Positive developments at ADIPEC 2019
Riley Smith, General Manager for MENA, and Piers Johnson, Managing Director attended ADIPEC 11th – 14th November and held a number of positive meetings with current and prospect clients.
ADIPEC (the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition Conference) is one of the largest events in the Oil & Gas industry globally. Provisional figures from this year’s event indicate that there was a 7% increase in visitor attendance on 2018 to 155,000 with virtually every major national and international oil companies participating.
Increased investment in Middle East Oil and Gas
Piers Johnson said, “This year’s event certainly seemed busier than previous years and it provides an excellent opportunity to meet up with existing clients to review current work projects and plan ahead for 2020.”
Piers and Riley had nearly 20 meetings over 3 days including productive reviews with current local clients RAKGas, Mubadala and SNOC.
Riley Smith said “There has been a distinct upturn in activity this year. Investment in the Middle East Oil and Gas sector is returning to pre-downturn levels and there is a sizeable increase in exploration drilling projects planned for 2020.”
Middle East growth provides opportunities for engineers
Following on from ADIPEC, Piers and Riley met with clients in Dubai and Sharjah and heard an uplifting story of how the upturn has a positive effect. Riley explains;
“It was great to also have the opportunity to meet with some of our consultants in the UAE, and especially to see Pouya who OPC recruited as a consultant petrophysicist last year. He has since moved into a staff position with our client. Pouya explained that the Canadian Oil & Gas market was one of the worst hit during the downturn and that he had been forced to take a job outside the industry with a large online retailer. He was very grateful to OPC for giving him the opportunity of returning to do what he loves and importantly providing for his family. It’s rewarding to see this kind of story first hand and we’re glad we could play a part in Pouya’s. I am pleased to see the market improving and I’m certain there will be more good news stories for others to come.”
Before returning to the UK, Piers was able to treat the OPC Dubai team, clients and contacts to dinner at the Greek Taverna in the Madinat Jumeira. Piers concluded “Riley did a great job organising the hugely worthwhile and pleasant dinner. It was a great opportunity to spend some time with the team, thank them for their hard work and discuss potential new work with clients in the UAE.”