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1993 The First Initiative

  • The first meeting took place at the Houston International Airport in June 1993. Mayor Leif Maasvaer, Torbjorg Undheim and Trygve Brekke all city of Stavanger, and Knut Bulow of Houston discussed the possibilities to form a network organization between energy capitals.
  • The city of Stavanger took the lead to create a proposal for the organization and draft the first Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

1994 Preliminary meetings in Houston and Stavanger

  • Stavanger contacted actual member cities. Several of these cities already had individual contacts and agreements based on common interests in the energy sector. In Houston in May 1994, representatives from Aberdeen, Perth, Houston and Stavanger met to prepare for the preliminary WECP meeting in Stavanger August 22-24.
  • At the preliminary meeting in Stavanger, Aberdeen, Calgary, Houston, Perth, Stavanger and Vung Tau agreed to form the WECP organization and were invited to the official MOU signing in May 1995.

1995 Signing of agreement in Houston

  • The signing ceremony took place in Houston May 3, 1995 with the following cities: Aberdeen, Houston, Perth, Stavanger and Vung Tau. The city of Calgary was present at the ceremony, but unable to sign.
  • Mayor Leif Maasvaer of Stavanger was elected as President and Trygve Brekke (Stavanger) as Secretary General. Knut Bulow (Houston) joined the secretariat as a consultant. The membership dues were set to USD 10,000 per year.
  • From September 1995, Leif Johan Sevland was elected as mayor in Stavanger and therefore assumed the role of President of WECP.

1996 Annual meeting in Stavanger

  • The city of Baku, Azerbaijan joined as a new member on June 6, 1996.
  • The Annual Meeting took place in Stavanger on August 26-30 during the ONS Conference and Exhibition. The following cities participated: Aberdeen, Baku, Houston, Perth and Stavanger. While Calgary was not able to be present, they officially confirmed their membership and maintained observer status.

1997 Annual meeting in Baku

WECP working meeting in Aberdeen

  • The city of Villahermosa, Mexico, joined as a new member on May 5, 1997. The annual meeting took place in Baku. Participating cities included Vung Tau, Aberdeen, Houston, Villahermosa, Baku and Stavanger.
  • The WECP working meeting and conference was held during Offshore Europe in Aberdeen on September 9.

1998 Annual meeting in Villahermosa

WECP conference in Houston

  • The WECP conference on Emergency Preparedness took place in Houston on February 22-23, 1998. Participants included Houston, Baku, Stavanger, Villahermosa and Aberdeen.
  • The AGM took place in Villahermosa May 7-9, 1998. Participating cities were Aberdeen, Houston, Villahermosa and Stavanger. Maracaibo, Venezuela and Daqing, China joined as new members.

1999 Annual meeting in Aberdeen

WECP Conference in Stavanger

  • The annual meeting took place in Aberdeen October 24-26, 1999. The WECP reports, “Expectation of Oil Companies from Cities” and “Expectation of cities from oil companies” was presented by Info Services/Knut Bulow. Lord Provost Margaret Smith of Aberdeen was elected as new President and took over the WECP secretariat from January 2000; Stavanger was to serve as Vice President. Participating cities were Aberdeen, Baku, Daqing, Houston, Perth and Stavanger.
  • The WECP Conference “International Education in Focus” took place in Stavanger on October 27-28 at the International School of Stavanger.

2000 Annual meeting in Perth

  • The annual meeting took place in Perth September 7-8, 2000. Participating cities included Aberdeen, Daqing, Houston, Perth and Stavanger.

2001 Annual meeting in Daqing

  • The WECP conference on Diversification took place in Aberdeen February 26, 2001 with keynote speaker Annise Parker, Houston Council Member and Mayor`s designee to WECP. Participating cities included Aberdeen, Daqing, Houston and Stavanger
  • The working meeting was held in Houston on April 30. Vung Tau officially withdrew from the partnership.
  • The AGM was held in Daqing September 18-19, 2001. Participating cities included Aberdeen, Daqing, Houston, Perth and Stavanger. Vung Tau, Panjin City and Dongying attended as observers. Dongying was accepted as a new member. Mayor Leif Johan Sevland was elected as new President for the 2002-2004 period.
  • The University of Houston Institute for Energy, Law and Enterprise signed an MOU with the City of Houston for the administrative responsibility of the WECP Secretariat.

2002 Annual meeting in Stavanger

  • St. John’s and Halifax joined as new members in February 2002.
  • City of Houston became the Permanent Secretariat of the WECP. A formal MOU was signed during the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston in May.
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil joined as an observing member city in September.
  • The AGM took place in Stavanger September 26-27, 2002. Participating cities included Aberdeen, Halifax, Houston, Perth, St. John’s and Stavanger. Vung Tau met as an observer.

