Lord Browne addresses Members’ Congress
The Members of the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) met face-to-face for the first time in three years for the IOGP Members’ Congress and 48th Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM). The event, just outside of London, was co-sponsored by bp and Shell a featured a host of industry speakers and workshops highlighting the breadth of the IOGP work programme.
Industry heavyweight Lord Browne of Madingley gave a keynote address that highlighted the need to find pragmatic forms of project financing, the importance of carbon pricing, and the need to build trust as a sector.
Outgoing Chair, Fawaz (Fuzzy) Bitar, Senior Vice President, HSE & Carbon, bp, gave a passionate speech on climate change, his son’s perception of our industry, and the work we need to do to be considered part of the solution.
Reidar Gjærum, former Global Head of Communications at Equinor, explored future reputational challenges for the oil and gas sector, and highlighted previous success cases. The morning concluded with a workshop to inform IOGP’s strategic direction.
The second half of the day included a panel session moderated by IOGP’s Workforce Energy Project Director, Evelyn Maclean-Quick, focusing on how to recruit the next generation of industry talent. Simon Sjøthun, Partner at Rystad Energy, presented the main findings of the flagship study co-sponsored by IOGP and API, “Rebalancing Europe’s gas supply: opportunities in a new era”.
The final session of the day was an open forum with IOGP CEO Iman Hill, where the Members took the opportunity to ask about the Association’s strategy, the industry environment, and her personal experience as a woman rising through the ranks.
The second day featured a Committee poster session, where representatives from IOGP Committees and Groups presented to groups of Members about their work programmes, cross-collaboration, and common themes. The posters focused on collaboration, standardization, data, and benchmarking, as well as advocacy in Europe and across the globe.
During the formal EGM, Iman Hill presented her annual highlights across IOGP functions and regions, including recognition of the achievements of specific Committee representatives and Secretariat staff, as well as plans for regional engagements in 2023. The resolutions at the EGM approved the new Articles of Association, a new fee structure, and the Business Plan and Budget for 2023. The EGM also marked the handover of the position of Chair of the Association to Kim McHugh, Vice President, Wells, of Chevron.
The next general meeting is scheduled for 9th May 2023, with the location to be confirmed.