| Event:||APPEA 2011 || Delegates:||3,400 people from 38 countries
|| Destination:||Perth, Australia
|| Duration:||10-13 April 2011
Activity in Australia’s oil and gas industry has never been higher, with exports expected to exceed 50 million tonnes per annum within five years. This momentum, coupled with significant interest in the ongoing political discussions which may affect industry policy, helped drive a record turnout at the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association’s Annual Conference & Exhibition – APPEA 2011.
More than 3,400 people converged for the conference in April 2011 in Perth – which is Australia’s leading oil and gas industry centre. This gave this year’s event the largest-ever attendance in the event’s 51 year history.
Ms Julie Hood, APPEA’s Director of Events said the annual conference is a vital event for Australia’s fast-moving oil and gas industry, as it brings together the people, the projects and the issues that will shape the industry’s future for years to come.
“APPEA once again had an outstanding programme. Delegates had an opportunity to attend more than 100 presentations featuring international and Australian industry experts, who discussed the latest oil and gas industry information, up-to-date analysis and technical know-how on the big issues facing our industry. We also had an extensive poster series comprising more than 50 outstanding papers,” Ms Hood said.
APPEA Chief Executive Belinda Robinson said in the first half of 2011, tens of billions of dollars have been committed to world-leading Australian LNG projects and, quite remarkably, other final investment decisions can be expected in the months ahead.
“This comes at a time when there is also significant parliamentary activity focused on the regulatory and commercial framework of the industry,” Ms Robinson said.
“2011 has seen vigorous debates on tax reform, environmental control reform, the potential establishment of a single national regulator and, of course, the design and delivery of a carbon-pricing mechanism.
“APPEA 2011 provided an ideal forum to discuss this dynamic environment by facilitating the exchange of information and ideas between industry and policy makers. We were proud to have keynote addresses from leading politicians, including Federal Resources and Energy Minister Martin Ferguson, Federal Energy and Resources Shadow Minister Ian Macfarlane and the Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett – which provided delegates an opportunity to hear government and opposition insights into the current policy debates.”
Ms Robinson said Perth was highly suitable host city for the 2011 event – not only is Perth the base for 30 global oil and gas companies and another 40 international companies servicing the industry, it also has excellent facilities to host such a large-scale conference.
“In Western Australia, LNG projects worth more than $140 billion are now underway, or close to final investment decision,” Ms Robinson said.
“The State is on the way to quadrupling its LNG production by 2031 and also remains at the cutting edge of innovation in petroleum – so it made sense for APPEA to be hosted by Perth this year.”
This year’s conference included APPEA’s largest-ever exhibition, covering more than 8,000 square metres at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre and hosting more than 160 companies, according to Ms Hood.
“The exhibition showcased all the leading oil and gas companies with the latest projects and product innovations. It also included six networking lounges and we had a fully integrated program of prestigious networking opportunities which provided unrivalled access to industry professionals, all under the one roof,” Ms Hood said.
“Perth also provided a wonderful venue for the conference, including our very important networking and social events. In addition to the welcome reception, happy hours, our spectacular evening of fine food, wine and world-class Australian entertainment and our farewell cocktails, a number of delegates also took part in an early morning cycle, coordinated by local firm Plan B, around some of Perth’s best cycle routes and were back in the CBD for coffee and breakfast in time for the conference program.
“And of course we also had our traditional Australian Oilfield Golf Tournament – held on two of Perth’s premier golf courses – Joondalup Country Club and Mount Lawley Golf Club.
“For a conference with more than 3,400 attendees, with such a broad technical and social programme and the huge exhibition, Perth’s facilities – including the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre – were ideal. The city and surrounding regions provided a wonderful backdrop to our event.”
Ms Hood said APPEA 2011 was also very proud to have supported the Perth community.
“We incorporated student workshops into the program – a one day seminar, for two groups of students, designed for Perth high school students as part of their industry awareness and career development program. In addition we chose ‘Activ’– one of WA’s largest disability service providers – as our official conference charity. The charity was provided with a dollar figure per delegate attending and their logo and mission statement was listed on the conference website and in the final program for the conference in case delegates wished to make an additional separate contribution.