IN LATE February, WA will once again host the global petroleum industry’s hugely popular annual Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition and Conference (AOG), set to kick off a highly prospective year that will see many of the region’s largest oil and gas projects come to life.
As Australia rides on the back of one of its most dynamic oil and gas development booms, AOG has become one of the nation’s premier networking forums for industry professionals to meet representatives from oil and gas companies, decision makers, service providers, engineers, technical professionals and suppliers.Held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, AOG is Australia’s largest oil and gas exhibition, with AOG 2011 likely to be the largest event yet, expected to attract some 12,000 visitors.
The event will showcase the very latest innovations in exploration and production, asset management, flow control, health and safety, subsea technology and much more from 450-plus exhibitors across 16 countries while hosting the world’s oil and gas leaders under one roof for three days of networking, learning and entertainment.
Incorporating the AOG Conference, the Subsea Australasia Conference and a Careers Day, AOG 2011 will cover the entire spectrum of the oil and gas industry, from exploration and production technology including gas processing to pipelines, offshore services, engineering, design and construction. “AOG 2011 will be the largest annual exhibition of its kind in Australasia,” exhibition director Bill Hare said.
Not only was it considered the highest marketing platform to reach potential new customers and introduce new and existing products and services, but it would also ensure industry players kept abreast of the latest trade secrets and developments.
“If it’s hot, it will be here,” Mr Hare said. “From new product launches to free seminars on the show floor, AOG 2011 will be a showcase for innovation.”
Testifying to the event’s popularity, AOG has won one of the exhibition industry’s top honours two years in a row. In December 2010, AOG received its second award for Best Trade Show at the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia Awards for Excellence.
Mr Hare said AOG had competed against some of Australasia’s leading trade shows to claim the honour – at a gala event held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre – of an award that recognised outstanding achievement and innovation in the exhibition and events industry.
Mr Hare said the win capped off another record-breaking year that saw AOG eclipse its results from 2009 as it drew an unprecedented number of exhibitors, achieving a 26 per cent increase in visitor numbers in 2010.
“To be again recognised as the best trade show of our size is an amazing honour and a testimony to the enormous ongoing efforts of our team to deliver the largest oil and gas exhibition ever held in the southern hemisphere,” he said.