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Middle East and North Africa Energy 2013

Adapting to new resource realities

28 Jan 2013 - 09:30 to 29 Jan 2013 - 13:30

Chatham House, London

This conference will explore the intersection of energy, security, and international politics in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and ask how changing global and regional dynamics are affecting the energy industry in the region. It will ask how energy planners and businesses are adapting to the emergence of new leaders and investment terms, local resource constraints and intergenerational challenges.

  • What factors are influencing the change in global energy security outlook?
  • How resilient to price and generational pressures are regional economies?
  • How are the Middle East and North African governments investing revenues for national prosperity?
  • Where are the examples of best practice?

The event will bring together representatives of national and international oil companies, governments, key energy industry figures, commodity experts and commentators to assess the current situation and ask what lies ahead.

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  • HE Mohamed bin Dhaen Al Hamli

    • Minister of Energy
  • HE Adnan Al Janabi MP

    • Chairman, Oil and Energy Committee
  • Luay J Al Khatteeb

    • Founder and Executive Director
  • HE Dr Abdullah Al-Shehri

    • Governor
  • HE Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa

    • Minister of Finance and Minister in charge of Oil and Gas Affairs
  • Leonardo Bellodi

    • Executive Vice President, Government Affairs
  • Dr Mohamad Chatah

    • Former Minister of Finance, Lebanon
  • Dr Jennifer Coolidge

    • Executive Director
  • Dr Hakim Darbouche

    • Commercial Adviser, North Africa & Offshore
  • HE Abdalla El-Badri

    • Secretary General
  • Bill Farren-Price

    • Chief Executive
  • Vera Gowlland-Debbas

    • Professor Emeritus of International Law
  • Tarik Hamane

    • Director of Production Projects
  • HE Dr Ashti Hawrami

    • Minister of Natural Resources
  • Majid H Jafar

    • Chief Executive Officer
  • Jay Johnson

    • President
  • Ambassador Richard H Jones

    • Deputy Executive Director
  • Dr Bahgat Korany

    • Professor of International Relations
  • Dr Valerie Marcel

    • Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources
  • Jon Marks

    • Chairman and Editorial Director
  • HE Hasan Murat Mercan

    • Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources
  • Dr Robin Niblett

    • Director
  • Paddy Padmanathan

    • President and Chief Executive
  • Kevin Sara

    • Founder and Chief Executive Officer
  • Dr Claire Spencer

    • Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme
  • Professor Paul Stevens

    • Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources
  • Ambassador C David Welch

    • President of Europe, Africa, Middle East
  • Yahia Zniber

    • Permanent Secretary

This conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule. Information for journalists
Press can request a press pass using the form below.

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Crescent Petroleum logo

eni logo

Shell logo

African Energy logo

GSN logo

Energy Intelligence logo

Iraq Updates logo

Menas Associates logo

MENA Monitor logo

Natural Gas for Europe logo

NewsBase logo

OGEL logo

Petroleum Africa logo

World Oils logo

Venue

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Conference Unit
Chatham House
10 St James's Square
London
SW1Y 4LE
UK

Accommodation

Although we cannot book accommodation for delegates, we have arranged a reduced rate at some nearby hotels, where you can book your own accommodation. Please inform the hotel that you will be attending a conference at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) to qualify for the Institute's reduced rate.

Please note all rates are subject to availability.

Flemings Mayfair
Half Moon Street
Mayfair
London W1Y 7RA
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7499 2964
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7499 1817
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The Cavendish London
81 Jermyn Street
London
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Tel: + 44 (0)20 7930 2111
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7839 2125
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The Stafford London by Kempinski
St James's Place
London
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Fax: 020 7493 7121
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DAY ONE
Monday 28 January 2013
09.00

Overview Session
Taking Stock and Outlook

  • Fall-out from Syria: how far will the unrest reach? What will be the emerging new regional order?
  • What is the effect of new technology on the future world oil and gas resources? 
  • What impact is the new regional order having on oil and gas development? What is the long term strategic thinking of the National Oil Companies and foreign investors? 

Chair    Dr Robin Niblett
Director
Chatham House

09.00 Opening remarks from the Chair

Moderated panel discussion
Ambassador David Welch
Region President, Europe/Africa/Middle East
Bechtel Limited

Professor Paul Stevens
Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources
Chatham House

Dr Claire Spencer
Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme
Chatham House

10.20    Refreshments

Session One
The Gulf Economies   

  • What do potentially reduced oil and gas revenues mean for regional economic stability?
  • What factors lie behind the fear of oil price weakness? 
  • How far can OPEC safeguard the oil revenues of the region?
  • What impact will changes in the global gas industry have on the Gulf?

Chair    Professor Paul Stevens

Keynote Addresses
10.50    HE Mohamed bin Dhaen Al Hamli
Minister of Energy, United Arab Emirates

HE Abdalla S El-Badri (on the record)
Secretary General
Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries

HE Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa
Minister of Finance and Minister in charge of Oil and Gas Affairs
The Kingdom of Bahrain

11.35  Questions and discussion

Speakers
12.05   Majid H Jafar
Chief Executive Officer
Crescent Petroleum

Dr Valerie Marcel
Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources
Chatham House

Questions and discussion

12.55    Keynote Address
HE Adnan Al Janabi MP
Chairman, Oil and Energy Committee
Iraqi Council of Representatives

13.15    Lunch

Chair    Jon Marks
Managing Director
Cross-border Information Ltd   

14.15 Keynote Address

  • Investing to meet energy demand
  • Prosperity through partnerships
  • Technology as a driver of energy security
  • The imperative of affordable energy

Jay Johnson
President
Chevron Europe, Eurasia, Middle East

Session Two
New Energy Resource Frontiers

  • How prepared are energy companies for transition to less carbon intensive power?
  • How are they addressing the resulting technological challenges?
  • How can the power sector be reshaped to save fuel?
  • Becoming a solar energy hub: what is the regional vision? What are the practical challenges?

