The seventh plenary session of the World Petroleum Congress dealt with the societal expectations in the oil and gas industry.
This last plenary raised with positivism the future of the sector and the society.
The speakers were: Andrew Gould acting as the conference chair, Chairman and CEO of Schlumberger; Huguette Labelle, chair of the Transparency International and Greg Goff, President, Specialty Businesses and Business Development of ConocoPhillips- World Petroleum Conference
Gregory J. Goff
Gregory Goff has been the president of exploration and production of Conocophillips since August 16, 2004.
Mr. Goff joined ConocoPhillips in 1981 and has held several positions in the supply and distribution, transportation, and trading businesses. In 1998, he became managing director and chief executive of Conoco JET Nordic, Conocophillips's Nordic marketing affiliate.
Following the ConocoPhillips merger in 2002, he became president of international downstream. He is responsible for offshore operations in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico. These include the Ursa, Princess, Magnolia, and K2 field developments and Conocophillips's onshore U.S. Lower 48 efforts, which deliver gas from the San Juan, Panhandle, and South Texas areas, and oil and gas from the Permian Basin, North Louisiana/East Texas and the Upper Texas Gulf Coast areas.
He serves as president of US Lower 48 Latin America & Midstream. Goff also handles Conocophillips's interests in Venezuela, including its heavy-oil projects - Petrozuata and Hamaca - and development opportunities offshore in the Gulf of Paria East and West Blocks and Plataforma Deltana Block 2.
Andrew Gould is chief executive officer of Schlumberger Limited, a global oilfield services company supplying technology, information solutions, and integrated project management.
Before assuming his current role in February 2003, Gould was president and chief operating officer of Schlumberger Limited. He has also worked at Schlumberger as executive vice president and treasurer. Formerly, he was president of Sedco Forex, Wireline & Testing, and Oilfield Services Products.
Gould has recently led the project of building a new training center in Tyumen, Siberia. He hopes to expand the oil business and educate Siberians about drilling. An inauguration was held on March 21st to commemorate this great event. Governor Yakshev of Tyumen thanked Schlumberger for its efforts.
Gould started his career at Schlumberger in 1975 in the company's Internal Audit department in Paris. Before joining Schlumberger, he had worked for Ernst & Young.
Gould received his degree in Economic History from the University of Wales.
Huguette Labelle is a retired Canadian civil servant and the chancellor of the University of Ottawa.
Greg Goff bemoans the scrutiny of the communication age, which has resulted in a litany of complex and demanding societal expectations of the oil industry, and explains how these standards are affecting oil companies.
The panel of oil experts fields a query about the possibility of oil certification similar to the Kimberley diamond certification process, pointing to potential difficulties and results of such an implementation.
"Environmental concerns often prohibit the very actions that are needed to increase supplies."
And I suppose bringing us energy without conflicting with the well being of the planet we all live on is out of the question, right?
"This is not easy." Quit your whining. Of course it isn't easy, that's why you should be working double time to accomplish it.