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Top oil, gas companies converge in Cyprus to discuss regional outlook

Eni, ExxonMobil, Total to speak at Eastern Mediterranean Gas Conference

Executives from leading oil and gas companies including Eni, ExxonMobil, Hellenic Petroleum, Noble Energy and Total are gathering in Cyprus to discuss the industry's future direction in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The 2019 Eastern Mediterranean Gas Conference (EMGC), to be held in Nicosia March 6-7, is the region's premier energy event and will feature two days of expert discussion.

Conference leader Catherine Watkins said, "EMGC is the only conference in the region with the ability to attract such widespread operator participation. For companies active in the region or looking to make an investment, EMGC is the perfect venue to acquire the latest information on the region's developing natural gas industry, as well as gain entry to regional markets and seek new business opportunities."

A highlight of this year's conference is a panel discussion featuring executives from Eni, Total, ExxonMobil, Hellenic Petroleum and Noble Energy. The operator-only panel will discuss how Cyprus can fulfill its potential as an oil and gas service center, explore the associated advantages and challenges, and present strategies for establishing the island nation in that role.

The panelists will also share their insights on the medium- and long-term benefits of Cyprus achieving its potential and the country's contribution to the oil and gas industry of the region. Furthermore, the operators will debate where Cyprus sits on the list of possible alternative service centers in the Eastern Mediterranean, and whether a dedicated shore base is necessary for Cyprus to achieve its potential as a regional service center.

The panelists are Alessandro Barberis, Managing Director, Eni Cyprus; Yannis Grigoriou,Chief Executive Officer, Hellenic Petroleum Upstream S.A.; Yves Grosjean, General Manager, Total E&P Cyprus; L. Gene Kornegay,Country Manager and Vice President, Noble Energy International; and Varnavas Theodossiou, Lead Country Manager, ExxonMobil; with Nicos Papakyriacou, Oil & Gas Services Leader, Deloitte Cyprus moderating the session.

The conference will also feature high-level presentations from speakers including H.E. Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism for the Republic of Cyprus; Carlo Russo,Executive Vice President, Europe and Russia Region, Eni SpA; Elias Kassis, Vice President, North Africa, Total Exploration & Production; and Yannis Bassias, Chief Executive Officer, Hellenic Hydrocarbon Resources Management.

Additionally, Dr. Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General of the International Energy Forum, will explore international and regional energy cooperation and the emerging role of the Eastern Mediterranean.

EMGC 2019 is hosted by Gulf Energy Information, publisher of leading industry titles: Petroleum Economist, World OilHydrocarbon Processing, Pipeline & Gas Journal, and Gas Processing & LNG.

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