World Petroleum Council President Tor Fjaeran and the 23rd World Petroleum Congress Organising Committee Chairman Jeff Shellebarger have announced that in light of the consequences of COVID-19 and global market volatility, the 23rd World Petroleum Congress has been postponed to 5 – 9 December 2021.
The decision from the World Petroleum Council Executive Committee and 23rd World Petroleum Congress Organising Committee comes after careful deliberation and discussions with key stakeholders who fully supported the decision.
“Since its founding in 1933, the World Petroleum Council has played a leading role in supporting the industry, and creating the authoritative platform for engagement of all stakeholders in oil and gas with the World Petroleum Congress. We are very mindful of the challenging situation currently facing all our participants, whether they be sponsors, exhibitors, partners, speakers or delegates. Under these circumstances, we feel postponing the Congress to next year is the most prudent approach to ensuring a safe and productive dialogue with our global attendees” said Fjaeren.
In addition to health and safety concerns, many governments have placed restrictions on travel, affecting all business sectors. As the impacts of the coronavirus epidemic and the resulting fall in oil and gas demand are expected to last through the rest of 2020, moving to December 2021 better assures international participation and engagement, for a truly global Congress.
“Our industry is under intense pressure but, as we have witnessed time and again, this industry is also resilient and extremely innovative. The Organising Committee will host a world-class event for oil and gas leaders and dignitaries from around the globe next year in Houston as a forum for the important conversations necessary to navigate this new landscape,” added Shellebarger.
The 23rd World Petroleum Congress was originally due to take place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston this year. The venue and host city remain the same for the revised date of 5 – 9 December, 2021.
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