World Heavy Oil Congress Converges in Aberdeen

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Hundreds of delegates from the world’s heavy oil community will gather to discuss sustainability through innovation and collaboration The World Heavy Oil Congress (WHOC), the globe’s largest community of heavy oil international companies and organisations, will converge in Aberdeen 10 ‐13 September, 2012, at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) for a four‐day Congress and networking event that will gather hundreds of delegates from 30 countries. Hosted by Aberdeen City Council and AECC, and organized by dmg events (Canada) inc, the World Heavy Oil congress is the premier event for the heavy oil community.

With delegates expected from Canada, China, Colombia, Venezuela, USA, UK and more, the Congress will feature a Business Conference, Technical Conference, social networking events, technical tours and short courses focusing on the development of heavy oil reserves. Headed by an illustrious committee of experts from international oil companies and the service industry, the WHOC will present a two‐day Business Conference on the topics of global supply and demand, value chain management, regulation and sustainability, and the role of technology.

In addition, a two‐day Technical Conference will feature in‐depth studies of methods of heavy oil extraction, best practices, enhanced recovery and technological innovations to bring heavy oil the world’s markets.

The topics of the WHOC were discussed at a Preliminary Meeting of both the business and technical committees of the Congress at the AECC on March 21 in Aberdeen.

“As Aberdeen is the energy epicenter for the UK, it is extremely fitting that we bring together the world’s leading experts to discuss the challenges related to this important resource,” says Wes Scott, Executive Vice President, dmg events, organiser of the Congress. “The committees of the WHOC at this Preliminary Meeting have come to an understanding that improving operations through collaboration and technology will help define how heavy oil is extracted efficiently, cost‐effectively, in a responsible manner, in order to improve operations for longterm sustainability.”

With the support of the Aberdeen City Council and AECC, the WHOC will hold the official Congress 10 – 13 September, 2012 at the AECC. International and local delegates will have the opportunity to participate in case studies, panel discussions, and technical courses that will educate and offer collaboration. In addition to the Business Conference, there will be over 135 papers presented in the Technical Conference. Areas of technical discussion will include heavy oil SAGD (Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage) and Heavy Oil Flow Measurement, both topics of which will also be covered through in‐depth short courses.

As well, delegates have the opportunity to tour operational facilities while in Aberdeen. To round out the Congress, delegates will participate in social events that showcase true Scottish hospitality and discover the great city of Aberdeen and Shire.

“This Congress is very pertinent to Aberdeen and our Heavy Oil and Gas sector,” said Brian Horsburgh, Managing Director of AECC. “We are pleased to be welcoming such a relevant, high‐profile, international event to the AECC. We look forward to showcasing all the City and Shire have to offer.”

Stakeholders for the World Heavy Oil Congress include Aberdeen City Council, China National Offshore Oil Corporation, Government of Alberta ‐ Canada, Nautical Petroleum, Nynas, Petroleos de Venezuela SA, and Statoil.

Sponsors include Schlumberger, SNC‐Lavalin and Press & Journal. Congress delegate fees and Conference schedule information can be found at ‐ends‐

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Contact: Paula Arnold Director of Marketing dmg events (Canada) inc. +1 403‐512‐1213 [email protected]

About World Heavy Oil Congress: Since its launch in 2006, World Heavy Oil Congress has been the leading event for the global heavy oil industry. The four‐day Congress unites international professionals by providing business executives and technical experts a platform to foster relationships and advance heavy oil development.

Technical conference sessions, business conference panels, keynote addresses, in‐depth courses, technical tours, an exhibition, and social events promote education on innovative technology and responsible development, as well as provide an opportunity to network with colleagues from the community. The premier global heavy oil event, the last Congress delivered over 135 presentations and welcomed 1,000 delegates from 30 countries at the 2011 event in Edmonton.

About dmg :: events: dmg :: events is a global conference and trade show organizer, producing international events such as Global Petroleum Show (Canada), Gastech (UK), ADIPEC (UAE), World Heavy Oil Congress and more. dmg :: events is a wholly‐owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc, one of the largest media companies in the United Kingdom.

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What is Heavy Oil? Heavy Oil is a type of crude oil which is very viscous, meaning that it does not flow easily. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that 70% of the world’s remaining oil reserves consist of heavy, high sulfur "sour" crude. As specialized processing is required in order to bring this rich resource to market, there are a number of challenges, including economic, geopolitically, regulatory and environmentally, that must be explored.

Technology is at the heart of being able to manage the resource in a operationally efficient and environmentally responsible manner. The World Heavy Oil Congress will touch on the key issues on how the oil industry will deal with these challenge, now and in the future.