The conference was opened by Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and was addressed by Taner Yildiz, Turkey’s Energy Minister. It was also attended by Fuad Hussein, President Barzani’s Chief of Staff, Atheel al- Nujaifi, the Governor of Ninewah, Ali Sindi, the Minister of Planning, Ali Saeed, the Minister of Higher Education, Safeen Dizayee, the KRG spokesperson, the former KRG Prime Minister Barham Salih, members of Iraqi parliament’s oil and energy committee, the advisor to Iran’s oil minister, former British ambassadors William Patey and Sir Jeremy Greenstock, Alexander Dyukov, chief executive of Gazprom Neft, as well as former and current KRG officials and ministers.
The conference’s second day also focused on integrating technological innovations to support future growth and enhancing upstream investment in the oil and gas industry.
The discussions on the first day focused on fostering oil and gas reserves, exploration and production successes and future plans, and using energy to develop the wider Kurdish economy.
Several pre-conference workshops were also held, focusing on Petroleum law, infrastructure contracts, oil fields services techniques, logistics and local recruitment.
Now in its third year, the Kurdistan Iraq Oil & Gas conference brought together decision makers and prominent figures to discuss the major opportunities and challenges as the Kurdistan Region’s oil and gas sector undergoes rapid expansion.
The four-day gathering finished today, 4 December, with a visit of Kurdistan’s energy projects, which provided an opportunity to see the region’s potential and how the world’s last great onshore frontier is attracting the oil majors and meet the leaders and experts of the industry face to face.