It was with great sadness that the death of the former President of WPC Ir. Dirk van der Meer was announced by the Secretariat on June 8th 2001. Ir. Van der Meer had fought a battle against cancer and died peacefully at home on June 7th 2001 with his wife Bep at his side. Ir. Dirk van der Meer (The Netherlands), was elected President of the World Petroleum Congresses at the Permanent Council meeting of the WPC in the 14th WPC in Stavanger in June 1994. During the previous year he had been Chairman of the Netherlands National Committee for WPC and also carried out the role of Chairman of the Scientific Programme Committee whose mandate it was to organise the Technical Programme for the Stavanger Congress. When he began his career with WPC, Ir. van der Meer was General Manager and Director of Research at KSLA, Shell’s Research Laboratory in Amsterdam. He had studied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Delft University of Technology and spent his working career in various sectors within the Royal Dutch/Shell Group. Ir. Van der Meer’s longstanding links with the Far East (he was born in Jakarta), proved his forte at the 15th World Petroleum Congress, where he played host to over 5000 delegates and dignitaries, including the President of China, Jiang Zemin. In his Opening Address at the Beijing Congress, Ir. van der Meer recognised the value of co-operation that led to a much-increased membership of the WPC over the years. Almost a year before the Calgary Congress was held, Ir. van der Meer was diagnosed with cancer. His response to chemotherapy and radiotherapy caused his absence from WPC meetings for several months, but he succeeded in maintaining regular contact with the organisation despite his illness, which he fought with admirable optimism and determination. To the delight of WPC, he eventually regained his health to resume his role as President, first returning to the WPC circuit at the 45th Executive Board meeting in Uruguay in October 1999. From that date, Ir. van der Meer remained in relatively good health to see the 16th World Petroleum Congress take place in Calgary, Canada, in June 2000. Among colleagues, industry friends and over 4,000 delegates, Ir. Van der Meer was once again in his prime at the second Congress held under his leadership. It was in Calgary that the WPC’s Permanent Council bade farewell to the former President who announced that he was ready to enjoy his retirement to travel at leisure with his wife, Bep van der Meer.
Throughout his Presidency of the WPC, Ir. Van der Meer endeared himself to the organisation and actively contributed to the increase in membership from 26 countries when he assumed his Presidency to 59 countries when he handed over to his successor, the current WPC President Dr. Eivald M. Q. Røren (Norway), at the end of the 16th WPC in Calgary in June 2000. During his two terms as WPC President, Ir. van der Meer was distinguished by his excellent relations with the member countries of the WPC as well as his outside links with the petroleum industry; his dedication to serving the WPC, and his good humour with colleagues and staff. His awareness and understanding of cultural differences gave him a unique sense of political awareness that held him in high regard among all who knew him at WPC. In February 2001, having recently returned from a trip to Thailand, Ir. Van der Meer underwent clinical tests which showed that his cancer had spread, causing the deterioration that led to his tragic death, on June 7th 2001. To the very last, Ir. Dirk van der Meer’s sharp intelligence and his commitment and sense of duty to others left the WPC member countries and his many friends and associates deeply saddened at his passing away. He will always be remembered as an honourable and distinguished President of the World Petroleum Congresses.
A funeral service took place in The General Cemetery of The Hague on Tuesday June 12th 2001 where the many friends of Mr and Mrs van der Meer gathered. Ir. van der Meer was laid to rest after a service at which the current WPC President, the Chairman of the Netherlands National Committee and the former Secretary of the Netherlands National Committee paid tribute to Ir. van der Meer. Ir. Kees Groeneveld, former Secretary of the Netherlands National Committee: “Dirk and I worked closely together in the World Petroleum Congresses. When he was Chairman of the Netherlands National Committee for WPC he asked me to become Secretary of the committee. At that time he was busy, as Chairman of the Scientific Programme Committee, putting together the programme for the congress to be held in Stavanger in 1994. His contribution was highly appreciated and he was elected at the congress become President of WPC. He would remain in that role until last year. Dirk was an outstanding President. He led the “United Nations” of the oil and gas world with charm, sensitivity and humour. He was intelligent, sharp and had an outstanding feeling for political sensitivities, and there were many. With great patience and determination he managed to align the different interests of almost all major oil and gas countries for the following congress. I attended many of the meetings, all around the world, and can say that Dirk was greatly admired for the rigorous yet delicate way in which he led the meetings. I do not want to forget Bep at this moment. She was always at Dirk’s side, closely following developments. She always had time and attention for everyone. You two really were a presidential couple. Highlights of the years at WPC were undoubtedly the congresses in Beijing in 1997 and last year in Calgary. In Beijing, Dirk was “on top of the world”.
Ir Dirk van der Meer pictured with Dr Lukman, at the OPEC Luncheon in Calgary.
He was at the centre of a congress visited by almost ten thousand people, including the President of China, many ministers and all the greats of our industry. Dirk was truly in his element and I cannot imagine a more fitting highlight of a career. A year before the Calgary congress, Dirk was afflicted with a terrible disease and for the first time had to cancel attending the Executive Board meeting in Istanbul. He was firmly committed to attending the next EB in Punta del Este and he did. That year was very difficult for him but he was fully committed to regaining his health. In Calgary last June, he was again a fully recovered President. As out-going President, he visibly enjoyed the fantastic congress that was perfectly organised. Dirk received a standing ovation at his official farewell. After the congress I saw a relaxed and cheerful Dirk wearing a cowboy hat, Bep at his side, strolling along the promenade of Calgary. Everywhere there were cheers when he passed. Everyone was happy and cheerful. The next day he and Bep departed for a cruise along the coast of Alaska and there were so many plans for the future…. How bitter it is to stand here now. Dear Dirk, we think of all the fantastic and good things you have done but we think in particular of your friendship, your cheerfulness and your fine and sensitive personality. You were a good friend and an outstanding host. We enjoyed coming to your house; it was always a treat. We will miss you." Dr. Hans van Luijk, Chairman of the Netherlands National Committee for WPC: “Dear Bep, honoured guests, And suddenly it was all over.
