The 11th Offshore Mediterranean Conference and Exhibition, will take place in Ravenna from March 20 to 22, 2013.

The OMC 2013, which takes place every two years, is the most important event of the oil & gas industry in the Mediterranean region, attended by representatives of the producing countries not only from this region (Algeria, Egypt, Libya), but also from Sub-Saharan Africa (Congo, Angola, Mozambique) and the Middle East (Qatar, Iraq).

The inauguration, which took place on 20 March at 10.30 am with a plenary session on the theme  of Charting a course in a changing sea, was chaired by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Economic Development, Claudio De Vincenti , and by Eni, chief executive Paolo Scaroni, with the representatives of Egypt, Iraq, Algeria and Libya.

The programme was enhanced with workshops such as that organised by Assomineraria: O & G in Italy: Reaching the Industrial Targets of the National Energy Strategy, which included a contribution by Claudio Descalzi, Eni’s Chief Operating Officer.

General session

20 March 2013

10.30 Opening and Welcome Addresses
11.00 General Session:

"Charting a new course in a constantly changing sea"

At a time of critical events and new energy resources new strategies are required from the industry, as well as the producing and consuming countries.



CLAUDIO DE VINCENTI, Undersecretary, Ministry for Economic Development
OSSAMA KAMAL, Minister of Petroleum, Egypt
ABDULKAREEM LUAIBI, Minister of Oil, Iraq
AHMED MECHERAOUI, Energy Minister’s Advisor, Algeria
JONATHAN LEWIS, Senior V.P. for Europe Sub Saharan Africa, Halliburton
SATISH PAI, Executive V.P. Operations, Schlumberger


The event, which will take place in a facility of over 20,000 m² and will gather about 550 exhibitors from thirty different countries, will be attended by all the major European, North African and Middle Eastern oil companies (ENI, Edison, Total, Shell, Sonatrach, EGPC, EGAS, NOC, Crosco, Ina, Qatar Petroleum).



  • 20.582 m² facility ( + 9% with respect to 2011): 6 pavilions, 5 conference halls, 1 press conference room, 1 meeting room, lecture hall with 150 seats, one restaurant, three cafes)
  • 549 exhibitors from 30 different countries (+ 17% with respect to 2011)
  • 120 papers selected by the Scientific Committee
  • 26 technical sessions over a three-day agenda
  • speakers from 22 countries


Regarding technical contents, the Scientific Committee has reviewed a high number of papers, selecting 120 to be presented in 26 technical sessions.

The results achieved by the upstream oil industry in scientific, technological and professional fields, and not only in traditional operations, but also in the frontier areas were presented. Special attention was devoted to the management of occupational safety and environmental compatibility. In particular, three issues of great interest were examined:


  • Exploration – renewed interest after recent offshore discoveries in the East Mediterranean, which will be carefully monitored in the coming years for their implications for European markets.
  • Unconventional technologies - technology developments to increase productivity and minimize the environmental impact of developing shale oil and gas fields, thanks to new techniques such as hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.
  • Technologies for the Future - nanotechnology for drilling, use of cloud computing in reservoir simulation and use of robots for deep water operations.


SPECIAL SESSION on "Social Responsibility"
A work session was dedicated to the issue of social responsibility. For some time companies have adopted a new approach to the countries where extraction activities are carried out.


The programme was enhanced by a series of dedicated workshops:

  • new control systems to optimize production, increase efficiency, reduce energy consumption and guarantee safety;
  • developments and advances in planning, building, and operating new service vessels, used in increasingly hard geographic and climatic conditions;
  • offshore wind power, the new frontier for renewable energy sources.



  • Italian-Norwegian Energy Forum attended by government officials and by associations of companies operating in the two countries (ROCA and INTSOK).
  • Assomineraria Workshop: "Oil&Gas in Italy: Reaching the Industrial Targets of the National Energy Strategy". The energy sector can give a substantial contribution to meeting the targets of the Italian National Energy Strategy. Related activities could originate investments for €15 billion and create 25,000 jobs. Increasing national production by 10% will allow cutting the energy bill and increasing fiscal revenues. Mr Claudio Descalzi, ENI COO and President of Assomineraria, will attend.

Student Arena & Events

Great importance is given to future human resources. This initiative launched in 2009 and well received by the industry and by colleges, provides an opportunity for college students and companies to meet and discuss job opportunities and careers in the oil & gas sector.
This year the OMC introduced the Student Contest, a competition organised by SPE Europe (Society of Petroleum Engineers) which enabled European undergraduate or graduate students to present their research to an audience of industry experts.


On the finge of the conference a series of traditional Social Events were organised:

  • Golf Tournament and Welcome Party, Tuesday March 19
  • Gala Dinner, to give participants the opportunity to network, Wednesday March 20
  • Concert in the Basilica di Sant’Apollinare in Classe, Thursday  March 21


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