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Middle East and North Africa Energy 2014

New Uncertainties and New Opportunities

27 Jan 2014 - 09:30 to 28 Jan 2014 - 15:00

Chatham House, London

Enduring political uncertainties and unfolding geopolitical changes pose a number of challenges for oil and gas producers in the Middle East and North Africa.

Policymakers must meet growing domestic demand for energy whilst maintaining export prices to sustain national economic goals, and continue to foster opportunities for investment from international energy companies.

The tilt in energy demand to Asian markets and competition from unconventional hydrocarbon production represents shifts in the established global energy order; how producers in the MENA region adapt to these changes will be critical to their long term economic health.

This conference will address the key concerns for energy producers in the MENA region, and explore how political, economic and market factors are reshaping the energy sector in the region and beyond.

  • The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP

    • Minister of State for Energy
  • HE Thamir Ghadhban

    • Chairman of the Advisory, Commission to the Prime Minister
  • HE Suhail Mohammed Al Mazrouei

    • Minister of Energy
  • HE Abdalla Salem el-Badri

    • Secretary General
  • HE Dr Hussain al-Shahristani

    • Deputy Prime Minister for Energy
  • Jon Alterman

    • Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy and Director, Middle East Program
  • Husni Hersho Al-Barazi

    • Independent expert
  • David Butter

    • Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme
  • Dr Jennifer Coolidge

    • Executive Director
  • Justin Dargin

    • Energy and Middle East Scholar
  • Aldo Flores-Quiroga

    • Secretary General
  • Anastasios Giamouridis

    • Senior Consultant
  • Dr Narsi Ghorban

    • Director
  • Ali Hached

    • Senior Adviser to the Minister of Energy and Mines
  • Dr Stelios Himonas

    • Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism
  • Majid Jafar

    • CEO
  • Jane Kinninmont

    • Deputy Director, Middle East and North Africa Programme
  • Todd Levy

    • President of Europe, Eurasia and Middle East Exploration and Production
  • Dr Valérie Marcel

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

    • Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme
  • Dr Carole Nakhle

    • Energy Economist
  • Dr Robin Niblett

    • Director
  • Ambassador Carlos Pascual

    • Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs
  • Professor Jonathan Redfern

    • Chair of Petroleum Geoscience
  • Farouk Soussa

    • Chief Economist Middle East
  • Claire Spencer

    • Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme
  • Leonardo Bellodi

    • Executive Vice President, Government Affairs
  • Wissam Zahabi

    • Board Member, Head of Economic and Finance Department

This conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule. Information for journalists
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If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this event, please contact Kamil Hussain on +44 (0)20 7314 2783 or email khussain@chathamhouse.org

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Venue

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Conference Unit
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Accommodation

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Please note all rates are subject to availability.

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DAY ONE
Monday 27 January
09:00

Overview
Geopolitics of Energy
09:00 – 10:40

Moderated panel discussion

  • Which political scenarios need to be considered at a time of uncertainty for the region?

  • What are the implications of unconventional oil and gas production for Gulf producers?

  • How is the energy relationship between Asia and the Gulf likely to develop?

  • How able are Asian markets to defend their strategic interests in the Middle East?

Moderator
Dr Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House

Panellists
Ambassador Carlos Pascual, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, US Department of State

Aldo Flores-Quiroga, Secretary General, International Energy Forum

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

Jon B Alterman, Director and Senior Fellow, Middle East Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

  • Beyond resource development: IOC contributions to MENA’s energy future

Speaker
Todd Levy, President of Europe, Eurasia and Middle East Exploration and Production, Chevron
Questions and discussion


10:40 – 11:15 Refreshments

Session One
Gulf Region Scenarios
11:15 – 12:45

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

UK Ministerial Address
The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, Minister of State for Energy, Department of Energy & Climate Change (on the record)
Questions and discussions

  • How can longer-term oil price fluctuations be managed?

  • How can Gulf gas exporters capitalize on globalizing gas markets?


11:45 Keynote Addresses
HE Abdalla Salem el-Badri, Secretary General, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (on the record)
Questions and discussion

HE Suhail Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy, United Arab Emirates (on the record)
Questions and discussion

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch


14:00 – 15:15

  • Are the budget break-even prices for Gulf oil producers bound to keep on rising?
  • What are the long-term risks for oil transportation security in the Persian Gulf?
  • How can energy efficiency and carbon management be improved?

Chair
Glada Lahn, Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

Speakers
Farouk Soussa, Chief Economist Middle East, Citi

Dr Narsi Ghorban, Director, International Institute for Caspian Studies

Justin Dargin, Energy and Middle East Scholar, University of Oxford 
Questions and discussion
 
15:15 – 16:00 Refreshments


Session Two
Regional Upstream Developments: East Mediterranean
16:00 – 17:30

  • What are the natural gas export options for Cyprus? How can Cyprus fulfil its hydrocarbon potential?

