With the UAE holding the world’s sixth largest oil reserves, and remaining one of the most reliable producers and exporters of crude oil, it is hard to argue with those that refer to its capital of Abu Dhabi as being at the heart of the oil and gas industry. One event that has played a significant role in positioning Abu Dhabi as a key destination for the sector is the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC).
The largest oil and gas exhibition and conference in Asia, Africa, Europe and the MENA region, ADIPEC is seen as one of the world’s most influential events in the industry’s calendar. As a premium exhibition and conference platform, ADIPEC hosts hundreds of speakers, thousands of exhibiting companies and tens of thousands of trade professionals from around the world. By attracting Energy Ministers, global CEO’s and leading decision makers, the event provides one of the most important channels for companies to do business and exchange information.
The event itself stretches across 135,000 square metres of exhibition space and hosts more than 2000 exhibiting companies from 135 countries around the world. With 25 Country Pavilions offering companies the chance to generate new business and capitalise on existing bi-lateral trade opportunities, ADIPEC has already played a role in enabling more than $9.76 billion of business to be conducted in its lifetime. Some of the global players to regularly visit the four-day event include BP, CEPSA, ExxonMobil, GS Energy, Shell, Statoil, TOTAL and Wintershall. It also provides a vital platform for some of the largest national oil companies such as BAPCO, Dolphin Energy, Gazprom, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, Petronas and Saudi Aramco.
ADIPEC provides the stage for Offshore and Marine, a must-attend event for key players within the offshore and marine sectors. Over four days this event includes the use of a waterfront vessel display area and over 8000 square metres of exhibition space housing more than 150 exhibiting companies. It also hosts a dedicated conference theatre for a diverse mix of strategic and technical sessions. 2017 marks the third edition of Offshore and Marine and this year it intends to build on the success of 2016 by delivering an ever-more comprehensive platform for visitors, speakers and delegates.
Last year’s ADIPEC event also saw the debut of the Security in Energy Conference. This particular gathering was praised for bringing together cyber and critical infrastructure security experts, and oil and gas executives to discuss the very real security threats and challenges facing the industry today. With reports stating that a high percentage of oil and has organisations rate their cyber readiness to be low and to have experienced at least one security compromise in recent years, it is seen as imperative that the industry and government work together to pre-empt and disrupt malicious attacks.
ADIPEC’s second annual Security in Energy Conference will this year look to continue to deliver the latest market intelligence in energy security protocols as the threat of new and evolving attacks increases. The agenda for the 2017 conference shines the spotlight on the best innovations, security practices and crisis planning within the industry in order to anticipate supply disruptions and major incidents. Discussions will include a spotlight on critical infrastructure threats and front-line protection strategies across the Middle East, recognising the importance of solid defence platforms combat cyber-attacks, understanding the fall out of such attacks and the financial cost implications, and how the retrofitting of existing industrial control systems (ICS) can help to build a secure and resilient infrastructure across one’s oil and gas facilities.
An equally integral part of ADIPEC 2017 will be its Women in Energy Conference. Taking place on 15th November 2017, it will provide a global platform where the finest minds in the industry will convene to connect, engage, inspire change and put forward solutions for building an ever-more diverse and inclusive oil and gas environment. First launched in 2013, then as an evening of discussion centred around the lives and careers of three pioneering business leaders, the conference has grown in the years since to become a wide platform for collaboration, learning and forging new relationships. ADIPEC 2017 plays host to the fifth edition of the conference, where further initiatives will no doubt be developed and host discussions help to highlight the continued contributions women are making across all oil and gas sectors.
In April 2017, three keynote conference speakers were confirmed for ADIPEC. Bob Dubley, Group Chief Executive of BP, Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Total and His Excellency, Mohammed Barkindo, Secretary General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will all take to the stage during the course of the event. The presence of these industry leaders further highlights the importance associated with ADIPEC and the topics discussed at its 2017 edition will no doubt be those that help shape the future of the industry over the next 12 months.
The Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference 13-16 November 2017
For further information please visit: adipec.com