Thousands signup to attend oil & gas expo in Lafayette
Tue, 2013-10-22 14:36
LAFAYETTE (AP) — Oil and gas personnel from around the world, from chief executive officers to drilling roughnecks, will pour into Lafayette this week for the LAGCOE 2013 show.
Angela Cring, executive director for the Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition, says up to 14,000 visitors are expected at the Cajundome & Convention Center.
A total of 416 exhibitors started setting up displays last week before the show, which began today.
Claire Thom, LAGCOE communications director, said exhibitor space has been sold out since the summer.
This year’s biennial LAGCOE is the exhibition’s 29th show, graduating from Blackham Coliseum in 1995 to the Cajundome.
And through the years, technology that has been developed to extract oil and gas and to get it to marketplaces has improved exponentially.
Deposits formerly thought of as unreachable in shale formations and below thousands of feet of water are now just financial commitments away from extraction.
A lot of that technology will be displayed this year at LAGCOE, which is second in size only to Houston’s yearly Offshore Technology Conference in the number of exhibitors and visitors.
This year’s LAGCOE also has a more international flavor than in years past. Technical and economic presentations will be made by international oil and gas officials.
Speakers from India, Mexico, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and other countries will tout the advantages of doing business in their countries.