Estonia is celebrating a momentous anniversary in oil shale development – 100 years of oil shale mining. To commemorate this landmark, Estonia is hosting the International Symposium “Oil Shale 100” on September 20th–23rd, 2016.

The first Estonian oil shale conference was held already in 1968, with the most recent in 2013, when 400 experts from over 30 countries around the world gathered in Tallinn. This year’s Symposium “Oil Shale 100” is an absolute „must go“ for professionals in all spheres of oil shale energetics – connecting resource holders, technology developers, researchers, government representatives and business leaders from across the world.

Join in on discussions about oil shale – an abundant unconventional global resource with reserves at least 4 times larger than all crude oil reserves. The peak of global development of energy from oil shale is yet to come and given the challenges that energy companies face today, it is the perfect time to learn from one another and share best practices. Estonia is living proof that the oil shale industry can be viable long-term, and has remained so throughout the last century. The Symposium will offer unique opportunities hear about the latest innovations and technology updates, increases in efficiency and applications to reduce environmental impacts.

2016 is a unique year for the Estonian oil shale industry. In addition to celebrating a century of oil shale utilization, Enefit will have two modern production facilities for both oil and power production, working at full capacity and on display. Field trips will offer an extraordinary opportunity to visit these industrial scale facilities, unique in the world – the 300 MW Auvere Power Plant, and the Enefit280, a combined shale oil, gas and electricity cogeneration plant, as well as an operational open cast mine.

Submit an abstract:

Abstract submission is open until May 31. This is your opportunity to join in the discussions in the most relevant issues in the oil shale industry today. See the list of topics and submit your abstract on time. The Senior Advisory Board, a qualified committee of experts has been formed to give their grades and comments and to choose the best abstracts submitted for the Symposium program.

Become a partner:

Becoming a partner of the International Symposium “Oil Shale 100” will offer an excellent opportunity to showcase your company´s or institution´s expertise and technological innovations to the decision makers of the oil shale industry. Additional information about partnership can be acquired from Symposium Secretariat.

Field trip:

The Symposium offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the most prominent sites of the Estonian oil shale industry as well as to get insights into the operation of the companies. The number of participants will be limited on a first come-first served basis. We encourage those interested to sign up early! Lectures and tours in the heart of the Estonian oil shale industry will include:

  • The unique shale oil, gas and electricity cogeneration plant Enefit280
  • The new 300 MW Auvere Power Plant based on state-of-the-art circulating fluidized bed technology using oil shale and woodchips for fuel
  • World´s largest oil shale open cast mining site
  • Presentations by, and an opportunity to meet and consult the management and experts of the companies operating the sites
  • Overnight lodging at a spa hotel (Thursday, September 22)
  • All meals and snacks, including a Field Trip Group Dinner
  • Transportation from Tallinn to Narva (Eastern Estonia), and back to Tallinn

Field trip fee: 300 EUR


Symposium Secretariat: information about registration, accommodation, visas etc:

Carmen Illak

Phone: +372 71 52,244



Information about program, sponsorship opportunities and media relations:


Reilika Ilp


Lelle 22, 11,318 Tallinn


Key Speakers

• Taavi Rõivas, Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia

• Volli Kalm, Rector of the University of Tartu

• Kristen Michal, Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications

• Hando Sutter, Chairman of the Management Board of Eesti Energia

• Margus Vals, Member of the Management Board of Eesti Energia