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Global HSE Conference Attracts Industry’s Top Influencers

Upstream HSE innovators convene in Abu Dhabi 16-18 April

Serving the industry for more than 25 years, the SPE International Conference on Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility (HSSE-SR) has been the E&P industry’s premier international event to highlight HSE best practices and challenges. The conference builds on its legacy to secure “Continuing HSSE-SR Excellence for a Sustainable Future.”

This year, the conference returns to the Middle East region for the second time in its history. Taking place 16–18 April at the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, in Abu Dhabi, UAE, the event features more than 200 speakers who will discuss the latest developments, case studies, best practices, and industry trends.

“The changed global business environment has challenged the oil and gas sector globally in many ways, requiring our industry to effectively manage cost and seize new opportunities to unlock and create value,” said Abdulla Al Marzooqi, Manager, Group Health, Safety and Environment Unit, ADNOC, and Conference Chair. “At the same time, our sector is acutely aware that if there is one area not to be compromised on it is HSE.

“HSE has and will continue to remain the industry’s utmost priority, not only because it is the right thing to do but also because HSE makes solid business sense.”

This conference is unique within the upstream industry because it brings together global professionals working in all areas of health, safety, and environment to share new techniques, compliance strategies, and community engagement approaches. Upstream HSE professionals have numerous presentations, technical sessions and panel discussions.

The influential speaker panel includes:

  • Abdulmunim Saif Al Kindy, Director, Upstream Directorate, ADNOC
  • Abdulla Al Marzooqi, Manager, Group Health, Safety and Environment Unit, ADNOC, and Conference Chair
  • Khalid A. Zainalabedin, SPE Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa, Saudi Aramco
  • Dawood M. Al-Dawood, Vice President, Northern Area Oil Operations, Saudi Aramco
  • Ali Al Jarwan, Chief Executive Officer, Dragon Oil, and Managing Director, ENOC Exploration and Production
  • Fuzzy Bitar, Head of Global Operations, Upstream, BP
  • Ahmed Kenawi, Senior Vice President, Middle East and North Africa Region, Halliburton
  • Jack Hinton, Chief Health, Safety, and Environment Officer, Baker Hughes, a GE company, and Programme Co-Chair

“This is an opportunity that each of us has to be a voice in the room,” Jack Hinton said, “to help really shape where the industry goes and to really understand what are the issues that we need to tackle. And I think that one of the upsides of the conference is that we try to structure it so you don’t just come and you’re fed, you’re just given stuff. There’s an opportunity to influence where the industry goes.”

Session topics include Leadership and Collaboration/Governance/HSE across the Value Chain; Climate Change and Sustainable Development—Why Upstream Oil and Gas is a Major Player?; Human Factors and Learning from Incidents; and Labour Welfare Standards and Global Best Practices, to name a few. The parallel exhibition will feature participation from leading oil and gas, and HSE organisations, showcasing the latest technologies, services, and products.

School and university students looking to embark on a career in the oil and gas industry will participate in bespoke programmes and activities. The Energy4me student workshop will focus on students, aged 16 to 17, with the aim to engage them in STEM-related subjects. The university programme features events like Oil and Gas: Expat-ations of Living Abroad; Student Sustainability Challenge: Harnessing Sustainability through HSSE; SPE Cares x Emirates Environmental Group (EEG): One Root, One Communi-Tree; and the Career Pathways Fair.

Sponsors include ADNOC (Host Organisation), Baker Hughes, a GE company, and Saudi Aramco (Principal Sponsors), Schlumberger (Titanium Sponsor), Halliburton (Delegate Bags Sponsor), Dragon Oil, ENOC, ExxonMobil, and Shell (Platinum Sponsors), Total (Gold Sponsor), ERM and PETRONAS (Silver Sponsors), BP (Bronze Sponsor), and Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Associate Sponsor). HSE Now is the Official Media Supporter.

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