21st World Petroleum Congress

15 - 19 June, 2014, Moscow, Russia

 

 

World Petroleum Council. 1933-2012

 

The First Congress, London, 1933

The First Petroleum Conrgress was formally opened on 19 July 1933 at the Science Museum in Kensington, with the President, Thomas Dewhurst in the chare, and some 830 delegates from 35  countries present. The technical meetings began on 20 July. There had been  massive developments in the oil industry since the last scientific oil conference, held in 1907.The Congress took large numbers of company reports on the geology of specific fields all over the world and techniques used in exploration and development.  At the First Congress  865 patricipants from 35 countries 244 papers presented. The topics covered in equal detail were knock-rating in motor and aviation gasoline, the development of special fuels for high-speed compression engines, recent developments in lubricating oil and viscosity, hydrogenation and the testing of bituminous  emulsions.

The first resolution was to the effect that all matters concerning international standartisation of methods of testing petroleum products should be put forward by national bodies to the International Federatoin of the National Standardising Associations’ (now the Organisation for Standartisation) Committee 28, which should in future be co-ordinating body in respect of all standardization activities.

The Second Congress, Paris, 1937

The Second World Petroleum Congress was held in Paris from 14-19 June 1937 under the general administrative direction of the Association  Francaise  des Technicients du Petrole. The building used for the Congress was adjacent to the International Exposition. The number of countries represented fell to 27, but the number of delegates more than doubled. Albert Lebrun, the President of France attended the opening ceremony.

In general, the Second Congress followed the pattern set in London  in 1933, but there were nearly 400 papers accepted. Refining topics dominated the technical papers. The technical side was grouped into five sections (geology and exploration; physics, chemistry and refining; materials and construction; techniques and utilisation of products; economics and statistics).

The Third Congress, The Hague, 1951

The Third Congress in 1951 took place in the midst of rapid post-war reconstruction in Western Europe and the rebuilding of international trade. The Third Congress WPC was held in The Hague from 28 May to 6 June 1951, under the patronage of the Royal Institute of Engineers in the Netherlands and was outstandingly successful, both administratively and technically. The Opening Ceremony perfomed by His Excellency Professor J.R.M. van den Brink, in the Hall of the knights in the Hague was an impressive occasion. It was very enthusiastic and dynamic Congress. In the first place the war and its aftermath had restricted international meetings. The 1951 Congress produced the first Constitution of the Permanent Council of the WPC, which had features about President, Vice Presidents, Treasurer and other representatives of the Council.

The Fourth Congress, Rome, 1955

The Fourth Congress was held in Rome from 6-15 June 1955. The venue  was the Esposizione Universale di Roma complex.

At the Fourth Congress 4, 684 participants from 47 countries  230 papers presented. The Opening Ceremony took place at the Capitol, built by Michelangelo. His Holiness Pope Pius XII received all the Congress members in special solemn audience in St. Peter’s. The President of The Republic, Giovanni Gronchi, received a delegation at the Quirinal Palace. This was the first Congress where each author was allowed to present their  own paper, and 230 were accepted for presentation. The technical work of the Congress was subdivided into nine sections. In the six-and-a-half days of technical work, over 100 meetings were held.

 

The Fifth Congress, New York, 1959

Petroleum science promoted world progress

The Fifth Congress was held in New York from 30 May to 5 June 1959, following an invitation from the US National Committee to mark the centenary of the first drilling of the Colonel Edwin drake Well at Titusville. H.S.M.  Burns, the Chairmen of the Board of the American Petroleum Institute, was President of the Congress and Gene Devis, a well-known figure in USA oil circles, was Congress Secretary. The 5th WPC was very successful and proved to the oil industry  that World Petroleum Congresses were indeed dedicated to the advancement of petroleum science and technology. The  Fifth Congress was   held in the New York Coliseum convention center at Columbus Circle with a parallel  oil equipment exhibition which attracted  15, 000 visitors.

For the first time it was stipulated that each National Committee should be rooted in the national Institute of Petroleum, technical society or other  scientific organization. The functions of the National Committees were defined as: providing publicity for the Congress;  representation and participation at the Congress; nomination of Committee members; and liason between the WPC and all relevant national interests. Some 38 National Committee attended the 5th  WPC.

At the Congress meeting of the Permanent Council Sir Stephen Gibson of the UK was elected President for the next for-year term of office and it was decided to hold the 6th WPC in West Germany.

The Sixth Congress, Frankfurt am Main, 1963

The Sixth Congress was held in  Frankfurt am Main from 19-26 June 1963.The public relations and press committee had worked hard, and there was a major media presence with 437 journalistst from 25 countries covering the Congress.  The Opening Ceremony was presided over by Professor Dr Ludwig Erhard, then Vice Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany( he would become Chancellor in October 1963). The was a large exhibition of petroleum equipment together with petroleum books and journals, which was very successful.

