29th Annual Middle East Petroleum & Gas Conference

Diverse Perspectives: Transitioning Towards a Carbon Constrained World

Location: Kingdom of Bahrain

Venue: Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay (Check The Map)

Starts: 16 May 2022

Ends: 17 May 2022

Type: Conference

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The 29th Annual Middle East Petroleum & Gas Conference (MPGC 2022) was successfully held from May 16-17 at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, organised and produced by Conference Connection and with the support of Ministry of Oil for Kingdom of Bahrain, Bapco and nogaholding as co-hosts.  In total, more than 250 participants were at MPGC 2022 from over 20 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and USA.   

 

MPGC remains the region’s longest running annual oil and gas industry gathering, once again delivered a high-level and power packed programme that comprised Ministerial and Keynote Addresses, incisive discussion panels with industry visionaries and leaders, as well as networking opportunities.  

 

Conference Connection thanks the hosts, speakers, sponsors and all participants for their support and attendance at MPGC 2022. 

Official Opening By

His Excellency Shaikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa

Minister of Oil
Kingdom of Bahrain

Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa was appointed Minister of Oil under the Royal Decree No 45 issued by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, King of Bahrain in 2016 and was re-appointed under the Royal Decree No. 61 in 2018.

Shaikh Mohamed started his career at the Ministry of Finance, Kingdom of Bahrain in 1999 where he became Director of Government Shareholdings in 2005. During his tenure at the Ministry, he worked on key projects including the privatization of Power Plants, Seef Properties IPO and Muharraq STP.

In 2011-2016, he was Chief Executive of The Oil & Gas Holding Company steering business and investment activities of the oil & gas sector.

He was former Chairman of the National Oil & Gas Authority, The Oil & Gas Holding Company, Bahrain Petroleum Company and Tatweer Petroleum Company. He was also former board member of the Central Bank of Bahrain, Bahrain National Gas Expansion Company and Lulu Tourism Company. He is currently Chairman of Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard Company.

Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa graduated with honors from the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals with a B.Sc. degree. He completed his higher education in the United Kingdom with a Masters Degree from the University of Cambridge and an Advanced Masters from the Imperial College of Science. He also holds an MBA from DePaul University, Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.

Fireside Chat

His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman

Minister of Energy, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz was appointed Minister of Energy in September 2019. In his capacity as Minister of Energy of Saudi Arabia, Prince Abdulaziz is responsible for coordinating the Kingdom’s domestic and international energy policies in line with the goals of Vision 2030. This includes overseeing energy activities within the Kingdom; regulating the oil, gas, electricity, nuclear and renewables sectors in the interests of the Kingdom in the short and long term and directing Saudi international policy with regard to relations with producers (including through OPEC and OPEC+) and with consumers. He has been an active participant in shaping energy policy, both nationally and internationally for more than thirty years and he is the chairman of many energy related organizations.

Prior to his appointment as the Minister of Energy, Prince Abdulaziz served in numerous capacities in the Ministry over the past three decades, including as Minister of State for Energy Affairs, Vice Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Assistant Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Deputy Minister for Petroleum Affairs and Adviser to the Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources.

HRH holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) (1985) and a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Management (1982), both from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. After graduation, he served from 1985-87 as Director of the Economic and Industrial Research Division of the Research Institute at King Fahd University of Petroleum.

Dr. Fereidun Fesharaki

Chairman, FGE

Dr. Fereidun Fesharaki is the Founder and Chairman of FGE. His work is well-recognized worldwide for pioneering oil and gas market analysis and studies of the Asia Pacific/Middle East energy markets since the early 1980s.

He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Surrey in England and then completed a Visiting Fellowship at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He joined the East-West Center in 1979 and led the energy program as a Director and Senior Fellow till 2013.

In 1989, Dr. Fesharaki was elected a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Since 1991, a member of the International Advisory Board of ENEOS Holdings (and its predecessor companies). He was the 1993 President of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE).

In 1995, he was elected a Senior Fellow of the US Association for Energy Economics for distinguished services in the field of energy economics. In 2002, appointed a Senior Associate of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. He received the Outstanding Contributions to the IAEE Award in 2012. He was a member of the Advisory Board of VOPAK LNG from 2013 to 2015. In 2014, appointed as Honorary Advisor by CNPC Research Institute of Economics and Technologies in Beijing. Dr. Fesharaki is the recipient of the 2016 Adelman-Frankel Award from the US Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) for his unique and innovative contribution to the field of energy economics. In March 2017, Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) appointed him as a Director of the Dubai Mercantile Exchange Limited (DME). Since 2009, he has been a member of the DME Board of Directors. Dr. Fesharaki has been appointed to the National Petroleum Council beginning in 2008 and most recently re-appointed by the US Secretary of Energy, Dan Brouillette in April 2020.