Notwithstanding the fact that we have lived a short while in the presumption that Dirk had conquered his disease – at least temporarily, for now - very temporarily as we now know. People may get older and older in this day and age, thanks to advances made in the medical world and the increase in understanding of life processes. But ultimately life expectancy is a statistical figure. Not all of us will reach that figure. But Dirk himself would be the first person to indicate that reaching a statistical milestone is not the most important criterion to measure success in life. Quality, not quantity is important, and the question that a numeric person like Dirk would ask immediately is: what does that mean? Quality: and how do you measure that? Quality is: what meaning one has given to the life given to us, or better still: what meaning one has given to the life of others. The presence here of so many people who want to bid farewell to Dirk and who want to support Bep is a testimony that Dirk has fully succeeded in being meaningful to others. He was not alone in this, Bep was always at his side, supporting him. Dirk manifested himself in his professional life in many roles and appearances: Dirk in his time in Manufacturing Function in Shell International; Dirk in his time in the Management committee of Shell Nederland; Dirk in his time in the Netherlands WPC Committee; Dirk in his time as President of the WPC. He made a great impact in each of those roles and not coincidentally, from each of these periods people have come today to bid Dirk farewell. I have worked with Dirk in all of those roles and I’m not at all surprised to see so many people here who have not only come to express grief and sorrow, but also to express gratitude for the quality Dirk has given us during his time. Dirk was always friendly and patient – characteristic of him was the fact that he always approached people from a positive side. He was intelligent, had a lot of experience with a great variety of people, and he was very committed to the cause, whether this was technical or bringing people together; people from very different backgrounds, very different cultures, to be unified behind one ideal. That was Dirk at his best. He was always a very appreciated colleague, whether in or outside Shell, and it is therefore not coincidental that he had the honour to serve two terms as President of the WPC. That is not a sinecure, but rather, in order to get there and be effective, one needs to have built authority and trust. Others will speak of this, this afternoon. In summary: a life, which was too short, but a life rich on contribution, rich on friendship and rich on content. On behalf of the Netherlands Committee of the WPC and also on behalf of the active Shell colleagues, I like to say that we are grateful that we have been able to work with Dirk. We are grateful for the support he has given to us in many capacities, and we are grateful for his example and his friendship. We wish Bep strength to bear this loss. Dirk, we will not forget you.
Dr Wang Tao, Ir Dirk van der Meer and his wife Bep pictured at the reception for EB members in Punta del Este
" Dr. Eivald M. Q. Røren, President of WPC: “As President of World Petroleum Congress, permit me to say a few words on behalf of the members of this international organisation. The whole WPC family of 59 member countries is shocked and saddened by the passing away of Dirk van der Meer, immediate past President of this organisation from 1994 to 2000, and a very warm person whom we came to appreciate enormously. Dirk made a great and unforgettable impression on the World Petroleum Congress through the Nineties, and made friends in all corners of the world. His personal involvement carried a lot of firmness, enthusiasm and empathy – in good and sometimes trying times- and thus he was very successful in achieving sincere commitment from people within and outside WPC. We shall miss the presence of Dirk van der Meer among us, and we share deeply the sadness of his departure with his wife Bep and their respective families. His memory will inspire us to carry on with our lives and our work. May Dirk van der Meer rest in peace."
The Asia Regional Meeting
Shanghai September 17th- 20th 2001
The Shanghai International Convention Centre
The China National Committee has been working hard to organise the first Regional Meeting for WPC that will begin with a welcome speech from the Mayor of Shanghai, Mr. Xu Kuangdi, at the Opening Ceremony in the Shanghai Grand Theatre at 17:00 on Monday September 17th 2001 Both the WPC President, Dr. Eivald M.Q. Røren, and Dr. Wang Tao, Senior Vice President of WPC and Chairman of the China National Committee will address the Opening Ceremony. To date, 146 paper submissions have been made by 13 countries, including Japan, Germany, Russia, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, USA, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, India, China, Saudi Arabia and the UK The total number of papers selected is 114, including 55 oral presentations and 59 posters. The China National Committee has received nominations for Session Chairs from Saudi Arabia, Japan, India, Indonesia, Republic of Korea and China, and further nominations are still in process. They have also invited a VIP list of senior ministerial and business figures, among them H.E. Ali Naimi, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of Saudi Arabia; Purnomo Yusgiantoro, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of Indonesia; H.E. Shri Ram Naik, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas of India; Yoshihiko Sumi, Director of Energy and Mining Development Sector Unit, East Asia and Pacific Region, World Bank. A Director from the State Development Planning Commission of the People’s Republic of China has also been invited to attend them.
