New Delhi: India’s 13th oil and gas conference and exhibition which is organised by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoP&NG) is set to be inaugurated on February 10 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is expected to see participation from at least 70 countries, including the United States (US), Iran, Russia, China, Oman, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, Mexico, Nepal, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Peru, amongst others. The theme of this year’s event is ‘confluence of energy’ and it is expected to focus on renewable energy in a big way.
While announcing the dates for the three-day mega event at a press conference on January 31, Sanjay Sudhir, Member, Board of Directors, at Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) said that over 95 energy ministers from partner countries have been invited by the MoP&NG to participate in India’s flagship hydrocarbon international conference. The event will showcase the recent market and investor-friendly developments that have taken place in India’s oil and gas sector. It is expected to see the participation of over 86 eminent speakers and 7,000 delegates from around 70 countries, including technologists, scientists, planners, policy-makers, management experts, entrepreneurs, service providers and vendors.
The list of eminent organisations/countries who will not be participating in this year’s event include, the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), International Energy Forum, International Energy Agency and Saudi Arabia.
The exhibition timings
Along with the conference, the event will have a concurrent exhibition spread over 20,000 square meters at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida. The exhibition will focus on development in technologies for exploration and production, process control, refining and pipeline and services, systems, products, oil field hardware, software, analytical instruments, Renewable, R&D, HSE, training and publications of technical literature.
The statement said that the exhibition will remain open to visitors from 10 am to 6 pm on February 10 and 11, and up to 2 pm on February 12.
Two ministerial sessions and a CEOs’ conclave
The conference will host two ministerial sessions that expected to see participation from at least 18 ministers and a CEOs’ conclave that will witness participation from overseas ministerial delegations, heads of international organisations and top CEOs of oil and gas companies. Besides, the conference will also feature three plenary sessions and five theme sessions, which will be addressed by eminent speakers and technical experts and witness the participation of the who’s who of the global oil and gas industry.
The Technical Sessions, running parallel, will see the presentation of papers by over 300 speakers in both oral and poster sessions (seven Digital Poster Sessions) on petroleum technology, exploration, drilling, production and processing, refining and other related issues.
The exhibition will see the participation of over 13 country pavilions and about 750 exhibitors from over 40 countries, with exclusive areas on the Make in India and startups.