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The Gulf Intelligence Oman Energy Forum - Oct. 21st 2013

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Date:  October 21st 2013

Venue: Al Bustan Palace, Muscat, Oman

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Forum Theme: "The Sultanate: Pioneering in the Energy World"

Oman has taken a pioneering role in the energy world, leading on the application of enhanced oil recovery (EOR) techniques to stem and reverse a decline in domestic oil production, and listing the Oman crude futures contract on Dubai's DME to establish it as pricing benchmark for the Asian Market. The sultanate's global standing has been bolstered in recent years by its strategic location on the crossroads of the emerging south-south energy corridor that will connect Africa, the Middle East and Asia, providing a platform for oman to exploit its strengths and resources. At Home, the sultanate is seeking to develop its energy sector from upstream to as downstream as manufacturing and shipping as part of its in-country-value (ICV) creation strategy that aims at diversifying the local economy and creating jobs, as well as attracting international investment and know how. What is the short, medium and long term outlook for Oman's external ambitions? Can the country continue to play a pioneering role in the global energy industry?

Forum Special Guests

HE Dr. Mohammed Hamad Al Rumhy, Minister of Oil & Gas, Sultanate of Oman and Chairman of Petroleum Development Oman (PDO)

HE Mohammed Hamad Al Rumhy is presently the Minister of Oil and Gas, Sultanate of Oman. He graduated from Imperial College, London from 1980 and he was awarded B.SC.  In Tulsa University, Oklahoma,  USA from 1982-1983 with a M.S. From 1986-1990 he studied at Imperial College, London, with a PH.D.  Furthermore, HE Al Rumhy holds Awards from Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun. HE Al-Rumhy has also worked for P.D.O.-(Petroleum Development Oman) from 1980-1986 as a Petroleum Engineer. From 1990-1997 HE worked for Sultan Qaboos University, Oman, College of Engineering as Ass.Professor. He is holding a number of academic positions. Since December 1997, he became the Minister of Oil and Gas. He is also Chairman of PDO Board of Directors, Chairman of ORPIC (Oman Refineries & Petrochemical Industrial Company), and Chairman of Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).

HE Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah , President of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority , Qatar

Born in the State of Qatar in 1952, HE Abdulla Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry holding numerous senior positions in the Ministry of Finance & Petroleum and Ministry of Energy & Industry. In September 1992, HE was appointed Minister of Energy and Industry, State of Qatar, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Managing Director of Qatar Petroleum. In 1998, HE was appointed Chairman of the Planning Council, in the State of Qatar, while retaining his other posts. From January 1999 to April 2000 he was appointed as Minister of Energy, Industry, Electricity and Water. In September 2003, HE was appointed Second Deputy Premier, while retaining his post as Minister of Energy & Industry. On April 3, 2007, HE was appointed Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy & Industry. On January 18, 2011 he was appointed Chairman of the Emiri Diwan, while retaining his post as Deputy Prime Minister. On November 30, 2011 he was appointed President of the Administrative Control & Transparency Authority while retaining his post as Deputy Prime Minister.      

HE Abdalla Salem El-Badri, OPEC Secretary General

HE Abdalla Salem El-Badri was appointed OPEC Secretary General on 1 January 2007. He began his oil industry career with Esso Standard (now ExxonMobil) in 1965 after studies in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance and Management in the United States and Libya. In 1977, he became a member of the Board of Directors of Libya’s Umm Al-Jawaby Oil Company, moving on to become Chairman of the Waha Oil Company (a joint venture company between the Libyan National Oil Company, Conoco, Amerada Hess and Marathon Oil) in 1980. In 1983, he became Chairman of the Libyan National Oil Company, before being made Minister of Petroleum in 1990. His ministerial career continued with his appointment as Minister of Energy, Oil and Electricity (1993-2000) and Deputy Prime Minister (2000-2004), before he returned to the chairmanship of the Libyan National Oil Company (2004-2006). During the latter half of 1994, he was both President and Secretary General of OPEC, and again served as its president in 1996 and 1997. He has been a frequent speaker at numerous international industry events. In 2013 he was awarded The Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Energy Award for the Lifetime Achievement for the Contribution to the Advancement of OPEC.

