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Adipec has come a long way since it was started in 1984

Adipec has come a long way since it was started in 1984

Adipec to be an annual event, to focus on gas in 2013

Owing to its stupendous success and the strong demand from delegates, speakers, exhibitors and visitors alike, the Middle East’s largest oil and gas event will become an annual event from next year, instead of being held biennially

FROM next year, the Middle East’s largest oil and gas event will be held annually instead of biennially, according to key industry figures representing the region’s oil and gas sector. Giving reasons for the increased frequency, Adipec 2012 chairman and Adma-Opco chief executive Adipec Ali Al Jarwan and Gasco chief executive Mohammed Sahoo Al Suwaidi highlight the history and growth of the event and say that due to significant demand in the oil and gas industry, Adipec will become an annual event from 2013.

“The announcement represents the culmination of more than two decades of continued growth in the oil and gas sector.” says Ali Al Jarwan, Adipec chairman and CEO of Adma-Opco.

“Adipec began as a biennial event in 1984 as a platform for oil and gas professionals to come together to network, discover new ideas, and debate our core industry issues. Over the years we have witnessed Adipec grow in stature, significance and size with every exhibition since. This growth and demand is unabated. We continue to have a waiting list of exhibitors and require yet more space, and therefore there is a need for an annual platform,” Al Jarwan adds.

Mohammed Sahoo Al Suwaidi of Gasco, who has been appointed as chairman for Adipec 2013, says: “Understandably, with the oil and gas industry in the region growing rapidly and with an increasing focus on best practice, there has been a demand to make Adipec an annual event from 2013.”

Adipec 2013, taking place in November 2013, will have a strong focus on gas, reflecting its increasing share of the global energy mix and heightened regional demand for gas for power generation.

Al Suwaidi continues: “With the growth of gas projects in the region, the focus on gas for the conference programme will help aid business in the region. I am honoured to be appointed chairman for Adipec 2013 and look forward to building on past success.”

“Adnec is looking forward to welcoming the next edition of Adipec,” says Humaid Al Dhaheri, Adnec’s chief sales and marketing officer. “Just as the show has become established internationally, so has Adnec. As the show has grown, our venue has grown as well, matching the needs of the event with the most modern facilities and technology,” he adds.

Commenting on the importance of gas for the UAE, Al Suwaidi, says the fuel source will continue to provide some 70 to 80 per cent of its power demand, even as renewables and nuclear are introduced into domestic power generation in the years ahead.

“We are proud (as a nation) that our power plants here don’t fire any liquids in power production,” he says, with diesel and petroleum products left available for export.

Key industry figures (from left) Dickinson,
Al Suwaidi, Al Jarwan and Al Dhaheri
making the announcement about
Adipec’s frequency

Al Suwaidi also explains the UAE’s annual 15 per cent gas demand growth also placed pressure on its current reserves, “we need to look at ways to better exploit free gas,” he says.

“Adnoc will soon be launching an effort to further develop onshore and offshore reserves, with an additional emphasis on developing offshore gas resources. Our aim is to meet the rising domestic gas demand, which is growing by approximately 15 per cent annually, and to open up opportunities for international oil companies.”

Gas projects under construction account for around $25 billion of the total $40 billion in spending on crude, natural gas, petrochemical and refinery projects between 2010 and 2014. This includes the expansion of gas network cooperation between Abu Dhabi’s Adnoc and Dolphin Energy, in their joint plan to export power to the UAE.

Al Suwaidi also refers to Gasco’s planned LNG receiving facility for Fujairah, a joint venture with Mubadala Oil and Gas and IPIC, without giving further details.

In June this year, Germany’s Wintershall and Austria’s OMV also announced a partnership with Adnoc to drill appraisal wells at a sour gas and condensate field in Ruwais, Western Abu Dhabi.

Geoff Dickinson, president of dmg events, exhibition organiser of Adipec, also spoke about the need for the annualisation of the event and the gas theme: “There is pent-up demand for a gas programme, and every year even in difficult times we have had strong interest from exhibitors, with this a natural progression. We are already in the top five energy events globally, and we want to become the world’s largest,” he adds.

Adipec will this year include a unique feature: the first UAE oil and gas museum will be unveiled during the 15th edition of Adipec. The Adipec museum, which will remain open throughout the exhibition, is set to provide visitors with an interactive journey exploring the discovery, extraction and production of oil in the UAE.

Comprising exhibits loaned by local and multinational energy companies, plus personal contributions, the museum will be a chronological study of the UAE’s oil and gas industry, and will include an interactive timeline from 1928 to the 2000s.

The Adipec Oil and Gas Museum will comprise a wide variety of exhibits, many of them on public display for the first time, including archive photography, film, plans, engineering components and machinery, as well as the testimonies of former and present-day oil executives.

In addition, the museum will feature a tribute to the vision of the UAE’s founder, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

A number of exhibits have already been received with the support of contributors and sponsors (which include Partex Oil & Gas, ExxonMobil, Total and Shell). To date, the organisers have received interesting exhibits which include a copy of the original Abu Dhabi concession agreement dating back to 1939 as well as a geological map of the hinterland of Abu Dhabi drawn in 1935.

Hundreds of images have also been received for inclusion in the museum. Amongst these are an image of the late ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Shakhbut bin Sultan, pictured with Dr Macpherson of BP and N Barnonty of Khanaqin Oil Company, dating back to 1953, and a photo of a water distillation plant for fresh drinking wat er dated 1 963.

A key attraction at the museum will be the equipment section, which will comprise some of the original tools and paraphernalia used to aid the extraction of oil, such as hydraulic power tongs, monitoring systems used for Adco and Adma-Opco fields, and crude oil loading pumps dating back to 1966.

With the advent of oil came wealth never witnessed in the region before. Three cars which were used during the oil boom in the UAE, and have been in the Emirates for more than 60 years, will also be on display at the Adipec museum. These include a Chevrolet 3100 pick-up, a Land Rover and a Dodge Power Wagon.

The Adipec Museum will also feature a running documentary about the history of oil and gas in the UAE. In the video, industry professionals who have served in the sector for many years will recall their experiences. Contributors to the documentary to date include David Heard, Mohammed AJ Al Fahim, Peter Hellyer, Ahmad Rahma Al Masaood, Ahmed Tamim, Murshed Al Romaithi, Saqar Muharibi and Martin Calouste Gulbenkian.

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