Ministeral Address

His Excellency Mr. Ihsan Abdul Jabbar Ismaael

Minister of Oil, Iraq

MPGC 2022 Conference Co-Chairmen

Dr. Fereidun Fesharaki

Chairman, FGE

Dr. Fereidun Fesharaki is the Founder and Chairman of FGE. His work is well-recognized worldwide for pioneering oil and gas market analysis and studies of the Asia Pacific/Middle East energy markets since the early 1980s.

He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Surrey in England and then completed a Visiting Fellowship at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He joined the East-West Center in 1979 and led the energy program as a Director and Senior Fellow till 2013.

In 1989, Dr. Fesharaki was elected a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Since 1991, a member of the International Advisory Board of ENEOS Holdings (and its predecessor companies). He was the 1993 President of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE).

In 1995, he was elected a Senior Fellow of the US Association for Energy Economics for distinguished services in the field of energy economics. In 2002, appointed a Senior Associate of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. He received the Outstanding Contributions to the IAEE Award in 2012. He was a member of the Advisory Board of VOPAK LNG from 2013 to 2015. In 2014, appointed as Honorary Advisor by CNPC Research Institute of Economics and Technologies in Beijing. Dr. Fesharaki is the recipient of the 2016 Adelman-Frankel Award from the US Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) for his unique and innovative contribution to the field of energy economics. In March 2017, Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) appointed him as a Director of the Dubai Mercantile Exchange Limited (DME). Since 2009, he has been a member of the DME Board of Directors. Dr. Fesharaki has been appointed to the National Petroleum Council beginning in 2008 and most recently re-appointed by the US Secretary of Energy, Dan Brouillette in April 2020.

Mr. Hafedh Al-Qassab

Acting Dy Chief Executive & BMP Project Director, Bapco, Bahrain

MPGC 2022 Conference Co-Chairmen

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Hafedh has over 26 years of experience in the downstream oil and gas business. He holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London, and is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE). He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and also a Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management (MInstLM) UK. He has also been decorated with the Order of Bahrain (Third Class) for services to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Hafedh Al-Qassab is currently the acting Deputy Chief Executive (DCE) and also Project Director for the Bapco Modernization Program (BMP), Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), Kingdom of Bahrain. As acting DCE, which he assumed in April 2021, he reports into the Chairman and Chief Executive of Bapco, and the position is responsible for all technical and operational aspects of the Bapco Refinery, including the functions of Refining, Maintenance, and Engineering. In addition, the DCE is responsible for the Operational Excellence management system of the organization, as well as the Enterprise Risk Management and Business Continuity Planning functions. The DCE ensures governance in line with corporate policies and management objectives to ensure the safe, trouble free, profitable, cost effective and efficient operation of the Bapco Refinery, in order to maximise gross margin and to ensure that strategic plans of the organization are met. He is also leading the BMP Integrated Project Management Team (IPMT) which is responsible for managing the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the major multi billion dollar expansion and upgrade of the existing Bapco Refinery. The BMP involves integrating a new ebulated bed resid hydrocracker, hydroprocessing units, crude/vacuum unit, hydrogen plants, sulphur recovery facilities, offsites and utilities, into the existing facility. He assumed this position in November 2018. He is a member of the Executive Management team and the Strategic Planning Council at Bapco, chairs the Environment Health and Safety Committees (EHSC) for the Company and BMP, chairs the Crisis Management Team (CMT) for Bapco, and is also a Board Member of the Bahrain Gasoline Blending (BGB) JV between Bapco, nogaholding and Greenergy UK.

Prior to assuming the position of Project Director-BMP, he was General Manager Refining, responsible for the hydrocarbon supply chain at Bapco i.e. the receipt of crude oil through pipelines, storage and processing of the crude, refinery operations, blending and storage of products, and shipment of products through Bapco’s wharf. He was also responsible for technical and process engineering support and fire, health, environment and safety functions for the business. He held this position for 7 years (2012-2018).

