MARKETING: Oil & Gas Show Still Big Feature
Recent Western Cape Business News
SECTORS of the oil, gas, petrochemical and related industries are set to converge on the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) between 16 and 18 March this year, when Oil & Gas Africa 2010 takes place daily between 10h00 and 18h00.
With key international and local plenary speakers in the line-up, the 2010 conference retains its ranking as one of the top events on the African oil and gas calendar and Southern Africa’s leading industry interface globally. With a wide range of topics covering everything from upstream developments in Africa to technical papers on rig and platform design, the mix of plenary conference, seminars, briefings and workshops is expected to attract some 750 delegates from throughout the African continent.
John Thompson of co-organisers Exhibition Management Services says the event aims to explore the challenges faced by the sub-Saharan and African oil and gas markets during economically uncertain times. The previous three saw the presence of 10 000 visitors, 800 delegates and in excess of 500 exhibitors. The event comprises both a conference (16-17 March) and exhibition component (16-18 March). “The exhibition, for its part, will prove of great interest for suppliers to oil refineries, petrochemical plants, oil and gas installations and pipelines,” Thompson says.
Billed as being ‘bigger, better and busier than ever before’, the conference and exhibition was previously known as Oil Africa and has been updated to emphasise the increasing role that gas production is playing in the industry.
Typically, delegates and exhibitors hail from countries such as Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Canada, China, DRC, Egypt, France, Ghana, India, Italy, Kenya, Korea, Madagascar, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Portugal, Russia , South Africa, UAE, UK, USA, West Indies and Zimbabwe.
“While the continent’s growing importance as a new source of crude oil is attracting an increasing number of Afro-centric oil industry meetings and conferences, our event, now in its fourth edition, is still the largest and only engineering supply chain exhibition. At the last event we had 3 522 visitors attending from 34 countries. With the ongoing discoveries being made on Africa’s West Coast Oilfields and increasing numbers of operators working there, we expect the attendance to increase significantly at our 2010 event.”
“Petroleum Agency SA has been an active participant in Oil & Gas Africa since its inception, both as exhibitor and sponsor,” says Dave van der Spuy, manager petroleum resource evaluation at Petroleum Agency SA, which is the South African agency for promotion of petroleum exploration and exploitation. “We will be sponsoring the attendance of ten representatives of entry level HDSA owned companies, allowing them to attend at half price. This will afford them the opportunity to network with others in the industry, giving them the opportunity to publicise their capabilities, form synergies with providers of related services and make themselves known to the primary users of services: the exploration companies.”
Working in conjunction with their respective South African Business Chambers and Economic Counsellors from the Department of Trade & Industry, the organisers have scheduled inbound buyer / delegate groups from the various African oil producing countries.
In addition, industry related associations and organizations are planning various complimentary technical workshops, seminars and briefings to supplement the main conference. The African Refiners Association, for example, has scheduled their AGM and two days of downstream workshops for the week leading up to Oil & Gas Africa 2010.
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