IADC World Drilling 2023 Conference & Exhibition


IADC World Drilling 2023, the leadership event for wells professionals, will explore our industry’s challenges and opportunities from a strategic, leadership perspective. The conference will examine improving the value proposition from multiple perspectives – technology, diversity, contracting, collaboration, digital solutions, and more for all stakeholders. Through high-level panels and speakers and through cutting-edge technical papers, the conference will chart each inflection point and trace the path to the industry’s future.

StartJune 20, 2023EndJune 21, 2023
CountryUnited Kingdom
Pullman London St Pancras

2022 Event Demographics

Registrants by Job Title

  • Management
  • Company Owner/Corporate Officer
  • Drilling and/or Completion Operations
  • Geologist/Geophysicist
  • Drilling & Completion Engineer
  • Drilling Engineer
  • Student
  • Training/Education
  • Completion Engineer
  • Press








Registrants by Company Type

  • Equipment Manufacturer
  • Land Drilling Contractor
  • Land/Offshore Drilling Contractor
  • Major Oil Producer
  • Training
  • Offshore Drilling Contractor
  • Oilfield Service/Consultant
  • Trade/ Professional Association
  • Indepentent Oil Producer
  • Land/Offshore Well Servicing Contractor
  • National Oil Company

Registrants by Location

  • Registrants
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Venue & Hotel

Pullman London St. Pancras Hotel, London United Kingdom

The room block will expire 22 May 2023.

100 – 110 Euston Rd
London NW1 2AJ
Phone +44 20 7666 9000

Negotiated Room Rate:  £225 per room per night including full English Breakfast. All rates include VAT. Double Occupancy supplement is £10 per room per night.
Cancellation: The booking can be cancelled or modified up to 15 days prior to arrival date without financial penalty. After this point, full cancellation charges will apply.

Please note that there are several 3rd party companies actively approaching conference delegates and exhibitors by phone and email trying to sell hotel rooms at the contracted hotel for a cheaper rate than the published rate on this conference website. Please note that these companies do not represent IADC or the hotel, nor has IADC or the hotel authorized them to use their names or trademarks on information they send out to exhibitors and delegates.

To avoid being a victim of fraud, please do not give out your credit card details to any other party and be sure to make your hotel reservations exclusively through the contracted hotel.

Venue Details

100, 110 Euston Rd, London NW1 2AJ, United Kingdom

Registration Information

  • Registration Fee: IADC Member: 850 Non-Member: 1050
  • Federal government employees may be eligible for a 50% discount on conference registration.
  • Speakers, sponsors and guests are not eligible for online registration.
    (Please contact europe@iadc.org to obtain the correct registration form)
  • IADC offers discounted registration to full time students not currently employed in industry.  Please contact europe@iadc.org for further information.
  • No refunds will be made for cancellations 30 days prior to the conference date.

Press Policy

Complimentary press registration is limited to one (1) person per company. This individual must be a titled editor, writer, reporter or other bona fide editorial representative of a legitimate industry or consumer publication. Publishers and sales and marketing specialists are excluded from this complimentary registration practice and must pay the full conference registration fee to attend an event.

Need Help? Europe@iadc.org / + 31.24.675.2252

Conference Program

Tuesday, 20 June 2023

07.00 Conference Registration, Coffee Service, Poster Session & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by KCA Deutag

08.30 Welcome, Introduction & Safety Briefing: Jason McFarland, President, IADC

08.45 Keynote Presentation “Energy Trilemma”: Andy Krieger, Senior Vice President Wells, BP

09.15 Opening Presentation: Andy Hendricks, 2023 IADC Chairman; Chief Executive Officer, Patterson-UTI Energy

09.35 Has the Last Jack-Up Been Built?: Patrick Schorn, Chief Executive Officer, Borr Drilling

10.00 Networking Break, Poster Session & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by KCA Deutag

10.30 Energy Transition: Sharing Experiences
Session Chairs: Lamberto Nonno, Global HSE Leader, Baker Hughes, & Mohamed El Henawy, Vice President Wells Strategic Planning, BP

Reducing Our CO2 Footprint in UK Wells Operations: Amy Connelly, Wellsite Drilling Engineer, Shell
This presentation will move from discussion of importance of a continued oil and gas supply while doing so at net zero, to real life case studies of projects that have been implemented and have brought significant reduction to wells operations emissions. It will also discuss the importance of being able to track emissions to provide accountability and visibility within the department.

