20th World Petroleum Congress first to be held in Middle East

London, UK, 5th December 2007

Qatar has won the bid to host the 20th World Petroleum Congress (WPC) in 2011, widely recognized as the "Olympics of the oil and gas industry". This is the first time in the WPC's 75-year history that the premier event for the global oil and gas industry will be held in the Middle East.

Following the vote during the annual WPC Council meeting in Uruguay last week, Dr. Randall G. Gossen, the President of the World Petroleum Council, congratulated the representatives from Qatar, HE the Minister of State for Energy and Industry, Mohamed al-Sada, and Qatar's WPC National Committee Chairman Abdulla Salatt. "We are pleased that Doha will be hosting the 20th World Petroleum Congress in 2011. It is long overdue that the Congress should be held in the region where the majority of the world's petroleum resources are based. With the strong commitment and support from the government of Qatar, we look forward to a truly historic event for the petroleum industry in 2011."

The WPC President also acknowledged the other participants in the bid and praised them for an excellent campaign. The Turkish city of Istanbul and Aberdeen of the UK were the two other candidate cities to host the 20th WPC. "We were delighted to have such strong candidates with Turkey, Qatar and the UK this time round. Their year long promotion of their bids around the world set a high standard for the preparation of the Congress and has invigorated and strengthened the World Petroleum Council's role in the industry today."

The World Petroleum Congress and its exhibition, held every three years, is regarded as the largest event of its kind for the oil and gas industry. The 19th WPC will be held in Madrid, Spain, next June and is expected to attract more than 4,000 delegates and 500 exhibitors. For a full programme and more information on how to register please go to www.19wpc.com

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About the World Petroleum Council

The World Petroleum Council was founded in London in 1933. It is an international, unbiased, non-political organisation that provides a forum for discussing world issues facing the oil and gas industry. The WPC is dedicated to scientific advances in the oil and gas industries, technology transfer and the promotion of the management of the world's petroleum resources for the benefit of mankind. Every three years, the World Petroleum Council hosts an international oil and gas congress hosted by one of its member countries. The 19th World Petroleum Congress will take place in Madrid in June 2008.

Trends and outlooks integral to the future success of the industry are the focus of discussions, forums and presentations. Delegates explore international business opportunities, exchange ideas on global issues, network and share the latest information on technology, business management and industry developments. High-level government delegations from member countries and thousands of delegates usually attend the congresses.

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