PennWell Corp. has acquired The Pipeline + Energy Expo from Vacuworx, the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based engineering and manufacturing company. Since 2009, this midstream event has grown into the most comprehensive energy event in the region. Previously, the event attracted nearly 1,500 attendees and over 100 exhibitors from 11 countries and 32 US states.
On April 4–6, 2017, PennEnergy will host the ninth annual Pipeline + Energy Expo at the Cox Convention Center in Tulsa, where the event is traditionally held. Once called "The Oil Capitol of the World," the city has played a unique historical role in the energy industry. Pipeline giants like T.D. Williamson, Williams Partners LP, ONEOK Partners LP, SemGroup Corp., and Magellan Midstream Partners LP are all headquartered in Tulsa. PennWell, along with other major firms such as Willbros Group, also have local offices.
For PennWell's CEO, Mark Wilmoth, hosting the event in Tulsa brings the history and success of PennWell full circle. "Beginning with the Oil & Gas Journal, Tulsa has been home to PennWell," Wilmoth said. "Since then, we have grown globally, and, now, over 60% of our business is events, which are held in every corner of the globe. This conference and exhibition is special to us, in that it's in our backyard. This is the perfect chance to showcase PennWell in its hometown. The Pipeline + Energy Expo will connect leaders and experts from the production, refining, power generation and utility fields; both locally, and beyond the Midwest."
PennWell's diverse portfolio includes nearly 60 events worldwide each year and over 100 print and online magazines and newsletters. With the support of PennEnergy, the Oil & Gas Journal and the Oil & Gas Financial Journal, PennWell is able to leverage the synergy between its publications and trade shows. This is the kind of network that will not only draw global attention to the newly acquired event, but will also grow its attendance.
The Pipeline + Energy Expo offers an opportunity for energy professionals to learn, network, and seek innovative products. Topics targeted by the two-day technical program are engineering, production, pipeline safety and integrity, optimization and efficiencies, and best practices. The exhibit floor will also allow visitors to experience new technology, live equipment demonstrations, and networking with those leading the energy industry.