Forum Feature Guests   

Dr. Aldo Flores-Quiroga, Secretary General, International Energy Forum (IEF)

Aldo Flores-Quiroga is Secretary General of the IEF since January 2012. The EIF is the neutral facilitator of the global energy dialogue. Promoting energy security for all, the EIF engages Ministers and experts from its 89 member countries, which together represent 90% of the world oil and gas market, in a structured conversation on the world's key energy challenges. Strongly committed to market data transparency the EIF also coordinates the Joint Organisations Data Initiative (JODI), in which  it collaborates with six other organisations to deliver timely and credible data for oil market analysis. Before joining the IEF Dr. Flores-Quiroga served in the Mexican government as Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at the Ministry of Energy, and as Assistant Secretary for Bilateral Economic Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was also a professor of political economy at the Claremont Graduate University in California. He studied Economics at the Autonomous University of Nuevo Le ó n, in Mexico and earned his Ph.D in Political Science-International Political Economy , at the University of California, Los Angeles.

HE Nasser Bin Khamis Al Jashmi, Chairman and Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Oil & Gas, for the Government of Oman

Nasser Al Jashmi graduated from The American University in Washington DC with a master degree in Applied Economics and a Diploma in Development Management. Nasser Al Jashmi joined the services of the Government of Oman in July 1989 at the office of the Deputy Prime Minister for Financial and Economic Affairs and served there in different capacities such as, Financial Researcher; Director of the Department of Committees and Councils. In 1997 he was appointed as the Director General of Budgets and Contracts at the Ministry of Finance. In February 2003, Nasser Al Jashmi was appointed as the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Oil & Gas by His Majesty the Sultan of Oman. Nasser Al Jashmi is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the state owned Oman Oil Company, OMRAN, Qalhat LNG, Saraya Bandar Jissah, and Sohar International Development Company. He is also the Chairman of the Joint Management Committees of Oxy Mukhaizna, Oxy Oman- Block 9 and BP Khazan Makrim Fields. In addition, Nasser Al Jashmi represents the Government of Oman at the Board of Directors of several companies, such as Petroleum Development Oman and Oman Shipping Company. He is also Board Member of the Public Authority for Electricity and Water. In the past, Nasser Al Jashmi served on the Board of Directors of banks, investment firms and various companies in aviation, oil and gas, refining and petrochemical sectors. These banks and companies are the Central Bank of Oman, Oman International Bank, Pak Oman Investment Company, Oman Aviation Services, Oman Refinery Company, BG Oman and Oman Petrochemical Industries Company, Oman LNG and Oman Gas Company.

Hon. Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Minister of Petroleum Industries, Sri Lanka

Hon. Anura Priyadarshana Yapa is the Present Minister of Petroleum Industries of Sri Lanka. He is a Vice President of Sri Lanka Freedom Party which is the chief coalition Partner of the Government. An Attorney - at - Law by profession, Mr.Yapa contested the Local Government Election in 1993 and was appointed Hon. Minister of Health and Childcare in the North Western Province Provincial Council. He was elected as a Member of Parliament in 1994.  He has held several Cabinet Folios to include Minister of Environment, Minister of Mass Media and Information, Minister of Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion and Minister of Plantation Industries. As Minister of Mass Media and Information he initiated several development work such as; to construct a 174 meters tall multi - Purpose Tower in Kokavil to facilitate the Television, Radio and Telephone services of the war torn Northern Province, Introducing of National Media Policy for Sri Lanka and also the establishment of “Mahinda Rajapaksha National Tele Cinema Park” for filming of  tele/cinema productions. As the Minister of Environment he initiated the One Million National Tree Planting Programme for 3 consecutive years to mark the “International Environment Day”. Besides he served as the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee of the Parliament of Sri Lanka for several years.


Jay Pearson, VP Business Development, Integrated Energy Services, Petrofac 

Jay graduated with an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering before starting work as a commissioning engineer and then embarking on a 30 year career with British Petroleum (now BP). BP took Jay to live and work in a number of different locations both inside and outside of London (namely, Johannesburg, Tokyo, Baku, Moscow and Abu Dhabi) while handling different responsibilities that have included – technical sales support, business development, marketing, trading, operations, inter-governmental negotiations in addition to reputation and risk management. Jay joined Petrofac in March 2012 and has been leading their efforts, especially in the Middle East and North Africa, to develop new businesses that integrate the various services offered by the company.

Christopher Fix, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Mercantile Exchange

Christopher Fix joined DME as Chief Executive Officer on August 26, 2012. Following a highly successful career spanning 20 years with BNP Paribas, Christopher brings a wealth of experience to the Exchange. Christopher is spearheading the DME’s strategic development and is leading the exchange towards closer ties with oil producers, customers and the financial community, with particular focus on the DME’s core target market of Asia. Christopher and his family moved to Dubai from Singapore, where Christopher was BNPP’s Head of Marketing for Commodity Futures APAC for three years. During this time Christopher‘s desk increased its customer base in Asia four-fold, an achievement which led to the desk being named Energy Risk's Energy Broker of the Year, Asia in 2011. An American by birth, Christopher is a consummate linguist and speaks fluent French, excellent Mandarin and conversational  Russian. 

