The Ohio Oil and Gas Association hosted its seventh annual Technical Conference and Oilfield Expo on November 2, 2017. For the third year, the event was held in Cambridge at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center. With the industry slowly recovering from the downturn, the overall attendance, as well as enthusiasm, was up over the last few years as the industry settles into the new normal. The event hosted a wide array of attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors, all contributing its success. The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 18 was the event’s premier sponsor and was a key driver to the overall success of the event.
The evening before the technical conference presentations, the Association hosted a welcome reception held on the exhibit floor for everyone attending. This was well attended and provided an opportunity for attendees to network, mingle, and visit the exhibitor booths while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and drinks.
“Our technical conference is about sharing information to make our industry better and more efficient. It was truly a great event this year,” OOGA Executive Vice President Shawn Bennett expressed. “This year we had presentations from all aspects of our industry so there was something there for all of our members. We had a great turnout and can’t wait to be back next year.”
What really stole the show were the speaker presentations and panel discussions during the technical conference, providing in depth discussion on topics impacting the oil and gas industry.
Some of the various topics at the Technical Conference included comments from experts on emergency response and minimizing costs, to overviews of pieces of equipment such as reciprocating compressors and in-pipe turbine generators. One of the key presentations was provided by Bryce Custer who is experienced in all aspects of commercial real estate. Bryce spoke on the topic site selection criteria for petrochemical and energy service facilities.
“We are beginning to see a renaissance along the Ohio River Corridor. Dormant steel factories, power plants and industrial sites are being remediated and repurposed for the advent of industries related to the shale gas industry,” said Bryce Custer, with NAI Spring. “The Shell petrochemical plant under construction in Monaca Pennsylvania is providing additional interest in the entire Ohio River and Appalachian basin area. From “Rust Belt to Plastic Belt” will be the new normal for the entire area.”
“This area has the key criteria for Site Selection in terms of abundant and low cost feedstock, many suitable sites, ongoing infrastructure upgrades, a skilled workforce and most importantly, our proximity to customers along with local and state incentives” according to Custer.
Every year the Association strives to bring the best and brightest to Cambridge to keep all of its members up to date on the latest and greatest innovations within the industry. This is one of the key roles the Association plays, creating a platform for its members to interact and do business. We encourage everyone to join the conversation next year and attend the event in person to hear the presentations impacting our industry in their entirety.