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Dan Cobley,
Former Managing Director of Google
Keynote Speaker

CTO Summit

Featured the leading
Oil and Gas Technology Experts

Tariq Qureishy,
MC & Moderator of CTO Summit

Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development
supports Start-ups at RDPETRO 2018

537 R&D Solutions Submissions from 41 countries at RDPETRO 2018

100+ speakers from leading NOCs, IOCs and
Service Companies, Academia, Start-ups and Innovators spoke at RDPETRO 2018


Where ideas meet investment to solve global oil and gas challenges


Welcome to RDPETRO, the world’s largest gathering focused on research and technology development for the oil and gas industry.

This event fosters closer collaboration across the oil and gas industry, technology innovators, start-ups and academia, to scout, source and award funding to innovative solutions that unlock and optimize oil and gas resources and create value.

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Multi-million Dollar Funding

RDPETRO awards the most innovative projects and ideas with development funding to help solve key industry challenges.

Real Challenges, Real Solutions

The program showcases the latest innovations for current oil and gas challenges. RDPETRO is no mere talking shop.

Innovation Hub Exhibition

Discover the leading innovations from around the world that will be driving the oil and gas industry forward for years to come.

Multi-industry CTO Summit
RDPETRO brings together CTOs from oil and gas, technology, start-ups and academia.

537 R&D Project Proposals, Innovative Ideas and
Conference Abstracts received

48 Technical Presentations

21 Panelists contributing to the Upstream & Downstream Sessions

6 Global tech & industry CTOs
led ground-breaking Summit

19 Poster Presentations

2,000+ Delegates

105 Speakers

33 Exhibitors

12 Innovative Start-ups

12 Universities and academia research centres

13 Sponsors

390+ Senior industry representatives

34 Countries represented at the event

4 Leading Technical Societies

11 Knowledge & Media Partners

41 Countries contributed with R&D solutions

184 Organisations submitting proposals


RDPETRO is an ecosystem where the brightest minds are recognised for their contribution to technological development, while solving tangible oil and gas challenges and creating value. Innovative start-ups, academia and industry come together to discuss the challenges and propose new solutions to move the industry forward.

Don’t miss the next edition of RDPETRO in 2020. Register your interest and become part of the biggest and most influential R&D oil and gas event.


A CTO Summit, two upstream and two downstream industry sessions tackled the most important challenges and outlooks in the oil and gas sector. Digitalisation underlined the main conference topics as artificial intelligence is already delivering some of the biggest advances, transcending the limitations of mortal brainpower. The focus of the conference was on exploring industry opportunities when coupled with the power of big data, visualization, mapping, sensor technology and other new technologies.


33 companies exhibited their innovative solutions and approaches to global oil and gas challenges at RDPETRO 2018. 12 Start-up companies, 12 Academic institutions and 9 Oil and Gas companies presented their latest advances to 3,000+ trade visitors.

Technical Sessions

48 Technical Presentations in 4 Technical Theatres covered Advanced Geophysical Technologies in Carbonates, Drilling Completion and Monitoring, Energy Efficiency and Environment, Enhanced Oil and Gas Recovery, Facilities Integrity, Flow Assuance, Gas Processing, Process Control and Digital Asset management, Reservoir Characterisation and Modelling and Unconventional Resources.

RDPETRO 2018 Innovation Awards

160 Conference Abstracts and 377 Innovative R&D Project proposals and Innovative Ideas have been submitted to RDPETRO 2018. During the RDPETRO Innovation Awards the best conference abstracts and the most innovative start-ups were awarded with monetary prizes. Shortlisted and selected R&D Project proposals and Innovative Ideas have been provided with letters of intent for future collaboration by RDPETRO partnering companies.

Partners & Sponsors

We look forward to seeing you at RDPETRO 2020