James McCallum, Chief Executive Officer, Senergy

In 2005, James McCallum became CEO and co-founder of Senergy. He is responsible for providing direction and leadership to implement Senergy’s strategy and achieve its vision – to be one of the most respected brands associated with the supply and delivery of energy. James has over 20 years’ experience in well engineering, well construction management and business management, including 14 years with UK and international operators. He was founder and president of the North Sea’s leading turnkey wells project management company, GMIS, an active member of the joint industry/UK government task force scheme Pilot from 1997–2002, and co-creator of Scotland’s renewable energy task force FREDS. James is also a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers and Professor of Energy at Strathclyde University.

Forum Title Partner

Oman Oil Company S.A.O.C (OOC) is a commercial company wholly owned by the Government of the Sultanate of Oman. The Company was incorporated in 1996 to pursue investment opportunities in the energy sector both inside and outside Oman. Oman Oil Company makes a significant contribution to the Sultanate’s aim of strategically diversifying the national economy by investing across a variety of industrial and commercial activities. Currently, Oman Oil Company’s domestic and international investment portfolio includes oil and natural gas exploration and production, energy infrastructure, metals, petrochemicals, refining and marketing of oil products, electricity generation in addition to marine shipping. Complementing its local knowledge with industrial expertise, OOC has led the way with 40 investments in 11 countries, of which over 50% are based locally. Beyond energy production is OOC’s human capital unit named Takatuf, which identifies and fills necessary positions in the companies by providing scholarships and specialized training to young Omanis as well as training employees of OOC and its subsidiaries. The direct employment created is more than 7,000 jobs within Oman. OOC plays a key role in the Sultanate's efforts to diversify the Omani economy through developing and investing in profitable businesses within Oman and nternationally, creating meaningful employment within Oman, growing human capital and maximizing value from Oman’s natural resources. As the energy sector is constantly changing, Oman Oil Company is well positioned to guide the way forward in innovative energy alt ernatives for a sustainable future.
Mulham Al Jarf, Deputy Chief Executive Officer , Oman Oil Company
Mulham Al Jarf is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Oman Oil Company. He has been the Company’s Deputy CEO since 2004 and was previously Legal Counsel and Head of Project Finance at the company. Armed with over 16 years of legal, international business and finance experience, Mr. Al Jarf has been directly involved in achieving Oman Oil Company’s goal in identifying investment opportunities in the energy sector both inside and outside Oman. In his capacity as Deputy CEO, Mr. Al Jarf is responsible for overseeing the company’s various business units and subsidiaries while implementing the Company’s vision to support the diversificationof the Omani economy. Since assuming his role as Deputy CEO, Mr. Al Jarf has successfully participated and led many of the Company’s investments in Oman and overseas. Previously, Al Jarf was Legal Officer at Oman Gas Company SAOC, Legal Researcher at Ministry of Oil and Gas, and Legal Researcher and Business Planning Officer at General Telecommunications Company (now Omantel.) Mr. Al Jarf contributes to the business community as the Chairman of Sohar Aluminium Company LLC, Salalah Methanol Company LLC, and Oman Tank Terminal Company LLC. He is the Vice Chairman of Oman Oil Marketing Company SAOG and Gulf Energy Maritime PJSC as well as the Director of Duqm Refinery and Petrochemical Industries Company LLC, Oman Arab Bank SAOC and Hungarian Oil and Gas Public Limited (MOL Plc.). He holds a Business Administration Bachelor’s Degree in International Business and is a Barrister-at-Law of the Bar of England and Wales. He is also a member of The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn.

