UAE Energy Sector’s Role in Bolstering US-UAE Bilateral Trade Underscored at OTC 2013

May 7, 2013

HOUSTON, TEXAS (7 May 2013) The key role played by the UAE’s energy sector, particularly ADNOC, in furthering the US-UAE bilateral trade relationship was highlighted at a dinner reception in honor of UAE delegations taking part in the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC 2013), which opened at the Reliant Center in Houston, Texas (USA) on Monday.

The reception, hosted by the US-UAE Business Council on Sunday was attended by UAE trade delegates led by Ali Rashid Al-Jarwan, Chief Executive Officer of the Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO) and Head of ADNOC delegation and Abubaker Seddiq Al Khouri, Board Member of Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ADCCI) and Chairman of Aldar-Sorouh. The delegation included  CEOs and senior executives from ADNOC including, Saif Al Ghafli, Chief Executive Officer Al Hosn Gas, Ali Khalifa Al Shamsi, Director of Corporate Planning & Coordination, ADNOC and Darwish Al Qubaisi, General Manager of ESNAAD. 

Also attending were Emirati businessmen and staff of the UAE Embassy in Washington. The reception offered the attendees with an opportunity to network with senior executives and US government officials.

The officials underscored the strong partnership enjoyed by US and UAE companies.

Danny Sebright, President of the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council, provided opening remarks and welcomed the delegation to Houston.

Mr. Ali Al Jarwan, while highlighting the role of the oil sector in bolstering the bilateral US-UAE trade relations, spoke about ADNOC’s current and future projects which aim at enhancing oil and gas production to meet local, regional and global needs.

The reception was followed by a breakfast in honor of the delegation on the following day hosted by the Houston-Abu Dhabi Sister City Association. It was also attended by Talal Al Kaissi, Chief of Staff at the UAE Embassy Trade Office in Washington.

The officials discussed ways of enhancing the relationship between the two cities at various levels.  Guest speaker Pete Olson, a congressman from the US House of Representatives gave a keynote speech. On his part, Ali Al-Jarwan emphasized on the efforts being put in by both parties to enhance the twinship between Houston and Abu Dhabi which became Sister Cities in 2001. The officials exchanged commemoratives shields and gifts at the end of the meeting.

Meanwhile, the pavilion of ADNOC & Its Group of Companies at OTC 2013 attracted a record number of visitors on the opening day.

Taking part for the third consecutive year, the participation of ADNOC & its Group of Companies in the OTC 2013 is under the theme “Together we shape the future”. ADNOC is participating with a high level delegation comprising CEOs and senior executives.

The Group's participation is also part of their efforts to keep abreast with the current trends in the oil and gas industry. It is also an opportunity for the Group to share their expertise in the oil and gas industry with others and benefit from the latest technologies that contribute significantly in the development of gas and petrochemical industries in Abu Dhabi. 

ADNOC’s delegation is taking part in the conference and other sideline events to share insights, gain technical knowledge, stimulate debate and network with experts from around the world.

The design of ADNOC’s stand was created to be a welcoming place for both exhibition visitors and the company’s distinguished guests and VIPs. The ground floor mixes interactive components such as digital audio visual displays with Middle Eastern-inspired imagery while the upper floor has a private meeting area designed as a traditional Arabian majlis.

ADNOC also has a booth at the OTC Recruiting Now Pavilion with an eye on skilled professionals who could be potential recruits, mainly those with scarce skills, to support the growth of the Group’s business.

A fully integrated oil and gas company that ranks amongst the world’s biggest 10 energy giants, ADNOC has 15 subsidiary companies with operations covering all aspects of upstream and downstream processes in the petroleum industry.