Aberdeen bids for oil congress

Aberdeen has been put forward as the UK’s candidate host city to stage the 20th World Petroleum Congress in 2011.

The World Petroleum Council will meet in Montevideo in November to decide the location for the 2011 World Petroleum Congress. The UK bid committee is in enlisting the help of the oil industry and World Petroleum Council members to stir support.

Aberdeen faces competition from the other two short-listed contenders, Turkey and Qatar. If the British bid, mounted by the UK National Committee of the World Petroleum Council, succeeds, it could help deliver an economic boost to the host city and pave the way for training future energy industry engineers through an education initiative.

According to the committee, the UK’s legacy in hosting the 2011 World Petroleum Congress will be to work innovatively to attract young people into energy careers. Any surplus funds left over from the event would be ploughed back into training, creating UK-based education institutions.

Denis Pinto, chairman of the UK WPC 2011 bid committee said: ‘Clearly the UK is a strong contender to host this prestigious event. Moreover, not only is the city of Aberdeen the oil and gas capital of Europe, it is a global hub for oilfield technology and the location selected as headquarters of a growing number of exploration and production companies.’

The World Petroleum Congress is held every three years.