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Current Open Calls for Conference Abstracts/Papers

Share your knowledge!

Collaboration and sharing knowledge are key components of advancing the drilling industry. The future of this industry can be shaped through discussing ideas, sharing knowledge, and exchanging best practices. IADC provides a platform for Members to share their experience and knowledge at our international conferences. There are 2 IADC conferences that currently have open calls for abstracts/papers due in September. 

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IADC Drilling Africa Conference & Exhibition 

Conference Information:

  • DATE: 20-21 February 2024
  • LOCATION: Windhoek, Namibia
  • VENUE: Hilton Hotel

Across Africa – from the prolific northern countries like Egypt, Algeria, and Libya, to the more mature oil and gas markets in the western part of the continent like Nigeria, Angola, and Ghana, all the way to the eastern side, including Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique and Tanzania where oil and gas exploration is still emerging – there is increasing complexity all around. This complexity, coupled with changing oil prices and the recent COVID-19 pandemic, continues to bring about fast-paced market changes. In addition to multiple opportunities and challenges unique to Africa, many parts of the continent will struggle to grow or even maintain their economies in the face of declining oil and gas revenues from one side and the global shift to greener and cleaner energy sources from another side How can the industry rise to meet these challenges and still embrace fresh opportunities from onshore to ultra-deepwater?

Call for Abstracts (expires 13 September 2023)

Across Africa – from the prolific northern countries like Egypt, Algeria, and Libya, to the more mature oil and gas markets in the south and western part of the continent like Mauritania, Nigeria, Angola, Ghana, and Namibia, all the way to the eastern side, including Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique and Tanzania where oil and gas exploration is still emerging – there is increasing complexity all around. This complexity, coupled with changing oil prices and the recent COVID-19 pandemic, continues to bring about fast-paced market changes. In addition to multiple opportunities and challenges unique to Africa, many parts of the continent will struggle to grow or even maintain their economies in the face of declining oil and gas revenues from one side and the global shift to greener and cleaner energy sources from another side How can the industry rise to meet these challenges and still embrace fresh opportunities from onshore to ultra-deepwater?

IADC Drilling Africa 2024 will explore all aspects of drilling operations in this vital region, including ultra-deepwater, sub-salt, emerging markets, HPHT, re-entry drilling for gas redevelopment, underbalanced and managed pressure operations, community development, training and competency, workforce development, logistics, and security. IADC is seeking high-quality technical presentations to include alongside top-notch panel discussions in the industry’s leading event for the African drilling industry.

The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) is pleased to issue a call for abstracts for the IADC Drilling Africa 2024 Conference & Exhibition which will be held in Windhoek, Namibia.

General subject themes envisioned for the event include the following, although abstracts exploring other areas will also be considered:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Automation, Unique Challenges in Africa
  • Factory Drilling
  • New Technology
  • Well Control
  • Well-construction Activity Across the Continent
  • Market Outlook on African Continent
  • Reduction of Carbon Emission
  • Generation Z, What Can They Bring to the Industry? What are they Focused on?
  • Staff Movement Challenges
  • Workforce Development, including Training and Competency
  • Workforce Nationalization
  • Stability Management: Visa Requirements, Customs Clearance, Importation, Regulation and Taxation
  • Community Development
  • Emerging Legislation and Regulation
  • Rigless Well Intervention Capability in Africa
  • Security and Piracy
  • Emerging Markets
  • Sub-salt Wells
  • Gas Drilling, Particularly in East Africa
  • HPHT in Mature Field Development
  • Managed Pressure Drilling and Underbalanced Operations
  • Technology and Equipment Relevant to African Drilling and Completions
  • SMART Wells Technology Applications in Africa
  • Local Content Opportunities and Challenges
  • Plug & Abandonment
  • Process Safety

Authors of selected presentations may be asked to participate in panel discussions.

Authors are invited to submit proposals for presentations at the conference. To be considered, an abstract for each proposed paper must be submitted to IADC no later than 13 September 2023. Authors of selected papers will receive confirmation letters and guidelines by the 1st of October 2023. Please note that formal papers will be accepted but are NOT required for this conference.

Prior to paper proposal submission, management clearance must be obtained. Any issues concerning clearance should be outlined when the paper proposal is submitted.

We look forward to your participation and hope to see you at this important event!

IADC Drilling Caspian Conference & Exhibition

Conference Information:

  • DATE: 7-8 February 2024
  • LOCATION: Baku, Azerbaijan
  • VENUE: Four Seasons Hotel

The Caspian region continues to face challenges around changing market conditions, pandemic operational challenges, workforce development, drilling efficiency, safety and security, and equipment maintenance.

The IADC Drilling Caspian 2024 Conference & Exhibition will bring together industry leaders and drilling professionals to discuss such challenges and share best practices and experiences. Cutting-edge technology advances, including drilling automation, will be featured, as will case studies of relevant technical achievements and the impact of Oil & Gas on the Caspian region. The event also will highlight evolving approaches to safety and training, providing practical information on new tools and processes that can be used to improve HSE performance.

Call for Abstracts (Expires 25th of September 2023)

The Caspian region continues to face challenges around changing market conditions, pandemic operational challenges, workforce development, drilling efficiency, safety and security, and equipment maintenance.

The IADC Drilling Caspian 2024 Conference & Exhibition will bring together industry leaders and drilling professionals to discuss such challenges and share best practices and experiences. Cutting-edge technology advances, including drilling automation, will be featured, as will case studies of relevant technical achievements, and impact of Oil & Gas to the Caspian region. The premier event also will highlight evolving approaches to safety and training, providing practical information on new tools and processes that can be used to improve HSE performance.

IADC Drilling Caspian 2024 will focus on real and unexpected challenges facing the drilling industry today and those that will ultimately shape the industry in the future.  IADC invites submission of abstracts for new and practical solutions aimed toward improving industry performance. Presentations that focus on lessons learned and how those lessons point toward a way forward will be particularly valued — how the lessons of yesterday and today can produce a vision for tomorrow. Also, presentations that pose provocative questions to promote earnest discussion are especially welcome.

General subject themes envisioned for the event include the following:

  • Drilling Plans
  • Market Outlook
  • HSE: Environmental Stewardship / Safety Requirements / Covid-19 Lessons Learned
  • Efficiencies/Cost Reduction
  • Innovative Training Programs
  • Human Factors
  • Regulatory Oversight within the Upstream Industry
  • Critical Issues in the Area / unexpected disruptions
  • Community Development
  • Emerging Markets
  • Well Integrity
  • Workover and Well Servicing Optimization
  • Risk Management
  • Supply Chain Management & Contracts
  • New Technologies
  • Local Content
  • Leadership & Talent Acquisition
  • The Role of Data Collection and Data Retention in Drilling Efficiency
  • Customs – Importation of Critical Rig Equipment, Immigration Issues for Expat Personnel.

Authors of selected presentations may be asked to participate in panel discussions.

Authors are invited to submit proposals for presentations at the conference. For consideration, an abstract for each proposed paper must be submitted to IADC no later than 25 September 2023. Authors of papers selected will receive confirmation letters and guidelines by 16 October 2023. Please note that formal papers will be accepted but are NOT required for this conference.

Prior to paper proposal submission, management clearance must be obtained. Any issues concerning clearance should be outlined when the paper proposal is submitted.

We look forward to your participation and hope to see you at this important event!