Second day of WHOC focuses on maximising ICV, digitalisation

September 04, 2019

International industry professionals and experts addressed challenges and discussed opportunities across the heavy oil value chain at the second day of the World Heavy Oil Congress & Exhibition (WHOC). 

Held for the second time in Oman, the show is one of the largest congregations of heavy oil professionals around the globe.

New to the programme this year are a set of engaging E-poster presentations and roundtable discussions, covering topics that span the entire heavy oil value chain, a press release said.

The second day featured four thought-provoking roundtable discussions as part of the Strategic conference, beginning with ‘In-Country Value Programme: Harnessing Omani Potential in the Oil & Gas Industry’ by Aqla al Maskri, director of local resources development, ICV Project Management Office, PMO manager at the Ministry of Oil and Gas, alongside ‘Embracing digitalisation through incremental innovation & top down approach’, moderated by Boun Sananikone, global sales director of JP Global Digital, and later, ‘Upstream Heavy Oil’ and ‘Downstream Heavy Oil’, moderated by Dr Rifaat al Mjeni, EOR portfolio leader at Petroleum Development Oman and Dr Abdulazim Marafie, senior research scientist at Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research, respectively.

Junaid Ghulam, petroleum engineering manager – Oil South, PDO and WHOC advisory board chairman said, “The current production of heavy oil globally is around 15 per cent. Oman contributes a good portion of this and we are trying to grow it, but the future depends on access to affordable technology and innovative and sustainably viable technical solutions.”

Participants can also expect stimulating sessions on the third day covering the role of R&D, EOR evaluation and emerging production methods, driving efficiency in brownfields, and data analytics and integration.

The WHOC exhibition will continue to welcome visitors until September 4 till 17:00.