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Aug. 17, 2006
Contact: Rodney Reynolds, Tertiary Oil Recovery Project, (785) 864-7396.

KU helping organize first expo for Midwest oil and gas industries

LAWRENCE — Several agencies at the University of Kansas are coordinating the first Midcontinent Oil and Gas Expo and Prospect Fair, which will take place Sept. 12 at the Highland Hotel and Convention Center in Great Bend.

The event is designed to bring together individuals and companies that are integral to the production of oil and gas and service companies to promote and enhance the transfer of technology. It also will provide a venue for operators to show projects that would benefit from additional partners or investors. More than 50 exhibitors will be on hand. Admission is free to the public.

“This will be a big event for the oil and gas industry in the mid-continent,” said Rodney Reynolds, director of the North Midcontinent Region for the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council and director of technology transfer for the Tertiary Oil Recovery Project at KU. “Events such as this provide networking opportunities for service companies and operators, which helps sustain oil and gas production from our mature marginal reservoirs in Kansas and surrounding states.”

The North Midcontinent PTTC is a cooperative project between the Tertiary Oil Recovery Project and the Kansas Geological Survey, both located at KU.

There will be a variety of exhibits, including petroleum industry service company exhibits and large-scale exhibits outside the meeting hall, on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Technology presentations will take place throughout the day. A free barbecue lunch, sponsored by Buckeye Supply, will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kansas Oil and Gas Museum in Great Bend. The expo will conduct a door-prize drawing for a laptop computer. The winning ticket will be drawn at 4:45 p.m.

Additional information about the expo is available on the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council Web site.

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