HOUSTON, TX (July 7, 2021) — The 23rd World Petroleum Congress continues to expand and build participation from key global energy leaders and companies, with the announcement of several new plenary speakers including Bernard Looney, CEO, bp, Amin H. Nasser, President and CEO, Saudi Aramco, and Anders Opedal, President and CEO, Equinor. The 23rd WPC also welcomes two new Elite sponsors to their list of partners, CERAWeek and Petrobras. These are the latest additions to a growing list of participants at the prestigious 23rd WPC taking place in-person in Houston, USA from December 5-9, 2021.


Jeff Shellebarger, Chairman of the 23rd World Petroleum Congress Organizing Committee commented: “Our new plenary speakers and Elite sponsors are all great additions to an already-prestigious line-up, each one bringing valuable insights — whether from a personal or organizational perspective — into the innovative solutions that will shape the future of energy. We are delighted to have them participate to help understand the challenges and opportunities as we navigate the energy transition.”


Mr. Looney, who was appointed CEO of bp in February 2020 previously ran the company’s upstream business where he oversaw improvements in both process and personal safety performances and production and encouraged bp to lead on methane detection methods, as well as driving sustainable emissions reductions.


As President and CEO of Saudi Aramco, Mr. Nasser has been actively engaged in advancing the company’s innovation and technology strategy, including leading the company’s efforts to produce cleaner energy and products through investments in promoting technologies. Both he and Mr. Looney will share their insights and best practices surrounding innovation in the plenary session topic Innovative Energy Solutions.


Mr. Opedal was appointed President and CEO of Equinor in November 2020. Previously he held the position of Executive Vice President Technology, Projects and Drilling. He will join the plenary session focusing on Shaping the Energy Future, where he will discuss his perspective on the future industry outlook.


The 23rd WPC sponsor lineup is also growing with two new Elite Sponsors – CERAWeek and Petrobras. CERAWeek is an annual energy conference organized by the information and insights from IHS Markit. They also join the 23rd WPC as an Industry Partner, with a significant presence on the exhibition floor. Brazilian company, Petrobras is engaged in exploration and production, refining, energy generation and trading. The organization has a large proven reserve base and has acquired expertise in deep- and ultra-deepwater exploration and production as a result of almost 50 years spent developing Brazilian offshore basins, becoming world leaders in this segment. As Elite sponsors, they represent the industry leadership that encompass the Congress theme. Their participation and engagement will support the Congress in maximizing the goals and initiatives established.


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About the 23rd World Petroleum Congress
The 23rd World Petroleum Congress takes place in Houston, Texas, December 5-9, 2021. The triennial World Petroleum Congress is the oil and gas industry’s most prestigious international event. Assembling expert speakers from all around the world, the Congress attracts the highest-level industry and government leaders, including heads of state, ministers of energy and C-suite executives. The Congress will also feature an engaging exhibition floor in the 50,000 square meter George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston’s Downtown Campus.


The Presenting Sponsors of the 23rd World Petroleum Congress are Chevron, Halliburton, Accenture, Hess, ExxonMobil, BP, Qatar Petroleum, Baker Hughes, Saudi Aramco and ConocoPhillips. www.23wpchouston.com


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 on the 23rd World Petroleum Congress, contact:
Ben Bladon, Director, Public Relations
Tel: +971 58 527 0107 Email: bbladon@23wpchouston.com


Norma Diaz, Public Relations Manager
Tel. +1 346.377.5687 Email: ndiaz@23wpchouston.com