An Offshore Contractor in CCS: Noble Corp Initial Lessons from the Greensand Project and Other Initiatives: Sam Thivolle, Head of CCS, Noble Corp
The participation of a drilling contractor as a tier one partner in a CCS project surprised the industry. The presentation walks the audience through Noble Corp journey in CCS since the Greensand project kicked off in 2020. For every step of the journey, one lesson learned is selected and shared with the audience.

Advanced Technologies Reduce Fuel Use and Emissions Among Operations: Nelson Jones, Product Line Manager-SmartPOWER, Canrig and James Hall, Senior Director of Energy Transition, Canrig
Present the methods and processes utilized to field test SmartPOWER, including rig performance baseline benchmarking, operational deployment and results computation and validation methodology.

Drilling “Hot and Deep” Geothermal Wells, Challenges and Solutions: Trond Skjeie, Product & Solutions Manager, Fernando Zapata Bermudez, Barry Killoh, Archer Oiltools, Garðar Sigurjónsson, Geothermal Iceland Drilling
Knowledge transfer with more than 200 high-temperature geothermal wells drilled in Iceland and the global learnings from drilling wells depths reaching 4630mt and 450degC around the world in New Zealand, Nicaragua, Dominica, Montserrat, Philippines, Azores, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Djibouti, and St. Vincent.

12.00 Luncheon, Poster Session & Open Exhibition

13.30 Market Outlook
Session Chairs: Josselin Gere, Director Commercial Business Development, Transocean, & Matthew R. Naeher, Senior Commercial Advisor, ExxonMobil

The Energy System and Its Impact on the Global Drilling Market: Lars Eirik Nicolaisen, Senior Partner & Dep. CEO, Rystad Energy
The latest overview of macro environment and its impact on offshore and onshore markets. Hydrocarbon evolution and the way forward. The implications for offshore and onshore drilling markets. Who will drill the next wells going forward and which regions is the most competitive. The competitiveness of offshore drillers. Consolidation and pricing power and the  dayrate.

The Rig Market Recovery Continues: Rod Hutton, Associate Director – Petrodata Rigs, S&P Global
A summary of how the rig market has recovered wil be given from the twin blows of the downturn and the COVID-19 pandemic. But as rising inflation leads to cost increases and supply chain pressures, what can be expected in the near term?

14.15 Five Questions: A conversation with Jean-Christophe Leroy, Drilling & Wells Technologies Manager, TotalEnergies
Moderator: Guido van den Bos, Business Development Director, NOV

This highly focused session will center around innovation and sustainability.  The conversation will provide insights on what must come next to achieve a sustainable industry that will provide solid margins for all players.

14.30 Networking Break, Poster Session & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by KCA Deutag

15.00 When Less is More: Lowering the Carbon, Capital and Human Intensity of Drilling: Travis Purvis, Senior Vice President Global Drilling, Nabors

15.20 New Technologies to Reduce Emissions
Session Chair: Adebayo Aremu, Programme Manager – SAIPEM Integration, KCA Deutag

Carbon Footprint Calculation Applied to Wells and Well Cementing: Emmanuel Therond, Technical Advisor, Alan Law, BP, Jordan Picou, Misty Rowe, Smitha Hariharan, Halliburton
Quantifying carbon footprint reduction initiatives is key to prioritize within a portfolio. Easy to understand tools that have transparency in their calculation method allows the industry to guide actions around carbon footprint reduction. A newly developed simple analytical tool is used to quantify the carbon footprint portion of well activities including cementing. Case studies are used to show carbon footprint calculations examples.

Supercapacitor Energy Storage System Reduces Rig Emissions: Luke Trueheart, Product Line Manager, Ed Bluestone, James Hall, Canrig Drilling Technologies
The function and advantages of Supercapacitor ESS systems paired with diesel power generation systems used for drilling operations and their benefits over Lithium-Ion Battery ESS systems will be outlined. With a look field trial case study completed on an active drilling rig operating in United States.

GreenDRILL – Emissions Management Platform: Jean-Philippe Huchon, Sales Manager, Rotor Systems AS
The challenge ofeEmissions analysis and understanding on a drilling unit: the complexity of correlating energy usage to the drilling unit activity. Also, how the GreenDRILL platform and how it solves this challenge and show the technical platform. Emissions reduction and drilling operation optimization with emissions in focus.

