AECC Welcomes Experts from the Heavy Oil Industry

Following on from the hugely successful ‘Instrumentation Scotland and Offshore Systems’ exhibition (5th to 6th September), Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) – the National Energy Exhibition Centre, is very pleased to welcome the biggest gathering of experts in heavy oil to be held outside the USA this year.

The World Heavy Oil Congress arrives at the AECC today, Monday 10th September, opening proceedings with a Welcome Ceremony to be held on this evening, with the Conference and Exhibition opening tomorrow morning and running until the afternoon of Thursday 13th September. This is the first time this event has been held in the UK and it is an important one for the North-East of Scotland’s oil and gas industry.

International delegates from Canada, China, Colombia, Venezuela, USA, UK and others are expected to attend.  Headed by an illustrious committee of experts from international oil companies and the service industry, the Congress will present a two-day Business Conference on the topics of global supply and demand, value chain management, regulation and sustainability, and the role of technology.  In addition, a two-day Technical Conference will feature in-depth studies of methods of heavy oil extraction, best practices, enhanced recovery and technological innovations to bring heavy oil the world’s markets.

The Congress, hosted by Aberdeen City Council and AECC, supported by Visit Scotland and organised by dmg events (Canada) inc, the World Heavy Oil Congress is the premier event for the heavy oil community.  Stakeholders for the Congress include Aberdeen City Council, China National Offshore Oil Corporation, Government of Alberta – Canada, Nautical Petroleum, Nynas, Petroleos de Venezuela SA, and Statoil. 

“As Aberdeen is the energy epicenter for the UK and Europe, it is extremely fitting that we bring together the world’s leading experts to discuss the challenges related to this important resource, ” says Wes Scott, Executive Vice President, dmg events, organiser of the Congress. “The committees of the WHOC at this Preliminary Meeting have come to an understanding that improving operations through collaboration and technology will help define how heavy oil is extracted efficiently, cost-effectively, in a responsible manner, in order to improve operations for long-term sustainability.”

Brian Horsburgh, AECC’s Managing Director, commented: “We are looking forward to welcoming this prestigious conference to Aberdeen.  With great relevance to the area’s energy industry, we are sure it will prove a successful location, bringing in many international visitors in addition to the local industry figures living and working in Aberdeen.  We then have the European Optical Society at the end of September which makes this a key month for international visitors to the Centre.”

Places are still available at this Conference – see for details.


For more information please contact Sarah Coutts, PR & Marketing Executive on 01224 330430 or email [email protected]






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