On the 30th April 1935, the first oil well in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was spudded in Dammam
No1. The hole was drilled by the method of cable tool. 87 years later, advances and innovations in the
field of drilling technology have been staggering and enable what no one thought would be possible in
1935, like safely drilling extended reach wells of more than 6 km to reach reservoirs that can be a few
feet thick. Our panel of distinguished oilfield and drilling leaders will share their vision of our industry’s
drilling path and discuss what are the key milestones that mark this extraordinary and innovative
journey. They will also share their vision for the future of the drilling industry and how our industry
needs to evolve to adapt to today’s challenges.
The fourth industrial revolution is disrupting and impacting all aspects of our lives and work.
Furthermore, it will undeniably continue transforming and disrupting all aspects of what we do. To
successfully disrupt the present circumstances, innovation should improve efficiencies and lower costs
while remaining safe, removing risks, removing failures, and becoming increasingly sustainable. So
what does that mean for the energy sector? This panel will discuss critical technologies forming part of
IR 4.0, including robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, the industrial internet of things,
cloud storage, big data, and analytics. The panelists will share the innovations molding our sector to
understand where the industry is headed. We will also discuss the skill sets personnel and companies
should develop as the workforce requirements transform. And finally, we will discuss the near future
and how we see 2030 and beyond.
The “The impact of emerging technologies on the industry’s carbon footprint reduction” panel will
cover a broad spectrum of solutions contributing to emissions reduction commitment. The panelists
will share their experience and thoughts on sustainability journey, technology advancements and
strategies addressing challenges on the way to Net Zero.
The panel will also focus on how Oil & Gas Industry is adapting towards acceleration of the
environmental sustainability progress. The role of leadership in the carbon reduction initiatives from
the operator’s perspective, academia and the service sector will be discussed as well. The panelists
will also offer their views on the strategies to achieve consistency with the global/international
approaches while tailoring them to the KSA circumstances.