Exhibition facilities in Shanghai
The City of Shanghai
Development Planning Commission of the People’s Republic of China has also been invited to attend the meeting. The WPC Secretariat has received many requests for further details on the WPC Asia Regional Meeting from members of the public who have visited the WPC website, and registration brochures have been sent out regularly to all enquiries received. The WPC committee meetings will take place in Shanghai as follows:
SPC Meeting on September 18th CAC Meeting on September 19th DC Meeting on September 19th EB Meeting on September 21st Registration forms for WPC members and their accompanying persons have been sent to all National Committees, many of which have registered their attendance. If your National Committee has not already
done so, please ensure to submit the WPC registration forms as soon as possible in order to facilitate preparations being made by the China National Committee. We look forward to welcoming all our members at the Shanghai Regional Meeting in September.
Mr J C Hill, Chairman of the Nominating Committee
A new Nominating Committee has recently been formed consisting of Mr J. C. Hill (UK) as Chairman, supported by members, Mr C. Bechelli (Argentina) and Mr N. A. Savostyanov (Russia). The purpose of this committee is to prepare a list of candidates for the posts of WPC Officers specified by the Executive Board for the next Congress cycle (from September 2002). The Nominating Committee determines that the potential candidates are eligible and willing to serve, but does not express a preference between them. The positions are: President Senior Vice President Vice Presidents (3 positions) Treasurer Any country that is interested in submitting candidates should contact Mr Jim Hill prior to the Chinese regional meeting. The subsequent list of potential candidates will then be discussed at the next EB meeting in China 2001 (September 2001). After this meeting the secretariat will return to National Committees with nomination forms to be completed
17th WPC - “The Petroleum Industry: Excellence & Responsibility in Serving Society”
The Congress will take place from September 1st to 5th 2002. The Opening Ceremony will be on Sunday September 1st at 18.00. The Closing ceremony will be on Thursday September 5th also at 18.00. The 17th Congress symbol features the WPC logo perfectly fitting onto one of Rio’s most famous landmarks. The theme for the Rio de Janeiro cycle reflects an important world wide trend in business management. Excellence in technology and the social responsibility of the petroleum industry were relevant topics that composed the theme . “The Petroleum Industry: Excellence & Responsibility in Serving Society”.
Since Calgary there have been many meetings in London and Rio with representatives of BRASOC. Everything is progressing well ahead of schedule, despite the short cycle. All of the forum chairs, co-vice chairs and RFP authors are now in place and abstracts are being submitted. Also, for the first time the WPC has placed its call for papers in the International Oil and Gas media and this is attracting significant attention. BRASOC are in the process of negotiating with possible Congress hotels and the headquarters hotel. These will be selected in July 2001 and then we will notify WPC members of the details prior to general release to ensure rooms can be booked for National Committees. It is then envisaged that Registration forms for the 17th Congress will be available to all of the participants for the Chinese Regional Meeting. BRASOC is still in the position where not every National Committee has responded for its free exhibition space in Rio. Space is filling up very quickly so it is important that if National Committees want booth space that they contact BRASOC immediately. Please contact: email@example.com
The Forum Topics organised by Block
The structure of the Congress will draw on the successes of the 16th WPC in having the same Block/Forum/Plenary and RFP structure. It is proposed that four blocks will ensure clarity in the programme process, with Forums continuing with the 2-hour format. In each forum there will be 4 to 6 oral presentations, each presentation followed by a session of questions and answers. The following are the titles and descriptions of the congress forums, including the names of the SPC Contact assigned to the forum, the Chairman and Co-Vice Chairs of the forum (by name, country, organisation and email). Further information and updates on contact information can be obtained from the SPC Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Block 1 “Excelling in the Exploration and Production of Oil and Gas”
Forum 1 “ Profitable Development and Production in Deep and Ultra Deep Water”
Deep and Ultra deepwater oil and gas fields are profitable because of development of new technology and approaches in drilling, sub sea completions, storage, transportation and construction. This is achieved with a very highly successful environmental and safety record. SPC Contact: Dr. Nahum Schneidermann Chairman, Mr. Carlos Tadeu Fraga, Brazil, Petrobras, email@example.com Co Vice Chair, Mr. Matthias Bichsel, USA, Shell, firstname.lastname@example.org Co Vice Chair, Mr. Syanga Abilio, Angola, Sonangol, Sabilio@Snghold.ebonet.net
Forum 2 “ New Hydrocarbon Provinces of the 21st Century”
The industry is adding new oil and gas reserves in new areas open to exploration due to new fiscal regimes, new regulations and new technologies and scientific ideas. Other potential provinces await new approaches. SPC Contact: Dr. Nahum Schneidermann Chairman, Mr. Zhao Wenzhi, China, Research Institute of Petroleum, email@example.com Co Vice Chair, Dr. Jin Zhijun, China, University of Petroleum (Beijing), firstname.lastname@example.org Co Vice Chair, Mr. Felipe E Audemard M, Venezuela, PDVSA, email@example.com
