Global Petroleum Show 2015 entering final day
Last year it was bustling every day at the Global Petroleum Show with heavy crowds in all of the buildings and the outdoor exhibit area, but this year there has been a noticeable drop in attendance — primarily attributed to the uneasiness in the oil and gas markets.
“I’ve been coming for a number of years and this year it is slower,” says Carlos Tieber, an engineer at an oilsands production facility in northern Alberta. “I think it was expected though; a lot of companies have been doing layoffs and are trying to save money. Not sending folks here was probably one of those ways to save money.”
Tieber says his job isn’t in jeopardy, but he’s had fellow engineers with other companies lose their jobs and they are still trying to figure out how to proceed; some are looking for other engineering jobs and others are looking to get out of the industry all-together.
“I lost my job last month when the company I was working for laid off 2,000,” says Niers Jazolk of Edmonton. “I’m here looking for other opportunities. Seeing what is out there, what manufacturers are doing, and maybe start up my own company. Right now everything is out on the table.”
While this past year has been a tough one, several exhibitors are expecting to see some good news sometime in the fall. Officials with Halliburton are hoping to see things turn around in October or November.
“In the near future, I can see that we’re going to be ramping up here getting into the fall,” says Robert Frew, field service coordinator for nitrogen services for Halliburton’s Canadian division. “It won’t be to the point of what we’ve seen over the last few years but it’s going to start picking up, which is going to start putting smiles on people’s faces around here.”
Frew has seen a difference in how the U.S. and Canada have handled the oil and gas industry’s price drop. “One thing we’ve noticed in Canada is we dropped off so rapidly, it just seemed like all of a sudden a curtain dropped and everybody was laid off and building stopped. In the U.S. they did more of a tapered response to it,” Frew says. “For them they’re still tapering down and we’re starting to pick up again.”
The Global Petroleum Show enters its final day today with several seminars planned for and exhibits open in eight buildings and an outdoor arena. For more information on GPS, go to globalpetroleumshow.com.