By Mohani Niza
KUALA LUMPUR – A conference for professionals to gather and exchange ideas to advance scientific knowledge for offshore resources had its launching in the capital yesterday.
The Offshore Technology Conference Asia 2016 (OTC Asia), created under the same successful brand as the flagship OTC in Houston, was launched with a networking event that gathered industry experts. Speaking were Dato’ Wee Yiaw Hin (OTC Asia Advisory Committee Member and Executive Vice President & CEO, Upstream, PETRONAS), Arnis Judzis (OTC Asia Oversight Committee Chairman and Head of Development and Innovation, Energy and Geoscience Institute, University of Utah) and Datuk. Wan Zulkiflee Bin Wan Ariffin (Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Downstream at Petroliam Nasional Berhad).
To be held from the 22nd to the 25th of March 2016, the conference is expected to attract (among others) 30, 000 engineers, technicians, executives, managers from all fields in offshore exploration and production industry, representing more than 85 countries and 95 nationalities. The conference made its debut in 2014, also in Kuala Lumpur.
The theme of OTC Asia 2016 will be “Excellence in Asia” which will highlight the successes and challenges that faced by the oil and gas industry.
Speaking at the event, Dato’ Wee Yiaw Hin expressed his optimism that like OTC Asia 2014, OTC Asia 2016 will be successful, saying that that the key indicator would be the quality of experts gathered at the conference.
Also speaking was Datuk. Wan Zulkiflee Bin Wan Ariffin.
“OTC Asia 2014 exceeded our internal targets and expectations,” he said, adding that RM 3 billion in revenue was generated through-out the event.
Among the highlights of OTC Asia 2016 will be:
- The Next Wave: a programme for Young Professionals (energy professionals under the age of 36) which offers them an opportunity to network with seasoned professionals, learn about pressing challenges and opportunities in the industry, and offer them guidance on how to make the most of their careers.
- Spotlight on New Technology: new at the OTC Asia 2016 event is the Spotlight on New Technology Award exclusive for OTC Asia exhibitors. It is to recognise the latest and most advanced technologies from the Asia Pacific region.
- STEM: a programme that aims to educate the next generation of engineers, scientists and managers about the oil and gas industry. Roughly 200 high school math and science students will witness first-hand the exciting opportunities the oil and gas industry can offer.