Forum 3 “ New Oil and Gas in Mature Provinces: Exploration and Production”
New hydrocarbons are found in mature regions either within or around old fields due to enhanced recovery, new imaging (3D, 4D), new interpretation and better modelling and monitoring. Also, new fields are found due to new concepts, basin modelling, sequence stratigraphy and subsurface studies. SPC Contact: Dr. Husain Al-Sunaidi Chairman, Dr. Abdulmohsin Y Al-Dulaijan, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Aramco, firstname.lastname@example.org Co Vice Chair, Dr. Iskender Dzhafarov, Russia, Tuymen Oil, email@example.com Co Vice Chair, Prof Istvan (Steve)Berczi, Hungary, Mol, firstname.lastname@example.org
Forum 4"Advanced Data Gathering, Monitoring and Management- Down Hole Factory"
The industry is enhancing recovery, reducing costs and safety incidents by use of new sensors, monitoring tools, ‘smart’ materials, computerised processes and reservoir simulations. SPC Contact: Mr. George Gogonenkov Chairman, Mr. Andrew Gould, France, Schlumbeger, email@example.com Co Vice Chair, Mr. Saleh M Al-Dawas, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Aramco, firstname.lastname@example.org Co Vice Chair, Mr. P.K.A. Kapteijn, Netherlands, Shell, P.K.Kapteijn@siep.shell.com
Forum 5 “Managing Data, Interpretation and Knowledge in the Internet Environment”
The internet and intranet environments dramatically increased the possibilities of moving very large data sets between data collectors, interpreters and management, enhancing team work, reducing costs and cycle time and making smarter decisions. SPC Contact: Dr. Husain Al-Sunaidi Chairman, Mr. Fouzi A Bubshait, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Aramco, email@example.com Co Vice Chair, Dr. Pierre Lionel, Forbes, France, IFP, Pierre.forbes@IFP.FR Co Vice Chair, Mr. Ayache Sadouki, Algeria, Sonatrach, firstname.lastname@example.org
Forum 6 “Exploration and Production in Environmentally Sensitive Areas”:
IPIECA The industry is exploring, developing and producing hydrocarbon reserves in very difficult and sensitive areas, reducing the ‘footprint’ of operations, minimising environmental impacts, reducing impact on indigenous populations and air, water and biosphere. SPC Contact: Dr. Husain Al-Sunaidi Chairman, Mr. Chris Morris, International, IPIECA, email@example.com Co Vice Chair, Mr. Irani Varella, Brazil, Petrobras, firstname.lastname@example.org Co Vice Chair, Mr. Ryan M Lance, USA, Western North Slope, email@example.com
Special Poster Forum 7: “Impact of Visualisation Technology on Reservoir Managemen t”
A special room with workstations and visualisation tools will be available for ‘real time’ presentations of techniques and achievements. SPC Contact: Mr. Renato Bertani Chairman, Mr. Felix Castaneda Ortega, Argentina, Repsol YPF, firstname.lastname@example.org Vice Chair, Mr. Francis Lobo, UK, Repsol-YPF, FLOBO@REPSOL-YPF.COM
Block 2 “ Excelling in Refining and Delivering Quality Petrochemicals”
Forum 1 “Overall Optimisation of Petroleum Processing”
This forum will cover all aspects of the supply chain management from the acquisition of crude oils via the optimisation of their processing to the finishing and distribution of the refinery products. Papers dealing with the overall optimisation of this whole chain are particularly solicited. SPC Contact: Ir. Lex Holst Chairman, Mr. Jose Felix Garcia G, Uruguay, ARPEL, email@example.com Co Vice Chair, Mr. Saleh A Aziz, Al-Zaid, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Aramco, firstname.lastname@example.org Co Vice Chair, Mr. Joao Carlos Atunes, Brazil, Ipiranga, email@example.com
Forum 2 “ From Crude Processing to an Integrated Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Complex”
This forum is devoted to the integration of petroleum refining and modern petrochemical operations and natural gas processing. Special emphasis will be placed on the interface between these complexes and the possibilities for creating optimal links. SPC Contact: Prof. Dr. Jens Weitkamp Chairman, Dr. W. Petzny, Germany, Technical University Darmstadt, W_h.firstname.lastname@example.org Co Vice Chair, Mr. Carlos Alberto Fontes, Brazil, Petrobras Quimica S.A., email@example.com Co Vice Chair, Mr.Li Dadong, China, RIPP, SINOPEC, firstname.lastname@example.org
Forum 3 “From High-Sulphur Crudes to Ultra Low-Sulphur Fuels”
Coping with the ever-tighter sulphur specifications in motor fuels and heating oil is among the great challenges in modern petroleum refining. This forum is meant to address all aspects of processing high-sulphur crudes and making ultra-low sulphur products for the markets of today and tomorrow. SPC Contact: Ir. Lex Holst Chairman, Mr. Brian G Evans, USA, Phillips Petroleum Company, email@example.com Co Vice Chair, Dr. Edouard Freund, France, IFP, firstname.lastname@example.org Co Vice Chair, Mrs. Maria Magdalena Ramirez C, Venezuela, PDVSA , email@example.com
Forum 4 “ The Future of Aromatics in Motor Fuels and its Impact on Refining and Petrochemistry”
In many parts of the world, legislation calls for a significant reduction of the aromatics content in motor fuels. This forum intends to shed light on the repercussions on fuel quality and on the processes that have been traditional producers of aromatics. Potential new petrochemical outlets for aromatics will also be included. SPC Contact: Prof. Dr. Jens Weitkamp Chairman, Dr. Alexander W, Buchsbaum, Austria, OMV, Alexander.firstname.lastname@example.org Co Vice Chair, Mr. Rogerio Manso, Brazil, Petrobras, Co Vice Chair, Dr. Ulrich Graeser, Germany, VEBA OEL,
Forum 5 “Minimising Refinery Emissions and Waste Utilisation”
