India Shines at the 22nd World Petroleum Congress, Istanbul

The India PavilionA bird’s eye view of the india pavilion

The 22nd World Petroleum Congress, an international premier  event of the oil & gas industry, was held in Istanbul, Turkey from 9th to  13th July 2017. The India Pavilion was set up under the aegis of the Ministry  of Petroleum & Natural Gas. ONGC had been entrusted the responsibility of  organizing and setting up the India Pavilion at the WPC.

 

Shri Dharmendra Pradhan Inaugurating The India Pavilion (Top Right), (Top Left) Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Shri Pradhan at the ONGC Kiosk (Bottom) Traditional Indian Dance Performance during the inauguration(Top Left) Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan Inaugurating The India Pavilion (Top Right) Shri Pradhan at the ONGC Kiosk (Bottom) Traditional Indian Dance Performance during the inauguration

 

The design of the India Pavilion evoked the national bird,  the peacock, and was centred around the theme “A billion people… a billion  opportunities”. The vast open design of the India pavilion had a very welcoming  appeal that invited foreign investors to invest in the hydrocarbon sector in  India. Built on an area of more than 2000 sqft, the exhibit consisted of kiosks  representing ONGC, OIL, GAIL, HPCL, BPCL, IOCL, EIL, DGH and Invest India.

 

Visitors are looking at the India PavilionVisitors galore at the India Pavilion

The pavilion was inaugurated on 10 July 2017 by Mr.  Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, who was  accompanied by Mr. D K Sarraf, CMD, ONGC and Mr. Sanjiv Singh, CMD, IOCL. The  Bharatanatyam and Kathak performances stole the show during the inauguration.

Over the course of the WPC, the pavilion was well received  by delegates, exhibitors and visitors, who were attracted by the unique design  and by the prospect of “Make in India”. Among the notable visitors were Mr. Fatih  Dönmez, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Turkey  and Mr. Besim Şişman, Chairman & CEO of Turkish Petroleum AO.

Sufi dervish performance during the closing ceremonySufi dervish performance during the closing ceremony, chaired by sanjiv singh, CMD, IOCL

Hon’ble Minister of P&NG, Mr. Pradhan addressed a  plenary session on 10 July 2017 and hosted a road show on the Hydrocarbon  Exploration & Licensing Policy on 11 July 2017 which were both very well-received.  CMD ONGC, Mr. Sarraf and other delegates from our sister NOC’s also addressed  several sessions over the next 3 days.

The closing ceremony of the India Pavilion was held on  13 July 2017, and was chaired by Mr. Sanjiv Singh, CMD, IOCL. A traditional  Turkish Sufi Dervish performance ended the WPC marking the theme of burgeoning  Indo-Turkish energy cooperation.

 

The multi-company Team

The multi-company Team Operating the India Pavilion