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International Pavilion: Forum for Opportunities

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

Attention global explorers!

Are you a geologist who is continually scouring the planet for new exploration opportunities? Is your passion sifting through reams of data – old and new – coming up with new play concepts?

Have you developed prospects in far-flung parts of the world, and are looking for partners to test the idea?

If any of these describe you, then mark your calendar for Feb. 21-24 and plan to be in Houston to attend the brand new International Pavilion conference at the NAPE Expo.

International Pavilion LLC is an AAPG subsidiary company. Its purpose is to offer a global forum to promote today’s petroleum investment opportunities. It brings together national oil companies and government ministries with international oil companies and individuals looking to invest in new areas.

And it’s been doing so for more than 17 years.

The International Pavilion got its start at the 1994 AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in Denver, with enthusiastic support from past AAPG president Robbie Gries, who was then the convention’s general chair. Its popularity led it to become an annual event.

Fast forward to 2007, when the American Association of Petroleum Landmen approached the International Pavilion to create and manage a new international component for NAPE Expo. That successful collaboration has paved the way for this year’s inaugural joint International Pavilion and NAPE Expo in Houston.

The 2012 International Pavilion at NAPE will showcase the largest collection of international exploration and investment opportunities available today with more than 75 international exhibitors expected. The event will kick off with an opening Global Briefing of recent E&P activity.

Following the briefing, past AAPG president Scott Tinker will present a special screening of his new film, “Switch.” Join Scott as he travels the world to explore the facts about the energy sources that underpin modern society today and into the future.

Up next is the exhibition kick-off, offering attendees the opportunity to review current and upcoming licensing rounds, evaluate acreage and farmout opportunities, connect with representatives from national oil companies, see investment opportunity overview presentations from exhibitors covering the globe at the International Pavilion Theater and network at the evening International Pavilion reception.

That all happens Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 21-22, followed by the opening of NAPE Expo on Thursday and includes the International Pavilion exhibition through Friday.

As AAPG member Gina Godfrey, the International Pavilion’s managing director, told me recently, “Visiting the International Pavilion is like standing at the crossroad of the global E&P world.”

“And that doesn’t end when the show ends,” she continued. “The launch of Navisphere last year has transformed our ability to be a year-round source of information to the industry.”

The International Pavilion continues to innovate. Navisphere is the International Pavilion’s new product designed to make it easy for energy ministries, government agencies and national oil companies to utilize a GIS platform to promote current and new exploration and development activity and opportunities.

Navisphere is a subscription-based web browser product that enables users to efficiently review global exploration activity, from concession status to licensing rounds, as well as a host of ancillary information. It integrates petroleum activity information both from government and industry sources and is updated on a continuous basis.

The International Pavilion at NAPE Expo in Houston kicks off the 2012 year, followed by APPEX London in March, the AAPG ACE in Long Beach in April and AAPG ICE in Singapore in September. At all other times of the year, you can visit

“Step into the International Pavilion,” Godfrey said, “and you have access to exploration opportunities from around the globe.”

I urge you to take that step and join us in Houston this month.

The International Pavilion is an essential part of AAPG’s future, as we work to provide our members with products and services that help them do their jobs better – whether they work at an international oil company, a national oil company or a government agency.

As a subsidiary company it allows us to innovate and try new things that can ultimately benefit large sectors of our membership.

And its global scope reinforces the fact that, as past president Bruno Hansen observed, AAPG is an international geological organization.

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Director's Corner - David Curtiss

David Curtiss is an AAPG Member and was named AAPG Executive Director in August 2011. He was previously Director of the AAPG GEO-DC Office in Washington D.C.

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