Ten Global Industry Leaders Join Effort to Present Triennial Event in Houston

HOUSTON, October 1, 2019—The 23rd World Petroleum Congress Organizing Committee today announced that 10 industry-leading companies have signed on as presenting sponsors of the 23rd World Petroleum Congress (WPC), which will take place in Houston, Dec. 6-10, 2020. Leadership from each of the companies will serve on the WPC Organizing Committee Board of Directors to support programming and help set the strategic direction for the event, which is returning to the city of Houston and the United States for the first time in more than three decades.


The 10 presenting sponsors are Chevron, Halliburton, Accenture, Hess Corporation, ExxonMobil, BP, Qatar Petroleum, Baker Hughes, Saudi Aramco and ConocoPhillips. The diversity of the presenting sponsors reflects the global and varied nature of the oil and gas industry and solidifies Houston’s role as global convener for the industry.


“As the energy capital of the world, the city of Houston is honored to host the 23rd World Petroleum Congress. We have a global profile that makes us uniquely qualified to host the event,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “I am grateful that 10 corporate sponsors have stepped up to ensure that the WPC is a world class event of the kind Houston is known for producing.”


This announcement marks a milestone for the WPC Organizing Committee as it signifies the commitment of these leading companies to host the 23rd World Petroleum Congress and sets the stage for collaboration as preparations progress.


“The global perspectives and wealth of experience of this impressive group of industry leaders will help the WPC Organizing Committee to create an environment that encourages discussions on the challenges and opportunities of the oil and gas industry from varying viewpoints,” said Jeff Shellebarger, Chairman, WPC Organizing Committee. “With the commitment of our presenting sponsors, the WPC Organizing Committee and World Petroleum Council, our speakers, delegates and exhibitors can expect an event experience of compelling engagement.”


Held every three years in select international cities, the World Petroleum Congress is the world’s premier oil and gas forum that attracts the attendance of heads of state, energy leaders and technical experts who discuss the challenges and opportunities of managing the world’s petroleum resources for the benefit of all. Under the theme of “Innovative Energy Solutions,” the 23rd World Petroleum Congress features a multistream conference, including strategic and technical sessions, programming for young professionals and special entertainment events such as a USA Night. The Congress is expected to draw some 700 speakers, 50 ministerial delegations, 500 CEOs, 1000 media representatives and 10,000 attendees. The city of Houston was awarded the 23rd World Petroleum Congress in December 2016.


Tor Fjaeran, President, World Petroleum Council, said, “Since the first World Petroleum Congress was hosted in London in 1933, the World Petroleum Council has continued its mission of promoting the sustainable management and use of the world’s petroleum resources through congresses, seminars and expert workshops. We are delighted with the strong support our 23rd Congress in Houston has already received with this impressive list of top-level sponsors—both national and international—and we look forward to an extraordinary event convened in the energy capital of the world.”


About the 23rd WPC Organizing Committee

The World Petroleum Congress Organizing Committee is responsible for producing the 23rd World Petroleum Congress. Known as “the Olympics” of the oil and gas sector, the triennial World Petroleum Congress is one of the most significant oil and gas forums in the world and is hosted in cities around the world. The Congress covers all aspects of the industry from technological advances in upstream and downstream operations to the role of natural gas and renewables, management of the industry and its social, economic and environmental impact. The 23rd World Petroleum Congress will be held in Houston, USA, December 6-10, 2020.


About the World Petroleum Council

The World Petroleum Council was established in 1933 and provides a neutral platform for discussion of the issues facing the oil and gas industry and its stakeholders around the globe. It is a non-advocacy, non-political organization, dedicated to the application of scientific advances in the oil and gas industries, technology transfer and the sustainable use of the world’s petroleum resources for the benefit of all. The WPC is registered as a charity in the UK. Its nearly 70 member countries represent 96% of the world’s oil and gas production and consumption.




For further information, contact:


Dancie Perugini Ware Public Relations

Laura Jones, ljones@dpwpr.com, 713.224.9115


23rd World Petroleum Congress Organizing Committee

Susan G Ganz, sganz@23wpchouston.com, 356.353.6017