One of the great successes of the Frankfurt was the introduction  of simultaneous translation. Another innovation, which had a major influence on the planning for the Seventh Congress, was that the presentation of some paper was organized into panel discussions.

The Seventh Congress, Mexico City, 1967

Petroleum for the welfare of mankind

The Seventh Congress was held in Mexico City from 2-9 April 1967. It was officially opened by the President of the Republic of  Mexico, Gustavo Diaz Ordaz. The ceremony took  place in the grounds of the colourful National Museum of Anthropology and History, and some 6, 000 people took part. The main venue was a conference centre at the Mexican Institute if Social Security.

Prior to the Mexico City Congress, the Permanent Council decided to set up the Scientific Programme Committee  (SPC) under the Chairmanship. For the 7th Congress, the SPC decided to invite renowned men of science to present of the latest developments in their own field.

The Eighth Congress, Moscow, 1971

The Eighth Congress was held in Moscow  from 13-18 June 1971.

The  Opening and Closing Cereminies  of the  Eighth Congress and a reception took place in the Palace of Congress, while the Rossia Hotel was a venue for registration and the technical sessions. The Congress was officially  opened by Frederick Rossini, the President of the WPC, after M. F. Efremov, the Duputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR.

In Moscow 5, 069 participants from 58 countries presented 169 papers. Twenty-two main tours were organized, and an additional 17 tours were arranged because of the high level of demand. A total of 1, 829 people from 41 countries took part in the technical tours to various research institutes and training establishments. The most popular tours were to Leningrad, Central Asia, Volgograd, Baku and multi-centre Tbilisi-Erevan-Sochi trip.

In the discussion of WPC business, a new and more elaborate WPC Constitution was approved which changed the organization and control of future Congresses. It was agreed that Congresses should be organized by two separate committees: the Organising Committee and Scietific Programme Committee.

At the Moscow Congress, 15 Review Papers and 10 Special Papers were presented and were 144 paper included in the 25 Panel Discussions.

The Ninth Congress,Tokyo,1975

Petroleum for the welfare of mankind

The Ninth Congress  was held in Tokyo from 11-16 May 1975.The Opening Ceremony was attended by approximately 5. 000 people, who were addressed by HIH the Crown Prince of Japan, Professor F.D. Rossini, Mr T.  Miki the Prime Minister, Mr V.D. Shashin, Minister of the USSR Oil Industry, HE Dr M. Enhbal, Chairman and Managing Director of the National Iranian Oil Company, and Mr C.B. Morton the US Secretary of Commerce.  The theme of the Welcome Reception was «Festival in Japan».

Technical films from seven countries were shown at a theatre in the Imperial Hotel. There was an exhibition of nearly 700 books on petroleum from 12 countries and the OECD. There were tours of petroleum refineries and research centres in the Tokyo area. 6, 335 participants from 73 countries presented 151 papers. The widest interest was generated by those dealing with world oil and gas reserves, likely area for further discoveries, trends in refining, and the development of alternative sources of energy.

The Tenth Congress, Bucharest, 1979

The Tenth Congress was held  Bucharest from 9-14 September 1979. It was opened in the presence of President Nicolae Chaushesku and Mrs Elena Chaushesku at the Great Hall of the Palace, with an audience of 3, 500 participants and accompanying person from 70 countries. At the Tenth Congress 5,212 participants from 69 countries presented 154 papers:  10 Review Papers, 13 Special Papers, 16 papers in four Round Table Discussions and 115 in 23 Panel Discussions. The Round Table Discussions were a new feature of the Technical Programme. Anothere first was the delivery of a special Plenary address on the subject of the financing of the global petroleum industry.

During the Congress, 12 technical films were shown daily. Again there was a book exhibition of the 614 books on the petroleum industry and allied fields, supplied through the National Committee.  All the technical tours included industrial and geological sites and places of interest to tourists.

The Eleventh Congress, London, 1983

The Eleventh Congress returned to London from 28 August to 2 September  1983 to mark the 50th anniversary of the First Congress. A Congress symbol was chosen which represented humankind’s need for head and light, depicted as a free flow of yellow merging into red and contained within a circle. This later became the official WPC logo.

The Opening Ceremony was performed by HRH the Prince of Wales at the Royal Albert Hall. HRH was received by the WPC President, Dr Wilhelm von Ilsemann. The Welcome Party followed on from the Opening Ceremony, and was held in the Barbican Centre, which was the venue for the technical sessions and related activities.

A large number of technical visits were offered. There included day trips to: British Gas Corporation, London Research Station; BP Sunbury Research Centre$ Coal Research Establishment;  Esso Refinery, Fawley; Esso Research Centre; Hunting Geology and Geophysics Ltd and et cetera.

