Unconventional Fossil Fuels: The Next Hydrocarbon Revolution?

Annual Energy Conference 19

  • 29 - 30 October 2013

Under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and President of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), the ECSSR organized its 19th Annual Energy Conference under the title ‘Unconventional Fossil Fuels: The Next Hydrocarbon Revolution?’ from October 29-30, 2013, at its office complex in Abu Dhabi. The rise and competitiveness of unconventional fossil fuels, considered by many as long-term ‘game changers’ in the world of energy, was addressed during the conference. Their influence on global energy dynamics, supply and demand and geopolitics, as well as their prospective role in the future of energy and its related implications for the oil-producing countries of the Arabian Gulf and the global energy industry as a whole was also examined during the conference.

H.E. Suhail Mohammed Faraj Al-Mazroui, Minister of Energy, UAE, delivered the Keynote Address, which was followed by the opening panel on ‘Unconventional Fuels: Geopolitical Consequences for the Arabian Gulf and the UAE’. This panel included presentations on ‘Implications for Global Energy Markets and Gulf Producers’, ‘The US Energy Revival’ and ‘Shifting Power: From Traditional Oil and Gas Producers to Consumers and New Producers’. The second panel – ‘The Future of Unconventional Fuels in the Asia-Pacific Region’ – included papers on important areas such as ‘China’s Shale Gas Ambitions’, ‘Japan’s Development of “Flammable Ice”’ and Ramifications for Asia–GCC Energy Relations.

Second day’s proceedings began with a panel on ‘Exploration, Production and Development of Unconventional Fuels: Factors and Trajectories’ which included papers on subjects such as ‘Shale Gas: Present Status and Expectations’, ‘Non-Shale Unconventional Fuels’ and ‘The Potential for Unconventional Fuel Development in the Arabian Gulf’. The last panel – Policy Challenges of Unconventional Fuels: Realities and Possible Scenarios – included papers on ‘Cost Competitiveness and Economic Aspects’, ‘Climate and Environmental Impacts’ and ‘Implications for the Global Energy Mix’. His Excellency Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi Director General of the ECSSR delivered the closing remarks.

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