Global Petroleum Show will bring in 2,000 exhibitors and 60,000 attendees.

More than 60,000 attendees are expected to converge on Calgary, Alberta, in early June as the Global Petroleum Show begins its run as an annual event.

“GPS showcases 2,000 exhibiting companies who represent technology, products and services for the oil and gas industry,” says Paula Arnold, vice president of marketing for the show. “There are currently over 200 separate product categories ranging from abandonment services to workover. The exhibitors represent service companies and suppliers who provide expertise to the oil and gas operating companies.”

Global Petroleum Show began in 1968 as a small exhibition in the Big Four parking lot of Stampede Park in Calgary and featured the latest technology in natural gas flaring.

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The show, originally called Flare Square, has since grown to host over 2,000 exhibiting companies and 60,000 attendees from 100 countries.

This year the show will be held June 10-12 at Stampede Park.

“As Calgary is the heart of the energy industry in Canada, and many of the service companies with the latest technology reside here, Calgary is the perfect place to host Global Petroleum Show,” Arnold says.

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Prior to this year, GPS was held every other year, but after this year the show becomes an annual event due to the rising demand of companies wishing to connect on a more regular basis.

Global Petroleum Show attendees represent buyers, purchasers, technical engineers and oil and gas professionals who are interested in seeing the newest technology available.

“Mainly, GPS is the meeting place for the global oil and gas industry where you can network, share knowledge and collaborate with others in the industry,” Arnold says.

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GPS takes up over 700,000 net square feet at Stampede Park and is one of the largest oil and gas events in the world. Its uniqueness lies in the outdoor exhibition area, where true field equipment is shown.

“Attendees have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the drilling rigs and other heavy equipment that makes the industry tick,” Arnold says.

Arnold noted that countries such as Mexico, Peru, China and others come to Calgary to get an understanding of how Alberta’s oil and gas industry works. An independent survey showed GPS brings $65 million worth of business to Calgary over three days, and $8.9 billion in transactions take place across the industry as a result of the show.

Arnold says she has seen some changes in the show in recent years with oil booms in the U.S. and other countries.

“Shale gas and pipelines are a big topic in the last couple of years,” Arnold says. “We have seen a rise of interest also in water management, and environmental sustainability. There are also countries such as Mexico and Peru who are opening up investment opportunities on a global scale.”

Registration for GPS is free online for oil and gas engineers, purchasers, operators, technical professionals in the industry, and if you have been invited by an exhibitor as a customer. A registration fee will apply on June 1 through the end of the show on June 12.

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