The World Petroleum Council is a non-advocacy, non-political organization with charitable status in the U.K. and has accreditation as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) from the United Nations (UN). The WPC is dedicated to the promotion of sustainable management and use of the world’s petroleum resources for the benefit of all.
Headquartered in London, since 1933, the World Petroleum Council includes nearly 65 member countries from around the world representing over 96% of global oil and gas production and consumption. WPC membership is unique as it includes both OPEC and Non-OPEC countries with representation of National Oil Companies (NOCs) as well as International Oil Companies (IOCs). Each member country has a National Committee comprised of representatives of the oil and gas industry, academia, research institutions and government departments. The governing body is the Council consisting of representation from each of the country national committees.
A global symposium assembling more than 100 nations, the World Petroleum Congress convenes every three years for thought-provoking exchanges and an interactive exhibition.
The Congress participants examine all aspects of the industry, from technological advances in upstream and downstream to the role of natural gas and renewables and the management of the industry and its social, economic and environmental impact.
Harnessing topical issues, trends and research, the World Petroleum Council Congress Programme Committee strategically maps content themes and speaker rosters to address industry opportunities and challenges.
The 2017-2020 elected committee members, tasked with crafting the 23rd World Petroleum Congress technical programme, are listed as follows:
The World Petroleum Council has set up the WPC Legacy Fund to spread the benefits beyond the organizing countries, through carefully selected projects around the world.
Currently the WPC Legacy Fund is sponsoring a “Local Development through Vocational Training” programme based in Pakistan at the Amantech Institute.
The Fund covers the cost of studies, travel and living for 20 students for a 2-year period – 10 students per year.
The aim of the programme is to build the capacity of local youth in vocational skills and help generate employment opportunities for local communities.