Showcasing the region


By Emma Brown

July, 6, 2015

WITH many major projects underway or about to commence production, it’s an exciting time for the Northern Territory’s resources industry.

Held at the Darwin Convention Centre on August 25 – 27 as part of NT Resources Week, the annual South East Asia Australia Offshore and Onshore Conference (SEAAOC) is gearing up to showcase all the region has to offer.

The NT Resources Week event, which also includes the Mining the Territory and Building the Territory conferences, brings together all the key players from the region to discuss the constantly evolving industry.

As it has done in previous years, the two-day SEAAOC conference will feature a number of high-profile speakers to address the industry’s most pressing issues and discuss the latest projects.

The large exhibition centre will become home to companies showcasing the latest in technologies and services available on the market today.

Networking and developing business relationships will also be encouraged with a series of social events scheduled throughout the event including the INPEX gala dinner, networking drinks, gala dinner and harbour cruise.

Informa Australia SEAAOC marketing manager Anthony Anemogiannis said the event was ideal for those commencing business in the resources and construction sectors in the NT, as well as those cementing existing relationships with valued clients.

“One conference registration grants you access to all 3 NT Resources Week conferences and exhibitions,” Mr Anemogiannis said.

“Attendees can expect to hear the latest information on the gas industry and network with key industry personnel in the soon-to-be sold out expo.”

Mr Giles described SEAAOC as “the premier industry event on Northern Australia’s oil and gas calendar” and a “unique opportunity for industry leaders to gather from around the world to compare notes and consider new business.”

Key-note speakers included NT Chief Minister Adam Giles, who will kick off conference proceedings at the welcome reception.

Other prominent guest speakers include Channel 7 Sunrise foreign policy analyst Dr Keith Suter; Deloitte Australia national director of oil and gas Geoffrey Cann; HSBC chief economist Paul Bloxham; and Stock Analysis principal Peter Strachan.

Notable presentations included Sky TV’s geopolitical outlook, which would examine how the new era of lower oil prices could impact the geopolitics of the 21st century.

US company Imperial Oil & Gas will address the conference for the first time, discussing how Australia can learn from the US shale boom.

Three interactive workshops, relevant to current market conditions, will be held on August 25. Winning oil and gas contracts in today’s market place, Fit for $50 – improving productivity in the new low price era  and Navigating land access approvals for NT’s mining, oil and gas projects  will be all led by industry experts. These half-day workshops will deliver significant industry insight to attendees.

Mr Anemogiannis said SEAAOC was a great platform for those wanting to share and gain knowledge.

“It gives visitors the perfect chance to speak face-to-face with resources leaders who are active in the NT region including big players like ConocoPhillips, INPEX and Santos,” he said.

“This is imperative in a difficult market.”

The Territory has a number of significant major project developments in the works which would continue to underpin continued growth in the area.

Some of the major oil and gas projects include the $34 billion Ichthys LNG project on Blaydin Point, $5.4 billion Darwin LNG project on Wickham Point, $110 million Marine Supply Base at East Arm Wharf, $55 million Darwin Industry fuel terminal and the $50 million helium plant – just to name a few.

Just last year, the NT government granted major project status to the development of a gas pipeline link between the Northern and Eastern gas market – a project that would deliver substantial and unique economic benefits to the region.

“This year SEAAOC will focus on project updates on Darwin LNG (ConocoPhillips), Ichthys (INPEX), Prelude FLNG (Shell) and progress updates from Central Petroleum, Santos, Armour Energy and Origin Energy as they invest in the NT,” Mr Anemogiannis said.

Mr Anemogiannis said the industry was operating in a very different market. Now in its 21st year, a lot of the focus of this year’s SEAAOC would be on efficiencies and productivity.

“Despite the slowdown there is still plenty going on in the NT oil and gas sector and the expo is on track [to being a sold out event].”

A lot of preparation and planning had gone into this two-day event to ensure it was not only relevant but successful.

“SEAAOC is very much an all year round event for all of us working on it,” Mr Mr Anemogiannis said.

“We are looking to build on last year’s success where over 1500 people attended the SEAAOC and NT Resources Week conferences, expo and accompanying networking functions.”