Thu, Nov. 12, 2015
9 am - 1 pm
(GMT-06:00) America/Chicago


James A. Baker III Hall

The Arctic is widely regarded as the last frontier for global oil and gas resource development. Despite the recent decline in oil prices, Arctic nations are positioning themselves to capitalize on prodigious oil and gas reserves, particularly those in United States and Russian territories. At the same time, environmental concerns and extreme operating conditions present daunting challenges both technologically and commercially. There is much at stake in the Arctic, and much to learn. How large is the hydrocarbon resource potential? How are the resources distributed across territorial claims? What are the operational and regulatory differences among Arctic nations? This conference addressed the risks, the opportunities, and the geopolitical and environmental stakes of Arctic oil and gas development.

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9:00 am



Coffee and Registration

9:30 am



Welcome and Introduction

Kenneth B. Medlock, Ph.D., James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy Resource Economics and Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies, Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy

Opening Remarks

Arctic Policies and Priorities: Norwegian Perspectives
Morten Paulsen
Consul General of Norway in Houston

9:45 am



Keynote Address

The Rapidly Changing Arctic: Challenges and Opportunities
The Honorable Fran Ulmer
Special Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State on Arctic Science and Policy

10:30 am    

Panel – The Arctic Potential: Challenges and Opportunity in a Long-term Play

Moderator: Jim Krane, Ph.D., Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies, Baker Institute

Overview of the Recent National Petroleum Council Arctic Study
Jed M. Hamilton
Senior Arctic Consultant, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

Offshore Risk Management and the License to Operate in the Arctic
Paal Johansen
Vice President and Regional Manager Maritime Americas, DNV GL

Measures to Prevent Oil Pollution in the Arctic Marine Environment
Øyvind Tuntland
Principal Engineer, Petroleum Safety Authority, Norway

12:15 pm    

Networking Lunch



Thu, Nov. 12, 2015
9 am - 1 pm
(GMT-06:00) America/Chicago


James A. Baker III Hall