Wednesday, 21 March 2018



9.00am – 9:05am:

Opening remarks: Catherine Watkins, Publisher, Hydrocarbon Processing

9:05am – 9:15am


Welcome remarks and official conference opening: Ministry of Energy. Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Republic of Cyprus

9:15am – 9:45am

Keynote: Luca Bertelli, Chief Exploration Officer, eni


Session One: The State of the Eastern Med – Where are we today?

9:45am – 10:15am

Cyprus Hydrocarbons Company

10:15am – 10.45am

Levant Basin geology, hydrocarbon potential and updates on first Israeli offshore bid round: Dr. Michael Gardosh, Head of Geology & Geophysics Department, Natural Resources Administration, The Ministry of Energy, State of Israel

10:45am – 11:15am

Coffee and networking Break


Session One (continued): The State of the Eastern Med – Where are we today?

11:15am – 11:45pm

The first offshore licensing round in Lebanon - updates: Wissam Edmond Chbat, Head of Geology and Geophysics, Lebanese Petroleum Administration

11:45pm – 12:15pm

The path to energy independence: Ministry of Petroleum, Arab Republic of Egypt (invited)


12:15pm – 1:15pm



Session Two: Expediting development of the region’s gas finds

1:15pm – 1:45pm

Leviathan update: Gene Kornegay, Country Manager and Vice President, Noble Energy (invited)

1:45pm – 2:15pm

Karish and Tanin update and other licensing updates: Mathios Rigas, Chief Executive Officer, Energean Oil & Gas

2:15pm – 3:00pm

Energizing the Eastern Med: Yaniv Friedman, Deputy CEO, Delek Drilling LP and Avner Oil LP

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Coffee and Networking Break


Session Three: Strategies to encourage foreign investment in the Eastern Med

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Egypt's new natural gas laws – Can private sector participation help Egypt become a regional gas hub?: Charles Ellinas, Chief Executive, E-C Natural Hydrocarbons Company Limited

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Panel discussion: Egyptian gas reform - Increasing investment, promoting activity and boosting the economy

Will Egypt’s new laws that allow the private sector to directly ship, transport, store, market and trade natural gas using the existing pipeline and network infrastructure encourage investment?


What are the challenges of implementing the regulations before February 2018?


Will the new legislation help Egypt achieve energy self-sufficiency by 2019?


Moderated by: Adrienne Blume, Editor, Gas Processing and Executive Editor, Hydrocarbon Processing



Closing Remarks: Adrienne Blume, Editor, Gas Processing and Executive Editor, Hydrocarbon Processing






Thursday, 22 March 2018



9:00am – 9:05am

Opening Remarks: Adrienne Blume, Editor, Gas Processing and Executive Editor, Hydrocarbon Processing


Session Four: Diversifying Supply Routes for the Eastern Med

9:05am – 9:35am

Keynote: TBA

9:35am – 10:05am

Africa and Eastern Mediterranean briefing 2017: the dash for exports: Lucas Schmitt. Senior Gas and LNG Analyst, Wood Mackenzie

10:05am – 10:30am

The LNG Imperative: John Royall, President and Chief Executive Officer, Gulf Publishing Company

10:30am -11:00am

Coffee and Networking Break


Session Five: Infrastructure Needs: Building for the future

11:00am – 11:30am

Driving forward natural gas supply chain in East Med: Panayiotis Mitrou, Technology & Innovation Manager, Marine & Offshore, South Europe, Lloyd’s Register

11:30am – 12:00pm

Meeting the demands of domestic market: Symeon Kassianides, Non Executive Chairman, The Natural Gas Public Company (DEFA)

12:00pm – 12:30pm

East Med Pipeline Project, an EU project of common interest: Matteo Restelli, Development Director, IGI Poseidon (invited)

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Networking Lunch


Session Six: Technological advancements - meeting the needs and demands for the East Med


Session 6-1: Exploration and Drilling

Session 6-2: Natural Gas and MNG

1:30pm – 2:00pm

Optimize drilling efficiency, time and cost: Poorya Saadati, National Iranian Oil Company

FLNG - An option for East Med gas production and export: Charles Ellinas, Chief Executive, E-C Natural Hydrocarbons Company Limited

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Facing the realities of methane hydrates Harvesting Techniques: Dr. Paul Potter, Training/Project Manager, SUBC Engineering Limited

Next generation solution for profitable LNG operations: Anand Chourikar, Tech Mahindra

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Management of change towards operational excellence: Tarique M. Yusuf, Process Engineer, Talal Al-Nabhan, Senior Process Engineer and Mahdi Al-Qazweeni, Team Leader, Operations Technical Services, Kuwait Oil Company

Strategic initiatives on air pollution control, environmental regulation: Shima Shahali, Mapna


3:00pm – 3:30pm

Networking Break


3:30pm – 4:00pm

Session 6-3: Completions and production, Pipelines

Session 6-4: Big data in operations


4:00pm – 4:30pm

Innovative and cost effective methods for flare gas recovery: Hamdy Faroun, Production Manager, East Zeit-Dana Petroleum

Digitalization - Project life cycle to plant life cycle: Sreekumar Pillai, Engineering Head, Larson & Tubro Limited


4:30pm – 5:00pm

Flow Assurance Study of Field Gas- Condensate Gathering Pipes System: Emad Rabeea, Senior Process Engineer, WASCO

Big data analytics: Process manufacturing industry perspective: Purohit Amit, General manager (Advanced data analytics), Aditya Birla Group





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