AIPN 2019 International Petroleum Summit

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Networking Opportunities

Speed Networking Event
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. • Tuesday, May 21 • Marriott Marquis • Houston Ballroom 5-7, Level 2

Face-to-face networking is a powerful & necessary tool for one’s career.  Whether you are new to the industry or a seasoned negotiator, AIPN understands the value that networking has in enhancing your career.  The AIPN International Petroleum Summit is the perfect forum to maximize your networking opportunities, especially through this offering available to all attendees - a speed networking event.  This structured and fast-paced event will be held before the conference this year so that you can build upon your connections throughout the event. 

Speed networking is similar to speed dating, but in a business environment, where participants will have exposure to many people in a short amount of time.  You will have the chance to meet with another fellow attendee in a one-on-one, five-minute information exchange, moving on to the next five-minute exchange with another attendee, and so on.  During each round, you should introduce yourself, mentioning where you are located, what your professional title is and what your main job responsibilities are.  At the halfway point of each round, it’s then the second individual’s turn to speak.  The number of rounds you will go through will depend on the number of those who sign-up but you should expect to have between 6-10 one-on-one meetings.  The event will conclude with a cocktail reception, allowing time for open, unstructured networking.  Participants can use this time to speak with those they did not have a chance to speak with or to seek out those who they would like to continue the conversation with. 
All IPS attendees are invited to participate in this not-to-be-missed event, no matter your registration type! In an effort to streamline the onsite registration process for participants, this year the event will be limited to 80 participants (including 8 student participants) and will be on a first come, first serve basis with no pre-registration required

Please click here to read more about what to expect during the event.

Welcome Reception
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Tuesday, May 21 • Marriott Marquis • Houston Ballroom Foyer, Level 2

Join us for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and an opportunity to connect with IPS attendees. The reception is the perfect way to catch up with industry colleagues and create new business contacts the night before we start the conference, all while enjoying lovely views of downtown Houston.

Included in Full Delegate and Networking Only registrations. (Not included in Day Delegate registrations).

$130 Additional tickets  |  Dress code: business casual

Breakfasts, Lunches, Networking Breaks

Delegates are invited to join fellow attendees in the networking areas for breakfasts, lunches and coffee breaks.  These scheduled networking times are ideal for idea sharing, meeting colleagues and making new contacts.  Start your day off each morning at the continental breakfast and talk to others about what’s to come for that day.  Use your time at the coffee breaks to meander the foyer area and enjoy the displays symbolic of the oil & gas industry.  Take part in networking time while enjoying a bite to eat at the conference luncheons taking place on Wednesday & Thursday.

Gala & Awards Dinner
7:00 – 11:00 p.m. • Wednesday, May 22 • Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Join us at the AIPN Gala & Awards Dinner to celebrate outstanding members of AIPN as well as recognize professionals and organizations for their outstanding achievements to the oil & gas industry. Three prestigious awards will be awarded in total: Deal of the Year, Discovery of the Year and Venture of the Year. For more details on how to make nominations, please scroll down to “AIPN Awards”. The evening will start with a cocktail reception, followed by a three-course dinner and awards presentation. The Hobby Center boasts fantastic views of Houston's skyscrapers, Tranquility Park and Houston City Hall. Get ready for a spectacular evening of networking with fellow attendees and guests!

Included in Full Delegate and Networking Only registrations. (Not included in Day Delegate registrations). Can't make the full conference but would like to attend the Gala Dinner? Single dinner tickets may be purchased without attending the conference. Please email to purchase single tickets. Please note that single or guest dinner tickets must be purchased in advance (no later than May 17) and cannot be purchased onsite at the dinner venue.

$250 Additional tickets  |  Dress code: business attire such as suits and dresses; tuxedos and evening gowns not necessary.

AIPN Awards

The AIPN 2019 IPS will feature a Gala & Awards Dinner on Wednesdsay, May 22 where esteemed professionals & organizations will be recognized for their outstanding achievements to the oil & gas industry. The objective of the AIPN Awards is to celebrate certain impactful industry achievements, underpinned by international petroleum negotiations and transactions that promote and embody the principles of AIPN in the oil and gas industry. 

Award Categories

Deal of the Year: This award recognizes an outstanding and noteworthy M&A transaction, occurring between January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018, and having been announced or made public.

Discovery of the Year: This award will be given to a company who has made a highly significant oil or gas discovery, or an addition to discovered resources through exploration and appraisal activities, occurring between January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018, and having been announced or made public.

Venture of the Year: This award recognizes a new and significant commercial partnership, joint venture, arrangement or initiative (other than an M&A deal), occurring between January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018, and having been announced or made public.

2019 Award Finalists

Deal of the Year

USA: BP & BHP Billiton (BP's acquisition of BHP Billiton's shale assets)

Mexico: DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG & Sierra Oil and Gas (DEA's acquisition of Sierra Oil and Gas)

Norway: A/S Norske Shell & OKEA A/S (OKEA's acquisition of Draugen and Gjoa assets from A/S Norske Shell)

Discovery of the Year

Guyana: ExxonMobilHessCNOOC International for their discoveries on the Stabroek Block

Russia: NovatekTotal for their North-Obskoye discovery

Cyprus: EniTotal for their Calypso Block 6 offshore discovery

Venture of the Year

Russia: Gazprom NeftMubadala PetroleumRussian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) for establishing a venture to develop oil fields in the Tomsk and Omsk regions of Western Siberia

Mauritania & Senegal: Kosmos EnergyBPSMHPMPetrosen for the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project development agreement

Brazil: ANP in recognition for its combined successful efforts in the 15th Concession Bid Round & the 4th Production Sharing Contract Bid Round

Award Methodology

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January 7, 2019 – Call for award nominations open
March 4, 2019 – Call for award nominations close
March 5, 2019 – Nominations are sorted and forwarded to Awards Committee
April 1, 2019 – Finalists are announced
May 22, 2019 – Award winners are announced at the AIPN 2019 IPS Gala & Awards Dinner

2018 Award Winners

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Deal of the Year

UK (North Sea) - Shell & Chrysaor

Discovery of the Year

Mexico (Zama) - Talos, Sierra & Premier

Venture of the Year

Mozambique (Area 4) - ENI &  ExxonMobil