Scottish Development International agrees to Strategic Partnership with Offshore West Africa

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28 July 2015; Offshore West Africa Conference & Exhibition, owned and produced by PennWell Corporation, is delighted to announce a Strategic Partnership for the upcoming 20th anniversary edition with Scottish Development International (SDI).

Taking place on 26‐28 January 2016 at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos, Nigeria, Offshore West Africa will build on the success of the 2015 event, which also took place in Lagos, which attracted a record breaking international audience of almost 2,400 leading oil and gas industry professionals from more than 30 countries worldwide.

On the announcement of this Strategic Partnership agreement, Mr. Gary Soper, Scottish Development International’s Regional Manager for Africa said, “We are delighted to be a strategic partner with PennWell for this very important exhibition. Scotland has over 40 years’ experience in offshore deepwater development in particular, and our participation in this exhibition will enable us to make valuable connections between our innovative Scottish supply chain companies and local partners in West Africa.

‘With an 1800 strong oil and gas supply chain, Scotland has strengths covering the whole of the industry through exploration, development and production, and decommissioning and as a nation we are renowned for our innovation, skilled workforce and strong academic sector. As the industry faces up to its challenges, the need to take a collaborative approach in formulating a robust response is evermore necessary, and events such as Offshore West Africa will help to build a sustainable network of like‐minded companies prepared to meet and overcome those challenges. We look forward to making those valuable connections on the Scottish Pavilion at Offshore West Africa 2016 in Lagos.’

Nick Richardson Strategic Partnership Business Manager adds, “We are delighted to be entering into partnership with Scottish Development International, which is a significant achievement for Offshore West Africa, in what will be our 20th anniversary event. Securing Scottish Development International’s involvement / participation truly reinforces our position as West Africa’s premier offshore oil and gas event”

Scottish Development International joins the like of The International Trade Council (ITC), the African Energy Association and the Energy Institute Nigeria as Strategic Partners for the 20th annual Offshore West Africa in 2016, and as the premier technical forum for the West African offshore oil and gas exploration and production industry, Offshore West Africa is pleased to announce this new alliance.

Offshore West Africa will continue to feature a technical and strategic conference program developed by an Advisory Board comprised of leading industry experts, as well as an exhibition showcasing products, technologies and services from global and regional oil & gas companies, held concurrently, bringing together exhibitors and attendees from around the world for three days of education, networking and new business development.

Offshore West Africa is a truly West African event and addresses key technology and development issues for the West African offshore oil and gas market, through a comprehensive educational program and three‐day exhibition and conference, with the 2016 event focusing on Positioning for a Sustainable Future as the core theme.

Offshore West Africa welcomes you to join in the celebrations as the event hosts its 20th anniversary

celebrations, and will provide further news shortly on the announcement of new strategic partners, supporters, sponsors, exhibitors and speakers.



Editors Notes:

PennWell Corporation is a highly diversified, business‐to‐business media company providing authoritative print and online publications, conferences and exhibitions, research, databases, online exchanges and information products to strategic global markets. Since 1910 PennWell has been known for providing comprehensive coverage of several strategic markets. In those early days, PennWell was a pioneer in the emerging oil industry with Oil & Gas Journal magazine, founded in 1902. Today PennWell publishes over 75 business‐to‐business print and on‐line magazines and newsletters, conducts over 60 conferences and exhibitions on six continents, and has an extensive offering of books, maps, directories and database services.

Scottish Development International (SDI) works with both overseas and Scottish‐based companies and organisations. Its mission is to grow the Scottish economy by encouraging inward investment into Scotland and by helping Scottish‐based companies to develop trade outside of Scotland. SDI is a partnership between the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise and its work is guided by the Scottish Government’s strategy for economic development in Scotland (

For further information contact:
Lee Catania
Senior Marketing Manager
PennWell Corporation
T: +44 (0) 1992 656 647