Both events boasted record attendances as well as the largest number of visitors who took advantage of the 120-stand trade exhibition that was open to the public.

The week kicked off with a number of masterclasses and workshops that covered a variety of topics, including seafloor mining, sponsoring and managing overseas workers, as well as the South East Asia Australia Offshore Conference (SEAAOC) mainstay workshop – Arthur Dixon’s ‘An executive summary of the LNG business’.

The Official NT Resources Week Welcome Reception, hosted by the newly elected Northern Territory Chief Minister Terry Mills, took place on 18 September at the Parliament House Garden. This proved a great way to begin the week’s proceedings, and Welcome Reception Supporter ConocoPhillips had its President Australia West, Todd Creeger, also present, to welcome the attendees.

The conferences and exhibition commenced on 19 September, with SEAAOC hosting a number of key sessions. Federal Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism Head of Resources Division Tania Constable chaired Day One, which saw morning presentations from Mr Mills; Commonwealth Bank Chief Economist Michael Blythe; ConocoPhillips President Australia West Todd Creeger, INPEX President Director Australia Seiya Ito; MEO Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director (MD) Jurgen Hendrich; and eni Australia MD Antonio Baldassarre.

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In a first for the conference, the afternoon sessions featured a panel discussion with Tri-Zen International Singapore Principal Consultant Tony Regan chairing. The session allowed speakers to be more interactive with the audience.

Networking drinks were followed by the INPEX Gala Dinner. The Gala Dinner is fast becoming a SEAAOC favourite, with a sold-out convention centre hall holding over 450 people. INPEX’s Sean Kildare and Mr Ito welcomed the crowd, who enjoyed an array of food and drink, with some deciding to show their moves on the dance floor as the band upped the musical tempo.

20 September began with AECOM’s networking breakfast as many enjoyed a bacon and egg sandwich with fellow event participants in the exhibition hall. Many also enjoyed a freshly made gourmet coffee at the GDF SUEZ stand with the baristas clocking over 700 cups of coffee made per day over the two-day expo.

The second day of the conference featured an opening address from Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association CEO David Byers, followed by presentations from Santos Vice President Asia Pacific Martyn Eames; Apache Energy Corporation Deputy MD Warren Ford; and ConocoPhillips Browse Project Integration Manager Eric Pierson. Sessions on floating LNG and shale gas concluded the conference.

The NT Resources Week closing function – the harbour cruise and cocktail party – was a success. Participants were able to indulge in some Darwin speciality foods, including crocodile and kangaroo, while enjoying a few drinks amongst colleagues, friends and new business contacts. It was the perfect way to round out the week’s proceedings in a relaxed and social atmosphere.