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OPEC bulletin 8–9/17

by exhibitors at each pavilion on their petroleum and

energy activities and plans.

The Dewhurst Award

TheWPC in Istanbul also witnessed the recognition of Rex

Tillerson with the Dewhurst Award. Tillerson became US

Secretary of State at the end of 2016, but for 41 years pre-

viously he had been an ExxonMobil employee, of which

the last ten years were as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The Award, named after Thomas Dewhurst, who organ-

ized the first WPC in 1933, celebrates excellence in the

petroleum industry.

Tillerson, the tenth recipient of the Dewhurst Award,

reminisced warmly about his time with ExxonMobil and

praised those working in the industry. “I miss all of you,”

Tillerson, told delegates. “I miss you as colleagues, I miss

you as partners, I miss you as competitors, I miss the

healthy debates, the collaboration, the breakthroughs

that were achieved.”

Paying tribute to his former colleagues and work-

force at ExxonMobil, Tillerson added: “I accept this

award on behalf of the hard working men and women of

ExxonMobil. This award is for them — I am here because

of what they have achieved.”

In bridging to the future, Tillerson noted that Houston

(Texas) will be the host of the next WPC in 2020. A Texan

native, Tillerson quipped that “I hope to be there ... in

some capacity.”

To Houston in 2020

Waving goodbye to Istanbul, which Laszlo Toth described

as holding a “memorable congress” and where “we

enjoyed the warm hospitality of our Turkish host”, the

skyline and culture in Houston will obviously offer up

something different in 2020. It is a city with a tremendous

oil history related to the Texas ‘oil boom’ that occurred

during the early 20

th

century following the discovery of

a large petroleum reserve near Beaumont, and a skyline

that is the headquarters of more than 500 exploration

and production companies and 150 pipeline transpor-

tation operators.

The Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, speaking in

Istanbul, praised the WPC and Turkish Congress organ-

izers and at the same invited representatives of the oil

industry to participate in 2020.

The baton has now been passed to Houston, as the

WPC looks to continue to build energy bridges across the

world.

Sylvester Turner, the

Mayor of Houston,

speaking in Istanbul,

praised the WPC and

Turkish Congress

organizers and at the

same time invited

representatives of the oil

industry to participate in

the WPC 2020. The baton

has now been passed to

Houston.

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