Forum Industry Partners

Oman Shipping Company S.A.O.C (OSC) is a closed joint stock company, incorporated in 2003 and owned by the Government of the Sultanate of Oman through the Ministry of Finance (80%) and Oman Oil Company S.A.O.C (20%). Headquartered in Muscat, Oman.OmanShipping Company was established to transport the Sultanate’s oil and gas products to world markets.Providing Omani shipping services to the country’s trade partners in other commodities, and to re-vitalize Oman’s long standing and proud seafaring tradition. The company has since diversified into Crude Oil,Chemical Dry Bulk, LPG Container and General Cargo market segments. The Company is involved in ship owning, chartering and management activities through its subsidiary companies: Oman Charter Company S.A.O.C Oman Ship Management Company S.A.O.C. and Oman Container line S.A OSC is currently operating a total fleet of 43 vessels of approximately 7.8 million DWT; this number is expected to increase to approximately 8 million DWT by 2014. Oman Ship Management company has to date undertaken the technical management of 23 vessels,comprising of 5 LNG vessels, 6VLCCs, 4VLOCs, 3LPG vessels, 2Methanol carriers, 1 chemical Tanker, 1 Multi purpose vesseland1 MR Tanker. Going forward, OSC has plans to bring more of its vessels under OSMC’s technical management. In September 2011, OSMC was awarded ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 accreditation, recognizing its adoption of international standards and best practices in Ship Management.   
Tarik Al Junaidi, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Oman Shipping Company S.A.O.C (OSC)
Tarik Al Junaidi joined OSC in 2005 and before he was promoted to Deputy CEO, he was the Head of Commercial, including business development.  Prior to joining OSC, he worked for HSBC, in Financial Planning and Global Enterprise looking after Sales and Marketing. In terms of education, he recently completed  an Executive MBA in Shipping, Finance, and Offshore from BI Management School in Norway and Nantong Technical University in Singapore. Prior to this, in 2004, he completed an MBA from The University of Western Australia, after graduating from The Florida Atlantic University, USA with a BSc. in International Business & Marketing .  
Shell Development Oman LLC provides a central point for the co-ordination and management of Shell’s activities and interests in the Sultanate of Oman. As one of the world’s leading energy companies, Shell plays a key role in helping to meet the world’s growing energy demand in economically, environmentally and socially responsible ways. Shell Development Oman LLC employs 45 people and is involved in managing relationships with its key stakeholders and associated joint ventures in Oman. In addition to being involved in research and development, Shell Development Oman manages and executes extensive social investment programmes that contribute to the sustainable development of the country.
John Blascos, Vice President (VP) & Country Chairman Oman, Shell Development Oman LLC
John Blascos is currently Shell VP Oman and Shell Country Chairman Oman since October 2009. His previous role was as head of Deal Delivery in New Business based in The Hague. John has worked in a variety of technical and commercial roles (involving technical and commercial aspects of both Oil and Gas) across the globe from, North and West Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. John has performed these roles in both small and large operating areas globally, gaining a breadth and depth of insight in the Oil and Gas business. John studied engineering at Cambridge (1982), is a Petroleum Engineer by background and has broadened with an MBA. He joined Shell in 1982.
Daleel Petroleum L.L.C.    is one of the leading oil producing companies in the Sultanate of Oman. It is a 50/50 joint venture registered in Oman between Mezoon Petrogas SAOC (Subsidiary of MB holding and Mezoon Petrogas BVI (Subsidiary of China National Petroleum corporation). The company was formed during the second half of 2002. Daleel Petroleum is involved in exploration, appraisal and production of hydrocarbon reserves located in Block 5, onshore Oman approximately 450 km North West of Muscat . The activities in Block 5 are governed by a Petroleum Agreement (PA) with the Government of the Sultanate of Oman.

Moza Al Adawy, Chief Operations Officer (COO), Daleel Petroleum LLC
Moza Al Adawy is the Chief Operations Officer (COO) in Daleel Petroleum L.L.C. She holds an MSc degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southern California in USA and has thirty years work experience in the oil and gas industry. During her career she worked with Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) as a Reservoir Engineer for eight years prior to moving to the Ministry of Oil and Gas, initially as a Petroleum Engineering Expert and later as the Director General of Oil & Gas Development and Production. After completing sixteen years with the Ministry Moza joined Daleel Petroleum in 2006.    

