F o r u m
World Petroleum Congress
The petroleum world
gathers in Istanbul
Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, OPEC Secretary General.
Widely recognized as the ‘Olympics’ of the oil and gas industry, the World Petroleum
Congress (WPC) was held for the 22
time in Istanbul, Turkey, from July 9–13, 2017.
Under the theme of ‘Bridges to our energy future’, the five-day event brought together
some 3,000 delegates, 500 CEOs, 50 ministers and around 25,000 visitors to the
accompanying exhibition. With the OPEC Secretary General,
in attendance, the
reports from the event.
hey say Istanbul is where the continents collide
— the meeting point between East and West.
The city straddles Europe and Asia and the mix
is evident throughout with the mesmerizing architec-
ture and culture combining Asia, Europe and the old city
of Constantinople — from the Hagia Sophia to the Blue
Mosque; from the Topkapi Palace to the Grand Bazaar. It
is also most impossible to turn a corner in Istanbul with-
out finding something to marvel upon.
The city is cut by the Bosporus Strait, where boats of
every size navigate the internationally significant water-
way, where old men crowd bridges across the natural
strait to drop fishing lines and gossip, and where locals
and tourists cross the bridges to move from one conti-
nent to another.
Given these connections, it seems apt that the
organizers created this year’s WPC theme, ‘Bridges to
our energy future’. This was emphasized by Turkey’s
President Recep Tayyip Erdo
an when he addressed
delegates at the opening presidential ceremony.
an stressed that the Turkish Government is
keenly aware that Turkey is a key player in the Eurasian
an also noted that new oil and natural gas
pipelines have the potential to further strengthen
Turkey’s role as a global energy corridor and major hub.
In this regard, he noted the successful completion of
the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline project, which is
carrying Azeri natural gas to the Mediterranean, and
the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum natural gas pipeline project
that will make it possible to carry natural gas from
Azerbaijan to Turkey and Europe. He also highlighted
the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) development, as well
as the Turkish Stream, an energy project that is being
conducted with Russia.