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Optimism and anticipation over the province's offshore Sable gas
project will attract more than 250 business people, including
many of the industry's key players, to the Nova Scotia Offshore
Trade Fair this week.

Fifty-five exhibitors interested in supplying goods or services
to the offshore energy industry will be featured at the trade
fair, being held at Halifax's World Trade and Convention Centre
Oct. 9 and 10.

Sponsored by the Departments of Economic Renewal and Natural
Resources, the Offshore Trade Fair is organized around the
Canadian Offshore Resources Exhibition (CORE) Conference, an
international gathering of the offshore oil and gas industry.

Once a major event in the mid-80s, the CORE Conference is once
again attracting attention from the industry's key players.

"The action in Canada's oil and gas industry is shifting from
Alberta to the east coast," Economic Renewal Minister Richie Mann
said. "There's no question that industry activity and interest is
focusing on the Sable Offshore Energy Project and Nova Scotia
companies should be ready to take advantage of the attention."

The trade fair presents an opportunity for Nova Scotia companies
to demonstrate their capabilities to potential contractors for
the Sable project.  Most procurement decisions relating to the
project will be made before next fall.

"We expect the trade fair will give Nova Scotia companies the
opportunity to initiate or advance discussions on forming
alliances among regional firms or with businesses from other
areas," said Mr. Mann.

Several east coast project groups such as Sable Offshore Energy
Project (SOEP), Terra Nova Project, Maritimes and North East
Pipeline Project, and Pan Canadian, the operators of the
Cohassset Project, Canada's first offshore oil production
project, are exhibiting at the fair.

While most trade fair exhibitors are from Nova Scotia, some from
as far away as Alberta, Scotland, and the United States will be

Graham Curren, vice-president of marketing for Dartmouth's
Secunda Marine said, "We're hoping to have good exposure to oil
companies so we can show the strength and depth of the
infrastructure already here in Nova Scotia. Secunda Marine is a
local company that's been successfully competing against world
players in markets from here to Argentina to the North Sea."
Secunda Marine provides marine support and transportation
services for offshore industries.

Survival Systems Training, also of Dartmouth, provides hands-on
safety training for offshore marine operators. Company president,
John Swain, said, "With so many industry stakeholders at the
trade fair we can't afford not to be there."

Mr. Mann added "We want to maximize Nova Scotia content in all
offshore activities and that means using Nova Scotia products and
people, whenever possible."

Premier John Savage will open the Nova Scotia Offshore Trade Fair
as the guest speaker at Wednesday's luncheon; Natural Resources
Minister Eleanor Norrie will outline the Sable project Thursday
morning at the CORE conference; and Mobil Oil Corporation
exploration and production president Paul Hoenmans will speak at
the CORE conference luncheon on Thursday.

The SOEP is also holding a workshop to inform potential suppliers
of business opportunities and challenges associated with that
project. This is a follow-up to an earlier session held in


Contact: Linda Laffin  902-424-6810

trp                      Oct. 08, 1996 - 2:25 p.m.