The 26th Annual Middle East Petroleum and Gas Conference (MPGC 2018) was successfully held from April 22-24 at Jumeriah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi UAE. Organised and produced by Conference Connection, in Abu Dhabi for the 7th time with the support of ADNOC, MPGC 2018 welcomed 350 participants from 35 countries in the Middle East/Mena region, the Asia-Pacific,   African Subcontinent, Europe and the Americas, with over 550 at MPGC Week events 2018.

The highlight of the Official Opening, was the Conference Chairman’s Crystal Ball, delivered by Dr Fereidun Fesharaki presented the state of the oil markets featuring OPEC/Non-OPEC Plans, demand growth and geopolitical risks, with the need to separate  hype from reality.  The eagerly awaited Crystal Ball concluded that the oil markets have rebalanced with oil prices approaching the $85 per barrel range in 2018.


Highlights of MPGC 2018 Agenda and Sessions


MPGC Hosts over the years at the 26th Annual MPGC

MPGC welcomed many of its National Oil Company Hosts for the 26th edition in Abu Dhabi, plus its hosts for other key events in the Gulf.  In addition to H.E Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO of the ADNOC Group, CEOs and senior management of KPC, ENOC and BAPCO  past hosts for MPGC,  participated in the Keynote and Plenary Sessions and attended networking functions as well as the VIP Majlis.  MPGC Hosts were joined by the Government and Port of Fujairah delegations who are hosts for the Fujairah Bunkering Week held biennially in Fujairah (


MPGC Mobile App/Audience Voting

The MPGC audience polling, a key tool driving participant engagement, dialogue and discussion, continued to generate keen interest, attracting more than 1285 votes over 29 polls on Brent prices, OPEC policies, US crude exports, demand growth, IMO 2020 issues, oil futures, refinery margins, the future of downstream, upside upstream potential and the electric car revolution.

A snapshot of key conclusions from the polls:


MPGC:  Networking,   Hosted Functions and Hospitality Suites

20 Hours of extended networking, two networking lounges ADNOC Gala Dinner, Hospitality suites by BGN, BAPCO, ENOC, Penthol and Trafigura were amongst key companies that hosted MPGC 2018 Hospitality Suites and key annual meetings with their clients as part of official MPGC 2019 Week of activities.






A highlight of social engagements was the MPGC Gala Dinner hosted by ADNOC on 23rd April which welcomed over 350 MPGC participants, VIPs and ADNOC guests in an elegant setting, with a sumptuous dinner and entertainment,   providing an opportunity to renew old friendships and forge new relationships.

Conference Connection and S&P Global Platts each hosted a networking lounges to foster on-site interaction and engagement by MPGC 2018 stakeholders comprising  Hosts,  speakers, delegates, sponsors and the industry media.

MPGC Week  2018 Sponsors

MPGC Week 2018 enjoyed outstanding industry support from Hosts and corporate sponsors and welcomed leading brands as sponsors BGN, DME, Penthol, Vitol, with hospitality extended by ADNOC for the MPGC Gala Dinner and Uniper and Shell for MPGC coffee breaks.


MPGC in the Media 

MPGC Speakers and Sessions received wide media coverage with more than 40 print and broadcast media groups represented including industry publications, bi-lingual news dailies from the UAE and GCC, price reporting services, wire services and both international and regional TV Stations.

MPGC 2018 Press and video clips are available at:

Watch these videos on MPGC 2018

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MPGC Week 2018

MPGC Week events and co-located annually with MPGC with a series of one and two-day courses and conferences on specialised subjects with MPGC 2018 as the anchor event.   MPGC Week events have been conceptualised to cater to specialised industry needs of delegates and nearly 550 participants from fifty (50) countries attended MPGC Week 2018 events, many attended two or more events, which comprised:

The 27th series of the Middle East Petroleum and Gas Conference (MPGC 2018) will see the iconic event back in Dubai where it was first launched to be hosted by the Emirates National Oil Company with the dates to be announced.

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