Hafedh’s whole career has been spent with Bapco, working in the Company’s refinery. He has held various roles and responsibilities in the Company within the process engineering and operations functions, including the Manager of Technical Services.

Hafedh is the author and co-author of several technical papers published in industry journals, and he has also presented and chaired sessions at various national, regional and international conferences. Hafedh sits on the advisory panels for various conference and forum organizers.

MPGC 2022 International Advisory Committee Members include

Dr. Jeff Brown

President, FGE

  • MPGC 2022 International Advisory Committee Member
  • LNGA 2022 Conference Co-Chairman
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    Dr Jeff Brown leads FGE’s oil and gas consulting teams globally. He works closely with FGE consultants in Europe, the Middle East, and North America.

    Jeff re-joined FGE from JP Morgan where he was Executive Director, Global Commodities Research/Strategy, working closely with clients globally. He was a regularly featured speaker at JP Morgan events and published widely on energy markets. Aside from his previous management roles with FGE, Jeff also served as Senior Oil Analyst at the International Energy Agency in Paris, where he was co-author of the monthly Oil Market Report. During this time, he developed the IEA’s short- to mid-term oil demand forecasting framework and led research examining oil/gas interfuel substitution. Before the IEA, he was a Research Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu where his primary emphasis was LNG markets East of Suez.

    Mr. Dave Ernsberger

    Head of Market Reporting & Trading Solutions, S&P Global Commodity Insights, UK

    MPGC 2022 International Advisory Committee Member

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    Dave Ernsberger is Platts' Global Head of Commodities Pricing and Market Insight. Based in London since 2010, he is responsible for managing Platts' worldwide coverage of all commodities markets, news and analytics.

    Dave has served in a variety of roles at Platts, including Head of Oil Content, where he managed Platts’ global coverage of oil markets, news and analytics between 2010 and 2016. Before that, Dave was Senior Editorial Director for Asia, managing Platts' editorial and analytical groups in Singapore, Japan, Australia, the Philippines, and China from 2004 until 2009.

    Dave joined Platts in 1996 as a metals reporter, and, in 1999, Dave took on responsibility for Platts' new European power start-up ventures as editor-in-chief, launching coverage of the deregulating electricity and natural gas markets in the European Union. He relocated to Houston in 2001 as bureau chief, before moving to Singapore in November 2003.

    A native of Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., Dave has a bachelor's degree in philosophy and politics from Warwick University, England, and a master's degree in international relations from Southampton University, England.

    Mr. Khalid Buhazza

    General Manager-Marketing, Sales & Supply, The Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), Kingdom of Bahrain

    MPGC 2022 International Advisory Committee Member

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    Khalid is responsible for oversight of all of Bapco’s local and international marketing activities, including developing business plans to meet corporate objectives and ensuring that they are implemented effectively. He is the management sponsor of Marketing’s Strategic Commercialization Program which will enable the company to become trading capable.

    Khalid has more than 30 years’ experience in the oil industry in Bahrain, in various roles from process optimization engineer through management of the refinery crude and feedstock plans to meet market demand, identifying and pursuing new business investments, and managing customer interfaces and sales logistics.

    He received a Silver Excellence Award for successful leadership of the 3-year Supply Chain Planning project following the merger of Bapco and the Bahrain National Oil Company (Banoco) in 1999. Khalid holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering awarded with High Honors from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia.

    Shaikh Ebrahim Bin Khalid Al-Khalifa

    Head of Business Development, Marketing Division, The Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), Kingdom of Bahrain

    MPGC 2022 International Advisory Committee Member

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    Shaikh Ebrahim, as the Head of Business Development within the Marketing Division at Bapco is responsible for developing strategies to maximize the company’s overall profitability through diversification and innovation.  In addition, he is mandated to explore and develop new business areas for Bapco.

    Prior to joining Bapco, he worked within the Higher Education Sector for nineteen years in the areas of Strategy, Innovation, Administration and Finance.  He has attended several executive courses in Strategic Management and Innovation at Harvard University and MIT.  He is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Cambridge.  His dissertation is about innovating within the oil and gas industry.  He also holds an MBA with distinction from DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, and a BSBA from Suffolk University Sawyer Business School.

