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INDUSTRY PULSE: Record year for oilpatch
Go-Expo trade show slated for Calgary

CALGARY, Alta. - A record 22,200 wells were drilled in Canada in 2004 and even higher numbers are expected for 2005...

CALGARY, Alta. – A record 22,200 wells were drilled in Canada in 2004 and even higher numbers are expected for 2005. All this oilpatch activity is keeping oilfield service and supply companies running full out, including the transportation industry.

Domestically, hotshot haulers to rig movers are scrambling to keep up, while internationally, freight forwarders are busy shipping Canada’s specialized production equipment, piping and engineering solutions to China and throughout the world. GO-EXPO: Gas and Oil Exposition, Canada’s largest petroleum show for 2005, is set this June to keep the industry abreast of the latest technological and product developments as well as provide an ideal opportunity for networking.

“GO-EXPO features a huge outdoor component with working equipment displays. This is one of the big draws of this show,” says Wes Scott, show manager, dmg world media.

The organizer alternates GO-EXPO with the Global Petroleum Show — the world’s largest oil and gas show — from year to year. Being the little brother to the Global Petroleum Show can have its advantages though. GO-EXPO provides a unique opportunity to network in a smaller setting. It allows visitors to spend more time with the exhibitors and to focus on specific areas of interest.

“Visitors can attend free presentations from each vendor,” Scott says. “There’s an opportunity to hear what some of the issues and challenges are in the industry, and what role transportation plays.”

Despite GO-EXPO’s smaller size, the three-day event will draw over 18,000 visitors from over 50 countries and host more than 400 exhibitors on 100,000 sprawling net square feet of grounds. The event is held during Calgary’s annual “Petroleum Week.”

A focal point of interest will be the World Oil Centre Stage, a forum for technical case studies on issues in software and drilling.

CIPC (Canadian International Petroleum Conference) will hold its 56th Annual Technical Meeting at the GO-EXPO, presenting some 150 technical papers on topics ranging from “Conventional Oil and Gas Improved Recovery” to “Well Test Analysis.” An industry conference with the theme of “Planning the Future: Risks and Rationalization” should also prove a strong draw. Back by popular demand is Oilcareerfair, an international recruitment forum and on-site job fair, created in response to the current worldwide shortage of skilled personnel in the petroleum industry.

“This year’s GO-EXPO promises to be a great show given the line up of key exhibitors and events,” Scott says. “With the oil and gas industry running full tilt, people won’t want to wait till next year to see what’s new.”

GO-EXPO: Gas and Oil Exposition 2005
Stampede Park, Calgary, Alberta
Tuesday, June 7 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 8 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 9 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.

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