At the London Congress 3, 325 participants presented 127 papers. The technical papers indicated that crude oil recovery techniques would continue to improve, production from oil sands and shales might become more feasible, and refinery operations could be made even more efficient.

The Twelfth Congress, Houston, 1987

Advancing petroleum technology; a strategy to serve tomorrow’s energy

The Twelfth Congress was held in  Houston from 26 April to 1 May  1987 and coincided with the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). Close association and joint promotion resulted in higher attendance at both events. Then Vice President George H.W. Bush supported the US bid to host the Twelfth Congress, while the US Secretary of Energy, John S. Herrington, took part in the Opening Ceremony.

At the Houston Congress 2, 286 participants from 72 countries presented 104 papers. On 26 April 1986 the most serious accident in the nuclear power industry to date occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. The explosion at the Chernobyl had again raised serious doubts about the expansion of nuclear electricity generation.

The Thirteenth Congress, Buenos Aires, 1991

New horizons for the petroleum industry:

Technical and economic challenges and opportunities

The Thirteenth Congress  was held from 20-25 October 1991 in Buenos Aires. This was the first Congress in the history of the WPC to be held in the Southern Hemisphere and a strong focus was placed on Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Peru and Chile, as well as on South Africa, Indonesia and Australia.

It was opened in the presence of Carlos Saul Menem, President of Argentina.

At the Thirteenth Congress  were 2, 746 participants from 59 countries.

At the Buenos Aires Congress was a Trade and Technical Exhibition, such as had not been held since Frankfurt in 1963. Many  companies participated in the Exhibition and 21 countries were represented.

There were a number of technical tours – to the YPF Technological Laboratory in Florencio Varela, YPF petroleum refinery in La Plata, Hughes Tool Co. plant in Escobar, Sidera plant in Campana and to the Ezeiza Atomic Centre.

New initiatives taken by the Executive Board and approved by the Permanent Council in Buenos Aires included The Article and By-laws were rewritten to encourage greater participation in all Congress activities by member countries, with each enjoying an equal right of representation. A Development Committee was formed to enhance membership recruitment, services to members, and press and public relations. The Congress cycle was shortened from 4 to 3 years, to make programme activities more timely and resource utilization more efficient. An Environmental Affairs Committee was established.

The Fourteenth Congress, Stavanger, 1994

Petroleum in the world of sustainable growth – challenges and opportunities

The Fourteenth Congress was held in Stavanger from 29 May to 1 June 1994 and was opened by HM King Harald V.

Stavanger is known as Norwegian oil capital and as the venue for the biennal Offshore Northern Sear (ONS) conference and exhibition. The technical exhibition, staged in conjunction with the Congress, covered 3.000 m 2, and comprised 75 stands from 35 countries. Stands were taken by national and international companies, governmental bodies and institutions.

At the opening of the Stavanger Congress there were 40 National Committees, all members of the Permanent Council.  Also there were 2,306 participants, including 11 ministers, from 80 countries.

HN King Harald V opened the 14th WPC and afterwards toured the exhibitions.

The key themes of the 14th Congress: changes in refinering processes and modifications to the principal products under environmental and consumer pressure;  the challenge of low oil prices and low margins; the average life of the various parts of the global capital stock of the petroleum industry; impact of political changes; and market developments.

The Fifteenth Congress, Beijing, 1997

Technology and globalization – leading the petroleum industry into the 21st century

The Fifteenth Congress was held from 12-16 October 1997 in Beijing. The 1997 International Petroleum and Petrochemical Exhibition was organized in parallel, which was the largest such exhibition held in China since country started to open up.

Jiang Zemin, President of the People’s Republic of China, presided over the Opening Ceremony. Tianamen Square was especially decorated with flowers, illuminated and closed to the general public. The Temple of the Imperial Ancestors, built in AD 1250, provided a stunning backdrop to a reception and entertainment for 8,500 guests.

The was an exciting social programme, a number of technical visits designed to complement the technical discussions, and a variety of post-Congress tours to showcase the country and its petroleum industry.

At the Fifteenth Congress all continents were represented and 5,186 participants, including 38 ministers and 58 chairman of major corporations, from more than 80 countries presented papers. Topic covered in the upstream sector, for example, included 4D seismic; multilateral, horizontal wells; new information management techniques and dynamic. Environmental technologies related to production and exploration were also a major area of interest.

The Sixteenth Congress, Calgary, 2000

Petroleum for global development: networking people, business and technology to create value

The Sixteenth Congress was held in Calgary from 11-15 June 2000. The National Petroleum Show, the world’s largest oil and gas technology tradeshow, run concurrently at the nearby Stampade Grounds. Over 2, 700 people attended the Congress Opening Ceremony, where they were welcomed by Prime Minister Jean Chretien. More than 400 people took part in the various tours, which included day trip to the Banff National Park, the Rocky Mountains, the Bow River for fly fishing and visits to the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaentology.

