Grande Prairie petroleum show pulls in record vendors

Every two years, the big players in the Peace Region's petroleum industry meet in Grande Prairie for a chance to share the latest industry information, equipment and technology.

This year's 2015 Peace Region Petroleum Show was held May 13 and 14 at Evergreen Park in the Entrec Centre with a record 350 companies registered.

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The show is always held during the breakup season when things slow down for the industry.

The Grande Prairie and District Chamber of Commerce and the Grande Prairie Petroleum Association co-host the event.

Due to the increased demand from exhibitors this year, organizers had to open up additional booths in the hallway of the Entrec Centre.

"We actually had more interest, so we expanded it," Dan Pearcy, chief executive officer of the Grande Prairie and commerce told Alaska Highway News. "It's even bigger than we originally thought."

Pearcy attributed this increased interest from industry exhibitors to the fact that current market conditions have led to lower than normal rig activity during spring breakup.

"The last several shows there has been very minimal  breakup. The industry was really busy, so it was tough for some vendors to get their equipment down here," Pearcy said.

"This year, with the drop in oil prices, I think it has opened things up a little bit more. I had a great turnout from vendors. It's a combination of breakup and commodity prices really playing into our favour."      

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