16.50-18.00 Welcoming Reception, Poster Session & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by NOV

Wednesday, 21 June 2023

07.30 Conference Registration, Coffee Service, Poster Session & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by Derrick Corporation

08.30 Welcome, Introduction & Safety Briefing: Jason McFarland, President, IADC

08.35 Keynote Presenation: Robert W. Eifler, Chief Executive Officer, Noble Corp

09.00 Sustainable Wells: How to Make it a Reality: Thomas Gautherot, Vice President Drilling & Wells, TotalEnergies

09.20 Adding Value Through Technology
Session Chairs: Celine Martin, Contractor Strategy, TotalEnergies, & Guido van den Bos, Business Development Director, NOV

Rig Automation Takes Drilling Productivity to the Next Level: Ashley Fernandes, Vice President, Drilling Optimization, Precision Drilling
How the automation systems have created new and added economical value on wells drilling AFE time (days) while drilling model wellbores will be outlined. Also, will the advantages of the digital well plan, its maneuvering measures, and controlled quantities for drilling optimization be covered. Automated processes and sub-processes, allowing the audience to appreciate the intricacies of a rig automation system.

Automatically Drilling a Section – Experience from an Offshore Pilot: Soren Oydna, Chief Engineer, Kim André Evensen, HMH, Ivar Kjosnes, Equinor, Johnny Fuglestad, Transocean
Automation technology has gradually been introduced for several sub-processes of drilling a well. This year a novel product combining the building blocks from sub-process automation to a holistic drilling automation process has been tested offshore. The module can automatically drill a section with input needed only when drilling parameters are changed. Learnings from the offshore pilot will be presented.

10.00 Networking Break, Poster Session & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by Derrick Corporation

10.30 The Who, What, When, Where of Our Current Workforce
Moderator: Jennifer Medcalf, President and Partner, The REACH Group

Over the last year, everyone has experienced the difficulty in recruiting talent, training and developing new crews and keeping existing crew members. The lack of experience as well as building local content crews have added significant challenges. Crew leadership is being asked to do more without the proper skills and support. All this happening in an environment that has rapidly changed from a focus in Energy Transition to Energy Security and back to Energy Transition. We need to attract the next-generation workforce, develop new, existing, and local content personnel, and retain employees within our companies and industry. We need to do all of this safely and efficiently while meeting financial and ESG goals.

  • Leonardo Bori, Innovation Coordinator, Drillmec
  • Micah Backlund, Director, Health Safety Environment, Helmerich & Payne
  • Evelyn MacLean, Workforce Energy TF Director, IOGP
  • Student

12.00 Luncheon, Poster Session & Open Exhibition

13.30 Adding Value through Analytics, Technology and Best Practices
Session Chairs: Miguel Sanchez, Vice President, International Operations, Nabors Drilling International, & Ludivine Laurent Bureau, Vice President Sales & Marketing, NOV

Application of Robotic Systems to Offshore Drilling Operations: Craig McCormick, Senior Manager, Technology, Diego Reixach, Transocean
Robotic riser system developed by Transocean in partnership with Offshore Robotics deliver a step change in removing multiple personnel from the red zone area on the drill floor. The system enables a fully automated riser operation and is a step change in personnel safety also comes from removing the need for manual handling of heavy equipment and machinery.

Development of a World Class Integrated Deepwater MPD Rig Service: Nick Ward, Managed Pressure Drilling Manager, Stena Drilling
The successful delivery of a deepwater drilling contractors fully integrated Managed Pressure Drilling service will be presented. It will explore how the drilling contractor’s management predicted and observed rig contracting trends and capitalised on them by integrating fully contractor owned and operated MPD systems on board its deepwater drillship fleet, utilising them to provide a fully integrated, operational MPD service.

14.30 Networking Break, Poster Session & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by Derrick Corporation

15.00 Panel Session: Financing the Decarbonization of the Upstream Value Chain
Moderators: Christophe Raimbault, Vice President Sustainability & New Energy, Valaris, & Brage Johannessen, Senior Vice President & COO, Parker Wellbore

While operators have invested significantly in renewable energy, very little capital has been directed towards the decarbonization of the upstream value chain. As emissions from drilling operations essentially result from the burning of diesel fuel, operators need to partner with drillers to adopt solutions that significantly reduce greenhouse emissions. Rig electrification and using biodiesels are examples of such solutions that would significantly decarbonize drilling operations should they be made available worldwide. The challenge is how the decarbonization and other technological improvements for the traditional well construction business/activities will be funded.

  • Darren Sutherland, Vice President Europe, Africa, Borr Drilling
  • Stig Åtland, Vice President Drilling & Well Business Excellence, Equinor
  • Ian Ferguson, General Manager Wells Operations UK, Shell
  • Darrel Pelley, Managing Director Technical Marketing, Transocean

16.30 IADC World Drilling 2023 Recap: David Reid,  Chief Technology Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, NOV

17.00 Adjournment

Poster Session & Unassigned Papers of Note

The following paper proposals are presented as posters and will be included in the conference if a scheduled paper becomes unavailable. In addition, these presentations will be made available in the IADC conference proceedings, should the author so desire.

