The Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference (AOG) will boast high profile speakers and invaluable networking opportunities. Image courtesy AOG.

The Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference (AOG) will boast high profile speakers and invaluable networking opportunities. Image courtesy AOG.

THE AUSTRALASIAN Oil & Gas Exhibition and Conference (AOG) is set to host 620 companies in a very full Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 11-13 March.

Expected to attract over 17,000 attendees from 22 different countries, AOG has a well deserved reputation as the major platform for the exchange of ideas and technologies between local and international oil and gas industry leaders.

Diversified Communications AOG event director Bill Hare said the event was a must-attend for purchasing officers working in the oil and gas industry.

“Even in a tough market, we are continuing to achieve exhibition space growth and that is a testimony to the resilience of the oil and gas sector and the importance of AOG to the petroleum industry,” Mr Hare said.

“We are looking forward to seeing those purchasing officers amongst the 17,000 attendees we expect to attend AOG this year.”

With an exhibition floor boasting four networking zones plus a famed opening party, the 2015 event will also feature the inaugural Africa Oil & Gas Forum, the Drill-Quip Subsea Welcome drinks and the AOG Women High Tea – providing even more opportunities to network.

This is in addition to two special interest lunches – one surrounding the latest activities of Carnarvon Petroleum, the other prospects for investment in Timor-Leste.

Led by Timor-Leste’s Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Alfredo Pires, attendees will also hear from the President of Timor-Leste’s national petroleum authority Autoridade Nacional do Petroleo (ANP), Gualdino Da Silva, Timor Gap chief executive Francisco Montiero and Timor-Leste’s Ambassador to Australia Abel Gutteres.

But Timor-Leste won’t be the only offshore marvel up for discussion, with a new conference stream on Floating LNG to take place on the second day of the conference.

Presentations from Shell representatives Mark Schubert and Claus Otto will highlight the incredible engineering breakthrough that the game-changing FLNG technology is bringing to the oil and gas sector in its bid to develop fields previously considered uncommercial because of their remoteness.

Further technical innovations will be discussed in the Subsea stream, in particular the session on “Creating, Extending and Mending Subsea Systems” to be held on 11 March.

Among the topics to be discussed are Enhancing Tie-Back to Existing Facilities, presented by Astrid Rusas Kristoffersen of Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies AS, the Benefits of Variable Speed Drives for Subsea Production and WellHead Hydraulic Power Units, by Greg Haig of Pressure Dynamics, and Subsea Wellhead System Design for Fatigue Performance presented by Justin Rodriguez of FMC Technologies.

The Shell EMI Winthrop Professor of Offshore Structures at the University of Western Australia, Mike Efthymiou, will present a session on the Water Intake Risers for Prelude FLNG during the session on risers.

He will be joined by NOV Flexibles’ Claus Dencker Christensen, speaking on Innovative Riser Configurations for Shallow Water, and Hanh Ha of 2H Offshore Engineering, who will speak about FPSO Riser Solutions for Harsh Environments.

GE Oil & Gas’s Anthony Mahe will present on Flexible Pipe Technology for Deepwater and Gas Riser Systems, while Wood Group MCS-Kenny’s Fabrizio Pistani will speak about the Design of Riser Turret Mooring Systems.

Caring for and Managing Human Capital will also be a major focus of the AOG 2015 Conference, with a highlight to be the special Panel session on FIFO Mental Health.

The Panel will focus heavily on the current WA Parliamentary enquiry into FIFO mental health issues, which has attracted significant media attention on the back of a number of alleged FIFO-related suicides.

Graham Jacobs (MLA), a member of the AOG FIFO Mental Health Panel, is also a member of the Parliamentary committee and he will be able to provide tremendous insight into the evidence presented to the committee and the more than 40 written submissions it has received since public hearings began in October 2014.

Joining Dr Jacobs on that panel will be Nicole Roocke from the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME), Greg Bayne, Total Leader and Coach Solutions and Alistair Box (Total Leader and Coach Solutions).

Another highlight of the morning session of the Human Capital stream will be Julie Harrision from Deloitte who will offer a unique oil and gas insight into the soon to released and eagerly awaited “Global Human Capital Trends Report 2015”.