World Petroleum Congress : Madrid
will play host to the most influential international congress
in the hydrocarbons industry between 29 June and 3 July,
10 22 07
Mayor of Madrid, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, and Antonio Brufau, Chairman & CEO
of Repsol YPF, the Host Sponsor of the 19th World Petroleum
Congress, yesterday unveiled the 19th World Petroleum Congress
to take place in Madrid between 29 June and 3 July, 2008.
The World Petroleum Congress is the largest international
gathering in the oil and gas industry. Governments, national
and international oil companies and representatives of
international institutions and suppliers of goods and services
worldwide will come together in Madrid to discuss the future
of the industry.
Congress to be held in Spain will commemorate the 75th
anniversary of the World Petroleum Council, the not
for profit organisation that promotes the congress and
was created in 1933. The World Petroleum Council, made
up of 60 countries that account for over 95% of global
economic activity, acts as a forum for discussing issues
facing the oil industry and is strictly apolitical. The
WPC is dedicated to the application of scientific advances
in the oil and gas industries, to technology transfer and
to the use of the world’s petroleum resources for
the benefit of mankind.
The official slogan for the 19th World Petroleum Congress,
A Word in Transition: Delivering Energy for Sustainable
Growth, reflects industry efforts to ensure ongoing, affordable,
sustainable and environmentally-friendly supply.
Mayor of Madrid, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, summed
up the significance of this event as follows: “If
there is one issue that attracts worldwide attention at
present, that issue is energy, both because it is vital
to progress and because of the role its production and
consumption plays in a model predicated on sustainable
development”. An event which, with oil prices hitting
an all-time high last Monday, will “focus the attention
of analysts worldwide on Madrid, a city destined to become
a global metropolis”.
Ruiz-Gallardón added data to explain Madrid’s “committed
interest” in this Congress. In Spain over 50% of
energy consumption comes from oil while a further 15% comes
from natural gas, both imported products, a phenomenon
which makes “Spain’s economic variables highly
sensitive to price variations”.
Madrid is not only a consumer, it also generates oil
derived wealth in industries such as the pharmaceuticals
industry, which contributes 8% of manufacturing value-added
generated by the city. “Even still, the energy sector
alone – the source of 20% of the capital’s
industrial output – is the highest contributor to
Madrid GDP, not because of generation but rather the strategic
and management activities undertaken by large players.
Repsol YPF and Cepsa, like 52% of Spain’s oil companies
with over 500 employees, are headquartered in Madrid”.
Brufau, Chairman & CEO of Repsol YPF, the
Host Sponsor of the 19th World Petroleum Congress, thanked
the Mayor of Madrid for the institutional support provided,
facilitating the hosting of the Congress in Madrid 14 years
after it was last hosted in Europe: “Madrid’s
candidacy was promoted by a group of Spanish companies
under the auspices of the Spanish Energy Club, who were
provided the indispensable official and institutional support
required to host an event of this magnitude”. His
Royal Majesty Juan Carlos I personally expressed his support
for the Congress, committing to officially inaugurate the
the words of Brufau, “the 19th World Petroleum
Congress is an opportunity for the Spanish oil and gas
industry to showcase its current paradigm and future plans” against
a backdrop in which “the oil industry will pronounce
its full commitment to the principles of sustainable development”.
Brufau highlighted that the sector’s performance
in Spain in recent years positioned the country as a candidate
to host the event. He also referred to other pressing issues
such as deregulation of the oil and gas market, corporate
internationalisation, the spin-off of generation and distribution
activities and the significant levels of investment required
to diversify oil and gas sources and thereby ensure uninterrupted
supply, “Spain stands out for its technological developments
in reducing environmental damage and for research into
and the use of renewable sources of energy such as bio
fuels, photovoltaic solar energy and wind energy”.
19th World Petroleum Congress will be held between 29
June and 3 July, 2008 at Madrid’s IFEMA Congress
Centre and is expected to draw some 4,500 attendees, of
which 3,500 will be delegates. The Congress will be structured
into multiple sessions dealing with issues ranging from
general matters of utmost importance to the latest technological
developments in the sector. Over the course of the event
there will be round table debates, forums and key note
presentations made by the world’s leading experts.
In addition to plenary, technical and ministerial sessions,
the Congress will touch on sensitive issues for society
such as Water, Corporate Social Responsibility, Women and
Youth in the oil sector. For the first time in the history
of the Congress, women and youth will have a special section.
it always does, the World Petroleum Congress has called
upon all professionals, experts, researchers and students
from the energy industry interested in sharing their knowledge
and experience with the event’s participants to send
in their proposals. The deadline for Call for Papers was
last 15 October. Over 1,500 abstracts were received from
180 companies and 215 training and research institutions
across 57 countries. Three hundred will be selected to
participate in the presentations making up the Technical
Program and a further two hundred for the Poster Plaza.
In parallel to the Congress, the World Petroleum Exhibition
(WPE) and the Global Business Opportunities Centre (GBOC)
Exhibition will be held in an exhibition space covering
20,000 m2 located in three IFEMA pavilions.
The World Petroleum Exhibition will feature the largest
sector players as well as a large number of media from
all five continents in the Media Village.
All the member nations of the World Petroleum Council
and certain state companies will have the opportunity to
showcase their petroleum industries to delegates, exhibitors
and visitors at the Global Business Opportunities Centre.
The GBOC will also house the Poster Plaza, the Social Responsibility
Area and the Youth Stand.
Exhibitors have displayed unprecedented interest in the
Congress, as witnessed by the fact that 70% of the exhibition
space has already been booked.
19th WPC Spanish Organising Committee office:
Tel.: 34 91 745 30 68
Press Office for the 19th WPC:
Tel: 34 91 575 45 05
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