PETEX 2012 Review
PETEX 2012 breaks all records
As a key part of the Industry calendar, PETEX is an event that cannot be missed, whether you are an exhibitor, delegate, speaker or part of the organisational committee. PETEX 2012 exceeded all expectations, and sets a benchmark by which to measure all future events of its kind.
Key to the enduring success of the show is the way in which it brings together a wide range of technical papers, with a comprehensive exhibition and a packed social programme. This year the technical programme included a number of high level keynote speakers and a courageous plenary session, which gave NGOs the opportunity to speak alongside Oil and Service Companies on an equal footing.
An overflowing auditorium welcomed speakers to the opening sessions, chaired by Oliver Quinn (Hess) who chaired the organising committee for this year’s show, as Tony Hayward of Genel Energy, Glen Cayley of Shell, Alan Booth of Encounter Oil and Carl Trowell of Schlumberger presented an overview of the industry as it stands now.
A total of 66 papers across three days covered a variety of topics from emerging exploration provinces, Africa and new insights in the North Sea, to seismic broadband technology and unconventional resources. Along with the Plenary Session, the collaboration conference running alongside the main show and honorary guest speakers from the PESGB Young Professionals, the SEG and the SPE, this year’s programme truly had something for everyone.
Obtaining a Social Licence to Operate has become a hot topic in recent months, and the Plenary Session which closed the technical programme gave Dax Lovegrove from WWF and Simon Taylor from Global Witness the opportunity to cross swords – albeit politely and perhaps somewhat restrainedly – with St Mark Moody-Stuart, Dev Sanyal of BP and Rosalind Kainyah of Tullow. Ably chaired by Hamish Wilson of SLR and journalist Julian Rush, the session was run under Chatham House rules and could perhaps be seen as a step towards a greater understanding and closer working relationship between the Oil and Gas Industry and organisations seeking to protect both the natural environment and local populations.
The exhibition this year comprised 156 exhibitors, covering 3230 square metres of exhibition floor, and included many new exhibitors as well as those who have supported PETEX for many years. International exhibitors from as far away as Indonesia, Nova Scotia, New Zealand and Tanzania brought delegates to the International Pavilion, while universities from across the UK brought an alternative focus to the Graduate Career Fair. As always the exhibition was constantly busy – over 3400 delegates took time to look at the wares on offer, and of course catch up with colleagues and friends. The Exploration Manager’s Lunch, this year held on the middle day, and the Student Day on Thursday, not to mention the social events which this year covered all three evenings, ensured that the exhibition hall was busy throughout the three days.
PETEX is perhaps most well-known for the networking opportunities it presents to delegates and exhibitors alike. The organised events – an Icebreaker Cocktail Party on day one, the euphemistically named “Evening Excursion” on day two and this year the new Sundowner event – are an intrinsic part of what brings visitors year after year. These events are well-sponsored and well-attended – and while there were plenty of refreshments available at the various bars around the room during the cocktail party and the Sundowner, there was equally no shortage of supplementary refreshments from those exhibitors determined to contribute to the variety on offer. And it wasn’t just gastronomic refreshment on offer this year – the Cocktail Party gave many an opportunity to have a relaxing massage, and we were later treated to live music courtesy of the Vulcan Creedlers.
During the evening excursion, each of the venues was packed to the gills, with plenty of food and interesting conversation to be had. It is hardly surprising that it has been said that as much business is done over a beer on the pub crawl than on the exhibition floor, and equally no surprise that the technical committee made the very wise decision to begin the proceedings slightly later the following morning.
Many readers will already have heard that PETEX 2014 will be held at Excel on 18 -20 November. PETEX has grown considerably in recent years, and with the news of Earl’s Court no longer being available, the PESGB and the Organising Committee made the decision to move to Excel in order to make the most of the excellent facilities this conference venue has to offer. The team are very excited about the move, and are sure that the increased size and amenities will enable PETEX room to expand still further.
The PESGB and the PETEX organising committee would like to thank all of their sponsors, without whom it would not have been possible to deliver such a successful event.
Tracey Dancy, Dancy Dynamics
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