The Australia Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, APPEA, hosted its annual conference in Melbourne in the last week of May. The Embassy attended along with INTSOK and many Norwegian companies in the oil and gas sector.
APPEA is the the peak national body in Australia representing the oil and gas exploration and production industry. Its members are oil and gas explorers and producers active in Australia, accounting for an estimated 98 per cent of the nation’s petroleum production. APPEA also represents more than 230 associate member companies that provide a wide range of goods and services to the upstream oil and gas industry, many of them Norwegian.
Norwegian company AGR exhibited at the conference, and Business Development Manager Miles Ponsonby had this to say about the importance of attending the APPEA conference: “Business still goes more smoothly when you can meet people face to face. The APPEA conference is one of the best places to meet new customers and re-establish old relationships. The informal atmosphere allows customer time to explore what services are available and, from our side, listening to the challenges they are facing and hopefully bringing them solutions to the problems. During the three days of the conference there was barely any time when somebody was not dropping by our stand to catch up or visiting us for the first time to find out more about us.”
The office of FMC Technologies Subsea is located in Kongsberg, Norway. Sales and Marketing Manager of FMC Technologies in Australia Mike Robinson said this about the APPEA Conference: “The APPEA conference is a one of a kind in the world event in my opinion. Attending APPEA not only puts you in touch with the latest updates on business, innovation and Projects but also allows and provides opportunity to meet face to face in a relaxed atmosphere the key management and decision makers of the main oil and gas players in Australia as well as key stakeholders from Government and Industry. It is a MUST DO on the FMC Technologies calendar”.
The Norwegian Embassy and business community in Australia look forward to next year’s APPEA Conference, to be held in Brisbane 5 – 8 June 2016.