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Middle East Chapter Ends Year with Signature Events During ADIPEC

Chapter Chair Daniel Watson, Thomas Bruns, Leslie Beyer, Energy Workforce CEO

The Energy Workforce Middle East Chapter held its annual meeting and its second annual golf tournament during the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC). The Chapter led by Daniel Watson, Energy Alloys, provides an opportunity to strengthen strategic relationships while discussing key current energy policy issues impacting the local oil and gas, manufacturing and technology industries.

ADIPEC Engagement

During ADIPEC, Energy Workforce CEO Leslie Beyer and SVP Government Affairs Tim Tarpley, visited Member Company exhibits including Baker Hughes, Caterpillar, Cummins Arabia, Crane Worldwide Logistics, Forum Energy Technologies, Fugro, GD Energy Products, Halliburton, NOV, SLB and Weatherford. … see photo gallery

CEO Leslie Beyer

Beyer participated in an invitation-only leadership roundtable at ADIPEC centered on cross-sector partnerships for a rapid transition to clean global transportation. Many Energy Workforce Member Companies are invested in developing and implementing new, low-carbon fuels, including hydrogen. Beyer noted that cross-industry collaboration is essential for the successful proliferation of new, low-carbon fuels, as is infrastructure investment.

Regional Chapter Meeting

During the Chapter Meeting, presentations centered on topics critical to the regional energy services and technology sector – market outlook, DEI and workforce, and reducing carbon intensity. Thomas Bruns, U.S. Commercial Service, opened the meeting with comments on the regional outlook of the market while Advisory Board Member Megan Oberly, Helmerich & Payne, discussed how drillers see the markets in the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia, UAE, Kuwait and Oman.

Leslie Beyer, Christine Belanger, Martha Salas, Latifa Aal Said, Daniel Watson

Martha Salas, Shawcor, moderated the meeting’s panel on diversity, equity and inclusion and the Middle East workforce with Latifa Aal Said, Baker Hughes; Christine Belanger, Mubadala Health; and Leslie Beyer, Energy Workforce. The panel discussed how businesses in the region have approached the subject and engaged different dimensions of diversity and how women have advanced in leadership and what companies can do to continue the progress.

Ian Norton, Cummins Arabia, concluded the meeting with a presentation focused on the decarbonization of oil and gas production and the technologies involved. In drilling, the industry will see the use of diesel as fuel diminish over the next 5-20 years, while well servicing will see increased use of natural gas and generally electrification of the oilfield continues to grow. The industry is also exploring alternative fuels and different power sources as ways to reduce customer fuel costs and reduce emissions. … see presentation

Golf Tournament

During the sold-out golf tournament, teams competed for prizes and connected with vendors and customers at the Trump International Golf Club in Dubai. During the tournament and meeting, attendees had opportunities to connect with colleagues in the region and better understand what business opportunities and challenges the sector is facing in-country. The Energy Workforce Middle East Chapter will continue to focus on delivering events that provide opportunities to connect with customers and better understand the markets in 2023.

Energy Workforce would like to thank the golf tournament sponsors: Cummins Arabia; DistributionNOW; NOV; SPM, A Caterpillar Company; TripleFast Middle East, and strategic sponsors Chevron and SLB.

If you are interested in engaging with the Middle East Chapter, contact Maria Suarez-Simmons.

Maria Suarez-Simmons, Director Government Affairs, writes about industry-specific policies for the Energy Workforce & Technology Council. Click here to subscribe to the Energy Workforce newsletter, which highlights sector-specific issues, best practices, activities and more.


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