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April 10, 2003 1330 PDT, (FTW) -- Publisher-Editor Mike Ruppert will attend and report on the upcoming conference of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO) in Paris on May 26-27th. This is the world's premier organization of oil and natural gas experts who are documenting and evaluating the realities of Peak Oil and their implications. FTW strongly encourages journalists and scholars from the United States to attend this critical conference which will address energy issues that have been almost completely suppressed inside the United States and around the world.

Contact information and registration details are available below.

For additional information, please visit the ASPO web site at:

ASPO is a network of scientists, affiliated with European institutions and universities, having an interest in determining the date and impact of the peak and decline of the world's production of oil and gas, due to resource constraints.

It presently has members in: Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.


1.      To evaluate the world's endowment of oil and gas;
2.      To model depletion, taking due account of economics, technology and politics;
3.      To raise awareness of the serious consequences for Mankind.

   ASPO Meeting in Paris  

The programme for the Second International Workshop on Oil Depletion is as follows

Meeting Place : IFP Conference Centre,  Rueil Malmaison, Paris

Monday 26th May

08:00 – 09:00    Registration

09:00 – 09:30    Opening Address: Claude Mandil(Executive Director, International Energy Agency)

09:35 – 10:05    Michael Klare (Hampshire College, USA) Resource Wars

10:10 – 10:40    Pierre-René Bauquis  (IFP-School, France)
What Energy Sources for Transportation in the 21st Century?

11:05 – 11:35    Ali Bakhtiari (National Iranian Oil Company, Tehran )
A Realistic View of Long-term Middle East Production Capacity

11:40 – 12:10    Ray Leonard (Yukos Oil, Moscow)
Can Russia make up the Difference and for how long?

12:15 – 12:45    Chris Skrebowski  (Institute of Petroleum, London)
The North Sea – Victim of Depletion

14:00 – 14:30    Peter Gerling (BGR, Hannover )
The World's Endowment of Natural Gas – The BGR's new energy study

14:35 – 15:05    Jean Laherrėre (AFTP, France)
Modelling future Oil Production, Population and the Economy         

15:10 - 15:40     Malcolm Slesser ( Edinburgh University, Scotland )
World Energy Supply and Demand to 2050

16:05 – 16:35    Colin Campbell & Anders Sivertsson (ASPO & Uppsala University)
The 2003 Update of the ASPO Oil & Gas Depletion Model

16:40 – 17:10    Vincent Lepez  ((Institut Francais de Petrole, France)
The Modelling of Remaining Reserves in a Mature Basin

17:15 –17:45     Steve Andrews (Energy Consultant, USA )
Oil Prophets: Looking at World Oil Studies Over Time

20:00 Conference Dinner

Tuesday 27th May

09:00 – 09:30    Matt Simmons  (Simmons & Co., USA )
The US Reaction to World Oil and Gas Depletion

09:35 –10:05     Kenneth Deffeyes (Princeton University, USA)
Will 2000 turn out to be Peak followed by wildly oscillating Oil Prices?

10:10 – 10:40    Jean-Marie Bourdaire (World Energy Council)
Energy supply conditions and oil price regime

11:10 – 11:40    To be announced

11:45 – 12:15    To be announced

12:20 – 12:55    Maarten van Mourik & Richard Shepherd (Consultants, France)
The economic drivers of peak production and the economic obstacles to renewables

14:00 –14:30     Gerard Freis  (IFP, France)
The contribution of technology: accelerating depletion or «creating »  reserves  ( including GTL, biomass, etc ... )? 

14:35 – 15:05    François Cupcic  (TFE, France)
The ultra-heavy oil (tarsands) of Athabasca and Orinoco : what technologies? and what recovery rate ?

15:10 – 15:40    Werner Zittel (LBS, Germany)  
Renewable energy possibilities

15:45 – 16:15    Paul Metz (Inter-ger, Netherlands)
The contribution of renewable energy, energy efficiency and the political framework

16:30 – 17:00    Ian Fells (Newcastle University, United Kingdom),
Energy Options in the United Kingdom

17:05 – 17:35    Kjell Aleklett  (Uppsala University, Sweden)
Sweden's Experience in waking up Europe to Future Energy Issues

17: 40 – 18:10   Panel Discussion

18:10 – 18:20    Colin Campbell - Closing remarks

19:00 Reception and press conference by speakers

20:00 Conference Dinner

According to the Michelin Guide, there are many hotels in the vicinity, including the following (with phone number and approximate price):

Bougival -          Hotel Marechaux  (+331 3082 7711)       

Puteaux -          Princesse Isabelle          (+331 4778 8006)         

St Cloud -          Villa Henri IV     (+331 4602 5930)         

Special Conference rates are available (by quoting IFP) at

Malmaison -      Novotel Atria      (+331 4716 6060)                     
Cardinal            (+331 4708 2020)         
Quality Hôtel      (+331 4732 2092)
Les Arts            (+331 4752 1500)
Ibis                   (+331 4732 9696)

Those looking for an imaginative travel agent, who works wonders with ticketing, could do worse than contact

            Andry Sophocles at Travel 2001, London.  tel: +44207 431 2525

e-address :

Important : For security and other reasons, it is necessary for us to know in advance who are coming. Please therefore confirm by e-mail to C.J.Campbell ( if you have not already done so. Formal registration will be on arrival when the conference fee of 100 (euros) (25 euros for students & the retired) will be collected to defray some of the costs. About 50 participants have registered already.

Those who are in a position to do so are asked to publicise the event within their own circles. 

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