Wireline | issue 14 | Oct 2010 Feature Article
New faces boost networking opportunities at PILOT Share Fair 12
Delegates at the twelfth PILOT Share Fair will have the opportunity to meet the largest ever cross section of oil and gas companies as the event relocates to the main arena at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on 3 November.
At PILOT Share Fair 12, sponsored by CAN, twenty companies from both the operator and contractor communities will deliver presentations on their project plans for the UKCS over the next 18 months. Up to 1,000 delegates from supply companies are expected to attend the event. They will be among the first to hear about UK oil and gas business development opportunities, estimated to be worth £4 billion.
In total, more than 100 presentations will be delivered on the day and other activities include the opportunity for one-to-one sessions with key operators and contractors. Indeed, many delegates from small to medium sized supply chain companies have already booked face-to- face meetings with potential clients.
Industry newcomers represented
One presenting company is a recent newcomer to the industry. EnQuest PLC was launched earlier this year, immediately becoming the second largest independent producer in the UK. Paul Lindop, EnQuest PLC’s UKCS General Manager, said. “EnQuest PLC is very much looking forward to participating in PILOT Share Fair 12. This is a great opportunity for us to expand on the details of our production and development work programmes and to optimise the efficiency of our supply chain relationships, both building on existing ones and establishing new ones.”
Mr Lindop added: “EnQuest PLC has interests in 16 production licences covering 26 blocks or part blocks in the UKCS, of which 15 licences
are operated by EnQuest PLC itself. With these assets and a wealth of expertise – over 200 based in our Aberdeen offices – we are confident that EnQuest PLC has the technical skills, the operational scale and the financial strength to deliver sustainable growth in value for our shareholders.”
Returning for its second Share Fair this year, another relative newcomer reinforcing its commitment to sharing business opportunities with the oil and gas community is Taqa Bratani Ltd. Ian Rattray, Taqa Bratani Ltd UK’s sourcing manager, explained: “Last year’s Share Fair provided us with an excellent opportunity to establish ourselves in the marketplace as a customer. It also allowed us to source new suppliers we wouldn’t otherwise have met. For example, we are now planning to work with an online training provider in Eastern England, a contract that was agreed following initial contact during one of our one-to-one sessions.”
Mr Rattray also pointed to the invaluable resource made available to the industry through FPAL, which works to identify, qualify, evaluate, and monitor suppliers on behalf of its members. He said: “Most operators now source suppliers through FPAL, which enables them to share real time market intelligence and information about forthcoming opportunities online. However, the opportunity that PILOT Share Fair provides once a year to meet potential suppliers face-to-face and to engage with companies that might not yet use FPAL is very important.”
This year’s PILOT Share Fair is set to be the biggest yet with the high level of interest from presenters and delegates, reflecting the cautious optimism illustrated in the latest quarterly Oil & Gas UK Index. The following companies are presenting their plans at the 2010 PILOT Share Fair, which comprise the
following twenty companies: AGR Peak Well Management Services Ltd, Aker Solutions Ltd, AMEC Group, BP PLC, Centrica Energy, Chevron North Sea Limited, ConocoPhillips (U.K Ltd), EnQuest PLC, Fairfield Energy Ltd, Maersk Oil North Sea UK Ltd, Mobil North Sea LLC, Premier Oil PLC, PSN (Production Services Network), RWE Dea UK Ltd, Shell U.K. Limited, Talisman Energy (UK) Ltd, Technip UK Ltd, The SLP Group, TOTAL E&P UK Ltd and Wood Group Engineering (North Sea) Ltd.
For more information, visit http://www. oilandgasuk.co.uk/pilotsharefair/
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