AmCham Abu Dhabi kicked off the 2015 Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) with a breakfast event on November 9 at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr.
Top business executives, distinguished Emirati guests, and U.S. government officials participated in the event including The Honorable Barbara A. Leaf, U.S. Ambassador to the U.A.E. The highlight of the industry focused event were the key note addresses by Saif Ahmed Alghfeli, Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi Gas Development Co. Ltd. (Al Hosn Gas) and Edward A. (Sandy) Lowe, President, Occidental Oil and Gas – International and Executive Vice President, Occidental Petroleum Corporation.
After an introduction from Maurice Wingo, AmCham Board Member, Ambassador Leaf welcomed the keynote speakers. During her address Ambassador Leaf highlighted the importance of ADIPEC and the role of American companies.
She said: “This breakfast event provides a unique venue for firms operating in the U.A.E. to discuss and network in the hydrocarbon sector, an important component to our bilateral economic relationship.”
Ambassador Leaf noted that the Shah Gas Development project, the biggest of its kind in the world, is an excellent example of U.A.E. – U.S. partnerships that help keep both countries prosperous, secure and clean.
“As the U.A.E. invests in technology to meet its production goals and explores new sources of domestic natural gas, there is great potential for increased collaboration between the U.A.E. and the United States in the areas of enhanced oil recovery and sour gas processing. That is why Mr. Alghfeli and Mr. Lowe are the perfect speakers for this ADIPEC kick-off breakfast,” said Ambassador Leaf.
The keynote speakers provided insight into developing the giant Shah Sour Gas Field. The multi-billon dollar endeavor is a joint venture between Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and U.S. based Occidental Petroleum Corporation.
Featured keynote speaker, Saif Ahmed Alghfeli, provided an overview of Al Hosn Gas citing key company facts and reviewing their value chain and key contractors. Stunning visuals of the project progress from 2011 – 2015 were presented along with project highlights.
Sandy Lowe, during his presentation, highlighted the work of Occidental Petroleum in the project. As he leads the management of the company’s oil and gas assets in the Middle East region he also provided insights into working in the region.
ADIPEC is one of the world’s largest oil and gas shows. Held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center ADIPEC 2015 is projected to attract 2,000 exhibiting companies and 85,000 attendees across the four days of the show, creating a platform for petroleum professions worldwide to drive and support innovation within the industry.
The high-level ADIPEC kick-off event was made possible thanks to sponsors Parsons and Sultan International Holding with support from Al Hosn Gas, Oxy – Occidental Petroleum Corporation and Kallman Worldwide Inc.