    Mr. John Roper

    CEO Middle East, Uniper Global Commodities SE, UAE

    MPGC 2022 International Advisory Committee Member

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    John Roper is an Oil and Gas Executive with 33 years’ experience in the energy industry with a strong management and technical background. He has spent the last 25 years in Regional Company Management and Business Development where has held a number of senior positions in the International Upstream, LNG and Trading businesses. John is currently the CEO Middle East for Uniper Global Commodities SE where he is responsible for supporting the development of Uniper’s commodities Portfolio in the Middle East. He provides a focus for Uniper’s corporate activities in the region. He has lived in Syria, Iran, Turkmenistan, Qatar and the UAE.

    John has also served as a Non-Executive Director, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and Member of the Audit and Risk Committees of a private Oil and Gas company in the UK and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of other offshore companies in the Middle East, North Africa and the Caspian.

    John continues to manage the Petroleum Club of Dubai in the role of Chairman. The Club encourages the networking of senior Energy Executives throughout the Arabian Gulf and internationally through affiliations with other Business and Petroleum Clubs.

    Dr. Iman Nasseri

    Managing Director of Middle East, FGE Dubai

    MPGC 2022 International Advisory Committee Member

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    Dr. Iman Nasseri, senior consultant, is based in Dubai. He received his PhD in Economics in the United States, focusing on energy economics, in 2013.

    In FGE, he is primarily focused on downstream oil and gas (LNG). On the oil side, Iman is responsible for Middle East oil research; he works closely with the refining team and is involved with FGE’s Annual World Refining Outlook. On the gas side, Iman is mainly involved in adhoc/commercial gas/LNG projects.

    Since Jan 2018, as MD of Middle East, Iman has been in charge of the FGE analysis and coverage of the Middle East for both oil and gas.

    In 2021, Iman left the London office to head up FGE Dubai. The new office will allow us to better serve existing and future Middle Eastern clients.

    Holding a Master’s degree in Energy Systems Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, from Universities in Iran. He previously worked for Iran’s Institute for International Energy Studies (IIES), the research arm of the Ministry of Petroleum. Before joining FGE London in 2014 as a full time consultant, Iman worked part time for FGE as a research associate in the Hawaii office, where he was involved with several gas-related projects.

    MPGC 2022 Speakers

    Mr. Thomas Waymel

    President, Trading & Shipping, TOTSA TotalEnergies Trading SA, Switzerland

    MPGC 2022 Speaker

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    Thomas Waymel, born in 1968, is a graduate of France’s Ecole Polytechnic and Ecole Nationale Superieure de Petrole et des Moteurs (ENSPM) engineering schools and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

    He joined Total’s Refining business in Paris in 1993.

    In 1995, he became a crude oil trader in Geneva, subsequently moving to Houston in the same capacity in 2002.

    In 2003, he was appointed General Manager, Americas Coordination, a position based in Houston.

    In 2006, he was named General Manager, West Africa Coordination, a position based in Geneva.

    In 2007, he moved to Total Refining & Marketing in Paris as Manager, Resource, Market & Contract Balances.

    He was appointed Vice President, Crude Oil Trading in 2011, a position based in Geneva.

    Since December 2014, Thomas Waymel is President of Total Trading & Shipping Diviison. He is also a member of Total Management Committee.

    Mr. Mike Muller

    President, Vitol Asia, Singapore

    FUJCON 2021 Keynote Speaker
    MPGC 2022 Speaker

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    Mike Muller joined Vitol in London in 2018 and is now Head of Vitol in Asia, based in Singapore. Prior to this he spent 29 years at Shell where he was a member of the Global Trading & Supply Leadership team from 1999. In his last 5 years at Shell Mike led their global Crude Trading and Supply business. In the 1990s Mike was Trading and Supply Manager for Shell Australia and subsequent to this he spent six years in various business development and supply/trading coordination roles in Singapore. Mike graduated from Cambridge University in 1988.

    Mr. Alan Haywood

    SVP, ESG Transformation, BP p.l.c., UK

    MPGC 2022 Speaker

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    In April 2020, Alan Haywood assumed the role of Head of Group Strategy for BP. He led the work to define the direction and ambition of the company as it transitions through major change in the energy industry. This is part of BP’s drive to “net zero” by 2050 or sooner.

    Since April 2021, he has been Head of ESG, coordinating the communication of BP’s strategy as relates to implementation of the themes of ESG, particularly climate.

