London called

On the flight from Aberdeen to London, my colleagues Rhea, Gavin and I all joked that we should have taken pedometers to measure how far we would walk over the next four days at the Gastech Conference and Exhibition. Tired feet and extremely toned calves later, we wished it hadn’t been a joke!

The Gastech Conference and Exhibition touched down in London, returning to the city for the first time in 40 years, from 8 – 11th October at the ExCeL arena.

Fifth Ring’s PR team worked with the Gastech organisers, dmg :: events, for almost a year before the first day kicked off on Monday 8th October; a close knit team considering only Rhea had actually met them in the flesh! Through the wonders of technology, we proved that two remote teams could join forces, and thanks to the virtual world, Fifth Ring and dmg :: events built a strong relationship.

Rhea, Gavin and I travelled down to London on Sunday night (we did arrive safely despite being delayed because someone forgot to charge the batteries on the plane…)

Offering 100,000 square meters of space, the first stop was the ExCeL to get our bearings. The exhibition floor was still very much a construction site, with un-carpeted floors and men busy at work with hammers and drills.

However, come Monday morning and these men finally at home and in bed, the exhibition floor had been transformed, showcasing spectacular booths from companies from around the world.

On the first day, delegates from around the world enjoyed inspirational speeches from Edward Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, who told the UK that, “We are good at gas, and we like gas” and Professor Brian Cox, Research Fellow, author and BBC presenter, who impressed the audience with amazing photographs of the surface of Saturn, revealing enormous quantities of Liquefied Natural Gas.

Sir Frank Chapman, chief executive of BG Group, which hosted the event, officially opened the exhibition at midday to a huge crowd. Suddenly the vast open space of the ExCeL arena was filled. Gastech 2012 had arrived!

On Tuesday, it was momentarily hard to remember we were in London. Russian day had landed. Alexander Novak, Russia’s energy minister, held a press conference and other industry leaders in the Russian energy industry gave speeches and held debates.

Over the course of the four days, we fulfilled a number of different roles, such as, attending conferences and keynote speeches, running the press room, liaising with and assisting journalists, writing press releases for the Gastech News website, and assisting the film crew in interviewing companies at their stands for Gastech TV. It was my first time at an event of that scale, and although we were tremendously busy, it was a great opportunity to try my hand at something new.

Gastech is set to head to warmer and sunnier climates in 2014 when it’s held in Korea. As if taking over one huge stadium wasn’t enough, Gastech overtook the O2 arena on Wednesday for a launch party for 2014. Despite me almost arriving in tears (fear of heights mixed with a cable car ride across the River Thames, and a certain colleague pointing out just how high up we were) the party was in full swing with everyone looking forward to the next event in two years time. We enjoyed some traditional Korean food and entertainment and, of course, a few drinks. Well, it’s not work all the time!

I think I can safely speak for Rhea and Gavin here too when I say we all had a fantastic time over the whole event. Months of hard work and late nights had finally paid off when we saw what a huge success Gastech turned out to be. And of course, the team at dmg :: events were absolutely brilliant and did such an outstanding job on making everyone at the event, from visitors, to delegates, to VIP speakers, have such an amazing time.

But don’t just take my word for it; check out these videos where industry leaders will tell you for themselves!

(Videos courtesy of Silverstream)

So to end what has been an albeit exhausting, but fantastic week, I’ll leave you with this: Gastech 2014 awaits…