OE05 to be record-breaking showNews // September 5, 2005
A record number of visitors have signed up to attend Offshore Europe 2005 (OE05) when it kicks off tomorrow, with the exhibition itself already officially now the biggest ever held, even beating the 'boom' years of the 1970s in terms of the number of exhibiting companies and show space sold.
With an agenda-setting conference programme full of high profile speakers from the oil industry, and visitors up to ministerial level from around the world, the event looks set to be the best one yet.
Pre-registration levels for OE05 have hit an all-time high, with nearly 46,000 people signing up with the intention of attending this week's show, indicating that the actual numbers through the door could very well beat 2003's figure of 26,337.
There are 1,661 companies exhibiting this year compared to 1,392 in 2003. This record number of companies have taken more space at the show at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) than ever used before, covering 20,188 square metres.
Companies participating include 16 major oil companies from around the world such as Gazprom of Russia, Venezuala’s PDVSA, Anglo-Dutch operator Shell, Total of France, ConocoPhillips of the United States and Maersk of Denmark. A total of 107 separate countries are represented at the show either as exhibitors or visitors.
The vibrant atmosphere at the show reflects the oil industry's current upsurge in activity, driven partly by the dramatic climb in the price of oil in recent months to record highs of up to US$70 per barrel, which is enabling many oil companies to kickstart new projects as the overall economics improve, providing new business opportunities around the world for the contracting and oil services sector. Many of those companies from both the UK and overseas are at OE05.
A stream of high-profile visitors will attend including the UK Minister for Energy Malcolm Wicks MP and the Venezuelan Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez. Some of these will participate in panel sessions at the conference, alongside a heavyweight list of speakers from the oil industry including the conference chairman and CEO of Schlumberger, Andrew Gould; Mahmoud Abdul-Baqi, Vice President Exploration Saudi Aramco; Tom Botts, Executive VP Europe, Shell International E&P; Luis F Vierma, VP E&P, PDVSA; Michel Bènèzit, VP Northern Europe, Total; Mike Bowyer, UK Managing Director Halliburton; Robert Olsen, Chairman and Production Director, ExxonMobil International; and Sir Ian Wood, Chairman and Chief Executive, Wood Group.
Also at OE05 is a ‘show within a show’ - the Digital Energy Zone, which will showcase the digital technologies leading the industry towards the next generation oil field.
Within OE05 there is also the popular OILCAREERFAIR that offers great recruitment opportunities for employers and employees alike. Companies from all over the world can benefit by registering with this vital recruitment tool, aimed at bridging the skills gap that exists in the industry.
This week will also see an interactive conference session on Wednesday tackling the issues of mature production. This high-tech session will see every audience member given a voting pad to register their opinion on numerous different questions, resulting in deliverable results on the day and a session that will see the debate evolve to every view as they are keyed in on the voting pads.
Nik Rudge, Project Director for OE 2005, said: "All the signs are that the show looks set to be the best ever. The confidence being shown within the global E&P sector and the focus on the North Sea as a proving ground for mature fields and production optimisation is reflected by the record breaking exhibitor numbers and pre-registration figure. Combined with the agenda-setting conference programme, which has some of the most influential industry figures set to speak there, this has all combined to offer an outstanding number of reasons for people to attend."
Visit http://www.oe2005.co.uk for further details on the exhibition and conference, as well as regular show updates.