21st World Petroleum Congress

15 - 19 June, 2014, Moscow, Russia

Houston the energy capital of the world won the bid to host the World Petroleum Congress in 2020. The 23rd WPC will run from 6-10 December 2020.


From the 15-19 June 2014 Russia hosted the 21st World Petroleum Congress in Moscow. With over 5000 delegates and exhibition space of more than 50,000 sqm, this Congress once again cemented its role as the "Olympics of the oil and gas industry". With plenary and keynote addresses from the most influential industry leaders, 600 plus expert presentations and over 500 CEOs and thousands of specialists to network with, the Congress was one of the most successful in the 80 year history of WPC.

Highlights of the Congress included the Opening Ceremony at the Kremlin Palace and the Russian Night in Gorky Park, together with regular features such as the Global Business Opportunities Centre with country stands from the 70 WPC member countries. The four technical blocks provided technical papers from all aspects of the energy industry. In addition, poster presenters used the digital Poster Plaza. Sustainability was well represented throughout the technical sessions and also in the exhibition showcasing social responsibility projects..

Congress Theme: Responsibly Energising a Growing World

As the world population increases, access to affordable, safe and reliable sources of energy will be a key factor in promoting economic development and well-being for humankind. Oil and natural gas will continue to be the world’s leading energy resource for the foreseeable future. Meeting future demand in a sustainable and socially responsible manner will require massive investments, leading edge technologies, the highest skilled human resources, and superior ethical business practices. Producers, consumers, governments and societies need to cooperate responsibly to develop all energy resources. To do so, the industry has to energise its professionals; in particular the youth, to become even more innovative in ensuring future growth.

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21st WPC: Note of Appreciation

We would like to express our deepest gratitude for your support and participation in the 21st World Petroleum Congress in Moscow this June.

The 21st World Petroleum Congress, held from 15th to the 19th June, 2014, was a huge achievement which brought together 10,198 attendees from 119 countries around the world. With 34 Ministers and 692 speakers, the Congress managed to address all aspects of the oil and gas industry including the upstream and downstream sector, natural gas and renewables and the sustainable management of the industry. The Congress was followed by over 1,000 press representatives and had live coverage of several sessions in the global networks. The WPC App which accompanied the event was downloaded by over 4,000 participants to enhance their event experience and provide additional networking opportunities with the attendees. We are grateful to the unwavering support of all those involved, in particular the 544 young volunteers who so generously gave of their time and labour to make the Congress such a big success.

The 50.000 m2 World Petroleum Exhibition accompanying the Congress broke a new record, with 30% more space than the previous Congress in Doha. It attracted 16,788 visitors to the stands representing 542 exhibiting companies.

We congratulate the Russian Organising Team under the leadership of the Chair, HE Arkady Dvorkovich, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation and the Deputy Chair, Mr Vladimir Evtushenko, Chair of the Russian National Committee on delivering a world-class Congress in Moscow and look forward to welcoming you all again to the 22nd World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul in 2017.

21st WPC Statistics

Total Number of Registered Attendees: 10,198

Incl. registered delegates and exhibitors


Total Number of Delegates: 4,885

Media Representatives: 1,146

Speakers and Presenters: 692

Volunteers: 544

Accompanying persons: 244

Number of countries represented: 119

Number of companies represented: 1,500


World Petroleum Exhibition (WPE)

Size of World Petroleum Exhibition: 50,000 m2

Number of exhibiting companies: 542

Number of exhibitors: 4,947

Number of exhibiting countries: 61

Total Number of Visitors: 16,788


The Organisation
World Petroleum Council Vision
The World Petroleum Congress
Mission, Values and Principles
Key Strategic Areas

The Organisation

The World Petroleum Council is the world's premier global oil and gas forum and is the only international organization representing all aspects of the petroleum sector. 2008 marked the 75th anniversary of the organization. The WPC was established in 1933 with the intent to promote the management of the world's petroleum resources for the benefit of mankind. The WPC's prime function is to catalyse and facilitate dialogue among stakeholders, both internal and external to the petroleum industry on key technical, social, environmental and management issues in order to contribute towards seeking solutions to those issues.

