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Report of JOGMEC Techno Forum 2018

November 30, 2018

Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) held “JOGMEC Techno Forum 2018” at the Palace Hotel Tokyo on November 27, 2018. Despite the forum to be a single day event whereas the previous forum was held two days, it had attracted a large number of audience that additional seats were introduced in the venue, which indicates the keen interest toward the themes of “Gas/ LNG” and “Digital Technology”.
JOGMEC Techno Forum is an annual event that started from 2013, with the purpose to strengthen the realtionships between Japanese companies which hold various cutting-edge technologies, and resources-producing countries. This year, under the theme of “Energy Industry at Turning Point”, the 6th forum explored the latest challenges and practices in resource development, within the drastic movement of gas shift and digital transformation.

Overview of JOGMEC Techno Forum 2018

Date November 27 (Tue), 2018
Venue Palace Hotel Tokyo
Co-host Agency for Natural Resources and Energy Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
Speakers 18 speakers from NOCs, IOCs, and domestic/ foreign companies etc.
Exhibitors 7 Japanese companies with advanced cutting-edge technologies and JOGMEC Stockpile Planning Department/ Metals Exploration Department
Participants Approximately 800 people in total
For more detail, please refer to the website below.

Keynote Speech

In the morning, as the representative of oil and gas producing countries and IOCs, executives from SOCAR (Azerbaijan), ADNOC (Abu Dhabi), PTTEP (Thailand), and TOTAL gave keynote speeches about their strategies for resource development and R&D, and collaborations with Japanese Companies.

Hall A: Gas/ LNG session

In Hall A, under theme of “Gas/LNG”, the spotlight was cast on INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG project, the first large scale LNG project operated by a Japanese company. Key stakeholders involved in the gas/LNG value chain presented their business strategies along with the keywords: short term and small scale.
Followed by the presentation, the speakers gathered in an extensive panel discussion over the theme: “Diversity of LNG Business Environment”, where they reconfirmed the potential of gas/ LNG value chain and the importance of demand creation. Finally Yuki Sadamitsu, executive vice president of JOGMEC, emphasized the governmental agency’s key role for activating gas/ LNG industry.

Hall B: Digital Technology session

In Hall B, to deepen understandings on the emerging “Digital Technology” for oil and gas development, experts with digital experience from ADNOC, TOTAL, and McKinsey shared their digital journey and strategies towards digital transformation.
This was followed by a panel discussion with professionals from 3 Japanese engineering companies, led by chairman from JOGMEC. The panelists talked over the topics of; benefit and future of digital technology, how to use data, and human resource development, quoting their own practical engineering business experiences. The discussion concluded with implications that digital technology has the power to remove boundaries between business fields or even industries, and that transformation of the mind and culture is essential in order to apply digital technology to business.
The session was wrapped up by, Toshikazu Ebato, executive vice president of JOGMEC, highlighting that flexible mindset is vital for propelling real business digitalization, while digital technology is just a tool.


Along with the presentations, advanced Japanese companies and JOGMEC showcased their cutting edge technologies related to this year’s theme: “gas/LNG” or “Digital technology” at the foyer. Participants were able to see and feel the technology, and through discussion they could look into the possibility for creating new business opportunities.
  • Tetsuhiro Hosono Chairman & CEO, JOGMEC Opening Address

  • Masato Sasaki Director, Petroleum and Natural Gas Division, Natural Resources and Fuel Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, METI Opening Remarks by the Representative of METI

  • Mr. Bahram Huseynov State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) Unlocking Azerbaijan’s hydrocarbon potential through exploration, production and transportation

  • Mr. Mohamed Al Marzouqi Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) ADNOC Transformation Journey

  • Dr. Vinit Hansamuit PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP) PTTEP – JOGMEC Collaboration

  • Mr. Antoine Delafargue TOTAL S. A. The energy industry at a turning point – Total’s technological innovation roadmap for sustainable energy

  • Mr. Mohamed Al Mutawa Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) ADNOC Digitalization & Innovation Future

  • Mr. Pierre Esquier TOTAL S. A. Total Digital Journey: Status and Roadmap to the future

Mr. Anosh Thakkar McKinsey & Company, Inc. Digital transformation & Setting Up a Digital CoE

Technical Session 1 : Panel Discussion Theme: “Diversity of LNG Business Environment”

Technical Session 2 : Panel Discussion Theme: “Digital Technology in E&P”

Exhibition Booths

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