, infrastructure & technologies & fuel marketing networks for maximum value products
    • Digital transformation can cut refinery operational costs by more than 10 percent; translating into millions of dollars of savings per year. Evaluating current technologies in upgrading of heavy crude: are these ‘fit-for-purpose’?
    • Environmental Regulation: Assessing what IMO Regulations and EU Regulations mean for upgrading of heavy oil, and for refineries processing this heavy crude; are these regulations a boon or bane?
    • Attracting investments in the downstream sector for research and development, and infrastructure upgrades: is the time right? Is there a future for heavy oil?
    • New Avenues: Will refineries benefit from exploring newer avenues such as conversion of heavy fuels with bio fuels; interblending heavier fuels; or converting heavier fuels directly into petrochemicals? Why are these avenues not being explored?
    • Creating transformative marketing networks for effective delivery of value added products to ensure a robust and fitter value chain
    Speakers:
    Jiri Hajek
    Jiri Hajek Director of Development and Innovation, Vice Chairman of the Board, Unipetrol
    Dr S K Majumdar
    Dr S K Majumdar Executive Director QC Indian Oil Marketing Division
    Girish Srinivas
    Girish Srinivas Vice President TDA Research
12:45 - 13:00
Establishing efficient R&D partnerships: bridging the gap between academia, industry, and government to address the evolving needs of the energy industry
    • The energy industry is innovating constantly; from cutting-edge technologies for efficient production to smart processes for better management. Fuelling the needs of the world, the energy industry, encompassing the oil and gas sector, electricity, and renewable energy sources, is rapidly evolving bring forth new challenges and scope for innovation.
    • This presentation discusses the importance of establishing efficient Research and Development partnerships between academia, industry, and government to address the real time challenges the industry faces, how collective action supports quick, effective and efficient problem solving, and through collaboration how we can achieve incremental sustainability and innovation.
    Speakers:
    Dr Al Muatasim Al Bahlani
    Dr Al Muatasim Al Bahlani BusinessDevelopment Manager Ejaad
13:15 - 14:30
Lunch & Networking
14:30 - 15:15
Attracting investments & securing project finances across the value chain amid geopolitical uncertainty
    • Analysing the impact of accelerated boost in clean energy investments and decarbonisation regulations on the oil and gas sector with focus on talent attraction, capital investments, and fiscal policies
    • Evaluating the breadth and depth of a diverse corporate strategy on attracting investments – from short cycle investments to project finance, and IPOs. How are unconventional strategies and approaches attracting investment, and acting as a catalyst in effectively managing associated geopolitical and pricing risks?
    • Evaluating fiscal contracts against the backdrop of current geopolitical risks, trade wars, and shifting alliances
    • From creating diversified portfolios to forging unconventional strategic alliances - Digging deeper into how oil and gas companies can secure and future-proof their portfolios in a lower carbon world
    • Smart-financing: Are cryptocurrencies the future of investments for oil and gas projects? How can oil and gas companies effectively utilise intelligent analytics and data to attract investments with calculated risks?
    • Dissecting asset consolidation, M&A and JVs, as an effective route to reshaping portfolios and diversifying into alternative markets and businesses
    • China’s Belt Road Initiative will connect over 65 countries; collectively holding up to 75% of the world’s known energy resources. How will the Belt Road Initiative impact investment in the hydrocarbons sector in the future; particularly for emerging markets?
    Speakers:
    Stephanie Hallet
    Stephanie Hallet Deputy Chief of Mission U.S. Embassy of Oman
15:15 – 15:45
The science of heavy oil: From research labs to the field
  • Delving deeper into research and development projects across the heavy oil value chain, challenges research scientists face in commercialising their technologies, and analysing the mid and long-term impacts of current economic climate on research and development projects and funding.

    Speakers:
    Irina Akimova
    Irina Akimova Corresponding Member Academy of the technology sciences of the Russian Federation
    Jorge Fernandez
    Jorge Fernandez Global Oil and Gas R&D Manager Sasol Performance Chemicals
    Guillaume Batôt
    Guillaume Batôt Technical Advisor IFP Energies nouvelles
    Dr SM Farouq Ali
    Dr SM Farouq Ali Professor of Petroleum Engineering University of Houston
    Dr Neeraj Rohilla
    Dr Neeraj Rohilla Associate TS&D Manager Dow Chemical International Pvt
16:00
Close of Day 1 of Strategic Conference
10:00 - 11:00
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
  • Round Table 1

    PROTECTING CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE FROM CYBER ATTACKS

     

    • Examining cyber security threats across the value chain, and how connected technology for daily operations pose an enormous threat to your critical infrastructure
    • Embracing collaboration between public and private sector to combat cyber attacks and securing assets
    • Evaluating how companies are investing in staff education and awareness of cyber threats and frauds; thereby, reducing risks by 80%

    Round Table 1

    EMBRACING DIGITALISATION THROUGH INCREMENTAL INNOVATION & TOP DOWN APPROACH

     

    • What is incremental innovation? How is it beneficial for larger and smaller corporations? Is incremental innovation possible in today’s rapidly dynamic and evolving market?
    • Getting CEOs and business leaders to assume ownership of digital transformation within the organisation, and why a top down approach is critical for your organisation to embrace digitalisation
    • Creating a long-term road, attracting talent, and building an equipped workforce that can help realise and sustain the organisation’s digitisation ambitions: where are we, and how far do we need to go?

    Table 1: PROTECTING CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE FROM CYBER ATTACKS

    Table 1: EMBRACING DIGITALISATION THROUGH INCREMENTAL INNOVATION & TOP DOWN APPROACH

    • Examining cyber security threats across the value chain, and how connected technology for daily operations pose an enormous threat to your critical infrastructure
    • Embracing collaboration between public and private sector to combat cyber attacks and securing assets
    • Evaluating how companies are investing in staff education and awareness of cyber threats and frauds; thereby, reducing risks by 80%
    • What is incremental innovation? How is it beneficial for larger and smaller corporations? Is incremental innovation possible in today’s rapidly dynamic and evolving market?
    • Getting CEOs and business leaders to assume ownership of digital transformation within the organisation, and why a top down approach is critical for your organisation to embrace digitalisation
    • Creating a long-term road, attracting talent, and building an equipped workforce that can help realise and sustain the organisation’s digitisation ambitions: where are we, and how far do we need to go?
15:30 - 16:30
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
  • Round Table 1

    UPSTREAM HEAVY OIL

    • Upstream & Midstream Heavy Oil Project updates
    • Emerging Markets – financial investments, new projects, challenges, and innovations

     

    Round Table 2

    DOWNSTREAM HEAVY OIL

    • Downstream Heavy Oil Project updates – refinery upgrades to meet with IMO Regulations, expansion projects, moving further downstream
    • Operational Excellence, Expenditure Control, and adopting newer technologies

    Table 1: UPSTREAM HEAVY OIL

    Table 2: DOWNSTREAM HEAVY OIL

    • Upstream & Midstream Heavy Oil Project updates
    • Emerging Markets – financial investments, new projects, challenges, and innovations
    • Downstream Heavy Oil Project updates – refinery upgrades to meet with IMO Regulations, expansion projects, moving further downstream
    • Operational Excellence, Expenditure Control, and adopting newer technologies
    Speakers:
    Dr  Rifaat Al Mjeni
    Dr Rifaat Al Mjeni EOR Portfolio Leader Petroleum Development Oman
    Dr Abdulazim Marafie
    Dr Abdulazim Marafie Senior Research Scientist Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research
16:30
Close of WHOC 2019 Strategic Conference