World Heavy Oil Congress emphasises on sustainable production of heavy oil

September 03, 2019

The 2019 edition of the World Heavy Oil Congress & Exhibition (WHOC) kick-started on Monday at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre. 

During the three-day event, over 500 international industry professionals and experts will connect, discuss, and deliberate fostering global collaboration for a fitter heavy oil industry.

A high-level delegation led by H E Salim bin Nasser al Aufi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Oil and Gas toured the exhibition, where regional and international oil companies, service and technology providers are showcasing the best technologies, products and services for the heavy oil sector. The exhibition will host LCC and SLCC Pavilion organised by PDO, notable exhibitors include Al Baraka Oilfield Services, Al Shawamikh Oil Services, Dohat Al Khaleej LLC, Berba, Mideast Integrated Drilling & Well Services Company, Peace Land Energy, Al Sawari International Investments, Al Sahari Oil Services, and NCC Oman, among others.

A highlight of the strategic conference was a session by H E Aufi providing insights on how Oman’s heavy oil activities can make heavy oil a sustainable fuel of choice and contribute to helping drive Oman’s long-term economic development, Oman’s vision of harnessing the potential of its people in the oil and gas sector, In-Country Value programme, and how governments worldwide are supporting and encouraging global collaboration and cooperation to accelerate heavy oil exploration, production and growth.

“Heavy oil continues to dominate and production will continue to rise. Our strategy is to localise the industry and increase our ability to respond fast. That’s where we’re driving our In-Country Value programme, which all operators are supporting,” said H E Aufi. “Oman continues to be open for business. The message to international operators is transfer your technology, share it with us, and we will extend our support to you as well.”

Running simultaneously to the strategic conference, the technical conference began with 18 stimulating sessions. Providing an invaluable opportunity for heavy oil professionals to learn from one another, the sessions addressed a number of current hot topics including advances in chemical flooding, well completion, heavy oil field development and technology advancement in heavy oil processing. 

The event is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Oil and Gas.