ABU DHABI, Government ministers from 18 countries and more than 80 leading oil and gas CEOs will meet in Abu Dhabi next week, as the 2018 Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, ADIPEC, commences amid a background of unprecedented change for the industry.

Hosted by the ADNOC; and supported by the UAE Ministry of Energy and Industry, the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, ADIPEC will take place from 12th to 15th November 2018, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, ADNEC.

Major challenges for industry decision-makers include an increasingly complex energy market, historic east-west shifts in global economic power, and a rapid acceleration in technological innovation.

The UAE and Abu Dhabi are leading a positive response to mega-trends impacting the industry, committed to remaining a stable, reliant and consistent energy supplier to world markets. Hosted by ADNOC and organised by dmg events, ADIPEC places Abu Dhabi at the heart of a global dialogue, convening government, oil and gas industry professionals, decision-makers and influencers, to address tomorrow's energy challenges today.

"Abu Dhabi is at the pivot point of historic shifts in economic power, international trading demand, and strategic and technical influence," said Christopher Hudson, President � dmg events. "The strong support from international government and corporate leaders is a recognition of the Emirate's central role in global oil and gas industry growth, and ADIPEC's value in identifying opportunities, forging partnerships, and ensuring the secure and stable energy supply needed to meet future local and worldwide demand."

Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy and Industry, will lead the ministerial-level discussions during ADIPEC, alongside Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence.

Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and ADNOC Group CEO, will deliver a keynote address during the event's opening ceremony on Monday, 13th November.

Ministers for oil, natural resources or energy from across the GCC and MENA regions, sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas will represent international governments, including major oil producing nations and significant customers. Attending Ministers include Khalid Al Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Alexander Novak, Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation; and Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas of India. They will hold private discussions, as well as taking part in Ministerial Sessions as part of the ADIPEC Strategic Conference. Mohammed Barkindo, SecretaryGeneral of OPEC, and Dr. Sun Xiansheng, Secretary-General of the International Energy Forum, will also speak during the event.

CEOs will represent major NOCs and IOCs from around the region and across the world, including ADNOC, CNPC, Saudi Aramco, BP, Eni, Lukoil, PETRONAS, Gazprom, Sonatrach, SATORP, Borealis, CEPSA, Nova Chemicals, Equinor, Pemex, and ONGC, as well as significant oilfield services groups and technology majors operating within the oil and gas sector.

"The headline speakers at ADIPEC are the same policy-makers and business leaders whose decisions will shape the future of oil and gas," said Hudson. "Their dialogue in Abu Dhabi will set the agenda for a thriving industry and economic growth, underpinned by people, partnerships, technology, and bold and innovative thinking."

The ADIPEC 2018 Strategic Conference will include three Ministerial Sessions, 10 Global Business Leader Sessions, 11 C-Suite Dialogue sessions, and two CEO Finance Breakfast Briefings. In total, the strategic and technical programmes will host around 980 speakers and 161 separate sessions. The conferences run alongside the landmark ADIPEC Exhibition with around 2,200 exhibiting companies, including 42 NOCs and IOCs, as well as 28 country pavilions.

Source: Emirates News Agency