Navigating through uncertainty’ – the theme for the EI’s International Petroleum Week 2016

‘Navigating through uncertainty’ – the theme for the EI’s International Petroleum Week 2016

The Energy Institute (EI) has launched the programme for its International Petroleum Week 2016. The theme of this 3-day event, held on 9-11 February 2016 in London, will be ‘Navigating through uncertainty’. The conference will discuss the shifting outlook of supply and demand and strategies for a challenging environment.

IP Week 2016 will take place just over a year since the start of falling oil prices and two months after the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris. The sector faces an exceptional set of challenges going forward. During the week, delegates will have an opportunity to hear from global leaders sharing their thoughts on trends, issues and opportunities in the oil and gas industry. Shifts in supply and demand, price fluctuations, upstream technological advances, finance and human capital concerns will drive the conversation throughout the sessions of this well-established annual gathering of senior oil and gas executives.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Fatih Birol HonFEI, Chief Economist and Director – Global Energy Economics, International Energy Agency;
  • Roberto Casula, Chief Development, Operations and Technology Officer, eni;
  • Dr Dieter Helm CBE, Professor of Energy Policy, Oxford University; and
  • Professor Sir David King FRS HonFEI, UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change.

The IP Week programme is developed by a board of industry experts. The chair of the IP Week 2016 programme committee, Raphael Vermeir CBE CEng FEI Chartered Petroleum Engineer, Vice President – Government Affairs International, ConocoPhillips, says, ‘I’ve been attending IP Week for the best part of 20 years. It is the essential event for anyone working in oil and gas.’

He continues, ‘As a forum, IP Week brings together industry figures to discuss the strategic issues and challenges in our sector. It is the perfect place to engage on highly relevant industry topics, to keep up-to-date on the latest ideas, and to network with fellow oil and gas professionals.’

IP Week 2016 will be the first oil and gas event held after COP21 and on the second day of the programme, Wednesday 10 February 2016, it will feature a dedicated conference discussing how to meet the long-term climate change goals and targets that will lead the industry towards a more sustainable economy. The session, entitled ‘Energy in a carbon constrained world’, will set the scene on climate change, and feature presentations on the role of hydrocarbons and what our future energy system will look like.

The 2016 event will close with the traditional black tie IP Week dinner – one of the largest social gatherings of the oil and gas industry. Ryan Lance, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ConocoPhillips, will deliver the keynote address as Guest of Honour, sharing his experiences and views on the future outlook of the oil and gas industry.

Registration is now open for delegate bookings, with an early bird rate available until 23 October 2015. For more information, visit


Notes to editor: The Energy Institute (EI) is the leading chartered professional membership body for the energy industry, supporting over 21,000 individuals working in or studying energy and 200 energy companies worldwide. The EI provides learning and networking opportunities to support professional development, as well as professional recognition and technical and scientific knowledge resources on energy in all its forms and applications. The EI’s purpose is to develop and share knowledge, skills and good practice towards a safe, secure, affordable and sustainable energy system. A registered charity, the EI serves society by offering scientifically sound information on energy issues and a neutral platform for debate. As the only industry-wide professional body, covering all disciplines and forms of energy, the EI has great strength in the diversity and expertise of its members.

The EI’s ambition is to:

  • Help improve understanding of energy and the quality of the debate
  • Support energy professionals and help deliver the skills the industry needs
  • Drive up standards, promoting excellence in practice


In doing so, the EI adheres to core values of independence, professionalism, integrity and sound science. For more information, please visit

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