One more company ratified its sponsorship of the 17th World Petroleum Congress in January, raising the number of sponsors of the most prestigious event in the oil industry to 34. January also saw a number of important Committee tasks come to fruition, among them the Congress Registration Manual with its online rendition already in place (www.wpc.2002.com) and the printed version set to be mailed out in February to prospective delegates, who will now be able to register, choose their accommodations as well as schedule technical tours and tourist excursions. Journalists who wish to apply for credentials should do it online at the address above.
Over the coming days the selection process to choose the company that will publish the official Congress magazine will come to an end. At the invitation of the Organising Committee, eleven Brazilian and foreign publishers presented their proposals. The Organising Committee is also studying the projects submitted by 12 firms to organise Congress opening and closing ceremonies as well as the Brazilian Night event.
With the objective of promoting the 17th WPC and attracting new sponsors and delegates, members of the Brazilian Organising Committee will be traveling to the sector's main events and shows. IP Week, the next event to host a WPC stand will meet in February, in London. Other already confirmed events are the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) congress scheduled for March, in Houston, the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), in May, also in Houston, and the Global Petroleum Show, in June, in Canada.
Marketing is also scheduling meetings with representatives of the executive and legislative powers from the municipal, state and federal spheres for March. And also for March the Advisory Council is organising a luncheon with representatives from the Industry Federation of São Paulo in order to bring new members into the Advisory Council, set up last December.
Some of the promotional materials issued recently include posters and keepsakes, and, more recently, the publication of Congress and Congress Awards adverts in the printed media, as well as the distribution of a folder with up-to-date information about the 17th WPC.
The WPC Excellence Awards is already receiving project submissions. Aimed at public and private companies, institutions and organizations active in the oil business, the awards will be conferred in two categories—Technological Development and Social Responsibility—following the 17th WPC theme, "The Oil Industry, Excellence and Responsibility in Serving Society. The winner in each category will be chosen by an international committee made up of experts from highly qualified and respected organisations such as the Society of Petroleum Engineers, World Energy Council, International Gas Union, International Petroleum Industry, Environmental Conservation Association and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
The "School Marathon" project—a contest between monographs about oil business themes for secondary school and university students—is in the phase of having the adverts to be sent to schools and universities approved, with their distribution scheduled for the end of February. Submissions are accepted until June 15th, and will be reviewed by the 17th WPC Technical Committee. The winners will be announced in August and will receive their prizes during an awards ceremony at the time of the Congress.