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    Offshore Europe - new leader, new name

    News // April 16, 2004
    The Offshore Europe Partnership has announced that Andrew Gould, Chairman and CEO of Schlumberger, has accepted the role of Chairman of OE2005, the Eastern Hemisphere's premier oil and gas event.

    Gould's appointment coincides with the partnership's own ongoing efforts to continually improve and progress the show, with the announcement of a new name and logo for Offshore Europe. Henceforth the event will be branded 'OE'.

    "I am very pleased to have been invited to chair the 2005 conference, and look forward to lively debate on the issues facing the offshore industry as deepwater and subsea activities increase, and as the European stage expands", commented Mr Gould.

    A delighted Nik Rudge, Project Director, OE 2005, commented: "Having an internationally respected conference chairman is indicative of the global reach of OE 2005 and it reflects the evolving nature of the show and the change in designation from OffshoreEurope to OE.

    Regarding the new name and logo, Mr Rudge said it now symbolised the changed nature of 'Offshore Europe'. He said: "After 30 years, Offshore Europe has evolved significantly beyond its North Sea/UKCS roots, attracting visitors from 104 different countries around the world in 2003. The new branding reflects the changed nature of OE and its position as the Eastern Hemisphere's premier oil and gas conference and exhibition. Whilst OE still signifies Offshore Europe, it also symbolises Offshore Excellence and Offshore Expertise and that is what the event is all about."

    OE 2005, to be held once again in September next year, is already 50% booked with confirmed attendance from key companies such as Shell EP, Total E&P UK Plc, Saudi Aramco, Halliburton, Schlumberger, FMC and The Wood Group.

    A total of 26,337 visitors came to Aberdeen over four days to attend Offshore Europe 2003.

    With confirmed contract deals totaling more than US$325 million announced or signed at the show, the most floor space ever taken, and more conference attendees than ever before, Offshore Europe 2003 was rightly credited as the "best ever".

    The event at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre featured more than 1,400 exhibitors from 34 countries.

    There were many high-level delegations in attendance, with nine having ministerial presence. These included visits by officials from Azerbaijan, Canada, Egypt, Australia, Morocco, Venezuela and Mauritania

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