Abu Dhabi, UAE – 07 December 2016 – The Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) posted continued global success, celebrating a milestone year in its 19th edition, and realising ongoing industry acclaim from world oil and gas leaders.
More than 8,500 delegates, 2,000 exhibiting companies, 700 speakers, and over 95,000 visitors from 135 countries gathered in the UAE capital for ADIPEC 2016, breaking the event’s previous records in international participation, and bringing the world’s decision makers, industry leaders, and experts under one roof to address the most critical issues surrounding the evolving energy landscape.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, ADIPEC 2016 was hosted by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), organised by dmg events, and supported by the UAE Ministry of Energy, Masdar, the Abu Dhabi Chamber, and the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi).
The event surpassed last year’s numbers in both size and content, spanning 135,000 gross square metres of floor space, and featuring more than 160 engaging conference sessions covering both technical and non-technical functions in the industry – from the high-level Ministerial and Global Business Leader sessions, to the dedicated Offshore and Marine and Women in Energy sessions.
Headlining speakers in ADIPEC’s distinguished Conference Programme this year included C-suite executives from national and international oil giants, including ADNOC, ExxonMobil, Total, BP, Gazprom, Oxy, Qatar Petroleum, ENI, and Wintershall.
Speaking at the event, global CEOs and industry leaders emphasised ADIPEC’s valuable role as a global knowledge-sharing platform for the oil and gas community.
Rex W. Tillerson, Chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation, said: “The theme of ADIPEC 2016 ‘Strategy for the New Energy Landscape’ is appropriately timed given the challenges and opportunities the energy industry must manage now and in the years to come.”
“It is great to be here at ADIPEC. This is a wonderful gathering of our industry, and it is great to be in this city of Abu Dhabi,” said Bob Dudley, Group Chief Executive of BP.
“ADIPEC 2016 has given us an international global platform,” said Mohammed Barkindo, OPEC Secretary General, who also headlined the event this year, officially launching the 2016 edition of OPEC’s World Oil Outlook report, and offering an industry briefing as part of ADIPEC’s prestigious VIP Programme.
“I’m fascinated by the way this conference is growing each and every year,” said Mario Mehren, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors at Wintershall.
The ADIPEC Technical Conference Programme attracted a record-breaking 2,775 abstract submissions, which, after meticulous selection, paved the way to 106 technical sessions on topics ranging from Exploration and Production to Operational Efficiency – marking more than a 30 percent increase in the number of technical sessions from the previous year.
The event also celebrated the inaugural edition of the ‘Security in Energy’ exhibition and conference, bringing the best and brightest minds in cybersecurity and critical infrastructure under one roof to address the ever-growing challenges in today’s increasingly interconnected energy landscape, as well as the launch of the annual Young ADIPEC Forum, a series of TED-style talks designed to inspire the next generation of energy professionals.
Jean-Philippe Cossé, Vice President – Energy at dmg events, said: “ADIPEC continues to provide a platform for conversation and dialogue within the energy industry. Each year, to support the conference content, we are fortunate to have more than 2000 exhibiting companies that showcase and present the latest technologies and solutions. The event continues to expand to meet the diverse requirements of the industry, and we look forward to building on this success next year.”
ADIPEC 2016 featured 25 country pavilions including major oil producing countries, such as the US, Saudi Arabia, China, and Russia, as well as emerging markets, such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Spain, marking the largest international participation in ADIPEC’s 32-year history.