By Diversified Communications, 21 February, 2014

FOR RELEASE: 19 February 2014


Shell, Chevron and the Government of Western Australia will come together today at the Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference (AOG) to discuss how industry collaboration can help secure Australia's position as a top competitor on the world stage.


Growing international competition and issues such as regulation, skills shortages and wage rates will be the focus of the Plenary and Australian Industry Participation sessions.


Innovation and groundbreaking technologies are paramount to ensuring the successful future of the industry according to Plenary Session Chair Deidre Willmott, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA.


“Harnessing the benefits of the oil and gas sector is going to be critical for the future success of the WA economy and the WA business community. Research, technology, world class service providers and an efficient regulatory framework are all vital to maintaining Western Australia’s position as a global centre in the multi-billion dollar oil and gas industry,” she said.


The highly anticipated opening day of Australia’s largest oil and gas event will feature high-profile speakers including:


  • Hon Bill Marmion MLA – Minister for Mines & Petroleum; Housing, Government of Western Australia
  • Andrew Smith – Country Chair, Australia & VP Australia & New Zealand, Shell
  • Gerry Flaherty – General Manager Asset Development, Chevron Australia
  • Tom Smith – Senior Energy Advisor, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Jeanette Roberts – Vice President, Kvaerner Australia
  • Kym Bills – CEO, Western Australian Energy Research Alliance


Norwegian industry collaboration strategies and government policies have helped the country develop its supplier industry beyond Australia’s, despite both being involved in offshore oil and gas production since the late 1960’s. During the Australian Industry Participation session, Jeanette Roberts, Vice President of Kvaerner Australia will explain Norway’s successful collaboration strategies and initiatives, discussing how they could help the development of Australia’s oil and gas supply sector.


PricewaterhouseCoopers Senior Energy Advisor, Tom Smith will present in the same session, giving a perspective on the United Kingdom’s effort to boost growth and sustainability when investment shifted to more profitable regions around the world.


“To get things back on course, the UK Government launched the PILOT initiative, establishing an Industry Leadership Team comprising operators, contractors and trade unions.


“One of the first orders of business was to tackle the fragmented approach to supply chain management and procurement through introducing streamlined pre-qualification procedures and standardised contract,” said Smith.


The Plenary and Australian Industry Participation sessions are just two of the highlights of the day one conference program and opening day of AOG 2014 at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.


Attracting visitors from all over the world, the AOG exhibition plays host to over 550 exhibitors from more than 20 countries, including the US, UK, China, Norway, Scotland, Singapore, Holland, Italy, France and Belgium.


There will be three new zones to the exhibition floor for 2014: the Non-destructive Testing and Condition Monitoring Zone and the Instrumentation, Control and Automation Zone, both offering comprehensive free seminars throughout the exhibition, and finally the Australian Industry Zone.


The Den, located on Level 2, offers a reprieve from the busy show floor for delegates, complete with free wi-fi, food and beverages, charging outlets and prize incentives valued over $30,000.


AOG is happening at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 19-21 February 2014. The AOG Conference begins today at 9am, with the exhibition doors opening at 11am. To register or for full program details visit

Source: Avviso for Diversified Communications Australia