The 8th Annual Meeting of the New Producers Group took place from 1–3 December 2020, with a focus on fostering resilience in emerging producers.
The meeting was held in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has precipitated a crash in oil markets, hampered or halted operations across the hydrocarbon sector and caused many oil and gas investments to be delayed or shelved. In addition to these immediate effects, there will be long-term ramifications associated with the global energy transition towards a lower-carbon economy.
The meeting focused on how new producers can adapt their approaches in light of the shocks from the pandemic, and the prospects that the global energy transition will precipitate significant changes in oil and gas markets.
At the outset, the group’s organizers encouraged participants to see the meeting as an opportunity to rethink their assumptions about the value of the oil and gas sector to their countries, and to work together to develop resilient strategies that can benefit emerging and established producers alike. Acknowledging apprehension over the uncertainty of the moment and the long-term ramifications of the global energy transition, the host organizations emphasized the value of capacity building and collaboration across agencies, nationally, regionally and internationally.
A summary of the Annual Meeting is available at the link below.