THE 32nd Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition and Conference (AOG) is set to be the biggest in the event’s history, with organisers calling on industry players to use the gathering as an opportunity to ensure they are well-placed to combat the difficult petroleum environment head-on.

“On a downward trend of the cycle – like we are going through at present – events like AOG are critical,” event director Bill Hare said.

AOG will welcome over 620 companies to the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 11-13 March, including a collection of global specialists ready to present the latest in new ideas and technology.

Mr Hare said the event would cater for more exhibitors, participating countries, and attendees than ever before.

“AOG is well established as a premier networking forum for the oil and gas industry professionals to meet face-to-face with decision-making service providers, engineers, technical professionals and suppliers,” Mr Hare said.

The event will feature major international pavilions from leading global oil and gas service and supply technology specialist nations such as UK, Norway, the USA, China, Italy and Canada, as well as appearances by newcomers such as Singapore and Belgium.

AOG will also look to heavily promote Australia’s states and territories through strong government and industry support.

Mr Hare said the inf luence of hundreds of companies of varying shapes and sizes was the key ingredient to AOG’s long-sustained success.

“Oil and gas related companies from the largest to the smallest, from all over the world, have been able to come to Perth every year to show off their skills and wares and create significant new business opportunities.”