Dubai – Now in its 97th year, the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ (SPE) Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE), returns to Dubai, in-person and online, from 21–23 September 2021, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Ali Al Jarwan, ATCE Conference General Chair, and CEO, Dragon Oil says, “The most vibrant, novel, and futuristic city of the world, Dubai, is once again proudly hosting the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE), a place where progressive thinking turns into unique and innovative technologies benefitting both regional and global companies, who are determined to continue serving humanity with net-zero impact on our precious environment.”

This flagship event is SPE’s annual meeting of oil and gas professionals featuring an extensive agenda of sessions packed with committee-reviewed technical papers designed to encourage diverse and multifaceted progress in the industry. Professionals from around the globe are expected to share ideas, case studies, and research on post-pandemic development plans, net zero goals, new energy innovations, technology, and recent projects.

Addressing the twofold topic of industry challenges and energy transition, Tom Blasingame, 2021 President, SPE, says, “The biggest long-term challenge is that of energy transition, and while energy transition will be more of a "fuel switch" relative to oil and gas (to battery power and hydrogen), this is very long-term, and oil and gas will still be critical elements in terms of chemical feedstocks for the foreseeable future. The short-term challenge is "demand rebound" post-pandemic—this is happening right now, but demand is attenuated, at present, due to the ongoing pandemic. I believe demand rebound is going to significantly stress the industry, but I am confident that we can provide deliverability for any demand scenario(s).”

The 3-day programme includes a CEO plenary session, 5 panel sessions, 5 regional special sessions, and 60+ technical and ePoster sessions. Speakers and panellists include influential executives and industry leaders like:

  • E. Saeed Mohammed Ahmad Al Tayer, Chairman, Dragon Oil
  • E. Ahmad Al-Muhairbi, Secretary General. Dubai Supreme Council of Energy
  • Ali Al Jarwan, CEO, Dragon Oil
  • Omar Obaid Al Nasri, CEO, ADNOC Onshore
  • Arnaud Breuillac, President E&P, TotalEnergies
  • Vadim Yakovlev, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board and Deputy CEO for Upstream, Gazprom Neft PJSC
  • Olivier Le Peuch, CEO, Schlumberger

The ATCE exhibition will feature 60+ companies from 12 countries showcasing a wide range of current and upcoming technologies with demos and interactive displays offering visitors an engaging experience of discovering technologies and networking.

In a first for the energy industry, the Gastech exhibition and conference will take place alongside ATCE, from 21–23 September at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The co-location with ATCE will enable visitors to visit both events’ exhibitions without having to register twice. They will have the opportunity to interact with a broader range of exhibitors serving the global energy value chain.

Sponsors of ATCE 2021 include Host Organisation, Dragon Oil; Principal Sponsors, Baker Hughes and Saudi Aramco; President’s Luncheon Sponsor, Halliburton; Lanyard Sponsors, OiLSERV and Xecta; 21 September Coffee Breaks Sponsor, TechnipFMC; Startup Village Sponsors, NOV (Gold), Chevron, devon, Hess, Schlumberger (Silver) and SCF Ventures (Bronze); Associate Sponsors, nanoActiv® and TotalEnergies; Supporter, Sintex International; Industry Supporter, 23rd World Petroleum 
Congress, and Destination Partner, Dubai Tourism.

ATCE 2021 will be held in-person according to the strictest health and safety guidelines as directed by the Dubai government, global safety standards as certified by the Bureau Veritas SafeGuard Label, and the Dubai World Trade Centre’s own ‘Venue Safe’ standards.

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