Arne Sigve Nylund (above), Executive Vice President Technology, Projects and Drilling of Equinor, is to give the opening keynote address at the SPE/IADC Virtual International Drilling Conference and Exhibition from 8–12 March 2021.

“Our industry has performed well amidst a global pandemic with rapid changes in markets and the way we work, says Arne Sigve Nylund, Executive Vice President Technology, Projects and Drilling, Equinor. I think we have a very exciting time ahead of us where technology and innovative solutions will transform our ability to improve safety, efficiency and to reduce emissions. I look forward to seeing how we can turn today’s challenges into new opportunities along with the industry”.

Registration is now open for this event which will comprise of a conference programme including keynote and plenary sessions, AI matchmaking networking, 100+ technical papers, drilling forums, speaker and delegate interaction, a free drilling showcase exhibition and much more.

Erik G. Kirkemo, Equinor, 2021 Conference Chair, Tom Blasingame, SPE President 2021 and Robert H. “Bob” Geddes, IADC Chairman will lead the welcoming speeches during the event.

This year, delegates can also gain complimentary access to the special events programme which includes the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion session, kindly sponsored by Chevron, along with the SPE DSATS / IADC ART Symposium: How to Automate at Scale in the Current Industry and Societal Environment, supported by the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section.

International leaders and experts for the special events programme include Accenture, Rystad Energy, Equinor, Baker Hughes, Total, Transocean, Limerock, Helioffshore, Flight Safety Foundation and Valerie Wark Associates.

Technical experts will take part in over thirty 90-minute technical sessions with topics including innovative technologies, drilling automation, geothermal, drilling isolation, tubulars and many more.

For more event information and to register, please visit