Latest technologies and new digital tools were discussed at the Oil and Gas Automation and Digitalisation Congress 2023, which was held on 27-28 November in Vösendorf, Austria. The Congress was co-hosted by OMV Downstream, which together with the representatives from the whole value chain of the oil and gas sector shared innovative ways of industry transformation through smart technologies.

This year, AUTOMA 2023 was supported by Bonatti, Tecnimont, MOL Group, KMG Rompetrol, and DESFA S.A as the Regional Partners of the Congress. Within two days, AUTOMA 2023 invited key players of the oil and gas market to emphasise the role of the latest automation and digital trends of upstream, midstream and downstream segments. Among the delegates of the Congress were representatives of Repsol, Wood, BP, Seadrill, McDermott, Snam, Archer, AVEVA, PKN ORLEN, TUPRAS, TotalEnergies, Schneider Electric, and others.

Within the first day, the Congress which gathered C-level management of the leading industry companies at the opening (CDO) panel, where Daria Anthony, Project Director of AUTOMA 2023, gave the welcoming speech:

“Today, AUTOMA greets 380 oil and gas leaders who gathered to exchange the latest innovations and discuss the current challenges of digital transformation. We believe it is crucial for companies to unite in order to explore the opportunities for digitalisation in the oil and gas industry, as well as the state of the industry’s digital strategy more generally. This is why we meet there with the aim to develop the industry together.”

Then speakers from OMV Downstream, TWTG R&D B.V., BOTAS Petroleum Pipeline Corporation, and Essar Oil UK discussed the route to decarbonisation and smart solutions for energy efficient operations.

The two-days business programme of AUTOMA 2023 comprised different formats of the sessions including leaders talks, roundtables, panel discussions. Delegates shared their thoughts and insights on the up-to-date topics such as digital twin implementation, smart refinery, digital oilfield, digital pipeline, hydrogen production by technology, and cleantech innovations and solutions.

One of the highlights of the second day was the leaders talk, a show type session dedicated to the role of collaboration in the digital transformation progress. The format of the leaders talk implies speakers’ presentations go one by one, at the end of the session the discussion goes between panellists on the stage. Speakers raised the questions about integrated digital ecosystem, collaboration for a lower carbon energy future, partnerships to develop and enhance digital capabilities. Barbara Schatzker, Program Manager Refining Digitalization at OMV Downstream GmbH, presented topic about collaboration from the strategy to delivery. The speech covered such questions as implementation of a digitalisation processes, learnings and challenges, and applications and data integration.

The next edition of the Oil and Gas Automation and Digitalisation Congress 2024 is going to take place on 21-22 October, in Germany. The registration of the companies is already open.

Visit the official website of AUTOMA 2024: https://sh.bgs.group/133.