AOG defies doom and gloom

AUSTRALIA’s largest resource industry event has defied the doom and gloom surrounding the global oil and gas sector, hosting what industry insiders described as the most successful show in its 34-year history.
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Haydn Black

Organisers from Diversified Communications, who purchased the show a few years back, said they were “thrilled” with the flood of attendees who visited the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre to and met with a record 620 exhibiting companies from 25 countries at the Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition and Conference.

Numbers through the doors were said to be around 16,000.

“This has been a tremendous week,” AOG event director Bill Hare said.

“Despite all the forecasts that the mood would be down at AOG this year because of the crash in crude prices, the feeling around the convention centre has been very upbeat.

“We have had a very constant stream of visitors on the exhibition floor, while the conference, special industry lunches and networking events have been really well attended. The positive feedback we have received across the board has been very pleasing.

“And there certainly wasn’t a feeling of doom and gloom amongst those that were kicking up their heels at our AOG dinner.

“But the real proof of the success of this year’s event has been the very strong interest from companies wanting to come back again next year.”

He noted that there were many highlights during the week that helped make AOG 2015 the most successful in its long history.

“Alongside the record number of companies and the new level of international participation, we have received tremendous feedback on the content of the conference, in particular the new FLNG stream,” Hare said.

“We have also seen our special Timor-Leste industry luncheon create newspaper headlines around Australia, a panel discussion on women in oil and gas, [and] we have helped a lot of people to become better informed about critical issues such as FIFO mental health.”

One of the leading events on the annual global oil and gas event calendar, AOG will be returning to Perth between February 24 and 26, 2016.

“We are already looking forward to it and I am glad to say that many of the people who have been at AOG this week are feeling the same way,” Hare said.