There's usually plenty to do in the energy industry in Oklahoma, but a slew of upcoming local oil and natural gas conferences and conventions promise to provide enough networking opportunities for even the industry's most social members.
I and the other members of The Oklahoman energy team try to attend many of the conferences, conventions and expos throughout the state.
We find them educational and an opportunity to better understand the industry we cover.
I spent part of this week at the Mid-Continent Digital Oilfield Conference, where I learned about how companies throughout the state are adapting modern technology to improve processes that in some cases have been using the same processes for decades.
We will have plenty of opportunities to learn.
What's coming up
Over the next 62 days, the state's energy industry will hold at least six more conferences:
The Tulsa Pipeline Expo will be Aug. 26-28 at the Tulsa Expo Center.
Oklahoma City University's Meinders School of Business will hold its 2013 Energy Policy and Future of Passenger Transportation Conference Sept. 17 at the Cox Convention Center.
The 2013 Oil and Gas Expo will be Oct. 3 at the Cox Pavilion at State Fair Park.
The third annual Governor's Energy Conference will be Oct. 9 at the Tulsa Convention Center.
The Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association's Fall Conference will be Oct. 10 at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Mo.
The OKC Oilfield Expo will be Oct. 16-17 in the Cox Convention Center.
Each conference has its own focus, although there is quite a bit of overlap.
Next up is the Tulsa Pipeline Expo.
Besides its focus on pipelines, the expo also is somewhat more exclusive than many similar events. The pipeline expo allows only companies with a presence in Oklahoma to set up a booth.
“We're focused on how to strengthen Oklahoma companies,” Expo Chairman Bill Solomon said. “We're not opposed to folks from Texas and Kansas and Arkansas and other states attending, but we want them to understand that having a presence and connection in Oklahoma is important.”
One of the major goals of the event is to connect operators and other Oklahoma companies with local suppliers.
“We've had too many comments from people who have said they've been going to Texas or Florida to find something because they didn't know about a company here in Oklahoma that can provide that product or service,” Solomon said.