Aberdeen secures oil congress for 2012
by Annie Byrne
Aberdeen has been selected as host venue for the 2012 World Heavy Oil Congress. The congress, which will be held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC), is expected to attract 1,000 international delegates including energy industry leaders and investors, to promote and discuss heavy oil technology development.Aberdeen’s win is particularly timely, given the international coverage of BP’s ongoing efforts to plug the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.“Global reserves of conventional oil are on a rapid decline, while abundant unconventional reserves endow heavy oil production with great exploration potential and broad development prospects,” says Wes Scott, business development director of DMG Events, who produces the event.“World Heavy Oil Congress is the premier forum focused on unconventional oil and, more specifically, the business opportunities, technologies, economics and environmental impact from its development."The World Heavy Oil Congress has previously been held in Beijing, China and Venezuela, with the next congress taking place in Edmonton, Canada in 2011. Aberdeen’s edition will take place at AECC from 10-13 September 2012.The three-day event is estimated to have a local economic impact of £2.3m.In other AECC news, the annual event Your Wedding Exhibition has been confirmed for the next three years. The wedding exhibition has continued to increase in size, with attendee and exhibitor numbers growing steadily since 2006. According to the AECC, the event is now the largest wedding exhibition in the North East of Scotland.