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Meet the oil majors at OE 2003

Posted: 30 March 2003

Oil majors from around the world are lining up to participate once again in the Eastern Hemisphere's premier oil and gas show, Offshore Europe 2003.

BP, Saudi Aramco, Shell UK Exploration & Production, TotalFinaElf Exploration UK and Petroleum de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA) are all confirmed as exhibitors at OE 2003 in Aberdeen, providing yet more evidence that the show remains at the top of the operators’ list of ‘must attend’ events, with Europe standing at the centre of the global decision-making process.

With the need for contractors and service companies to continually network with the major E&P operators in today’s ultra-competitive environment, the ability to be able to do this under one roof at OE 2003 remains one of its key attractions.

This world-renowned oil and gas event will once again be held in Aberdeen’s recently revamped Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Running between September 2-5, more than 25,000 key upstream personnel from around the world are forecast to attend.

More than 6,400 personnel from oil companies alone attended the 2001 show.

According to Nik Rudge, Sales & Marketing Director for show organisers The Offshore Europe Partnership, “We are delighted that once again Offshore Europe is enjoying such visible support from the operating community.

It is testimony to the importance the international E&P community places on OE03 that not only have our 2001 majors returned with larger stand commitments but that a further global major in Saudi Aramco now recognises OE03 as one of the most important and vibrant forums to engage the industry.”

Innovative Thinking Behind Industry’s No.1 Event
Offshore Europe 2003 is already underlining its reputation as the most innovative oil and gas event on the industry calendar, featuring not only an exhaustive exhibitor line-up but also a highly topical conference agenda from some of the most influential leaders in the petroleum industry.

However, in addition to this, the organisers have for the first time also created the Real Time Zone, a unique ‘show within a show’ that will focus purely on remote operations technology and expertise. This will give thousands of exhibition and conference goers an exclusive chance to immerse themselves in an online showcase for the next generation oil field (

OE 2003 – Addressing Key Issues Facing The Industry
Remote operations are also a key driver behind the theme of this year’s conference, ‘Raising the Game: Leadership, Behaviour and Technology in Mature Basins.’

In addition, The Offshore Europe Partnership – a joint venture between Spearhead Exhibitions and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) – and Worldwideworker, an international oil and gas recruitment company, are also addressing one of the industry’s greatest concerns – recruitment.

Debuting at OE 2003 will be the Oilcareerfair (see

This recruitment initiative will provide an online forum ( in conjunction with an on-site career fair.

OE 2003 Fact File:

  • Companies from more than 20 countries have already booked more than 93 per cent of the available exhibition space (18,650 square metres in total) to date
  • More than 86 per cent of the exhibition space in the Real Time Zone is already sold
  • Nearly 26,000 people from 72 countries visited the 2001 show, with this year’s expected to exceed that total
  • 60 per cent of visitors were operators, contractors/service companies, subsea specific firms, of which 68 per cent were management/engineering personnel
  • 34 per cent of visitors came from outside Europe

Spearhead Exhibitions Ltd is an industrial trade show organizer. Spearhead organizes dedicated tradeshows in the defence, offshore oil and gas, aerospace and marine science and technology industries. In 2003 it will organize 11 major tradeshows all around the world.

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a non-profit, technical, and professional association whose more than 53,000 members from more than 100 countries are engaged in energy resources development and production. SPE’s mission is to provide the means for collection, dissemination, and exchange of technical information concerning the development of oil and gas resources, subsurface fluid flow, and production of other materials through wellbores for public benefit; and to provide opportunities through its programs for interested (and qualified) individuals to maintain and upgrade their individual technical competence in the aforementioned areas for public benefit.

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Posted by Richard Price, Editor

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