New initiatives at the Calgary Congress included the popular Global Business Opportunities Centre (GBOC), an increase focus on the networking and the very successful Interactive Technology Session. The GBOC was the WPC’s first international trade show and business centre. It was the focal point inside the newly-built TELUS Convention Centre, were 36 countries and 41 petroleum industry companies exhibited.

At the Sixteenth Congress 4, 369 participants from 95 presented papers addressed topics such as financing petroleum development, alternative sources of energy and the challenges of social responsibility. Under the stewardship of President Ir. Dirk van der Meer, who retired at the end of the Sixteenth Congress, membership of the WPC increased from 26 to 59 countries. By 2000 members of the WPC represented over 90 % of the world oil and gas production, refining and consumption.

The Seventeenth Congress, Rio de Janeiro, 2002

Petroleum industry: excellence and responsibility in serving society

The Seventeenth Congress took place in Rio de Janeiro, 1-5 September 2002.

At the Seventeenth Congress 4, 571 participants from 78 countries presented papers and  there were 200 university level students in addition. The venue  for the 17th Congress was the enormous Riocentro – South America’s largest convention and exhibition complex.  Welcome Ceremony was opened by Joao Carlos de Luca, President of the Brazilian Petroleum and Gas Institute and Chairman of the National Organising Committee.

Exceptionally, it was  held two years after the Sixteenth Congress following agreement with the International Gas Union (IGU) and the World Energy Council (WEC) to avoid clashes in the scheduling of the major global energy conferences.

The biennial Expo was a showcase of the good and services organized by the Brazilian Oil and Gas Institute. The were 850 exhibitors from 32 countries represented at the Expo, in 31, 000 m 2 of the exhibition space. It received 10, 000 visitors per day. This made the Rio Oil and Gas Expo one of the largest oil exhibitions in the world.

A new initiative was the Excellence and Social Responsibility Awards which were conferred during the Congress. The were 78 submissions from around the world.

The Eighteenth Congress, Johannesburg, 2005

Shaping the energy future: partners in sustainable solutions.

The Eighteenth Congress was held in  Johannesburg from 25-29 September  2005. Joining South Africa as co-host of the Congress were Algeria, Angola, Libya and Nigeria. At the 18th Congress 4, 105 participants from 98 including 28 in Africa presented papers. Over 200 CEOs attended and there were 560 speakers, which set a record for the WPC. The were 270 stands at the exhibition run in conjunction with the Congress, and 400 exhibiting companies, making it one of the largest exhibitions held in Africa.

President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa attended the Opening Ceremony. 

Dr Randy Gossen became the new President of the WPC. He said: «We, as the petroleum industry, have to find ways of producing oil in an economically viable, environmentally acceptable and socially responsible way».

There were 100 competitors for the WPC Excellence Awards on the Technological Development and Social Responsibility, four winners and five runners-up. Also for the first time in the history of the WPC, special sessions were devoted to young professional, and women were encouraged to take part more.

The Technical Programme was again organized in four blocks: upstream and petrochemicals; natural gas and renewable; and managing the industry.

The Nineteenth Congress, Madrid, 2008

A world in translation: delivering energy for sustainable growth

The Nineteenth Congress was  held in Madrid from 29 June to 3  July  2008. The King of Spain, HM Juan Carlos I de Borbon, has confirmed his participation as Head of the Honorary Committee and his personal attendance at the Congress.

The Congress was complemented by two different exhibitions, spread over more than 19.000 net sq.m. More than 500 exhibitors presented their national or corporate identity, their activities, products and services to the oil and gas community.

To provide a practical platform for the industry and its developments, the World Petroleum Congress was complemented by the World Petroleum Exhibition, which was held under the same roof as the 19th WPC at the Madrid’s IFEMA Centre, allowing participants to visit both the presentations and the exhibitions.

Over 4,000 delegates were at the 19th World Petroleum Congress. 

The Twentieth Congress, Doha, 2011

Energy Solutions for All: Promotion Cooperation, Innovation and Investment.

The Twentieth Congress was held in Doha from  4-9 December 2011  under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar. The theme of the Congress – Energy Solutions for All: Promoting Cooperation, Innovation and Investment – provided an excellent opportunity for delegates to discuss how the petroleum industry will meet the energy challenges of the 21st century.

The key themes of the 20th Congress: how delivering clean energy to global markets.

The Exhibition organized in two sections: the Global Business Opportunities Centre and The World Petroleum Exhibition

These They will also feature key attractions such as the Social Responsibility Global Village, the Youth Lounge, the Poster Plaza and the Media Village. In fact, this is the only global exhibition dedicated to the oil, gas and energy industry.

Over 5,000 delegates  from 94 countries were at the  20th WPC.

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