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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 

Latest News

  • Wintershall Dea Makes Third Oil Discovery in Less Than a Month

    11 May 2020 Journal Petroleum Technology
    Independent natural gas and oil company Wintershall Dea and its license partners have made significant oil discoveries on the Polok and the Chinwol prospects in Block 29 offshore Mexico, just 12 km apart. The 4 May news came on the heels of the 7 April announcement that the company announced it had discovered oil at the Bergknapp prospect in the Norwegian Sea, close to the Maria field.
  • A Drilling Automation Idea a Driller Could Appreciate

    31 Mar 2020 Journal of Petroleum Technology
    When ranking drilling skills, job coding is going to be low on the list.
  • ExxonMobil’s rig automation experiment is accelerating, with plans to push the number of rigs in the system from three to nine.

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.