In keeping with the intensity of World Petroleum Congresses of the past, the Oilholic’s first two days here have been – well – intense. The 20th WPC opened with customary aplomb on Dec 4th with an opening ceremony where feeding 5,000 delegates was a bit slow but the Qatari Philharmonic Orchestra tried its best to perk things up and make up for it.
When things began in earnest on Dec 5th – the Oilholic was spoiled for choice on what to and not to blog about and finding the time for it. Beginning with our hosts, in his inaugural address to Congress, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar highlighted that the event was being held in the Middle East for the first time; a wrong has been right – after all the region exports bulk of the world’s oil.
Welcoming and thanking aside, the Emir made a very important point about why cooperation here among crude importers and exporters is really necessary now more than ever.
“The growing needs for oil and gas requires enormous investments by the exporting countries. The financing of these investments and securing their profitability require the most accurate information possible about the factors affecting the global demand for oil & gas to reduce the degree of risk that these investments may be subjected to,” he said.
“It is not reasonable to ask the Exporting Countries to meet the future needs for these two commodities while at the same time the consumer countries carryout unilateral activities that augment the risks facing these investments,” the Emir concludes. Well said sir – consumers need to get their act together too.
Three of the biggest consumers are here in full force, i.e. the US, Indian and Chinese delegations; the size of latter’s delegation rivals even the Qatari participation. Completing the BRICs – Brazil and Russia are here seeking partners. Lukoil is looking to expand via investments while Rosneft is seeking a greater interaction with Norway’s Statoil. Brazilian behemoth Petrobras has been flagging its wares including details about the presence of oil at a prospection well (4-BRSA-994-RJS), located in Campos Basin, in the area known as Marlin Complex.
The well, commonly known as Tucura, lies between the production fields of Voador and Marlim, at a water depth of 523 meters. Located 98 km from the shore of Rio de Janeiro State, the well is 3km from Marlin's Field and 2.3 km from the P-20 platform. The discovery was confirmed by sampling in post-salt rock in a reservoir located at a water depth of 2,694 meters.
It follows Petrobras’ confirmation on Nov. 23 about the presence of a good quality oil in well (4-BRSA-1002-SPS), in south Santos Basin, in an area known as Tiro and Sidon. Petrobras CEO José Sergio Gabrielli de Azevedo is busy outlining future plans and the company's activities in Brazil and in the world.
It seems the Brazilian major intends to invest US$225 billion between 2011 and 2015 with almost 60% of this going towards exploration and production projects.
Gabrielli highlighted Brazil as one of the largest and fastest growing markets in the world in terms of oil consumption. By way of comparison, Brazil's annual oil consumption in 2010 was up 2.1%, in contrast to a decline of 0.04% in OECD countries for the same period.
More later; keep reading, keep it crude!
© Gaurav Sharma 2011. Photo: 20th World Petroleum Congress Opening Ceremony & Dinner, Dec 4th, 2011 © Gaurav Sharma 2011.