KIOGE 2011: An Effective Business Event

The KIOGE 2011 exhibition and conference, which was held in Almaty on 5-8 October 2011, again demonstrated its relevance and importance.

KIOGE offers an opportunity to discuss a whole array of issues, both political and commercial. All the exhibitors noted that the need for informal contacts is fully met by the exhibition.

The area of the exhibition showed 15% growth. The regular exhibitors were joined by new transnational oil and gas companies (Malaysia’s Petronas was one of the newcomers), and the conference, one again, proved effective. The programme covered issues relating to the Customs Union and its effect on the oil and gas industry in Kazakhstan, new transport opportunities for China, and oil pricing policy.

The exhibition retained the format chosen by its organisers last year: the first day at KIOGE was specifically for industry professionals and experts, who had had an opportunity to thoroughly study the stands and meet with the exhibitors. According to the show statistics, almost 40% of all the registered professionals, or 2,280 people, visited the event on the first day. A total of 5,715 trade visitors were registered during the four days of the show. Taking the trend into account, the organisers have decided to start the exhibition a day earlier to ensure that the KIOGE conference is held on the third and fourth days of the exhibition.

Occupying five pavilions of Atakent Exhibition Centre and the outdoor area, the exhibition presented 450 companies from 25 countries. In addition to the traditional national groups from Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy and Russia, the number of exhibitors from the United States and India increased. Local companies accounted for one third of the exhibition, or about 150 exhibitors. The Russian Federation was the most well represented country among the foreign exhibitors. Of the total number of KIOGE exhibitors, 80% were regular exhibitors and 20% newcomers to the event. The oil and gas companies that participated in the exhibition included Kazakhstan’s national oil and gas company KazMunaiGas, TengizChevroil, Chinese National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), and the Malaysian oil and gas company PETRONAS.

The conference began on the second day of KIOGE 2011, and a VIP tour of the exhibition took place for the official delegation headed by Sauat Mynbayev, Kazakhstan’s Minister of Oil and Gas. Around 750 delegates took part in the forum, which included 40 high profile speakers in nine sessions and a roundtable.

“A lot of problems were discussed on the very first day of the two-day-long conference. The oil and gas sector remains a key industry, not only for heat engineering but also for Kazakhstan’s processing industry,” said Mr. Mynbayev at the KIOGE press conference. “According to different agencies, the price of $90 per barrel will not drop in the near future. With regard to the energy supply for the national economy, no significant decrease in the oil and gas sector is expected before 2030.”

As always, KIOGE was organised by the Kazakhstani exhibition company Iteca and ITE Group plc (UK), with partners from Russia, Germany, Turkey, China, Poland and UAE. Official support was provided by the Ministry of Oil and Gas of Kazakhstan, KazMunaiGas, KAZENERGY Association, Almaty City Administration, and diplomatic missions of the participating countries.

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