The 26th annual MPGC returns to Abu Dhabi in 2018

  • ADNOC to support MPGC 2018, with Mr Abdulla Salem Al Dhaheri as co-chair.
  • KPC CEO, Mr Nizar Al Adsani; IOC Chairman, Mr Sanjiv Singh; CEPSA CEO, Mr Pedro Miro Roig; BP  Global Energy Trading CEO, Mr Alan Haywood to lead Keynote Addresses.
  • Vitol, BGN International, Dubai Mercantile Exchange and S&P Global Platts confirmed as sponsors.

Organisers Conference Connection, have confirmed that the 26th Annual Middle East Petroleum & Gas Conference (MPGC 2018) will kick off from 22nd – 24th April 2018 in Abu Dhabi, UAE

The Middle East/Gulf's longest running and most celebrated oil and gas conference, is an annual staple that brings together the industry leaders of the oil and gas industries, featuring keynote addresses from visionaries in the global and UAE energy scene. Featuring a stellar line up of speakers and Fortune 500 company sponsors, MPGC is back in Abu Dhabi from 22nd – 24th April 2018 as part of Middle East Petroleum and Gas Week (MPGC Week 2018).
Delivering industry insights, dialogues, discussions and business interactions at the highest levels, MPGC enjoys industry and government support in every host country they have been in. Since 1993, MPGC has been held in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Sultanate of Oman. More than 2,200  companies have been represented with over 15,500 delegates, 1130 speakers from 110 countries, with the support of more than 350 corporate sponsors and 320 media sponsors, in its 26-year history. The 2018 edition event is expected to maintain and exceed past support.
MPGC 2018 will address the challenges faced by the oil and gas markets in a period of continuing uncertainty in the relationship between OPEC production cuts, US shale oil production and oil prices. Simultaneously the markets are seeing healthy refining margins, a dramatic rise in Middle East product trade and flows, lower LNG spot and more attractive contract prices. The impact of the 2020  global  sulphur cap and new trading partnership models between NOCs, IOCs and international trading companies will be key issues to be debated and discussed at a high level.
MPGC 2018 will convene under the theme “Evolving Strategic Partnerships: Extracting Value from Upstream, Mid-Stream and Downstream Ventures”, with key presentations  highlighting  strategic alliances, new trading partnership models, joint projects and consortiums in the region between the Gulf and global producers, NOC, IOCs, trading giants, buyers and end-users across the oil industry supply chain.
MPGC 2018 will be co-chaired by Mr Abdulla Salem Al Dhaheri, Director, Marketing, Sales and Trading Directorate, ADNOC, Abu Dhabi, UAE and Dr Fereidun Fesharaki, Chairman, FGE. 40 other international speakers are expected to address MPGC from the ranks of Gulf Energy Ministers, oil major CEOs, NOCs and global traders; and trends setters in the oil and gas markets. Confirmed speakers include keynotes by Mr Nizar Al Adsani, CEO, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation; Mr Sanjiv Singh, Chairman, Indian Oil Corporation, Mr Pedro Miro Roig, CEO CEPSA; and Mr Alan Haywood, CEO, BP Global Energy Trading.  Other speakers 

include: Dr Bakheet Al Katheeri, CEO Mubadala Petroleum, Mr Christopher Bake, Executive Committee  and Head of Origination, Vitol, Mr Yuiji Saita, Senior Vice President, JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy and top industry analysts,  Dr Edward L. Morse, Global Head of Commodities, Citi Research, Dr Jeffrey Currie,  Global Head of Commodities Research, Goldman Sachs, Mr David Fyfe, Chief Economist, Gunvor Group, Switzerland; Mr Paul Horsnell, Head of Commodities Research, Standard Chartered Bank, UK, and Mr Dave Ernsberger, Global Head of Energy Pricing, S&P Global Platts, UK.

MPGC 2018 is the anchor event of the Middle East Petroleum & Gas Week (MPGC Week2018), which will convene from 21 to 26 April 2018 and is an established oil and gas platform for knowledge sharing and networking. MPGC Week 2018 will bring together eight optional events - conferences, executive briefings, courses, and global workshops - running back-to-back in one location in one week for optimal learning and networking opportunities. More than 600 delegates from 60 countries are expected to attend the week’s activities. All MPGC Week events are organized by The Conference Connection Inc in partnership and strategic alliances with key industry groups.

Dr. Fereidun Fesharaki, Chairman of FGE, leading oil and gas industry advisors for the Middle East and Asia and Co-Chairman of MPGC 2017 said, “The oil market has entered into a new phase. Market share policy  is supplemented by market management policy. The historic OPEC decision to cut production by 1.2 mmb/d in late November supported by the non-OPEC commitment of some 600 kb/d have impacted oil prices dramatically. Continuation of the agreement till end 2018 may well see prices in the US$65-70 range, incentivizing large new shale oil production. Meanwhile oil demand continues to be strong with some 1.5 mmb/d of growth expected in 2017. The refining business seems poised for a smooth ride over the next few years, but there is likely to be another round of refinery construction in Asia and the Middle East. The IMO bunkering regulation putting a sulfur cap of 5,000 ppm (0.5%) is creating a turmoil in the market and many options to respond to this dramatic change are on the table. The natural gas market faces a different set of challenges with re-balancing for LNG taking much longer than oil markets. The upstream projects in Iran are in full swing, but all may be impacted by President Trump’s policy, while Iraq continues to expand output in the face of political and economic challenges. MPGC 2018 will address and critique all these issues and more.”

The organizers, Conference Connection commented "MPGC and MPGC Week will return to Abu Dhabi in 2018 once again with the support of ADNOC, following the success of MPGC Week 2017 which brought together leading personalities in the crude and product markets for dialogue, discussion and networking. MPGC Week 2018 will deliver a renowned intellectual platform and synergistic relationships across the supply chain of oil industry verticals. We hope to welcome all key stakeholders, including national oil company hosts and their partners in upstream, midstream and downstream, the crude/product and LNG trading community, the supply and service sector and others who support the event as speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and participants to MPGC, which delivers a diversity of key interests and abundant opportunities for both knowledge sharing and premium networking".