Largest-ever US delegation attends N. Sea technology showcase at Aberdeen-Houston Gateway

Energetica visitors, from left, are: Frank Landreneau (PKF Texas), Gil Staley (Woodlands Area EDP/Woodlands Convention & Visitor Bureau), Matt Lockley (Aberdeen Council),Jo Middleton (Texas Global Business Network/TradeMark Insurance), Bernie Allison (Business Plus Scotland), Jeffrey Blair (Greater Houston Partnership), James Welsh (Energetica), Fred Welch (Conroe Texas EDC) and Lance LaCour (Katy Area EDC).
Energetica visitors, from left, are: Frank Landreneau (PKF Texas), Gil Staley (Woodlands Area EDP/Woodlands Convention & Visitor Bureau), Matt Lockley (Aberdeen Council),Jo Middleton (Texas Global Business Network/TradeMark Insurance), Bernie Allison (Business Plus Scotland), Jeffrey Blair (Greater Houston Partnership), James Welsh (Energetica), Fred Welch (Conroe Texas EDC) and Lance LaCour (Katy Area EDC).

An international event celebrating the oil and gas sector business links between Grampian, Scotland and Houston, Texas has marked its landmark fifth anniversary by welcoming its largest ever international delegation.

The fifth annual Aberdeen-Houston Gateway kicked off with a brand new technology showcase featuring presentations by  Scots supply-chain providers –  including Pipe Cleaning Solutions, Safehouse, Centrifuges Un-Limited, Arnlea Systems, and which also included a site-visit to ROVOP at Westhill, Aberdeenshire.

Houston visitors also explored the Energetica business park, thanks to a guided tour which included visits to various businesses and key projects, including Peterhead Port Authority and The Store, Foveran.

James Welsh, Energetica development manager, said: “There are clear parallels to be drawn between Aberdeen city-region and Houston, with key opportunities for businesses to export and share their knowhow built up in the energy sector. The success of The Woodlands and Houston Energy Corridor initiatives are great case studies in what Energetica aims to achieve for north east Scotland.

“The Aberdeen-Houston Gateway event acts as a facilitator for knowledge sharing between these two international energy hubs. We are delighted to have the opportunity to be part of that, and showcase north east Scotland and the innovative projects and businesses within the Energetica corridor to our Houstonian visitors.”

Jeffrey Blair, Director Europe, Middle East & Africa for the Greater Houston Partnership,added: “This year felt extra special to me not only because it is a milestone year, but just because Greater Houston is more widely represented in Aberdeen this year than ever before.  My fellow delegates really outdid themselves. I would like to personally thank everyone involved in organising this event and – in particular ‘the engine that makes this train run’ – Brett Jackson of Granite PR.”

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