Last month at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, NAPE 2023 celebrated 30 years of bringing together projects and opportunities from around the world. The show preserved its core format — aisle after aisle of booths with maps, seismic surveys and droves of homogenous businessmen seeking the next deal.
Over the last several years, NAPE has endured considerable headwinds, with the combination of depressed attendance due to the pandemic, a harsh spotlight focused by the ESG community on the perception of the oil and gas sector, and a strict directive from the capital markets to deliver fiscal returns to investors after years of failing to reward stakeholders.
“Capital discipline! Produce green energy! Lower my consumer cost for energy!” And please, respect my personal space.