21st World Petroleum Congress

15 - 19 June, 2014, Moscow, Russia

WPC Expert Workshop Report Sessions

In the past cycle, the World Petroleum Council invited its National Committees to develop and host a number of highly topical regional and global Expert Workshops to address key issues of interest to the petroleum industry. The main objective was to gather experts for a thorough review of the latest developments, challenges and new solutions related to the selected subject. Usually lasting one or two days, the outcomes of the WPC Expert Workshops have been summarised and will be presented in Special Report Sessions at the 21st World Petroleum Congress.


Tuesday, 17th June

EW01 – WPC Kazakhstan Expert Workshop Report on: “Local Content Development: International Experience and Best Practice”

Tuesday 17 June 2014, 12:00-13:00 (Room 5)

Local content development is of vital importance throughout the world, and governments take appropriate measures to support their local companies by creating favorable conditions. In the WPC Expert Workshop held in October 2013 the Kazakhstan National Committee brought together examples of successful initiatives, effective achievements, as well as highlighting potential challenges and restrictions in this partnership. The report will provide an analysis of international experiences in local content development and share best practices.

Moderator: Jambulat Sarsenov, Vice-chairman Kazakhstan National Committee and Vice-chairman, KAZENERGY Association, Kazakhstan
Speakers: Magzum Mirzagaliev, Deputy Minister of Oil and Gas of Republic of Kazakhstan (tbc)
Dr. Jozsef Toth,
Senior Vice President, World Petroleum Council
Nurlan Sauranbayev, Deputy Minister of Industry and New Technologies, Republic of Kazakhstan
Antonio Guimaraes, Executive Secretary, Brazilian Petroleum Institute


EW02 – WPC Uruguay Expert Workshop Report on: "Petroleum Habitats and New Exploration Frontiers in the South Atlantic Basin"

Tuesday 17 June 2014, 12:00-13:00 (Room 6)

The workshop provided an overview of the current status of South Atlantic exploration, reviewed the recent results and future perspectives for the region. The workshop results are focused on the Equatorial margin upper cretaceous and tertiary petroleum system, the Pre-Salt petroleum system and the Southern South Atlantic Petroleum Systems.

Moderator: Pedro Baridon, Vice-President Membership,  WPC, Uruguay
Speakers: Linda Price, ExxonMobil Exploration Company
Bruno Conti, Senior Geologist, ANCAP, Uruguay
Jeferson Dias, Petroleo Brasileiro SA – Petrobras, Brazil


EW03 – WPC Spain Expert Workshop Report on: "Challenges of the European Refining Industry in a Global Market"

Thursday 19 June 2014, 12:00-13:00 (Block 3)

The workshop addressed three key issues: “Structural changes in the international refining industry and its impact on markets”, with worldwide refining experts who gave their views and opinions on the present and future of refining; “Competitiveness, Security of Supply and Sustainability”, that analyzed the regulatory and security of supply side; and finally, “Strategic Implications for the European refining industry in the new scenario”, focused on the strategy of European refiners in this new context. Presenters and chairs from the workshop will report on the outcome of the presentations and dicussions.

Moderator: Pedro Miras, Chairman of the Spanish National Committee of the WPC, Chairman of CORES (Spanish Strategic Oil Stockholding Agency), Chairman of the International Energy Agency Emergency Group (SEQ), Spain
Speakers: Chris Beddoes, Director General, EUROPIA
Keisuke Sadamori, Director of Energy Markets and Security, International Energy Agency
Nemesio Fernández-Cuesta, Executive Director of Commercial, Chemicals and Gas & Power, Repsol
Juan Lladó Arburua, Vicepresident & CEO, Tecnicas Reunidas
Daniel López, Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group


EW04 – WPC UK Expert Workshop Report on: “Challenges and opportunities in global oil and gas finance”

Thursday 19 June 2014, 12:00-13:00 (Block 4)

Raising finance for projects is a key issue for the oil and gas industry. The high-level panel of speakers will summarise the risks and prospects covering the international upstream, midstream and downstream industry. The report will highlight key drivers for financing of oil and gas projects, strategic risk management in project finance and share ways to mitigate risks, and plan insurance and environmental controls.

Moderator:  Toby Hunt, Senior Vice President, Hill International, UK
Speakers: John Martin FEI, Managing Director, Global Energy, Standard Chartered Bank, UK
Robert Storey FEI,
Managing Director, STAR Refinery, Turkey
Samir Brikho FEI, Chief Executive, Amec, UK


EW05 – WPC Brazil Expert Workshop Report on: "The Role of Biofuels in the Global Fuels Market"

Thursday 19 June 2014, 12:00-13:00 (Room 6)

In view of the strong global demand for energy and the essential need to protect the environment, the use of biofuels as an alternative energy source has become a topical issue. Taking lessons from Brazil’s successful experience in the production and widespread use of sugarcane ethanol, the workshop evaluated the main issues and disseminated best practices related to the production and use of biofuels and the interfaces between the various sectors involved: oil, petrochemicals, electric, automobile, food and environment.

Moderator: João Carlos de Luca, President, IBP - Brazilian Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels Institute, Brazil
Speakers: Milton Costa Filho, Secretary General, IBP - Brazilian Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels Institute, Brazil
José Luiz Orlandi, Consultant, Brazil
Ernani Filgueiras de Carvalho, Refining, Transportation and Petrochemical Executive Manager, IBP – Brazilian Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels Institute, Brazil


EW06 – WPC Slovenia Expert Workshop Report on: "Is the Petroleum Industry of South Eastern Europe ready for 2030"

Monday 16 June 2014, 12:00-13:00 (Room 5)

In order to share knowledge and facilitate closer co-operation amongst the regional players, the Slovenian National Committee of WPC (SNNK) convened a workshop on sustainability and competitiveness of the oil and gas industry in accordance with the EU Energy and Climate goals for 2030. Key focus areas included the evaluation of “Peak Oil” versus “Peak Consumption” and a forecast on energy consumption versus the developments of petroleum products and gas transportation in the region, as well as a look at petroleum products retail services by the year 2030.

Moderator: Tomaž Berločnik MSc, CEO, PETROL, Slovenia
Speakers: Aleš Peternel, WPC Slovenian NC Secretary, Slovenia
Aleksander Salkič, WPC Slovenian NC Member, PETROL D.D., Slovenia

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