From the 15-19 June 2014 Russia hosted the 21st World Petroleum Congress in Moscow. With over 5000 delegates and exhibition space of more than 50,000 sqm, this Congress once again cemented its role as the "Olympics of the oil and gas industry". With plenary and keynote addresses from the most influential industry leaders, 600 plus expert presentations and over 500 CEOs and thousands of specialists to network with, the Congress was one of the most successful in the 80 year history of WPC.
Highlights of the Congress included the Opening Ceremony at the Kremlin Palace and the Russian Night in Gorky Park, together with regular features such as the Global Business Opportunities Centre with country stands from the 70 WPC member countries. The four technical blocks provided technical papers from all aspects of the energy industry. In addition, poster presenters used the digital Poster Plaza. Sustainability was well represented throughout the technical sessions and also in the exhibition showcasing social responsibility projects..
Congress Theme: Responsibly Energising a Growing World
As the world population increases, access to affordable, safe and reliable sources of energy will be a key factor in promoting economic development and well-being for humankind. Oil and natural gas will continue to be the world’s leading energy resource for the foreseeable future. Meeting future demand in a sustainable and socially responsible manner will require massive investments, leading edge technologies, the highest skilled human resources, and superior ethical business practices. Producers, consumers, governments and societies need to cooperate responsibly to develop all energy resources. To do so, the industry has to energise its professionals; in particular the youth, to become even more innovative in ensuring future growth.
We would like to express our deepest gratitude for your support and participation in the 21st World Petroleum Congress in Moscow this June.
The 21st World Petroleum Congress, held from 15th to the 19th June, 2014, was a huge achievement which brought together 10,198 attendees from 119 countries around the world. With 34 Ministers and 692 speakers, the Congress managed to address all aspects of the oil and gas industry including the upstream and downstream sector, natural gas and renewables and the sustainable management of the industry. The Congress was followed by over 1,000 press representatives and had live coverage of several sessions in the global networks. The WPC App which accompanied the event was downloaded by over 4,000 participants to enhance their event experience and provide additional networking opportunities with the attendees. We are grateful to the unwavering support of all those involved, in particular the 544 young volunteers who so generously gave of their time and labour to make the Congress such a big success.
The 50.000 m2 World Petroleum Exhibition accompanying the Congress broke a new record, with 30% more space than the previous Congress in Doha. It attracted 16,788 visitors to the stands representing 542 exhibiting companies.
We congratulate the Russian Organising Team under the leadership of the Chair, HE Arkady Dvorkovich, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation and the Deputy Chair, Mr Vladimir Evtushenko, Chair of the Russian National Committee on delivering a world-class Congress in Moscow and look forward to welcoming you all again to the 22nd World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul in 2017.