2003 Annual meeting in Halifax

  • The Working Meeting was held in Houston in conjunction with OTC.
  • The AGM was held in Halifax October 7-10, 2003. Participating cities included Aberdeen, Calgary, Daqing, Dongying, Halifax, Houston, Perth, Stavanger and St. John’s. San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago attended as an observer. Mayor Peter Kelly of Halifax was elected as President for the period 2004-2005. Calgary was reinstated as a member with voting rights.
  • Maracaibo and Baku’s membership was terminated due to lack of participation and payment of dues.

2004 Annual meeting in San Fernando

  • WECP was officially incorporated as a Texas Non-Profit Corporation after the Board of Directors unanimously voted to do so at the 2003 AGM. Mayor of Houston was voted to be the Permanent Secretary General of the Board. The Houston Technology Center (HTC) replaced University of Houston Institute for Energy in assuming the responsibility of administering the WECP Secretariat.
  • The cities of Dammam, Saudi Arabia and San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago joined as new members in Houston at the Working Meeting in May.
  • The AGM was held in San Fernando November 15-19, 2004. Participating cities included Aberdeen, Calgary, Daqing, Halifax, Houston, Perth, San Fernando, Stavanger, and St. John’s. The city of Luanda, Angola joined as a new member.

2005 Annual meeting in Villahermosa

  • The Greater Houston Partnership (GHP) replaced the Houston Technology Center in assuming the responsibility of administering the WECP Secretariat.
  • The AGM was held in Villahermosa. Participating cities included Aberdeen, Calgary, Dammam, Daqing, Dongying, Halifax, Houston, Luanda, Perth, San Fernando, St. John’s, Stavanger and Villahermosa. Lord Mayor Peter Nattrass of Perth was elected President for the period 2006-2007.
  • Rio de Janeiro was removed as a Class B member.

2006 Annual meeting in Dammam

  • Chief Administrative Officer Anthony Hall became Mayor White’s designee and Secretary General of WECP. Bylaws were amended and restated to establish an Economic Development Committee, create three classes of members and institute clearer guidelines on responsibilities and participation.
  • The AGM was held in Dammam. Participating cities included Aberdeen, Dammam, Daqing, Dongying, Halifax, Houston, Luanda, Perth, San Fernando and Stavanger; observers included Abu Dhabi. The WECP Training Exchange Program was established.

2007 Annual meeting in Luanda

  • The AGM was held in Luanda. Participating cities included Aberdeen, Dammam, Halifax, Houston, Luanda, Perth, San Fernando and Stavanger. Malabo, Equatorial Guinea joined as a new member. The Honourable Eng. Dhaifallah A Al-Utaibi of Dammam was elected as new President and Luanda as the Vice President.

2008 Annual meeting in Aberdeen

WECP Academic Exchange program introduced

  • The city of Port Harcourt, Nigeria joined as a new member in Houston during the Working Meeting in May.
  • The AGM was held in Aberdeen. Participating cities included Aberdeen, Calgary, Dammam, Daqing, Halifax, Houston, Luanda, Perth, Port Harcourt, San Fernando, St. John’s and Stavanger. Stavanger introduced the WECP Academic Exchange Program.

2009 Annual meeting in Calgary

Signing of the Calgary Climate Accord

  • The AGM was held in Calgary. Participating cities included Aberdeen, Calgary, Dammam, Halifax, Houston, Luanda, Perth, Port Harcourt, San Fernando, St. John’s and Stavanger. The city of Doha, Qatar joined as a new member at the AGM. Atyrau, Kazakhstan attended as observers. Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi of Perth was elected as new President and San Fernando as Vice President.
  • Historic signing of a Climate Accord by WECP members ahead of the Copenhagen Accord during the AGM. Nine cities participated in the accord: Aberdeen, Calgary, Halifax, Houston, Perth, Port Harcourt, San Fernando, St. John’s and Stavanger.

2010 Annual meeting in Perth

  • The AGM was held in Perth. Participating cities included Aberdeen, Calgary, Dammam, Daqing, Doha, Halifax, Houston, Luanda, Perth, St. John’s and Stavanger. The cities of Atyrau, Kazakhstan and Tomsk, Russia joined as new members at the AGM.

2011 Annual meeting in Doha

  • The AGM was held in Doha in conjunction with the World Petroleum Congress. Participating cities included Aberdeen, Atyrau, Calgary, Dammam, Doha, Houston, Luanda, Malabo, Perth, Port Harcourt, St. John’s, Stavanger and Tomsk. The city of Rio de Janeiro joined as new members at the AGM. Mayor Dennis O'Keefe of St. John's was elected as new President and Mayor Mohammed Al Sayed of Doha as Vice President.


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