Saudi Aramco concluded the 12th International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC), the largest international oil and gas conference, which took place in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The conference attracted record particpation of over 18,000 attendees and over 1,200 organizations from over 70 countries around the world, as well as over 250 exhibiting companies.
Held under the patronage of HRH Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the 12th edition of this important international oil and gas conference was held for the first time in Saudi Arabia.
Among the prominent speakers were HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Energy, HE Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa Minister of Oil in Bahrain, HE Yasir O. Rumayyan, Chairman of Saudi Aramco, Amin H. Nasser, President and Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Aramco, Patrick Pouyanné, Chief Executive Officer of Total, and Darren W. Woods Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ExxonMobil.
Saudi Aramco’s Senior Vice President of Upstream, Mohammed Y. Al-Qahtani, showed his deep gratitude to HRH Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman for his generous patronage, and to HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al-Saud, Minister of Energy for the inauguration of this prestigious conference.
Mr. Y. Al-Qahtani said: “The IPTC was the first international multi-disciplinary, inter-society oil and gas conference and exhibition held in Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom, with some of the world’s largest oil reserves, occupies a unique position at the crossroads of Europe, Africa and Asia, making it a fitting location for one of the largest and most prestigious international conferences for petroleum engineering.”
He continued: “I would like to thank all participants for making this conference a forum for true thought leadership in energy. We have seen some of the brightest minds of our industry presenting their groundbreaking work over the past 3 days.”
Al-Qahtani also thanked the team at IPTC and Saudi Aramco for working so tirelessly to deliver a truly world-class event, and the many young and wonderful volunteers who were so eager to extend help and support. He also extended his best wishes to Adif Zulkifli, PETRONAS Executive Vice President & CEO Upstream for hosting the conference in Kuala Lumpur next year. Dhahran will become the Middle East home for IPTC every two years and work has started for hosting IPTC 2022.
The Saudi Council of Minsiters meeting, which was held yesterday, led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, welcomed the opening of the 12th International Petroleum Technology Conference in the Kingdom, stressing that the work of the conference hosted by Saudi Aramco is in line with Saudi Vision 2030, and this industry reflects the ongoing efforts in the Kingdom to make the global energy vision reality.