The Australasian Oil & Gas exhibition and conference opens today in Perth.
Last year, the three-day event welcomed just under 10,000 visitors from more than 16 countries and this year it aims to shatter those records as a result of the recent boom in projects originating in Western Australia.
The UK will have a substantial presence at the exhibition, with Scottish Development International also taking space for companies to exhibit.
Industry body Subsea UK, which has helped organise the subsea-focused conference, is in Perth to establish partnerships between Australian and British companies.
Subsea UK chief executive Alistair Birnie said: “There is a high level of activity in the Asia-Pacific region, and Australia is leading the charge with major projects such as Chevron’s massive Gorgon development.
“With other significant subsea projects on the drawing board and demanding challenges ahead, this region will keep the UK’s subsea sector busy for many years to come.”
Louise Scott, formerly marketing manager at Aberdeen City Council, recently became a marketing manager with the City of Perth Council.
She is tasked with promoting Perth as a visitor destination, a place to live and work and a place to do business in addition to supporting the vibrancy of the city centre through the delivery of a substantial events programme. She said: “Perth is a truly fantastic city with something for everyone; it has a wide range of festivals and events, a thriving retail sector and has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. The city also benefits from sharing its time zone with much of Asia including Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, which facilitates doing business with these cities. The city is keen to attract new talent to support the phenomenal growth and offers visitors and residents alike a truly unique quality of life. There are plenty of expats here and plenty of opportunities for anyone considering a move.”