The 3rd Kurdistan-Iraq Oil & Gas Conference was officially opened by the Kurdistan Prime Minister H.E. Nechirvan Barzani on Monday 2nd December. In his opening remarks, Prime Minister Barzani highlighted Kurdistan’s contribution to the global energy market and reiterated Kurdistan’s commitment to the Iraqi constitution in the Region’s dealings with Turkey.
Nechirvan Barzani said, “I have insisted at all times of these negotiations on the transparency and accountability of the export process and revenues from the Kurdistan Region. And here I would like to announce that we will invite officials from the federal government and independent third parties to observe all stages of the process.”
Deputy Prime Minister H. E. Dr Rowsch N Shaways emphasised the importance of the oil and gas industry for economic recovery in the region; whilst the Turkish Energy Minister,Taner Yildiz expressed a wish to start a tri-lateral cooperation scheme to maximise the oil and gas potential.
H.E. Dr Ashti Hawrami, Minister of Natural Resources, KRG, also spoke at the Kurdistan-Iraq Oil & Gas Conference; Dr Hawrami highlighted the successes that have been achieved over the past year whilst outlining what next year’s targets would be for the industry.
Day one of the Conference closed with the Award Gala Dinner sponsored by Chevron. Attended by 450 Ministers and delegates, including Kurdistan Prime Minister H.E. Nechirvan Barzani, the evening was a celebration of individuals and companies who have excelled in their contribution to the Kurdistan oil and gas industry. Awards on the night went to: Talisman for Environmental Initiative of the Year; Oryx Petroleum for CSR Initiative of the Year; NPS Energy for Service Company of the Year; KAR Group for Fast Track Engineering Project of the Year; DNO for Largest Well Producer of the Year; and George A. Yacu, Advisor , Ministry of Natural Resources , Ministry of Natural Resources ,KRG, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Day 2 of the Conference continues today with closing remarks from Michael Howard, Senior Advisor to the Minister of Natural Resources, H.E. Dr Rowsch N Shaways; and H.E. Imad Ahmed Sayfour, Deputy Prime Minister, KRG. Marathon Oil Corporation are hosting Closing Networking Drinks Reception this evening. A site visit to the Khormala Zone sponsored and run by KAR Group takes place on Wednesday concluding this year’s conference.
The 3rd Kurdistan Iraq Oil and Gas Conference, run by The CWC Group, attracts around 850 executives from the energy industry as well as senior diplomats from across the world. With 45 speakers, 46 sponsors, as well as Workshops, Conference Sessions and a Site Visit, the Conference is the largest and most prestigious within the region.
Sponsors for the 2013 edition include: ExxonMobil as Lead IOC; Total andChevron, both as Oil Major; Gulf Keystone Petroleum as Lead Independent; KAR Group as Lead Integrated Energy Company; Iraq Oil as Lead Oil Logistics. Genel Energy, Marathon Oil Corporation, Repsol, TAQA, Afren, DNO, Gazprom, Qaiwanand Energy Logistics are all gold sponsors. Silver sponsors include Oryx Petroleum; Maersk Oil; Addax Petroleum; Oil Search Limited; OMV; Hunt Oil Middle East Limited; Viking International; Hess and MolGroup. Bronze sponsors are Baker Hughes; Petrofac; Advanced Energy; Talisman Energy; Tenaris; HKN; Ensign; RPS; Kelkan; GardaWorld; Western Zagros; Talia; WoodGroup Mustang; Photostat; MSelect; EarthStaff; VSC; PRA; Oil Serv and Asia Insurance.