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The inaugural Malaysia Upstream Project Conference (UPEC 2018) hosted by PETRONAS and organised by Malaysia Petroleum Management (MPM), is a niche gathering of more than 400 developments heads and PMT leads from Operators, JV Partners and leading contractors in Malaysia to discuss issues and challenges in maximising project productivity, raising competency standards and adopting the latest technology-focused solutions to produce hydrocarbon faster, more efficiently, safely and more cost effectively.

UPEC 2018 sees the sharing of upstream projects’ best practices, lessons learnt and cutting-edge technologies, processes, tools and methods to help increase productivity and lessen the Life-Cycle Cost.

The pilot edition of UPEC was held from the 21st to 22nd November 2018 as industry leaders and subject matter experts address project challenges with a focus on achieving competitiveness through efficiency, competency and technology-focused  solutions.

Conference Format

  • Keynote Address
  • 4 Panel Sessions
  • 6 Parallel Technical Sessions
  • 2 Topical Luncheons


Muhammad Zamri Jusoh
Vice President, Malaysia Petroleum Management

The “lower for longer” norm we manage to endure today is not an overnight story. It is a compilation of numerous success and developmental recounts, compiled through our industry-wide collaboration agenda which effectively shaped our present and future. The previous episode taught us to embrace competitiveness beyond just survival. Moving forward, we need to redefine competitiveness into an agenda that is not inextricably tied to markets’ volatility. We will use technologies and tools that have never before been tried. We will learn from other industries to spark new ideas and to challenge the status quo. We will integrate innovation into our norms, exploit and enhance more data for augmented data analytics. We will move en bloc to make Malaysia as an attractive oil & gas destination and world-class hub for OGSE.

Aidil bin Shabudin
UPEC 2018 Organising Committee Chairman, Senior General Manager, Resource Development & Management Department, 
Malaysia Petroleum Management

It is our aspiration that through UPEC 2018, the upstream operators and partners will be able to have a constructive dialogue to enhance the competitiveness in engineering, fabrication, installation and hook-up. The subject of competitiveness should not only dwell on cost-cutting measures alone. It may bring immediate impact but the solution is rather a stop gap than a sustainable one. We need to uplift our discussion to include technologies, digital tools and processes as a measures to improve productivity and increase workforce capability.

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