The further reduction of refinery emissions and the minimisation of waste steams are ongoing challenges in the petroleum industry. This forum will be devoted to all pertinent activities and will discuss technological, environmental and economic aspects. SPC Contact: Prof. Lidian Chen Chairman, Mr. Guy Arnaud, France, TotalFinaElf, email@example.com Co Vice Chair, Prof Hassan M Al-Swaidan, Saudi Arabia, King Saud University, firstname.lastname@example.org Co Vice Chair, Dr. In. Peter Seifried, Germany, DEA Mineraloel A.G., email@example.com
Forum 6 “Advances and Innovations in the Manufacture of Light Olefins”
Ethylene and propylene for the chemical industry have been traditionally prepared in steam crackers. This forum will be dealing with recent advances in steam cracking. Also included are alternative catalytic routes to light olefins, such as the use of catalyst additives in FCC, cracking on catalysts which maximise the yield of light olefins, methanol-to-olefins and the dehydrogenation of light paraffins including oxidative dehydrogenation. SPC Contact: Prof. Dr. Jens Weitkamp Chairman, Ing. Pietro Carlos, Monaco, Brazil, Petrobras, firstname.lastname@example.org Co Vice Chair, Dr-In. Martin Rupp, Germany, Aral Research, Martin.email@example.com Co Vice Chair, Mr. Wang Xieqing, China, SINOPEC, firstname.lastname@example.org
Block 3 “Excelling in Delivering Clean Energy and Quality Products from Natural Gas”
Forum 1 “Natural Gas - Clean Energy Serving Society for Half a Century”
Reliable, safe, cheap and environmentally friendly, natural gas has already succeeded in serving society with excellence for many years. This forum will welcome facts and projects to illustrate these achievements. It will be mainly dedicated to any segment of the current ‘basic’ NG chain (i.e. large fields > main consumers linked by pipes and LNG) for its technical and environmental aspects, including its future evolution. SPC Contact: Mr. Finn Roar Aamodt Chairman, Mr. Peter Mellbye, Norway, Statoil, email@example.com Co Vice Chair, Mr. Douglas Daniel Baldwin, Canada, Transcanada Pipelines Ltd, firstname.lastname@example.org Co Vice Chair, Mrs. Ieda, Gomes, Brazil, BP Brazil, email@example.com
Forum 2 “Reliability of the Gas Chain: How to Adapt to More Distributed Fields and Diverse Clients”
This forum is dedicated to both extensions of the current “basic” NG chain: its upside with the development and connection of smaller or more remote field, and its downside with how to deliver gas to the ultimate possible consumer. It will also welcome any integrated or autonomous project isolated from the basic chain (i.e. linking directly isolated sources to local consumers), as well for their technical approach as for their economic or social aspects. SPC Contact: Mr. Finn Roar Aamodt Chairman, Mr. Jakub Siemek, Poland, University of Mining & Metallurgy (AGH), firstname.lastname@example.org Co Vice Chair, Mr. Guimar J Vaca Coca, Argentina, Pioneer Natural Resources, email@example.com Co Vice Chair, Prof. Dr. Eng. Dan-Maniu Duse, Romania, Lucian Blaga Sibiu University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Forum3 “Gas Supplier and Power Generator: Who Serves the Consumer Best in a Deregulated World?”
Gas and electricity are a winning couple for delivering energy. But the current equilibrium between these two ‘parties’ is changing under the pressure of market rules and the evolution of companies themselves. International representatives, National entities, global observers are invited to present their views on this strategic issue to expand and improve the delivery of energy in the next decades. Technical aspects will cover Gas-to-Wire processes with their latest and future developments. SPC Contact: Mr. Richard Lanaud Chairman, Mr. Luis A Rey, Argentina, Pluspetrol Exploracion Y Produccion SA, email@example.com Co Vice Chair, Mr. Pierre Offant, France, TotalFinaElf, Gas & Power, Pierre.Offant@totalfinaelf.com Co Vice Chair, Mr. Antonio Gonzalez Adalid, Spain, REPSOL-YPF, firstname.lastname@example.org
Forum 4 “LNG Plants and Transportation: from Long Term Contracts to Market Opportunities”
Fully dedicated to LNG, this forum will cover aspects of the LNG chain including process and plant projects. In addition to the specific LNG market (with its impact on the trading organisation), it will also include the latest and future technical developments (such as floating LNG plants) and the evolution of the LNG-carriers fleet. SPC Contact: Mr. Richard Lanaud Chairman, Mr. Allyn Wayne, Risley, USA, Phillips Petroleum Company , email@example.com Co Vice Chair, Mr. Michel Bayle, France, Gaz de France, michel.bayle@gazdeFrance.com Co Vice Chair, Mr. Syahrial Daud, Indonesia, Pertamina ,
Forum 5 “Syngas, GTL, and Alternative Fuels: the Latest Developments in Technology, Products and Markets”
Natural gas is the feedstock for many derived products, which could a play a more increasingly important role in the future as a substitute or additional energy source. Identification and presentation of products (naturally GTL and methanol but also others), the latest technical developments and targeted place in the future energy map could be topics in the forum. A special place will be dedicated to Syngas, key-intermediate product for most of the processes. As this important topic has not been placed in Block 2, papers on Syngas not originating from natural gas could exceptionally be accepted. SPC Contact: Mr. Finn Roar Aamodt Chairman, Mr. Jack Jacometti, The Netherlands, Shell International Gas Ltd, firstname.lastname@example.org Co Vice Chair, Mr. George Couvaras, South Africa, SASOL/Chevron Consulting Limited, email@example.com Co Vice Chair, Mr. Shen Shikong, China, University of Petroleum at Beijing, firstname.lastname@example.org
Forum 6 “ Worldwide Gas Production Monitoring and Storage”
