The Estevan Chamber of Commerce is continuing to prepare for the inaugural Estevan Energy Expo, which will be taking place from June 11 to 13.
The facilities are booked and the speakers have been finalized for the event, said executive director Michel Cyrenne. Registrations are coming in from people who will be exhibiting, and from those who want to view the booths and listen to the speakers.
Cyrenne said they have booked about 10 exhibits already. They hope to have about 40 to 50 booths at Affinity Place. Some of the displays could be outdoors, if that's the desire of the exhibitor, but it's something that organizers aren't pursuing.
“If anybody approaches us, and wants to have outdoor exhibits, we'll address those on a case-by-case basis,” said Cyrenne.
Interest in the event has extended beyond the oil industry to the power generation and coal mining sectors.
“We've been talking a lot to people in the geothermal industry, and various renewable resources industries, and we have broad interest, so it's good to see,” said Cyrenne.
The event will kick off on Tuesday, June 11 with an opening reception with provincial Energy Minister Tim McMillan at the Saskatchewan Energy Training Institute. People can visit the booths at Affinity Place on June 12 and 13.
Seven speakers have been booked. In addition to McMillan, people will hear from: Keith Schaefer from Oil and Gas Investments Bulletin, Neil Wildgust from the Petroleum Technology Research Centre, Max Ball from SaskPower's carbon capture and storage team, Kirsten Marcia from Deep Earth Energy Production, Mike Crabtree from the Saskatchewan Research Council, and Melinda Yurkowski from the Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy.
Cyrenne expects that Schaefer will speak at a breakfast during the event, but they haven't finalized the speakers for the expo.