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NOC Assembly 2018

Monday 9th April 2018 | Four Seasons Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Registration Opens & Networking Coffee and Breakfast

09.00am-9.15am: Welcome Address and Opening Remarks 

09.15am-10.30am: Beyond the Energy Transition: Can the traditional NOC survive the energy transition?

  • There is a clear differentiation and scale of NOC. To what extent are the larger, more established NOC's further ahead in the transition?
  • How can NOCs, Ministries and Regulators work together to provide a consistent, competitive and stable environment for foreign investment?
  • During a time of disruption and transition NOC's are taking the opportunity to reassert their independence. Will NOC's become synonymous with private energy companies?
  • There is an increased reference to NOC's as "state-owned energy companies". Will the term National Oil Company cease to exist in the future?
  • NOC's are becoming more business autonomous. To be successful as independent energy companies, does their leadership need to have industry experience?
  • Latin American NOC's are not even paying lip service to the energy transition. Why?
  • How can the role of the NOC/SOE drive their nation's developemtn goals to be achieved in the 21st century?

10.30am-11.00am: Networking Coffee Break

11.00am-12.00pm: Finance and Investment: IPOs, Listings and Bond Issuances: Will gamble pay off?

  • Are IPOs a legitimate option for other NOC's? Or is it only the Aramco's and Iran's of the world? 
  • Is listing an effective method of increasing liquidity for an NOC?
  • Turning to the debt market is a risk. Will the gamble pay off?
  • Cash flow strategies: In theory blockchain will improve cash flow in the industry. WIll this be the reality?

12:00pm-12.30pm: Networking Coffee Break

12.30pm-1.30pm: Technology: Digitalisation has been a disruption to the industry. How can NOC's and SOE's respond to remain competitive?

  • What is the impact of the growth of big data on NOC's? Do NOC's have a responsibility to monitor the use of energy data?
  • Can emerging NOC's leapfrog the development curve by integrating technology earlier and more rapidly?
  • Capacity building and technical training is key to the success of both an emerging and developed NOC alike. What can NOC's do to prepare the workforce of tomorrow?
  • What role do IOC's have in working with NOC's to introduce and effectively impliment the use of better technology?

1.30pm -2.45pm: Networking Lunch Break

2.45pm-3.45pm: The Changing Relationship between NOC's and their Partners: Globally Connected, Reliant and Competitive

  • The changing power dynamics of the relationships between NOC's and IOC's: to what extent are NOC's establishing more independence from IOC's?
  • With increased trend of domestic M&A, are NOC's becoming more focused on the domestic market?
  • How can NOC's balance the political push from their government counterparts with the business economics of their own entity? Is it possible?
  • COnsidering PSCs and the legacy of Petrofac & Pemex. How can an NOC ensure the success of a PSC? As exemplified by Schlumberger and NNPC

3:45pm-4.15pm: Networking Coffee Break

 Emerging NOC's and Workforce Capacity Building

  • How can an emerging NOC increase capacity building to enter the commercial scphere?
  • The future of the traditional national oil company is uncertain. Should emerging NOC's be looking at the established NOC's as strategic role models? Or should they be looking at the commercial operators?
  • What responsibility do IOC's and Mid-Caps have to help NOC's impliment effective training programs?

5.15pm - 6.30pm  Close of NOC Assembly and Networking Drinks


Upcoming Events

24 January 2018
Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore
28 February 2018
St Regis, Mexico City, Mexico
12 March 2018
Maputo, Mozambique
9 April 2018
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