Aside from the previous more technically oriented forums, this forum will be dedicated to a more global, geographical and economic analysis of the role of gas as a worldwide energy player. This could include the place and evolution of gas on the energy scale (compared to crude oil but also to other types of energy), the way and impact of connecting new gas provinces (such as the Caspian Sea, Pre Caspian basin or Peruvian and Bolivian Andes), the impact of deregulation and the open market. It will also welcome papers on storage for their strategic and technical aspects. SPC Contact: Mr. Stanislaw Rychlicki Chairman, Dr. Kaplan Basniev Saferbievich, Russia, State Oil and Gas University, email@example.com Co Vice Chair, Mr. Patrice de Vivies, France, TotalFinaElf/ Gas & Power, Patrice.de-Vivies@totalfinaelf.com Co Vice Chair, Mr. Miklos Hlatki, Hungary, MOL Oil and Gas, firstname.lastname@example.org
Block 4 “Excellence & Responsibility in Managing the Petroleum Business with Economic, Environmental and Social Dimensions”
Forum 1 “Different Institutional Perspectives on the Implementation of the Kyoto Protocol”
The many uncertainties associated with the Kyoto Protocol in terms of its implementation have resulted in a variety of positions/lobbying tactics by the various stakeholder groups involved. This forum will provide a clear articulation of the views of national and international governing entities, non-governmental organisations and industry. The forum will attempt to identify the common ground that could lead to mutually agreeable solutions that are economically achievable, environmentally sound and socially acceptable. SPC Contact: Mr. Renato Bertani Chairman, Dr. Brian P Flannery, USA, Exxon Mobil Corp, email@example.com Co Vice Chair, Dr. Ahmed M Al Hazmi, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Basic Industries Corp, HAZMI@SABIC.COM
Forum 2 “ Balancing Environmental and Social Responsibility with Economic Realities”
The “triple bottom line” approach to business management in the petroleum industry often involves considerable trade-offs and balancing among the economic, environmental and social considerations of operations and development. This forum will address how the petroleum industry is addressing this issue and provide illustrations through a number of case studies from various regions around the world. SPC Contact: Dr. Randall G. Gossen Chairman, Mr. Johan Nic Vold, Norway, A/S Norske Shell, firstname.lastname@example.org Co Vice Chair, Mr. Gordon Lambert, Canada, Suncor Energy Inc, email@example.com Co Vice Chair, Dr. Manuel Marrero Faz, Cuba, Ministry of Basic Industry Cuba, Marrero@chab.minbas.cu
Forum 3 “Establishing Enhanced Credibility and Reputation in the Petroleum Industry Through Social Audits and Independent Verification”
The Petroleum industry’s commitment to social responsibility has been communicated to the public through both company-specific and sector policies, value statements, codes of practice etc. Companies are diligently conducting their activities in a manner consistent with these statements but the public remains sceptical and unconvinced of industry’s commitment. In response to this impasse, a growing number of companies are conducting social audits and independent verification of performance. This forum will present case studies of the different approaches and experiences from a number of companies. SPC Contact: Dr. Randall G. Gossen Chairman, Prof. Errol P Mendes, Canada, University of Ottawa, firstname.lastname@example.org Co Vice Chair, Mr. Aart, P Gaasbeek, Netherlands, Shell International B.V., Aart.Gaasbeek@SI.shell.com Co Vice Chair, Mr. Marcelo Kos, Silviria Campos, Brazil, ABIQUIM, email@example.com
Forum 4 “E-Business in the Oil Industry”
This session will be dedicated to the latest developments and future trends in doing business in the electronic environment. Aspects such as trading and procurement systems, logistics and legal issues related to E-business will be discussed, preferably illustrated with case studies of worldwide applications. SPC Contact: Mr. John E. Martin Chairman, Mr. Wilhelm Bonse Geuking, Germany, VEBA OEL AG, Wilhelm.firstname.lastname@example.org Co Vice Chair, Dr. David M Clementz, USA, Chevron, DCLM@Chevron.com Co Vice Chair, Mr.Martines Scholten, Netherlands, Shlumberger, email@example.com
Forum 5 “Financing Mechanisms Innovative and cost effective mechanisms will be increasingly important in financing a globalised petroleum industry. Extremely important issues such as financial security and insurance mechanisms., access to cost effective capital by petroleum companies in developing countries and the alternative sources of capital, including from multilateral finance institutions, will be discussed. SPC Contact: Mr. John E. Martin Chairman, Mrs. Liz Airey, UK, Harrison Lovegrove, firstname.lastname@example.org Co Vice Chair, Mr. Rod Peacock, UK, JP Morgan Chase, Co Vice Chair Mr. Raul Campos, Brazil, Petrobras, email@example.com
Forum 6 “Decommissioning of Large Petroleum Production Installations and Site Restoration”
As an increasing number of large production facilities are approaching decommissioning phase, new technologies for cost effective and environmentally sound removal of platforms and site restoration will be discussed. Emphasis will be on offshore installations although the abandonment of onshore producing fields and site restoration could also be addressed. SPC Contact: Mr. Renato Bertani Chairman, Mr. Lars A Takla, USA, Phillips Petroleum Company Norway, Latakla@ppco.com Co Vice Chair, Mr. Dominique Michel, France, DORIS Engineering, Michel.firstname.lastname@example.org Co Vice Chair, Mrs. Beverly Mentzer, UK, ExxonMobil, Poster Sessions Posters will be on display throughout the day and will incorporate some features of the Interactive Technology Session (used successfully at Calgary) to promote interaction. Short presentation sessions, organised by topic, will provide an opportunity for Poster Authors to interact with other authors and delegates.
