Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (Adipec) 2008, one of the largest exhibitions of its kind in the world, has confirmed the addition of more influential speakers to its already impressive schedule.

Adipec 2008, to be organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers, will host more than 200 international speakers delivering keynote addresses and participating in executive panels, 26 technical presentations, poster sessions, 10 panel discussions and plenaries, said a statement.

For the debate on 'Peak production', panelists Rick Vierbuchen of ExxonMobil, Waleed Al Mulhim of Saudi Aramco, Yoshikazu Kob-ayashi of the Institute for Energy Economics, and Christophe Ruehl of BP will be moderated by Nansen Saleri from the Leading Reservoirs Consultancy, and formerly of Aramco.

Chris Ball of Occidental and John Mills of Shell are confirmed panelists for the session on 'Future gas development', which will be moderated by Andrew Vaughan of Shell.

The conference on 'Working together to deliver sustainable growth, innovative teams and technology deployment' will include one of the most anticipated topics of the exhibition - 'Technology deployment in a collaborative environment'.

Adipec confirmed that panelists Mohammad Badri of Schlumberger, Joe Leone of Shell, Gilles Bitoun of Total and Al Riddle of Baker Hughes will take part in the session, moderated by Anas Al Chalabi of Weatherford.

Other speakers that have been added to the lineup include Aqeel Madi of NPCC, Ali Al Ajmi of Saudi Aramco, Andrew Brown of Pearl GTL project, Shell, Dave Clarkson of BP and Christophe Virondaud of Technip, who will be discussing 'Project management in a changing contracting environment', which addresses real challenges faced by the oil and gas industry as it moves forward into the future.