Conference Day Two

08:55 - 09:00

Chairperson’s opening remarks

Dr. Aldo Flores-Quiroga, Secretary General, International Energy Forum

09:00 - 09:30


Keynote address: the reality of future demand and impact on industry investments

  • Analysing the drivers for demand growth: skyrocketing population growth; industry intensification; depleting oil fields and gas for reinjection; ballooning subsidies
  • Impact of competition from Australia, Russia, East Africa and USA – what will this mean for the Middle East?
  • Interaction of gas with other fuels and how will gas be used?
  • What are the prospects for a pricing hub in the Middle East?
  • Could Iran supply be a game changer?
  • Understanding the altering geopolitics of gas in the GCC
  • The impact of US shale, significant LNG investments and energy hungry China
  • The need to phase out subsidies to incentivize foreign investment and reach climate targets

Dr. Aldo Flores-Quiroga, Secretary General, International Energy Forum

09:30 - 10:00

LNG in the Middle East, how is it evolving?

  • Supply/demand in the region- change moving forward
  • Competition from alternative regions and the impact this is having
  • What’s next for the LNG market?

Matthew Potter, Head of LNG Middle East, BP

10:00 - 10:45

Panel discussion: encouraging foreign investment to build local resource and supply-chain capacities

  • Opportunities for NOC, IOC and OFSC collaboration to tackle the supply chain challenges of developing unconventional resources
  • Creating value through material positions and material assets
  • Maximising value proposition and delivering strong operational performance
  • How should new approaches and technology be deployed?
  • Addressing need for more competition through the value chain
  • Implementing the correct incentives and regulations to ensure overall success and encourage private sector investment in the entire value chain

John Roper, Head of Middle East, E.ON GLOBAL COMMODITIES
Mahdjouba Belaifa, Head of Gas Market Analysis Department, GECF
David Thomas, Global Head of LNG, Vitol
Uwe Salge, General Manager, Wintershall Middle East

10:45 - 11:15

Morning refreshment and networking

11:15 - 12:15


Big Debate

The motion: ‘This house supports the motion that GCC Energy subsidies should be abolished’

Based on the Oxford-Style format, after a 5-minute introduction from the moderator, each panellist will present a ten-minute opening statement either proposing or opposing the motion. This will be followed by 20 minutes questions from the audience and inter-panel challenges. To conclude, each panellist will deliver a five-minute closing argument followed by an audience vote.

Patrick Allman-Ward, CEO, Dana Gas

12:15 - 12:45


The World’s Largest Flares Reduction Project
Simon Daman Willems, Managing Director, Basrah Gas Company

12:45 - 13:15

Recovery and Utilization of Flare Gas

Fazal Ali Khan, CNG development manager, EMGAS



Networking Lunch and end of conference

14:00 - 14:30

The World’s Largest Flares Reduction Project

Simon Daman Willems, Managing Director, Basrah Gas Company