WPC Executive Committee
WPC Executive Committee 2008-2011

Accordingly the WPC does not have a formal position on issues but does act as a forum to bring together in dialogue the various sectors of society that have views on specific issues. WPC is a non-advocacy, non-political organisation and has accreditation as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) from the UN. The WPC is dedicated to the application of scientific advances in the oil and gas industries, to technology transfer and to the use of the world's petroleum resources for the benefit of all.

Headquartered in London, the World Petroleum Council includes over 60 member countries from around the world representing over 95% of global oil and gas production and consumption. WPC membership is unique as it includes both OPEC and Non-OPEC countries with representation of National Oil Companies (NOC's) as well as Independent Oil Companies (IOC's). Each country has a national committee made up from representatives of the oil and gas industry, academia and research institutions and government departments. Governing body is the Council consisting of representation from each of the country national committees.

Every three years the Council organises the World Petroleum Congress hosted by one of its member countries. The triennial Congress is also known as the "Olympics" of the petroleum industry and covers all aspects of the industry from technological advances in upstream and downstream operations to the role of natural gas and renewables, management of the industry and its social, economic and environmental impact. In addition, outside stakeholders such as governments, other industry sectors, NGOs and international institutions have also joined in the dialogue.

World Petroleum Council Vision

The WPC's core value and purpose, as stated in the Constitution, centres on sustaining and improving the lives of people throughout the world.

The World Petroleum Council's (WPC) main purpose is to catalyse and facilitate dialogue amongst internal and external stakeholders aimed at seeking solutions to key technical, social, environmental and management challenges in global energy issues for the benefit of mankind. In doing so, the WPC will contribute towards sustainable growth.

The WPC does not take a position on the key issues facing oil and gas; but it provides a forum where the solutions to key challenges can be addressed.

The World Petroleum Congress

congress_logo_smallEvery three years, the World Petroleum Council organizes the World Petroleum Congress as the principal meeting place for a global discussion of oil and gas issues. Following a twelve month campaign period, one of the candidate countries is selected by its fellow Council members to host the next World Petroleum Congress. Qatar will be the host of the 20th World Petroleum Congress in 2011 (www.20wpc.com)

2011 - 20th WPC, Doha 1979 – 10th WPC, Bucharest
2008 - 19th WPC, Madrid 1975 – 9th WPC, Tokyo
2005 – 18th WPC, Johannesburg 1971 – 8th WPC, Moscow
2002 – 17th WPC, Rio 1967 – 7th WPC, Mexico City
2000 – 16th WPC, Calgary 1963 – 6th WPC, Frankfurt
1997 – 15th WPC, Beijing 1959 – 5th WPC, New York
1994 – 14th WPC, Stavanger 1955 – 4th WPC, Rome
1991 – 13th WPC, Buenos Aires 1951 – 3rd WPC, The Hague
1987 – 12th WPC, Houston 1937 – 2nd WPC, Paris
1983 – 11th WPC, London  1933 – 1st WPC, London

Beyond the triennial Congress, the World Petroleum Council is regularly involved with a number of other meetings such as the WPC Youth Forum, the WPC-UN Global Compact Best Practice Forum a joint WPC / OPEC workshop on CO2 sequestration, reduction of methane flaring, opportunities for enhanced oil recovery, dispute resolution, calculating reserves and resources, regional integration and the oil, gas and infrastructure developments in Africa.