Oman Trading International Company Ltd. (OTI) is located in the Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. OTI was jointly founded in 2006 by the Oman Oil Company and the Vitol Group; two formidable forces that have carved a niche for themselves in the global energy market. OTI’s key role is to trade oil, petroleum products, petrochemicals and carbon emissions in the global market place through its extensive trading & marketing network. With 5 offices in the Middle East, Asia and Europe, OTI has established a global footprint that has enabled it to reach key markets and add value to its stakeholders, shareholders and customers. OTI actively buys, sells and delivers crude and the full suite of refined products including petrochemicals all around the world, with a significant presence in trading markets across the Middle East, Far East Asia, the Indian subcontinent and in Europe, with counterparties based all around the world.
Talal Al-Awfi, CEO, Oman Trading International
Talal Al Awfi is Currently the CEO of Oman Trading International, the joint venture company between Oman Oil Company and Vitol. He holds nearly 15 years of experience in oil and petrochemical marketing and trading. He held several key positions including Directorship of the Marketing Department at the Ministry of Oil and Gas during his tenure he helped set up several key companies and activities including Oman Shipping Company and Oman's third LNG Train, thereafter he joined Oman Oil Company, the investment arm of the government in the energy sector where he was involved in Project Management position, thereafter initiated and help set-up Oman Trading International in 2005, now a recognised energy trading company in the region. He has been an active Board member of several companies covering diverse fields in the oil industry such as Oil production, refining, trading, shipping and petroleum distribution. Mr.  Al Awfi holds a BSc (Hons) in Business and Finance in addition to a Masters Degree in Marketing (MSc) from Manchester UK.
Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY) is an international oil and gas exploration and production company, and its OxyChem subsidiary is a major North American chemical manufacturer. The third-largest U.S. oil and gas company, based on equity market capitalization as of June 30, 2012, Oxy has more than 40,000 employees and contractors in the United States, the Middle East/North Africa and Latin America. Over one-third of Oxy’s production comes from the Middle East region, where the company has been an active investor for more than four decades. Oxy is one of the largest oil producers in Oman and the second-largest oil producer offshore Qatar. Oxy is a partner in the Dolphin Gas Project — the premier transborder natural gas project in the Middle East, serving markets in the UAE and Oman — and is partnering with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) on the Al Hosn Gas Project to develop one of the largest gas fields in the Middle East. The company also has operations in Bahrain, Yemen, Iraq and Libya. Oxy is committed to safeguarding the environment, protecting the safety and health of employees and neighboring communities and upholding high standards of social responsibility throughout the company’s worldwide operations field.
Isam Al Zadjali, President and General Manager, Occidental of Oman Inc.
Isam Al Zadjali joined Oxy in 2001 and has held a series of positions of increasing responsibility. He was promoted to the position of President and General Manager in Aug 2009. Prior to his current role, Mr Al Zadjali served as Deputy General Manager of Occidental Oman  since 2006. Isam joined the company from the Oman Ministry of Oil and Gas where held various jobs of increasing responsibilities such as the Director of Oil and Gas Operations and Director of Drilling. Isam was seconded to Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) where he worked as Wellsite Drilling Engineer and Drilling engineer at the Coast. Isam has a degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Pennsylvania State University  in 1992.

Forum Producer - TheGulfIntelligence.Com

Gulf Intelligence facilitates knowledge exchange between stakeholders. The strategic communications and public affairs consultancy produces boutique industry forums and roundtable discussion series globally with an architecture that ensures all participants engage in a dynamic and competitive exchange of knowledge towards a shared goal. The Dubai-based firm assists Middle East companies and government entities to tap dormant intelligence and create knowledge reservoirs that can be utilized to bolster their profiles, to communicate with stakeholders and to overwhelm competitors.

Forum Chairman - Sean Evers

Mr. Evers is founder and Managing Partner of Gulf Intelligence. Sean has spent his career building ground-breaking media enterprises, starting with the award winning Punchbag Productions across Britain and Ireland, securing top award at the 1992 Edinburgh Festival. In the mid-1990s Sean Evers was appointed Cairo correspondent for The Financial Times. In 1997 he was recruited by Bloomberg to open up the Middle East commencing in the UA,E and over the following decade he built-out the U.S. media company’s regional network of bureaus from Cairo to Tehran, culminating in 2008 in Dubai being designated as the firm’s fourth global hub. He attained a BA in Politics & Economics from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana in 1988, and went on to secure his LLB law degree at the National University of Galway, Ireland.

Forum Master of Ceremonies - Dyala Sabbagh

Dyala, who has presented the BBC and CNBC’s signature Middle East business shows, is a much sought after Moderator and Master of Ceremonies for government, corporate and charity events across the region, that have included special guests U.S. President Bill Clinton, Queen Rania of Jordan and Sir Bob Geldof. During her print and broadcast career, Dyala has interviewed a cross-section of business and political leaders. Ms. Sabbagh’s  combination of a U.K. public school education with Lebanese origins, international broadcast experience, and fluency in Arabic and English, has seen her emerge as a face of the modern Middle East. Dyala started her career in banking with Credit Suisse First Boston and moved onto media. Dyala is a partner in Gulf Intelligence.
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