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SPE/IADC International Drilling
Conference and Exhibition

9–11 March 2021 | Stavanger Forum, Stavanger, Norway


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A Groundbreaking Event

A Groundbreaking Event

The SPE/IADC International Drilling Conference and Exhibition is a unique three-day experience where leaders and innovators can discover, network and advance the scientific understanding of drilling in oil and gas exploration and production.

This event is dedicated to the drilling community and brings unrivalled technical content highlighting the latest news, trends, innovations and technical solutions affecting the sector.


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What's Next for the Drilling Industry?

As the North Sea enters a period of relative revival, offshore drilling in Europe is under increasing pressure to fall in line with the expectations of the Paris Agreement, so how will that affect capital planning?
Though the North Sea is seeing more exploration activity, there are concerns it is not enough to sustain output into next decade. Will the North Sea remain competitive with the Gulf of Mexico, Guyana, or West Africa?
After years of sucking away major investments from other arenas, US onshore production will peak this year or the next. Does that mean investments from international majors will now swing back to offshore technology and developments in the near term?
Global deepwater production hit 10 million BOED in 2019—its highest level ever—with ultra-deepwater boasting the largest growth potential going forward.

2020 Conference Highlights


Technical Programme


OnePetro Papers

Industry Insight

Drilling’s Digital Ecosystem with Tommy Sigmundstad

Technology Advancements in Managed Pressure Drilling with Steve Nas

Latest News

  • Lundin Petroleum Joins Decarbonization Movement With a Name Change

    27 Jan 2020 Journal of Petroleum Technology
    Lundin Petroleum announced this week it aims to become carbon neutral by 2030, joining a growing cadre of European-based oil and gas companies making similar commitments. The Swedish oil and gas company will also change its name to Lundin Energy—disposing of “Petroleum”—later this year if shareholders approve the move.
  • Norway Awards Most Licenses Ever in New Round

    15 Jan 2020 Journal of Petroleum Technology
    Norway's energy ministry on 15 January awarded 83 production licenses in the North, Norwegian, and Barents Seas to 33 firms, topping the country's year-old record of most licenses awarded in a round.
  • Oil and Gas Discoveries Reach Four-Year High in 2019: Rystad

    14 Jan 2020 Journal of Petroleum Technology
    A total of 12.2 billion BOE was discovered worldwide in 2019'the highest volume in 4 years, according to Rystad Energy, with offshore regions dominating the list of new deposits. Twenty-six discoveries of more than 100 million BOE were recorded, with new discoveries in Guyana alone totaling approximately 1.8 billion BOE.

Discover Norway’s Natural Beauty

Famed for its many natural attractions and old wooden houses, the Stavanger region is on the radar of nearly every visitor to Norway. Here, you can explore scenic landmarks such as the Lysefjord, Sola beach, and the famous cliff Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock) which Lonely Planet once named the world’s most breath taking viewing platform.

Stavanger is Europe’s oil and energy capital, home to Equinor’s headquarters, as well as the regional offices to some of the world’s leading operators, making it a highly international destination.


The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a not-for-profit professional association whose more than 153,000 members in 143 countries are engaged in oil and gas exploration and production. SPE is a key resource for technical knowledge providing publications, events, training courses, and online resources.

The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) is dedicated to enhancing the interests of oil and gas and geothermal drilling contractors worldwide. IADC’s contract drilling members own most of the world’s land and offshore drilling units and drill the vast majority of the wells that produce the planet’s oil and gas. IADC’s membership also includes oil and gas producers, and manufacturers and suppliers of oilfield equipment and services. Founded in 1940, IADC strives to secure responsible standards, practices, legislation and regulations that provide for safe, efficient and environmentally sound global drilling operations.