Dear Colleague,

The SPE/IADC International Drilling Conference and Exhibition is one of the key annual industry events. It is renowned for excellent technical content and covers a variety of subjects. The conference is a great opportunity for us as an industry to get together, share learnings, increase our competence and collaborate to develop new and innovative solutions to make our operations safer, greener and more efficient.

We are very pleased to see that the SPE/IADC International Drilling Conference and Exhibition will be carried out as a physical event in 2023. We look forward to meeting colleagues across the industry, to welcome you to the beautiful city and region of Stavanger in Norway, and to show our commitment to technologies for the future.

During the Covid-19 pandemic we have proven our ability as an industry to uphold safe and efficient operations even though our work environment has been turned upside down. We have seen a rapid implementation of new ways of working, where new communication technologies and collaboration models have enabled us to share learnings and experiences across companies and geographies. 

We are advancing within digitalisation, automated drilling activities and running an increased number of drilling and well activities from onshore operations centres. These advancements are necessary steps not only to increase safety and efficiency, but also to reduce the CO2 emissions and the environmental footprint of our industry.

We believe we must be part of the solution to provide energy for people and progress for society in an increasingly complex context. As an industry, we have a shared responsibility of presenting sustainable solutions to the world’s common challenge of energy security in a net zero future. 

I look forward to meeting you in person in 2023, and I encourage you to use this conference as an arena to network with colleagues, share learnings and increase competencies. It will be exciting to discuss how we can turn current and future challenges into opportunities for the drilling and well industry. 

Erik G. Kirkemo
Senior Vice President, Drilling and Well | Equinor
Erik G. Kirkemo, Equinor

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