Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has welcomed around 750 delegates to Brisbane for the one of the world’s largest unconventional resources conferences.
Cr Quirk said the three-day ‘Developing Unconventional Gas’ conference, beginning today, would inject up to $1.5 million into Brisbane’s economy.
DUG Australia 2013, running from August 27-29, is being held at the Royal International Convention Centre at the Brisbane Showgrounds.
“Brisbane is an important hub for the gas industry in Australia, with many international gas company head offices in the city,” Cr Quirk said.
“This makes us the natural choice for DUG Australia 2013, and I want to welcome all delegates to Brisbane.
“Events like this further strengthen Brisbane’s reputation as a leading meetings destination, both nationally and internationally.”
RNA Chief Executive Brendan Christou said the Royal International Convention Centre was gearing up for a busy few months.
“Following the DUG conference, hundreds of delegates will descend on Royal ICC in October for the four-day International Society of City and Regional Planners conference, which will generate at least $1.2 million for the economy,” he said.
“Securing these conferences is testament to the fact that Brisbane is being recognised internationally as Australia’s new world city.”
The Brisbane Marketing Convention Bureau led the bid which secured DUG Australia 2013 for Brisbane.
The conference is run by Houston-based company Hart Energy. It will focus on unconventional gas, LNG and emerging shale resource development in Australia to meet demand in Asia Pacific markets.
Hart Energy CEO Richard A. Eichler said he was very excited to be bringing DUG to Brisbane.
“These conferences are well known for their world-class programs and content, and DUG Australia will feature the best senior-level speakers from the oil and gas industry,” he said.