Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar, the 9th International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) formally opened today, 7 December at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC), with Qatar Petroleum (QP) and Shell co-hosting the event.

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HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani

The 9th IPTC will be inaugurated with an opening speech by His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the State of Qatar. Other remarks will come from His Excellency Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry; as well as from Saad Sherida Al Kaabi, President and CEO of Qatar Petroleum; and Andy Brown, Upstream International Director at Shell, who both serve as IPTC Executive Committee Co-Chairs.

The IPTC is the largest multi-society and multi-disciplinary oil and gas event in the Eastern Hemisphere. This year, QP and Shell will showcase cutting-edge innovation under the theme ‘Technology and Partnerships for a Sustainable Energy future.’

During the three-day event, industry professionals and government representatives from all around the world will meet to discuss and share their views, expertise and best practices. In addition, senior management from QP, Shell, and the industry will deliver keynote remarks and participate in key panel sessions.

This year’s IPTC will feature 2 CEO plenary sessions, 5 strategic panel sessions, 62 technical sessions with over 300 presentations, 6 ‘Ask The Expert’ sessions, and 4 training courses.  The exhibition held alongside the event, on the other hand, will involve the participation of over 80 companies showcasing their latest technologies, major projects and valuable industry services. The 9th IPTC will enable conference delegates and visitors to network with over 5,000 industry professionals from all over the world.

In addition to being the co-hosts, QP and Shell are the Titanium Sponsors of the IPTC’s Young Members Activities, which is set up to educate and inform younger audience members of the topics challenging industry professionals. These include workshops, competitions, tours and presentations, all aimed at raising the awareness of students and young adults who might consider pursuing technical careers in the future.

Founded in 2005, the IPTC rotates between Asia Pacific and the Middle East, with Doha designated as its permanent home in the region. The event is 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).