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SPE/IADC Virtual International
Drilling Conference and Exhibition

8–12 March 2021 | Online (GMT)


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A New Kind of Online Networking and Learning

A New Kind of Online Networking and Learning

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

This virtual 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 

Latest News

  • Total Tapped as Industry’s Top Explorer

    04 Nov 2020 Journal Petroleum Technology
    French major Total has been named the upstream industry’s most-admired explorer in Wood Mackenzie’s annual survey of more than 200 senior business leaders and experts in the upstream sector. 
  • ExxonMobil Marks 18th Subsea Discovery Offshore Guyana

    28 Oct 2020 Journal Petroleum Technology
    The string of successful exploration wells offshore Guyana continues for ExxonMobil which announced today its 18th discovery. The well was drilled in the massive Stabroek field that comprises 6.6 million acres about 125 miles north of Guyana’s coast.
  • Weatherford International and an Aberdeen-based startup called Safe Influx have agreed to co-market their respective managed-pressure-drilling (MPD) and automated well control technologies. The complementary systems aim to provide greater well integrity during drilling and well construction operations.


The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a not-for-profit professional association whose more than 140,600 members in 144 countries are engaged in oil and gas exploration and production. SPE is a key resource for technical knowledge providing opportunities to exchange information at in-person and online events and training courses, publications, and other resources at

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.