  • What is the current climate for investors in Lebanon? How can licensing strategies deliver the necessary investment?

  • What is the scale of potential offshore resources in the eastern Mediterranean?

  • Are oil and gas exports likely to be a catalyst for change in the region’s geopolitics?

Chair
Dr Valérie Marcel, Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House   

Speakers

Dr Stelios Himonas, Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Cyprus

Wissam Zahabi, Board Member, Head of Economic and Finance Department, Petroleum Administration, Lebanon

Moderated panel discussion

Dr Stelios Himonas, Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Cyprus

Wissam Zahabi, Board Member, Head of Economic and Finance Department, Petroleum Administration, Lebanon

Professor Jonathan Redfern, Chair of Petroleum Geoscience, University of Manchester

Dr Carole Nakhle, Energy Economist, Surrey Energy Economics Centre 

Anastasios Giamouridis, Senior Consultant, Pöyry Management Consulting

   
17:30 End of day one and drinks reception hosted by BP


Tuesday 28 January 2014
09:00

Session Three | Energy Outlook in Iraq
09:00 – 11:15

  • How well placed is Iraq to meet growing global demand for oil and gas?

  • How can Iraq’s energy resources help to achieve economic diversification?

  • What is the role of international companies in achieving oil production targets in Iraq?

  • How is the ongoing conflict in Syria affecting the region? What are the effects on Iraq and its energy ambitions?

Chair
David Butter, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House

Keynote Addresses
HE Dr Hussain al-Shahristani, Deputy Prime Minister for Energy, Republic of Iraq (on the record)
Questions and discussion

HE Thamir Ghadhban, Chairman of the Advisory Commission to the Prime Minister, Republic of Iraq
Questions and discussion

Speakers
Majid Jafar, CEO, Crescent Petroleum

Husni Hersho Al-Barazi, Independent expert

Dr Jennifer Coolidge, Executive Director, CMX Caspian and Gulf Consultants Limited   

11:15 – 11:45 Refreshments


Session Four
Managing Transition in North Africa
11:45 – 13:30

  • What are the prospects for the hydrocarbons sector in Algeria?

  • What role can global institutions and investors play in North Africa?

  • How can Egypt achieve political and financial stability?

  • How is foreign aid money reshaping North African governance frameworks?

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

Speakers

Ali Hached, Senior Adviser to the Minister of Energy and Mines, Algeria

Leonardo Bellodi, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs, Eni SpA
   
David Butter, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House

Jon Marks, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House   

13:30 End of conference and lunch

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

Our previous MENA energy conferences saw delegates from companies and institutions such as:

Accenture
Aramco
Barclays Capital
BG Group
BMCE Bank International plc
BP plc
Cairn Energy plc
Centre for Global Energy Studies
Centrica plc
Chevron Ltd
Citigroup Global Markets Ltd
Clifford Chance LLP
CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
Control Risks
Crescent Petroleum International Ltd
Deloitte
Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
Deutsche Bank
DLA Piper
DNO International ASA
Dun and Bradstreet (D&B)
Energy Charter Secretariat
Energy Industries Council
Eni S.p.A
ExxonMobil International Ltd
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
FTI Consulting Ltd
GDF Suez
Genel Energy
General Electric Int Operations Co
Global CCS Institute
GPW
Gulf Keystone Petroleum UK Ltd
Heritage Oil and Gas
Hess Ltd
HKN Energy
HSBC Holdings plc
International Energy Agency (IEA)
Intsok
Iraq Energy Institute
JETRO
JOGMEC London
KPMG LLP
Kuwait Petroleum Cooperation
Linklaters
London School of Economics
Maersk Oil & Gas
Marathon Oil Corporation
Mayer Brown
Medley Global Advisors LLC (MGA)
Mitsubishi Corporation International (Europe) plc
Mitsui & Co Europe plc
Montrose Associates
Morgan Stanley
Nexen Petroleum Uk Ltd
Olayan Europe Ltd
OPEC Fund for International Development
Petra Energia SA
Petroceltic International plc
Petrofac Group
Polish Oil and Gas Company
Poyry Energy Consulting
Premier Oil plc
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Repsol YPF
Rolls-Royce plc
Royal Dutch Shell
RPS Energy
Saudi Aramco
Saudi Petroleum Overseas Ltd
Standard Chartered Bank
Statoil ASA
Total SA
Toyota Motor Europe
Tullow Oil plc
UK Energy Industry Council
Union of Oil and Gas Producers of Russia
Vitol
Warburg Pincus International LLC
WorleyParsons Europe