Same date for two key oil and gas conferences

Vol 4, PW 12 (19 Jul 00) People & Policy

Yet again conference organisers have scheduled two seminars of interest to India watchers in the same week.

On September 11th and 12th, Mumbai-based Oil Asia magazine hosts its '7th India Oil and Gas Review Symposium' at the Regent Hotel in Bandra. Two days later on September 14th and 15th, London-based CWC Associates holds its 'World LNG Summit' at Le Meridien Waldorf Hotel in London.

If you are undecided which to attend, the Oil Asia conference in Mumbai is a favourite for upstream exploration and production delegates with interests in India. The London conference - as its name implies - is an LNG seminar only, albeit with an impressive list of confirmed speakers: Ibrahim Waziri of Nigeria LNG, Graham Searle of Oman LNG, Eddie Walshe of British Gas, Suresh Mathur of Petronet-LNG, Ahmad Rahgozar of National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), Tokinao Hojo of Mitsui, Rick Bergsieker of Enron, and Mark Koelmel of Sasol-Chevron.

Speakers at the Mumbai symposium include ONGC chief Bikash Bora,GAIL chairman CR Prasad, Avinash Chandra of the DGH, joint secretaries JN Mausker, Shivraj Singh, and secretary oil industry development board Vandana Singhal. Companies to have confirmed their participation are: Shell, Schlumberger, Halliburton, BJ Services, Enron, Siemens and others.

Conference promoter SM Singh Gandhi tells Petrowatch that400 delegates from 14 countries have confirmed participation and more than 200 papers have been received. Delegate fees are $300 per person for non-Indian nationals, while Indian nationals pay Rs6,000 ($135).