    With the exception of when he held the Treasurer role in BP, Alan’s career has centred on energy trading over more than 30 years. Most recently, prior to assuming the Strategy lead, he was CEO of the Trading business.

    Mr. Mark Thomas

    Group Chief Executive, nogaholding, Kingdom of Bahrain

    Mr. Mehdi Chennoufi

    Head of LNG Origination & Market Development, Shell LNG Marketing & Trading, UK

    LNGA 2022 Speaker
    MPGC 2022 Speaker

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    Mehdi Chennoufi is the Head of LNG Origination & Market Development based in London. He is responsible for developing Shell’s global LNG term portfolio.

    He started his career with KPMG in the early nineties where he got acquainted with the rigour of economic analysis and the art of interpreting accounts. He then joined Shell in London at the turn of the century and focused on gas and LNG business development in Levant before moving to Egypt to grow Shell’s CNG and LDC footprint. In 2004 he was appointed as the Shell shareholder representative in Oman LNG, based out of the Dubai office and in 2008 he moved to the LNG Supply and Trading business looking after Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

    In 2010, Mehdi was appointed General Manager LNG Origination and Business Development for the West Region covering the Middle East, South Asia, Europe, Africa and South America and in 2016 he moved to Singapore to lead the East of Suez portfolio. In 2021, Mehdi moved to London to lead the global LNG Origination and Market Development team.

    Mehdi holds a Masters in Economics and a Master in Business Administration from ISG in Paris and the University of Oxford. Besides being an avid sailor, he is passionate about biodiversity conservation and founded Wanakaset.org.

    Mr. Rashid Al Mazrouei

    Senior Vice President (Commercial), ADNOC LNG, UAE

    MPGC 2022 Speaker
    LNGA 2022 Speaker

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    Mr Rashid is now a SVP Commercial looking after ADNOC LNG’s Marketing and Procurement Activities.

    He started his career with ADNOC LNG Marketing in 2000 carrying out several roles in research, sales and headed the Tokyo Office from 2010.

    He was then posted back to ADNOC LNG Headquarters in 2017 as LNG Marketing Manager; looking after marketing, sales and business development of its LNG Production.

    In 2019, he was appointed Vice President Strategy, in charge of leading the organizational strategy towards a new business model after the expiry of ADNOC LNG’s legacy contract.

    From 2008 – 2010 was an LNG Trader with Shell, responsible for developing and maintaining counterparty relationships with regional LNG players.

    Holds a degree in Business Administration (Marketing) from the American University in Dubai.

    Dr. Edward Morse

    Global Head of Commodities Research, Citigroup, USA

    MPGC 2022 Speaker

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    Ed Morse is Managing Director and Global Head of Commodities Research at Citi, and held similar positions at Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse. He has taught at Princeton, Columbia and Johns Hopkins universities, worked as the Council on Foreign Relations, served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Policy, and in management at Phillips Petroleum. A co-founder of PFC Energy, a former publisher of "Petroleum Intelligence Weekly", he also worked at Hess Energy Trading Company. Among his consulting experiences has been designing Yemen's oil pricing policy and consulting for the UN Security Council on the design and negotiation of the Oil-for-Food Program for Iraq.. Morse frequently writes guest editorials for The Financial Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post and often is a commentator for Bloomberg TV and CNBC. He serves on advisory boards at Columbia and Princeton Universities and for the Arabia Foundation. He is a Senior Fellow of both the USAEE and the IEEJ and in 2018 was named by Petroleum Economist in its inaugural “Global Energy Elite” issue as among the ten most prominent individuals in energy banking and finance.

    Dr. Andrew Walker

    Vice President, LNG Strategy and Communication, Cheniere Marketing Ltd, UK

  • MPGC 2022 Speaker
  • LNGA 2022 Speaker
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    Dr. Andrew Walker is the Vice President for LNG Strategy and Communication for Cheniere.

    He is located in London and is responsible for the LNG strategy and market outlook of Cheniere, reporting into the Chief Commercial Officer.

    Until October 2015 he was Vice President for Global LNG - and prior to that Head of LNG Strategy - at BG Group where he worked for over 20 years before joining Cheniere.

    During his career in LNG he has been located in Singapore, Egypt, the USA and UK and has worked on numerous LNG projects including Atlantic LNG in Trinidad and Tobago, Egyptian LNG, and Dragon LNG in the UK.

    Dr. Walker has a Doctorate in Geology from Imperial College, University of London.

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