London, UK (23 September 2019) – There is now only a few weeks remaining until the start of the SPE Annual Caspian Technical Conference in Baku, Azerbaijan, where the big names of the Caspian oil and gas industry will join with representatives of IOCs, NOCs, service companies, government members, academia and students.  The event, which is now in its sixth year, takes place from 16-18 October 2019 at the Fairmont Hotel in Baku.

Over the past few years, the oil and gas industry has been reshaped by technology and new digital approaches have been introduced to simplify many operational processes, reduce human work hours and help improve equipment reliability and security.

Under the theme ‘Digital Transformation: Enabling the Future’, this event will focus on the impact digital technology has had on the oil and gas industry, as well as how it will affect current and future digital trends and applications. The conference includes three keynote panel sessions that will cover:

Past, Present and Future

Chaired by: Darrell Lancaster, Halliburton and Fawad Quraishi, Equinor

Speakers: Thierry Debertrand, TOTAL; Ramin Isayev, SOCAR AQS; Yashar Latifov, SOCAR; Dr Luis Quintero, Halliburton; Gokhan Saygi, Schlumberger

Sustainability, Growth and Profit

Chaired by: Yashar Latifov, SOCAR and Denis Lemarchal, TOTAL

Speakers: Niall Henderson, BP; Zaher Ibrahim, President, Saudi Arabia, North Gulf and East Mediterranean, Baker Hughes, a GE Company; Mikhail Krasik, TOTAL E&P Absheron; Zaur Mammadov, Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan; Arnd Wilhelms, Vice President, Petroleum Technology, Equinor

New Generation Talent and Human Factors

Session Chairs: Xalik Mammadov, SOCAR; Emmanuel Okugbaye, BP

Moderated By: Shauna Noonan, Director of Artificial Life Engineering, Occidental Petroleum (2020 SPE President)

Speakers: Fabrice Bouchard, Schlumberger; Mehriban Eyubova, BP; Emilya Mammadova, ASPIRE Serives Operations, Baker Hughes, a GE Company; Charlotte Payen, French-Azerbaijani University

Detailed professional discussions will be carried out during 12 technical sessions, and attendees will have the opportunity to hear from renowned industry speakers including representatives from: Total; SOCAR; BP; Occidental Petroleum; TCO; Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan; Schlumberger; Halliburton; Equinor; SOCAR AQS; and Baker Hughes, a GE company to name a few.

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