Strong Rockies NAPE 2002 Presence

Title: Strong Rockies NAPE 2002 Presence
Author: Jane Estes-Jackson
Publication: The Outcrop, March 2002, p. 10

The annual North American Prospect Expo (NAPE), sponsored by the American Association of Petroleum Landmen and the Independent Petroleum Association of America, was held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston on January 30 and 31. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the expo, which bills itself as “the largest oil and gas exploration and production event in the world.” Since its inception in 1993, attendance at NAPE has grown annually, and this year was no exception. Over 8000 people pre-registered for a glimpse at over 600 exhibitors. The majority of the attendees were from Texas, and the prospects shown were heavily weighted towards the Gulf Coast. However, the Rockies were well represented by such companies as Anschutz, Beartooth Oil & Gas, Energy Investments, Flying J, Gary Nydegger & Associates, Julander Energy, Kestrel Energy, Lario Oil & Gas, Petrogulf, Pioneer Oil & Gas, Pyr Energy, Thomasson Partner Associates, Tom Brown Inc., True Oil Co., Westport Oil & Gas, and Wold Oil Properties, with prospects in the Green River, Powder River, Paradox, Wind River, Bighorn, Sand Wash, Piceance, Raton, Uinta, and DJ basins, as well as the Overthrust Belt and Nevada. Other Denver companies represented but not showing Rockies prospects were AEC, Cabot, Calpine, EOG, Forest, J.M. Huber, Kerr-McGee, Key Production, Pan Canadian, Phillips, Westech, Whiting, and Yates.

Coalbed methane plays continued to generate much interest. In addition there were prospects from the Permian Basin, Midcontinent, Williston Basin, Alaska, and California, as well as a significant number of international prospects, primarily from Australia. Exhibitors also included vendors such as Baker Atlas, Halliburton, IHS Energy Group, Schlumberger, and Veritas, as well as numerous banks, mezzanine financiers, and venture capitalists. Even with current oil and gas prices, the mood among attendees was generally upbeat. This expo provides a unique forum for networking among members of various disciplines from all areas of the country. For more information about NAPE, go to the AAPL web page at