More than 6,000 scientists, technicians, and industrialists from 70 countries poured into the Japanese capital on Sunday (11 May) for the Ninth World Petroleum Congress (WPC).
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Background: More than 6,000 scientists, technicians, and industrialists from 70 countries poured into the Japanese capital on Sunday (11 May) for the Ninth World Petroleum Congress (WPC).
In the presence of Japanese Crown Prince Akihito and Princess Michiko delegates listened to opening speeches by WPC President Frederick Rossini of the United States and Japanese Premier Takeo Miki.
Although the accent of the Congress is essentially a technical and scientific one, the political aspects of the industry will also be discussed. The WPC is held every four years. This year's six-day congress has the theme "Petroleum for the Welfare of Mankind".
A British Petroleum Co. Ltd. representative, Mr. K. B. Charles, told the Congress the costs of drilling for North Sea oil have soared by 150 per cent in the last ten years. He said this was partly because of the rigours of the North Sea climate.
The United States Commerce Secretary, Rogers Morton, told the petroleum experts that the age of oil was rapidly drawing to a close and man would have to make better use of his resources. He outlined President Ford's energy policies, aimed at making the United States a net energy exporter by the end of this century.
In his address, the Japanese Prime Minister, Takeo Miki, said the fact that oil producing and consuming nations sat down at the same table and seriously examined the problems was itself of no little significance. He said we must continue to work for a fruitful dialogue.