Michael-MischinAUSTRALIA’S leading oil and gas services companies, innovative technology and the world’s leading industry experts will gather under one roof in Perth this month at the nation’s largest oil and gas event.

To be staged for the 35th time, the Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference (AOG) at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC) from 24-26 February, AOG 2016 is expected to attract some 12,000 attendees to see 500 exhibitors from 22 different countries and hear industry specialists discuss the latest developments for the petroleum industry.

AOG 2016 will feature a host of new activities and opportunities for attendees to see and hear about critical new information at a time when the industry is undergoing massive change and to network with industry insiders.

Giving a keynote address at the event will be Ken Fitzpatrick, the chair of Australia’s new Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Growth Centre, an initiative of the Federal government.

One of five growth centres established to promote innovation and productivity, the growth centre will identify opportunities to reduce regulatory burdens, increase collaboration and commercialisation and improve Australia’s abilities to engage with international markets.

Mr Fitzpatrick will discuss what the centre will mean for Australian industry at the opening session of the conference, joined on stage by Western Australia’s minister for commence Michael Mischin.

Bringing its expertise to AOG for the first time this year is the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), which will host a two-day conference stream on Fixed and Floating Offshore Structures at the conference.Ken-Fitzpatrick

Among the speakers during the conference stream will be Crondall Energy Consultants’ Duncan Peace, on the development of a not-normally manned floating production unit, and Woodside Energy’s Dmitry Sadovnikov, speaking about the design, structural integrity and operation of floating production, storage and offloading vessels in cyclonic conditions.

Other sessions will cover classifications and integrity management, marine and offshore hydrodynamics, ships and offshore operations and a workshop to address the routes to chartered membership of the RINA.

Highlighting a theme of ‘collaboration’, the AOG Conference will feature presentations from leading oil and gas companies such as Shell and Woodside, with FLNG, industry forecast, subsea developments, topsides and safety just some of the many topics that will be covered.

AOG event director at Diversified Communications Bill Hare, said.

“While the industry is going through a tough period, we are looking forward to a very active and exciting AOG in 2016,” he said.

“Industry analysts suggest that in down times it is very critical to be seen by your peers at major events like AOG and we certainly believe that will be the case next month.”