The World Petroleum Council (WPC) proudly announced that Guilherme De Oliveira Estrella, the Chief Exploration and Production Officer and Member of the Executive Board of Brazil’s Petrobras will be the recipient of the WPC’s prestigious Dewhurst Award in 2011. Presented to Estrella during the 20th World Petroleum Congress in Doha, Qatar, in December this year, the Award is named after Thomas Dewhurst, who organized the first World Petroleum Congress in 1933. Celebrating scientific and technological excellence in the petroleum industry, the Award is a tribute to him and to the person asked to deliver the Dewhurst Lecture.
Having led the pre-salt discoveries in the deep waters off the coast of Brazil, Guilherme Estrella joins a prestigious group of past recipients who have been respected leaders in the industry and demonstrated unusually high achievements over many years. Like his predecessors such as the previous recipient, HE Ali Al Naimi, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Estrella will be giving the Dewhurst Lecture, one of the highlights of the event, at the close of the world’s largest oil and gas congress on the 8th December.
The President of the World Petroleum Council, Dr Randy Gossen, met Mr Estrella in Rio de Janeiro earlier this year and personally informed him about the decision. “At a time when the world is saying we are running out of oil and gas comes an innovator who is not restricted by the views of others but leads the way in finding new reserves and pursuing unconventional oil resources. Having Guilherme Estrella, an outstanding geologist and visionary oil finder, as our distinguished Dewurst lecturer could not be more appropriate.”
Dr Renato Bertani, Vice President of the World Petroleum Council also has great praise for his former colleague at Petrobras: "Estrella, as his colleagues and friends call him, dedicated a lifetime to the petroleum industry in Brazil and abroad. His approach to petroleum exploration was always based on rigorous application of geoscience principles, innovation and, above all, team work. Estrella is a firm believer, and practitioner, that oil is found first in people’s minds. And the huge pre-salt oil discoveries offshore Brazil demonstrate that he is right.”
The World Petroleum Council has appointed Upstream, the leading quality news source for the international oil and gas industry, to produce the Daily Newsletter for the 20th World Petroleum Congress. Held in Doha, Qatar from the 4-8 December this year the 20th WPC will be the highlight on the oil and gas calendar for 2011, and is expected to attract 5000 delegates, 600 speakers and over 500 Ministers and CEOs from around the world.
With a team of 26 staff reporters located in 15 different countries around the world, and its electronic news service, UpstreamOnline.com, Upstream can provide the unbiased, independent journalism required for the 20th WPC Daily Newsletter.
In his announcement Dr. Pierce Riemer, the Director General of the World Petroleum Council, explained: “Their excellent proposal, combined with the quality Upstream brings to the table, made them the best candidate to deliver a second to none, quality newsletter for the 20th World Petroleum Congress.”
Upstream was delighted to win the tender for the 20th WPC Daily Newsletter and Senior Vice President, Sidsel Norvik, said that they were “truly proud to learn that Upstream has been chosen to be produce the Official daily newsletter for the largest and most reputable oil and gas gathering in the world. The programme covering all aspects of the energy scene including technological advances in upstream and downstream, the role of natural gas, renewable and alternative energy as well as the social, economic and environmental impact of the energy industry, lays a superb foundation for top quality newsletters. The fact that the event is hosted by the important energy country Qatar makes it even more interesting and we are very excited to take this project on.”
The World Petroleum Council has appointed the London-based publisher FIRST to produce the Official Publication of the 20th World Petroleum Congress. Held in Doha, Qatar from the 4-8 December the 20th WPC will be the highlight on the oil and gas calendar for 2011.
Following the theme of the Congress "Energy Solutions for All - Promoting Cooperation, Innovation and Investment" the Official Publication of the 20th World Petroleum Congress will examine the strategic issues facing the oil and gas sector with case studies and commentary from a distinguished panel of CEOs, government officials and energy experts. Covering the key topics on cooperation, innovation and investment to be discussed at the Congress, it will provide a valuable reference source for delegates who will attend the Congress as well as more than 60 member countries of the World Petroleum Council, who represent over 95% of the world’s major oil and gas producing and consuming countries.
The editorial team will be led by David Buchan, the well respected journalist, industry analyst and author of "Energy and Climate Change: Europe at the Crossroads" and the "Rough Guide to the Energy Crisis". "We are delighted to appoint such an experienced publishing team to deliver a world-class publication for the participants of the 20th World Petroleum Congress, which highlights the WPC's important role in tackling the key issues facing the global oil and gas industry though dialogue and thought leadership", said the Director-General of the World Petroleum Council, Dr. Pierce Riemer.