Munro’s and P&J launching Middle East oil&gas push

THE Press and Journal and Munro’s Travel Group of Aberdeen have teamed up to launch their first Middle East oil & gas conference and exhibition initiative.

The belief is that the package, which is built around Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC), will rapidly become as important as the Offshore Technology Conference and Offshore Northern Seas missions operated for more than 25 years.

ADIPEC has become one of the largest oil&gas events in the world and this year, it will be staged on November 3-6. The biggest ADIPEC yet, the trade-show element will cover more than 85,000sq m of indoor exhibition space. Abu Dhabi is an oil&gas producer in its own right and, as one of the United Arab Emirates, is located at the heart of the Middle East petroleum industry, with Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran counted among its near neighbours.

The region is hugely important to the petroleum sector and ADIPEC is regarded as being the only international show where both international and national oil companies (IOCs and NOCs) gather in number, together with the cutting edge of the global energy supply chain.

“As the launch event at the newly completed, state-of-the-art ADNEC exhibition venue and Abu Dhabi’s showcase energy event, we are confident ADIPEC 2008 will rank as one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive oil&gas trade shows and conferences for the technical, commercial and government sectors,” said Ashok Pillai, project manager for the show.

Acknowledging ADIPEC’s strategic importance, Jack Burnett, managing partner of Munro’s Travel Group, said: “Industry experts tell us that up to 80% of the world’s oil&gas can be found in the Middle East and surrounding area, and that is a huge potential market for anyone in the energy sector.

“As the voice of the energy industry in the UK, the Press and Journal has worked very hard to showcase the talent of UK companies abroad. The successful missions we have worked on to Houston (OTC) and Norway (ONS) have been an important part of that package. We are delighted to be working with them on the launch of our programme to the Middle East. ADIPEC represents a significant opportunity for local companies with plans for expansion in that region.”