Chair  Jon Marks

14.35 HE Dr Abdullah Al-Shehri
Governor
Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Tarik Hamane
Director of Production Projects
National Office of Electricity and Potable Water, Morocco

Paddy Padmanathan
President and Chief Executive 
Acwapower

Kevin Sara
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
NUR Energie

Questions and discussion

16.05  Refreshments

Session Three  
Developments in the Levant Basin

  • What issues and implications arise from gas exploration in the Levant Basin – Lebanon, Israel and Cyprus?
    o    What is the potential size of the prospects?
    o    What are the potential markets and how can they be reached?
  • How are gas exports likely to change the region’s geopolitics?
  • What impact are the developments in the Levant basin having on the economies of the MENA region? 

Chair    Bill Farren-Price
Chief Executive
Petroleum Policy Intelligence

Keynote Addresses
16.35    HE Hasan Murat Mercan
Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources
Turkey

Dr Mohamad Chatah
Former Minister of Finance
Lebanon

Questions and discussion

Speaker Panel
17.20    Nadim Shehadi
Associate Fellow
Chatham House

Vera Gowlland-Debbas
Professor Emeritus of International Law
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva

Questions and discussion

18.00    End of day one and drinks reception hosted by Chatham House


DAY TWO
Tuesday 29 January 2013

Session Four    
Investing for Stability: North Africa

  • How are the North African countries addressing their domestic economic and political challenges?
  • How can hydrocarbons best help the Libyan and Algerian economies achieve the level of development needed to meet these challenges?
  • How can Egypt overcome its energy crisis? What investment is needed?
  • What is or could be the role of foreign investors?
  • How important are the various EU initiatives (such as EUROMED) for the MENA countries?


Chair    Dr Claire Spencer
Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme
Chatham House

09.00  Remarks from the Chair

Dr Bahgat Korany
Professor and Director of Middle East Studies
American University in Cairo, Egypt

Dr Hakim Darbouche
Commercial Adviser, North Africa & Offshore
OMV E&P

Jon Marks
Managing Director
Cross-border Information Ltd

Questions and discussion

10.30   Refreshments

Session Five 
Iraq: Prospects for a Stable Future?

  • What is the impact of regional and international involvement on the country’s future as an energy exporter?
  • How are the relations between international oil companies, regional government and state companies evolving? 
  • To what extent are Iraq oil production, sales and revenue affected by regional considerations?
  • How is the fall-out from Syria affecting Iraq and its exports?

Chair  Jane Kinninmont
Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme
Chatham House

11.00  Keynote Address
HE Dr Ashti Hawrami
Minister of Natural Resources
Kurdistan Regional Government, Iraq

Speakers
Ambassador Richard H Jones
Deputy Executive Director
International Energy Agency

Luay J Al Khatteeb
Founder and Executive Director
Iraq Energy Institute

Dr Jennifer Coolidge
Executive Director
CMX Caspian and Gulf Consultants Limited

Questions and discussion

13.30    End of conference and lunch

© The Royal Institute of International Affairs 2013


 

 

This conference will offer a unique opportunity to network with senior officials from businesses, government and academic institutions.

Our previous conference 'Middle East and North Africa Energy:
Investing for the Future in Turbulent Times'
in January 2012 saw delegates from the following companies and institutions:

Accenture
Anadarko International Energy
Aramco
Ashurst
Barclays Capital
BG Group
BP
Cabinet Office
Cairn Energy plc
Centrica plc
Chevron Ltd
Citi Private Bank
Citigroup Global Markets Ltd
Clifford Chance LLP
Control Risks
Crown Agents
Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
DLA Piper
DNO International ASA
Economist Intelligence Unit
Embassy of Germany
Embassy of Kuwait
Embassy of the Republic of Poland
Embassy of the Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Embassy of the United States of America
Energy Charter Secretariat
Energy Industries Council
Eni S.p.A
ExxonMobil
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
GDF Suez
GE International Inc
Genel Enerji AS
General Electric Int Operations Co
Global CCS Institute
GPW
Graduate School of Business, Fordham University
HSBC Holdings plc
International Energy Agency (IEA)
INTSOK
Jetro
JOGMEC London
Kaddoura Foundation
King's College London
KPMG LLP
Kuwait Petroleum Corporation
London School of Economics
Marathon Oil Uk Ltd
Marathon Petroleum KDV B.V.
Mayer Brown
Medley Global Advisors LLC (MGA)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Saudi Arabia)
Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
Mitsubishi Corporation International (Europe) Plc
Mitsui & Co Europe plc
Montrose Associates
Morgan Stanley Investment Banking Divison
National Defense University (NDU)
Olayan Financing Company
OPEC Fund for International Development
PCL Consulting
Petra Energia SA
Petroceltic International Plc
Petrofac Energy Developments
Polish Oil and Gas Company
Poyry Energy Consulting
Premier Oil plc
Production Nordafrika
Repsol YPF
Revenue Watch Institute
Rolls-Royce plc
Royal Dutch Shell
Saudi Aramco
Saudi Petroleum Overseas Ltd
Spanish Embassy in London
Standard Chartered
Statoil
Total
UB Holding
UK Energy Industry Council
Union of Oil and Gas Producers of Russia
US Department of Commerce
Vinson & Elkins
Vitol
Warburg Pincus International LLC
Westminster Energy Forum
WorleyParsons Europe