25 - 26 June, 2018
Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 8 May 2018

8:00 am - 8:45 am Registration, welcome refreshments and networking

8:45 am - 8:50 am Opening remarks from IQPC

8:50 am - 9:00 am Chairman’s welcome and opening remarks


9:00 am - 9:20 am Keynote address: Meeting Kuwait’s 2020 4 million barrel per day target

Senior Representative, Planning Group,Kuwait Oil Company
  • Highlighting strategies and recent developments undertaken in meeting the 4mmbpd target set for 2020
  • Discussing the role of stakeholders and need for collaboration between different departments in meeting the set target

Senior Representative

Planning Group
Kuwait Oil Company

9:20 am - 9:40 am Keynote address: Constantly drilling, exploring and producing in challenging environments

Senior Representative, Planning Group,Kuwait Oil Company
  • Driving drilling activities in high volatile price environment and ever challenging geological environment
  • Integrating lessons learnt for future drilling strategies and plans to ensure safe and smooth activities

Senior Representative

Planning Group
Kuwait Oil Company

9:40 am - 10:20 am VIP session: Women in energy: Developing skill and future leaders across the oil and gas industry

Maria Capello, Executive Advisor – Deputy CEO,North Kuwait Kuwait Oil Company
  • Highlighting the ‘K-Companies Professional Women Network’ initiative across KPC
  • Enhancing self-empowerment, improving work conditions and create leadership skills for female employees across operations in the oil and gas industry

Maria Capello

Executive Advisor – Deputy CEO
North Kuwait Kuwait Oil Company

10:20 am - 11:00 am Networking break


11:00 am - 11:20 am Joint presentation: Showcasing a Middle East success story with the world’s first adaptive drill bit and premium rotary steerable technology

Marwa Omar, Engineering Lead,Baker Hughes (A GE Company) Waleed Al Saffar, Team Leader Development Drilling and Workover,Kuwait Oil Company

Marwa Omar

Engineering Lead
Baker Hughes (A GE Company)


Waleed Al Saffar

Team Leader Development Drilling and Workover
Kuwait Oil Company

11:20 am - 11:40 am Improving drilling operations using advanced automation technologies

  • Enhancing performance and drilling safety through advanced automation technologies
  • Using onshore control rooms to manage offshore platforms, performance and assessment
  • Measuring quality and performance of wellbores and rigs using the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital solutions

11:40 am - 12:00 pm Innovative software solution for drilling data analytics

Reserved for drill bits team, ,Baker Hughes (A GE Company)
  • Using big data to optimise the real-time decision making process
  • Understanding data-driven production methods for drilling optimisation
  • Improving well control improvement, drilling accuracy and safety

Reserved for drill bits team

Baker Hughes (A GE Company)

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm Networking break

12:20 pm - 12:40 pm Exploring and preventing stuck pipe situations

Ahmed Abo Elkhair, Offshore Drilling Rig Supervisor,Petrobel-Eni
  • Understanding the causes of differential pressure pipe and mechanical pipe sticking
  • Analysing the cost associated with stuck pipes and remedies and solutions available
  • Rectifying and utilising innovative stuck pipe preventive methods to enhance drilling efficiency

Ahmed Abo Elkhair

Offshore Drilling Rig Supervisor

12:40 pm - 1:00 pm Addressing human behaviour in ensuring a comprehensive implementation, safety and best practices

Rauf Huseynov, Drilling HSE Officer,Maersk Drilling
  • Developing competencies and self awareness amongst drilling engineers for easy adoption of technologies
  • Creating an interactive and a friendly environment for workforce involvement and confidence
  • Maximising safety and technology adoption by regular trainings and campaigns

Rauf Huseynov

Drilling HSE Officer
Maersk Drilling

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm Meeting the challenges of drilling in high pressure high temperature (HPHT) environments

  • Exploring unconventional drilling practices and techniques for enhanced exploration and rig completion
  • Maximising production of crude and heavy oil through unconventional drilling practices
  • Gaining insight on next-generation HPHT wellhead seal system validation, strengths and weaknesses in the HPHT design verification process within the Middle East projects

1:20 pm - 1:30 pm Chairman’s closing remarks

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Networking lunch

2:30 pm - 2:30 pm End of conference day one

The published programme is correct at time of printing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight.