Global interest in heavy oil will focus on Aberdeen next week as delegates from more than 30 countries flock to the city for a biennial industry event.
More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the fourth World Heavy Oil Congress in the Granite City in its first visit to Europe.
It will include two conferences – one technical and one business-based – featuring more than 140 speakers in addition to social events and a free exhibition.
Wes Scott, executive vice-president at congress organiser dmg events, said: “As Aberdeen is the energy epicenter for the UK and Europe, it is extremely fitting that we bring together the world’s leading experts to discuss the challenges related to this important resource.”
The gathering, first held in 2006, is being hosted by Aberdeen City Council.
“Aberdeen is looking forward to welcoming the World Heavy Oil Congress,” said Aberdeen Lord Provost George Adam, adding: “The city is a world leader in the energy market and has enjoyed a long relationship with countries around the globe across all sectors of the industry.”
Speakers include Karl Johnny Hersvik, senior vice-president and head of research, development and innovation at Norwegian giant Statoil; John Rhind, vice-president of heavy-oil operations Shell UK; Andrew Carr, head of field development and production at the Department of Energy and Climate Change; Chen Bi, executive vice-president of China National Offshore Oil Corporation, and Steve Kew, the exploration and development director at Xcite Energy.
In previous years the congress has been held in China, Canada and Venezuela.
The World Heavy Oil Congress is being held at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre from Monday to Thursday.