opening-party-2ALMOST 10,000 unique visitors attended the Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition and Conference (AOG), held in Perth in mid-March.

In a statement, AOG said the organisers were pleased with the number of attendees who visited the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre (PCEC) to meet with a record 620 exhibiting companies from 25 countries.

An audit of the event by the Audited Media Association of Australia stated the total unique visitor attendance was 9,857, with 489 attendees noted as international visitors.

Of those attending, 89.77 per cent were from Western Australia, with most other visitors coming from the following states; 1.64% from New South Wales, 1.57% of attendees coming from Victoria and 1.24% of visitors from Queensland.

Singapore was the stand out for international attendees, with the audit stating 1.52% of visitors travelled to AOG from Singapore.

Asset management, construction and fabrication, engineering and consultancy services, exploration and production, Floating LNG, Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessels, rigs and platforms, health and safety, operations and maintenance, marine equipment and services, pipes and pipelines, and subsea technology were noted by attendees as areas of significant interest.

The audit wrapped up three days of presentations and showcasing of products and services, with AOG saying it received positive feedback from industry insiders.

Diversified Communications AOG event director Bill Hare said the conference and exhibition had been “a tremendous week.”

“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,” he said.

“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,” he said.

Mr Hare said there had already been “very strong interest” from companies wanting to participate in AOG next year.

Mr Hare noted that there were many highlights during the week and that there was particular interest in the FLNG stream of presentations.

“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,” he said.

Mr Hare said AOG’s Timor-Leste industry luncheon held on 12 March was received well and there was a lot of discussion on issues raised in the FIFO mental health presentations.

AOG will be returning to Perth from 24 to 26 February, in 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,” Mr Hare said.