Review and Forecast Papers
Review and Forecast Papers (RFPs) will present a comprehensive review of recent progress in specific areas of the industry in the two years since 2000. They will be in-depth reviews, bringing out the implications of the progress described. Coverage will be worldwide, and include a survey of current problems and research in progress, and a forecast of the direction which future research in the field is likely to take. RFPs will help to clarify the thinking and stimulate new ideas in the minds of specialists in the subject. They will also be of interest and value to attendees in similar areas who have no more than a general knowledge of the area under review, and to senior management. For selected topics, in order to ensure that coverage is fully worldwide, the SPC has decided to invite several authors of different nationalities to collaborate in the presentation of the paper.
Block 1, Excelling in the Exploration and Production of Oil and Gas
RFP1Role of Research and Development as a Driving Force for Future Exploration and Production SPC Contact, Dr. Nahum Schneidermann Co RFP Author, Dr. Donald L Paul, USA, Chevron Corporation Co RFP Author, Dr. Abdulaziz U Al-Kaabi, Saudi Arabia, King Saud University of Pet & Minerals Chairman, Dr. Andrew Mackenzie, UK, BP
RFP2, Will the Carbon Age (Oil and Gas) Terminate Before Depletion of Reserves? SPC Contact, Ir. Lex Holst RFP Author, Dr. Ir. M. J. Groeneveld, Netherlands, Shell Global Solutions Int. B.V. Chairman, Dr.Gustavo A Nunez, Venezuela, PDVSA-Intevep Vice Chair, Mr. Michael Simon Borrell, Argentina, TotalFinaElf
RFP3, Optimising Opex and Capex in New Discoveries and Production SPC Contact, Dr. Husain Al-Sunaidi RFP Author, Mr. Paul H Ziff, Canada, Ziff Energy Group Chairman, Mr. Saad A. Turaiki, Saudi Arabia, Exploration & Producing Petroleum Company
Block2, Excelling in Refining and Delivering Quality Petrochemicals
RFP1,Current Status and Future Developments in Catalytic Technology Related to Refining and Petrochemistry
SPC Contact: Ir. Lex Holst Co RFP Author, Dr. Herman van Wechem, Netherlands, Shell Co RFP Author, Dr. Germain Martino, France, IFP Chairman, Dr. Hans Jürgen Wernicke, Germany, Süd-Chemie AG Vice Chair, Mr. He Mingyuan, China, Research Institute of Petroleum
RFP2, Fuel Cell Driven Cars, Challenges and Future Development SPC Contact, Prof. Dr. Jens Weitkamp RFP Author, Prof. Ferdinand Panik, Germany, Daimler Chrysler AG Chairman, Dr. John E Johnston, USA, Exxon Mobil Research and Engineering Vice Chair, Mr. Bashir, Dabbous, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Aramco
RFP3, Advances in Standardisation of and Specifications for Petroleum Products SPC Contact, Prof. Lidian Chen RFP Author, TBA, USA, ExxonMobil Chairman, Mr. Frederico Kremer, Brazil, Petrobras
Block3, Excelling in Delivering Clean Energy and Quality Products from Natural Gas
RFP1, Oil and Gas Prices: Perpetuated Coupling SPC Contact, Mr. Richard Lanaud Co RFP Author, Mr. Peter Nicol, UK, ABNAMRO Co RFP Author, Dr. Valery Remizov, Russia, Gazprom Chairman, Mr. Luis Costamilan, Brazil, British Gas Brazil
RFP2, Methane Leakage Reduction, Technical Solutions SPC Contact, Mr. Finn Roar Aamodt RFP Author, Prof. Christian P Beckervordersand, Germany, Ruhrgas A.G. Chairman, Dr .Alexey Kontorovich, Russia, Institute of Geology of Oil and Gas
RFP3, Economic Use of Hydrates: Dream or Reality? SPC Contact, Mr. Richard Lanaud RFP Author, Dr. Georgy Cherkashov, Russia, Institute of Ocean Geology Chairman, Mr .Jean Laherrere, France, Retired Geologist
Block4, Excellence & Responsibility in Managing the Petroleum Business with Economic, Environmental and Social Dimensions
RFP 1, Industry and Government Perspectives on Benefits Sharing and Distribution Associated with the Upstream Petroleum SPC Contact, Mr. Renato Bertani Co RFP Author, Mr.Eloy Fernandez y Fernandez, Brazil, Brazilian Petroleum Agency Co RFP Author, Mr. David F Asmus, International, AIPN Chairman, Mr. Jorge Daniel Valdez Rojas, Argentina, Technologic Institute of Buenos Aires
RFP2, Safety and Environment Management Systems SPC Contact, Dr. Randall G. Gossen RFP Author, Dr. Bernard, Tramier, France, TotalFinaElf Chairman, Mr. Timothy William Faithfull, Canada, Shell Canada Ltd Vice Chair, Mrs. Judy Passwaters, UK, Dupont
RFP3, Human Resources - Forecasting the Big Issues SPC Contact, Mr. John E. Martin RFP Author, Mr. Tony B. Hayward, UK, BP Chairman, Dr. Gyula Deak, Hungary, University of Veszprem Vice Chair, Mr. Juan Jose Guiraldes, Argentina, Tecpetrol SA
Plenary Sessions and Luncheons
There will be six plenary sessions. Speakers already confirmed include; Mr David Zylbersztajn, Director General, National Petroleum Agency (Brazil); Mr Henri Philippe Reichstul, CEO, Petrobras; Mr Jose Jorge de Vasconcelos Lima, Minister of Mines and Energy (Brazil); Klaus Töpfer Executive Director UNEP; Eric Newall, President of Syncrude Canada; Egil Myklebust, Chairman, Norsk Hydro; Dr Lukman, Advisor to the Nigerian President; Abdallah S. Jum’ah, President and CEO of Saudi Aramco; Francisco Gros, President, National Economic & Social Development Bank (BNDES); David J O’Reilly, Chevron Chairman and CEO; Mr David Lesar, Chairman, President and CEO, Halliburton and Alfonso Cortina de Alcocer, Chairman and CEO of Repsol. In addition to the plenary sessions there are three luncheons planned. The first one will feature the WPC awards, the second will be a repeat of the successful OPEC lunch held in Calgary, the main speaker being the Secretary General of OPEC and the third will be a social responsibility luncheon with guest speakers.
