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Sheikh Hamed opens 18th session of ADIPEC

posted on 10/11/2015: 2213 views

Under the patronage of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, today opened the 18th session of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, ADIPEC.

The 4-day event will feature 2,000 exhibitors including major national and international companies, over 600 speakers, and around 7,000 visiting delegations. It is also expected to attract 85,000 visitors from 120 countries.

The opening ceremony, which was held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, was attended by Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, Nasser bin Ahmed Al Suwaidi, Chairman of the Energy Authority, Abdulla Nasser Al Suwaidi, Director-General of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, ADNOC, and Ali Khalifa Al Shamsi, ADIPEC 2015 Conference Chairman, Strategy and Coordination Director at ADNOC.

The event was also attended by Mohammed bin Hamad Al Rumhy, Minister of Oil and Gas of the Sultanate of Oman,Tariq Al-Mulla, Egypt's Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, and a number of ministers, deputy ministers, ADNOC chief executives, and senior local, regional and international oil industry officials.

Sheikh Hamed toured a number of stands to view the latest technology in the oil and gas industry and the advanced equipment on display.

He stressed following the opening ceremony the importance of training and qualifying the promising Emirati professionals and equipping them with science, knowledge, experience and technology to assume their national role.

Sheikh Hamed said the local oil and gas industry was witnessing continuous progress thanks to the tremendous efforts and support lent by the leadership as well as its encouragement of international major oil companies to engage in the development of local energy industry in consistence with the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030.

'Abu Dhabi is implementing a number of oil and gas projects that will further solidify the UAE's position in the world oil and gas industry,' Sheikh Hamed stressed.

The official opening ceremony featured intriguing speeches from Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy, UAE, Abdulla Nasser Al Suwaidi, Director General of ADNOC, Mr Ali Khalifa Al Shamsi, Strategy and Coordination Director, ADNOC and ADIPEC 2015 Chairman, followed by riveting insights and projections on the transforming energy landscape by keynote speaker Dr. Daniel Yergin, award winning author and world's leading authority on energy.

Abdulla Nasser Al Suwaidi, Director General of ADNOC, said: "Industry leaders, decision makers, and stakeholders have all gathered in Abu Dhabi today to focus on innovation by using ADIPEC as a knowledge-sharing platform for driving industry change. Together, we can advance the energy sector and develop creative solutions for meeting the world's energy needs. At ADNOC, through the guidance and support of the Supreme Petroleum Council, we are still on track to reach a total oil output capacity of 3.5 billion barrels per day in the UAE within the next two to three years."

Mr Ali Khalifa Al Shamsi, Strategy and Coordination Director, ADNOC and ADIPEC 2015 Chairman, said: "ADIPEC has been an integral part of Abu Dhabi's hydrocarbon industry since it was established in 1984, and has transformed over the years to become one of the world's largest oil and gas events. With growing global recognition and interest from both major industry players, and emerging markets, ADIPEC will continue to raise Abu Dhabi's profile as a global knowledge hub for the energy sector."

Held under the theme "Innovation and Sustainability in a New Energy World", ADIPEC 2015 marks its 18th edition by breaking its previous records with the largest event to date, bringing together 2,050 exhibiting companies, including the world's leading national and international companies, more than 600 speakers, 7,000 delegates, and 85,000 attendees from more than 120 countries.

The Ministerial Panel brought together international ministers and decision makers who offered insights on the challenges and opportunities presented by the new energy landscape. Speakers included Suhail Al Mazrouei, the UAE Minister of Energy, Dr. Mohammed bin Hamad Al Rumhy, Minister of Oil and Gas for the Sultanate of Oman, Tarek El Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources for the Arab Republic of Egypt, and Etienne D. Ngoubou, Minister of Petroleum and Hydrocarbons for the Gabonese Republic. The session focused on driving innovation, future sustainability prospects, the future energy mix, the role of technology in the energy sector, and offered global and regional viewpoints.

The first of two CEO Plenary Sessions that are being held at ADIPEC 2015 brought together chief executives from the world's leading to discuss the opportunities and challenges of the ever-growing global demand in energy. Plenary speakers included representatives from ADCO, JOGMEG, STATOIL, and Lazard.

"Bringing together global, regional, and local industry leaders and decision makers to reflect on key industry topics, ADIPEC serves as a platform where innovation, best practice and latest developments are shared from all corners of the globe. ADIPEC has seen continuous growth over the years, in terms of both visitors, and global recognition, demonstrating the importance of the event in the energy industry," said Christopher Hudson, President - Global Energy at dmg events.

The first day of ADIPEC 2015 concluded with the announcement of this year's winners of the ADIPEC Awards at the ceremonial Gala Dinner, which is hosted by ADNOC and held at the Emirates Palace Hotel. The ADIPEC 2015 Awards, which celebrate excellence in energy and recognise innovation in the Middle East, welcomed a record 501 submissions this year, featuring some of the most innovative people, companies, and projects in the region. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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