Mission, Values and Principles


The WPC is the only organisation representing the global oil and gas community. The Council's core value and purpose centres on sustaining and improving the lives of people around the world, through:

  • enhanced understanding of issues and challenges.
  • networking opportunities in a global forum.
  • co-operation (partnerships) with other organisations
  • an opportunity to showcase the industry and demonstrate best practise.
  • a forum for developing business opportunities.
  • information dissemination via congresses, reports, regional meetings and workshops.
  • initiatives for recruiting and retaining expertise and skills to the industry.
  • awareness of environmental issues, conservation of energy and sustainable solutions


The WPC values strongly:

  • Respect for individuals and cultures world wide
  • Unbiased and objective views
  • Integrity
  • Transparency
  • Good governance
  • A positive perception of energy from petroleum
  • Science and technology
  • The views of all stakeholders
  • And the management of the world's petroleum resources for the benefit of all


The WPC seeks to be identified with its mission and flexible enough so that it can embrace change and adapt to it. The WPC has to be:

  • pro-active and responsive to changes and not merely led by them
  • creative and visionary, so that we add value for all
  • challenging, so that our goals require effort to attain but are realistic and achievable
  • focused, so that our goals are clear and transparent
  • understandable to all

Key Strategic Areas

World Class Congress
to deliver a quality, premier world class oil and gas congress

Inter Congress Activities
to organise fora for cooperation and other activities on specific topics and to organise regional events of relevance to WPC members and all stakeholders

Co-operation eith other stakeholders
to add value by cooperating with other organisations to seek synergies and promote best practice.

to increase awareness, of WPC's activities, through enhanced communication, both internally and externally.

Global Representation
to attract and retain worldwide involvement in WPC.

Youth (and Gender) Engagement
to increase the participation of young people and women in oil and gas issues, including the establishment of a dedicated Youth Committee for the development of active networking opportunities with young people.

to create a central WPC legacy fund to benefit communities and individuals around the world based on WPC's mission


The Council is the governing body of the World Petroleum Council which convenes once a year. Its global membership elects the President and an Executive Committee every three years to develop and execute its strategy. The Council also selects the host country for the next World Petroleum Congress from the candidate countries. To ensure the scientific and topical quality of the event the Council elects a Congress Programme Committee whose members are responsible for delivering the high-level content for its Congresses.

The Secretariat of the World Petroleum Council is based in London, under the leaderhsip of the Director General and his dedicated team.

JournalistsWorld Petroleum Congress in Moscow:  Call for Papers is announced

On February 22, 2013, the city of Moscow held a press-conference with the 21st World Petroleum Congress Organizing Committee Chairman and Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Arkady Dvorkovich, Deputy Organizing Committee Chairman and Board of Directors AFK Sistema Chairman Vladimir Evtushenkov, and the director of the non-profit partnership Russian National Committee of the World Petroleum Council Vladimir Kornev.

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Over 150 industry leaders invited personally21st WPC Organizing Committee Chairman and Russian Deputy Prime Minister in charge of Energy, Arkady Dvorkovich, sent a personal letter of invitation to over 150 industry leaders worldwide. This list included the heads of all the largest national and international oil and gas companies, as well as the most important service companies. The initiative demonstrates the support of the Russian Government for the 21st WPC, and encourages all major oil and gas organisations worldwide to support and participate actively in the most prestigious event of the industry.

Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner YildizRepresentatives of the 21-st World Petroleum Congress organizing committee visited Turkish gas and petrochemical industry exhibition and conference, TUROGE-2013, April 9-10, at the hotel «Sheraton», Ankara, as a part of global promo-campaign.

This is an annual big event, which brings together key industry players and provides an opportunity for regional and international oil and gas community to share experiences and networking. The conference was organized by international company ITE, Turkish Petroleum Corporation, the Turkish Association of Petroleum Geologists  and UCTEA – Chamber of Geophysical Engineers were a co-organizers.

21st World Petroleum Congress in conjunction with the Turkish Association of Petroleum Geologists presented their stand. Accompanied by the President of the Turkish Association of Petroleum Geologists Ismail Bakhtiar the stand was visited by Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz and other guests from the U.S., Canada, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Poland, Israel, Turkey, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Russia.

Members of the Organizing Committee of 21 World Petroleum CongressMembers of the Organizing Committee of 21 World Petroleum Congress took part in the Program Committee meeting, which was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 14 -17 april in Hotel Royal Tulip. Director of Russian National Committee of the World Petroleum Council Vladimir Kornev made a presentation on the meeting. He spoke of the Congress preparation  process and the main steps, which have been done in this direction.




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