Mr Euan Baird
To honour the memory of Mr Thomas Dewhurst, the Dewhurst Lecture was started at the 13th Congress and has continued to this day. People who were awarded and have delivered the Dewhurst Lecture in the past are: 13th Congress - H.E. Dr Saleh A. Al-Athel, President, King, Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia 14th Congress - Sir Peter Holmes, Former CEO, Royal Dutch/Shell group, United Kingdom 15th Congress - Kenneth T Derr, Chairman and CEO, Chevron Corporation, USA 16th Congress - Pierre Jacquard, (presented on his behalf by Philippe Rogier) Chairman and CEO, IFP, France In Brazil we will use the Dewhurst Lecture to celebrate technological excellence in the petroleum industry. The proposed candidate is very well known, has demonstrated unusually high achievement in our industry over some time and will focus the presentation on relevant scientific and technological issues. The selected speaker for the 17th WPC Dewhurst Lecture is Mr Euan Baird from Schlumberger, pictured below.
The idea for a yearbook came about towards the end of 2000 and will be ready to distribute to all delegates at the Regional Meeting. As this is our first yearbook we felt it was appropriate to review the prestigious history of the organisation dating back to when it was formed by Thomas Dewhurst in 1933. After the historical review we then look at the current situation in the petroleum world by focussing on our 59 individual member countries representing over 90% of oil and gas production and consumption worldwide. We then move to the future with a number of specially commissioned articles covering all aspects of our industry. Thomas Dewhurst’s original concept was that the World Petroleum Congress should exist solely for the promotion and advancement of petroleum science and technology and the Interchange not only of information and knowledge, but also of friendship between oil scientists of every country in the world, without political or racial barrier. This is still the cornerstone of all of our activities.
Attendance at our regional meetings and Congresses is open to all and over 90 countries are usually represented. 8000 copies of this book have been produced and will be distributed worldwide. This book will also be given to all the delegates at the First WPC Regional meeting in China where we will hear about some of the outstanding prospects for this part of the world. There are also some very exciting projects being planned for the future and we are sure the petroleum sector has the vision and creativity to turn these into realities. With an industry as dynamic and fluid as the world oil industry, the science and technology of petroleum has changed beyond recognition since the first WPC in 1933. The whole philosophy and indeed the structure of the oil industry has grown and developed with it.
The objectives of the WPCEA is to distinguish projects carried out by companies, institutions or any public or private organisation (not individuals) engaged in the petroleum industry for promoting or operating with high excellence standards in two categories; technological development and social responsibility. The selection of the award winners in the two excellence categories will be made by an international committee of experts, formed with representatives from highly qualified and respected entities. Two committees each of 4 members will be formed. The awards scheme will be launched at the Regional Meeting in China. The Awards mentioned during the Rio Congress opening ceremony and then there will be a winner’s luncheon, announcement and awards presentation.
Since Calgary the secretariat has applied for and been granted United Nations accreditation (observer status) and is allowed to attend, for example, the climate change talks and related activities. If any members wish to do so they can now attend these meetings under the WPC’s name. A joint paper by the Chairman of the SPC (also Chairman of IPIECA) and the Director General has been accepted for the WEC Congress in 2001. The DG also gave a plenary speech at the recent 3rd National Iranian Energy Congress. Discussions are also taking place with the World Energy Council and International gas Union on the possibility of joint activities and future co-operation. All WPC speeches and presentations are available for download from the website.
News from the Internet
The style and layout of the home page now mirrors all printed publications. Authors guidelines are now available from the website
Brian MacNeill presents WPC President Eivald RÝren with the final Calgary report at the EB meeting in London . As a result of strong sponsorship support, it was announced that a surplus from the Congress of $4.2 million had been allocated to a scholarship foundation in Canada.
Dates for the WPC Diary
SPC, 18th September, China CAC, 19th September, China DC, 19th September, China EB, 21st September, China
CAC, 31st August, Rio SPC, 31st August, Rio DC, 31st August, Rio EB/SPC/CAC/DC/CNC Dinner 31st August, Rio EB, 1st September, Rio PC, 4th September, Rio EB, 6th September, Rio
WPC Name Change
From 1st June 2001, all new correspondence, promotional materials and the home page will refer to the World Petroleum Congress (not Congresses). This was agreed unanimously by members.
At the EB meeting in Shanghai we will here about the potential bidders for the 2005 Congress. The cut off date for applications is September 1st this year. If any member country is considering bidding we would appreciate knowing as soon as possible before that date to allow us to allocate space in the EB meeting in China for presentations by the relevant committees