The oil fields of Alberta meet the steelworks of Sheffield at the Global Manufacturing Festival next week as the North of England’s biggest manufacturing event hosts a business delegation from Alberta, Canada.
Advanced Global Environmental Services and Gentex Oilfield Manufacturing Inc will be accompanied by trade group Access Prosperity of Central Alberta to find out about engineering capabilities in the Sheffield City Region and the wider UK.
The companies are looking for component suppliers, research facilities and potentially skilled people, as well as buyers for parts manufactured near Red Deer, Central Alberta, a region that “manufactures virtually every component used in the oil & gas industry”.
The Global Manufacturing Festival tradeshow and conference is at the Training Centre at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Catcliffe next Wednesday.
“Alberta has four million people in an area five times the size of England, with an energy sector that will go from two million barrels of oil a day today to four milliona day, in about eight years,” says Matt Cornall, senior investment officer at Access Prosperity.
“We have a huge opportunity but a huge amount that needs to be done in terms of infrastructure and manufacturing. Pinch points in the last boom in 2006 was the type of skilled, technical people who we need in the oil and gas sector and quick access to approved components. This sector is growing again and companies here know their supply chains will become more global.”