AOG 2016 launched with call for speakers

Planning and preparations are already well advanced for the 2016 staging of Australasia’s largest annual oil and gas event with the distribution of a call for speakers notification and the unveiling of a new theme.

Entering its 35th year, the AOG Exhibition and Conference (AOG) 2016 will be staged at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre from 24–26 February 2016.

The 2016 AOG Conference will feature a theme of ‘Collaboration‘, once again stressing AOG’s importance as a conduit for the global exchange of information on the new techniques and technologies which will have a critical impact in moving the oil and gas sector forward at a time when it is at a cross roads.

As recognised in a number of key industry presentations this year the current downturn in activity will require all sections of industry and government to collaborate to reduce costs and improve productivity. 

The 2016 conference theme of collaboration will also look to support the Australian industry to identify greater efficiencies and innovation as it transitions from construction to operations. That shift from capital expenditure (capex) to operational expenditure (opex) is a topic which is of particular relevance for Australia’s world-leading LNG sector with four major projects on the east and west coasts expected to come into production over the next 24 months.

The change was recently reflected in a new report from global specialist consultancy Accenture which identified that the right collaboration between industry, government and the workforce has the potential to see LNG developments add more than $55 billion to Australia’s GDP by 2020.

The Accenture report, titled “Ready or Not? Creating a world-leading oil and gas industry in Australia” has also identified that embracing innovation and digital technologies is a key components if Australia is to achieve that type of world leading success.

That focus on innovation, collaboration and creating efficiencies will certainly be highlighted in the conference content for AOG 2016.

The 2016 AOG Conference Committee is now seeking interesting presentations on a range of topics including subsea, FLNG, fixed and floating structures, safety, human capital and asset integrity, with the call for speakers officially open.

AOG 2016 organiser Diversified Communications is pleased to announce it has formed a new partnership with Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA).  In announcing its participation in AOG 2016, RINA said it is very pleased to be joining with AOG in organising a conference stream on Fixed and Offshore Structures, focussing on technical developments in design and construction.

Continuing partnerships

Next year’s event will also feature continued partnerships with leading industry and government bodies with AOG organisers working in collaboration with the likes of the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT), Subsea Energy Australia (SEA), Subsea UK (SUK), Safety Institute of Australia (SIA), IFAP and the WA Department of Commerce.

AOG Event Director at Diversified Communications, Bill Hare, said it was the continued and growing collaboration with industry and government that helped maintain AOG as one of the leading global oil and gas industry events.

“AOG 2015 was a tremendous success and we are already receiving strong interest from potential exhibitors, presenters and attendees for next year’s event, so we are very excited to be officially launching our call for speakers and unveiling our 2016 theme,” Mr Hare said.

“Our overall theme of collaboration for 2016 is particularly timely in this current industry downturn and I am confident that AOG will again provide a critical opportunity for discussion, contemplation and collaboration,” he said.

The call for speakers for AOG 2016 is now open, with AOG seeking applications for presentations addressing the key areas impacting the industry and those that offer new thinking for the Australasian oil and gas industry.

For more information and to submit your application please go to http://aogexpo.com.au/call-for-speakers/

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