Abu Dhabi prepares to stage biggest ever oil and gas show in the Middle East

WAM ABU DHABI: Promising 45,500 visitors, the largest ever exhibition area and the most engaging conference programme to date, the 15thAbu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC)will address key energy issues locally and globally and showcase the advanced technologies needed to sustain oil and gas industry growth, senior officials representing the event’s organisers said today.

Held under the patronage of the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, ADIPEC 2012 takes place from November 11-14 on the theme ‘Sustainable Energy Growth: People, Responsibility ‘&’ Innovation’.

The UAE Minister of Energy Mohamed Bin Dha’en Al Hamli will officially open the conference programme.

Covering 38,000 square metres, including a 10,500-square-metre outdoor complex, ADIPEC 2012 will be 8.5 per cent bigger than the 2010 show in terms of exhibition space.

More than 1,600 exhibiting companies and 13 national pavilions will take part, with national oil companies from around the world represented along with leading multinationals and small to medium-sized businesses.

“ADIPEC 2012 reflects the position of the UAE and its capital Abu Dhabi as a centre of knowledge, excellence and innovation, particularly in the oil and gas field,” said His Excellency Ali Rashid Al Jarwan, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO) and Chairman of the ADIPEC 2012 conference programme.

“By bringing together such a large number of oil and gas specialists and practitioners, the 15th edition of ADIPEC offers participants an unprecedented opportunity to study the latest industry technologies and best practices.” Senior Vice President of dmg::events, organizer of ADIPEC 2012, Simon Mellor, added: “As the world’s energy challenges have grown and as the role of Abu Dhabi and the Gulf in meeting the world’s energy needs has evolved, ADIPEC has become a hub for newthinking, more innovative solutions and the networking and business activities of a growing community of industry players.” Mellor said: “Abu Dhabi is now at the centre of the global marketplace for oil and gas, bringing together decision makers from the region, Europe, North America and increasingly the Far East. ADIPEC has kept pace with the expansion of Abu Dhabi in the oil and gas sector and the decision to make ADIPEC an annual event from 2013 reflects the emirate’s strategic role as a reliable, secure and environmentally responsible provider of the world’s energy.” Organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers, ADIPEC’s highly regarded conference programme will examine the critical challenges involved in sustaining energy supplies after the era described as ‘easy oil’.

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