The Lean Machine. The Future of World Drilling is Modular: Dennis Vollmar, Director, Voll Marintek
The features & technical capabilities of the ‘Lean Machine’; an asset capable of performing all main tasks of an MDR, while operating in a space envelope where an MDR would not fit will be described. It is a light, modular, fast, and flexible solution that is configurable to different operating requirements. We work exclusively with KCA Deutag in some important projects and have a close co-operation relationship with TotalEnergies.

Onshore and Offshore Rig Markets Analysis & Offshore Rigs and the Energy Transition: Terry Childs, Teresa Wilkie, Todd Jensen, Westwoord Global Energy Group

We Don’t Need Your Engineer, Just Send us the Certificate! Craig Fraser, Chairman, RigQuip
During the height of Covid, service providers learned how to work remotely and kept rigs serviced and recertified even when their engineers could not attend the rig. Significant benefits were realized. This presentation will provide examples and questions whether this type of working should be an accepted norm “post Covid” given the potential impact on equipment quality, safety, and integrity.

Assessment of the Environmental Impact from Drilling Contractors’ Corporate Value Chain from a Life Cycle Assessment Perspective: Mia Emborg Ollgaard, Senior Project Manager, Noble Corporation
A case study format, providing an example of the established greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory for a drilling contractor. Emphasis is put on how indirect emissions can be linked to operational processes and how emission levels differentiate accordingly. The challenges of adapting the GHG protocol methodology and reporting guidelines within the drilling industry will be also addressed.

A Statistical Approach to Drilling Rigs Performance Clause Associated with the Total Intervention Duration: Yerece Pereira, Equipment Engineer, Pedro dos Reis Viveiros da Costa, Aloma Mota de Souza, Rafael de Castro Oliveira, Petroleo Brasileiro SA – Petrobras
The development of a new performance clause applicable to drilling rigs contracts, which has the potential in the future replace current clauses will be outlined. The new strategy aims to use the total intervention duration to calculate the performance bonus, creating a converging interest environment. It takes a wider view in terms of performance, including other factors beyond operational efficiency.

No Longer a Myth but a Reality – Automated Managed Pressure Cementing (MPC) with Real Time Fluid Tracking – an MPC Case Study: Andrew McLennan, MPD Software Product Champion, Ricardo Leon, Halliburton
The risks associated with performing managed pressure cementing operations with a statically underbalanced fluid in the well will be shown. As well as how automation can help reduce those risks and finish with a case study of a successful automated managed pressure cementing operations.

Conference Program Committee

  • Adebayo Aremu, KCA Deutag Drilling
  • Guido van den Bos, NOV
  • Paolo Cantalupo, Drillmec
  • Mohamed El Henawy, BP
  • Bjørn B. Engedal, Equinor
  • Mathieu Ernst, Herrenknecht Vertical
  • Josselin Gere, Transocean
  • DJ Husted, InterMoor
  • Brage Johannessen, Parker Wellbore
  • Ludivine Laurent, NOV
  • Shane Marchand, Helmerich & Payne IDC
  • Celine Martin, TotalEnergies
  • Jennifer Medcalf, The REACH Group
  • Matthew R. Naeher, ExxonMobil
  • Lamberto Nonno, Baker Hughes
  • Steve Norton, IOGP
  • Christophe Raimbault, Valaris
  • Miguel Sanchez, Nabors
  • Michael Strauss, Ensign Energy
  • Brian Woodward, Noble Drilling
  • Lars Nydahl Jorgensen, IADC
  • Leesa Teel, IADC

Exhibition Information (SOLD OUT)

NOTE: The IADC World Drilling 2023 Exhibition is sold out!

The space will be set with a skirted table, two chairs and access to electricity. With the space, you receive 2 complimentary conference registrations and up to 2 additional registrations at half price (EUR €425). Cost for the 3 x 2 meter Table Top Space + 2 complimentary registrations is EUR € 2.500.

Exhibitions at IADC events will be limited to showcasing products and services that advance technology, competency or HSE. Exhibitions centered on recruitment or employment should not take space at IADC events. IADC Exhibitions will solely be visited by conference attendees. Non-conference attendees are not allowed to enter the exhibition area.

For more information  please contact us at europe@iadc.org or phone: +31.24.675.2252.
SOLD OUT – Exhibition space is being allocated on a first come, first served basis!



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