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Oil and gas industry gears up for Offshore Europe


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As the year ticks on, another key oil and gas conference edges ever closer. September 3-6 sees the turn of Offshore Europe, staged by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), which involves experts sharing ideas and debating the key issues surrounding the upstream industry.

The multi-faceted event aims to reflect the industry's desire for continuous learning by showcasing an array of new technologies and tools currently in development at some of the UK's leading companies.

In 2011, a total of 48,114 flocked to Aberdeen's Exhibition & Conference Centre in order to discuss the key challenges faced by the upstream industry and celebrate the achievements of their fellow members. They were joined by 1,497 exhibiting companies, filling approximately 25,288 sq metres of exhibition space.  

This year's gathering could well attract even more attendees and here's what's in it for those that make the trip.

Over 1,500 exhibitors

Attendees can save time and money in building contacts by using Offshore Europe to meet over 1,500 of industry members, from firms supplying underwater laser scanners to those offering PMP training.

From companies local to Aberdeen, right the way to those based overseas, delegates come to the event in order to meet interesting people and understand what their companies offer to the industry as a whole. The number of exhibiting firms has grown almost every year since Offshore Europe's inception, which is in no small part down to the amount of engagement that each company receives.

Global industry trends

This year's event will apply focus to a much talked about topic among oil and gas companies. Offshore Europe's organisers have chosen 'The Next 50 Years' as their overarching theme for the conference, which aims to explore the continuing success story for UK oil and gas.

Senior representatives from the global industry, UK and international governments will lead discussions into how oil and gas companies are shaping up in terms of future production as well as supplying insight on the condition of the supply chain.

International focus

Discussions will purposely veer off to focus on goings-on in the global market, which could have huge implications on UK businesses connected to the upstream industry.

It's through these events that British companies can learn more about emerging markets and how they can prepare for the future.

High satisfaction

When it comes to satisfaction, there's no doubt that SPE delivers once again.

Figures from Offshore Europe's record breaking year for attendance in 2011 revealed that 96 per cent of its visitors were somewhat, completely or very satisfied with their experience. Perhaps down to the engagement they received from the happy attendees, 94 per cent of the exhibitors said they would have a stand at the event again.

Not only this, 97 per cent of delegates said they would be recommending the conference to their colleagues and contacts in the future.

Author: Richard Towey

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