The 20th World Petroleum Congress (WPC), to be held in Doha, Qatar, 4-8 December 2011, marked its presence at the opening of this week’s Offshore Arabia in Dubai with the release of its Congress brochure and news that 20 major sponsors have confirmed their interest while almost 60% of available exhibition space has already been taken just a few weeks into the event’s promotional campaign.
Offshore Arabia is one of more than 50 international events that will be attended by the organising committee promoting the 20th WPC.
The 20th WPC promotion team is attending Offshore Arabia as part of the Qatar Petroleum stand. Qatar Petroleum is the host sponsor of the 20th WPC. Since its establishment in 1933, this is the first time that the World Petroleum Congress will be hosted in the Middle East.
Companies that have already confirmed their participation at the exhibition include Shell, ExxonMobil, BP, TOTAL, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Dolphin Energy, Oxy, Oryx, Petrobras, Statoil, Polish Oil & Gas Co., Schlumberger, Weatherford, Chiyoda and many others.
The UAE’s ADNOC is planning to take part in the 20th WPC, while National Oil Companies from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Algeria, Iran, Russia, Angola, Egypt, China, Japan, Canada and Colombia have also expressed interest and are finalizing their participation. WPC 2011 is expected to be a truly international event for the global petroleum industry.
The exhibition accompanying the 20th WPC is expected to cover 35,000 square metres, surpassing the previous WPC event in Madrid in 2008 by 20%, and making it the largest WPC exhibition in history.
The 20th World Petroleum Congress will be held at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC). Opening in 2011, QNCC will boast an iconic design and cutting edge facilities in a green technology venue.