US partner joins global NOF Energy network

Greater Oklahoma City Chamber becomes latest international organisation to work with County Durham's NOF Energy

George Rafferty, Kurt Foreman, Paul Charlton and Joanne Leng MBE
George Rafferty, Kurt Foreman, Paul Charlton and Joanne Leng MBE

NOF Energy, the Durham-based business development organisation for the oil, gas, nuclear and offshore renewables sectors, has added a new member to its global partner network.

Following an NOF Energy fact-finding mission to the US to learn from the country’s experiences in the shale gas industry, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber has become the latest international partner to help enable members’ access to overseas markets and encourage international trade.

NOF chief executive George Rafferty said: “We are very pleased to welcome Greater Oklahoma City Chamber as a new member and look forward to working with the organisation as our latest global partner.

“This partnership is a further example of NOF Energy’s proactive approach to developing international business relationships.

“With the UK Government indicating support for the development of a shale gas industry in this country, it is important that we furnish those in the supply chain with the understanding needed to meet the requirements of operators.

“We are convinced that our members will benefit from this relationship with Greater Oklahoma City Chamber through an exchange of information and knowledge that will help firms take advantage of the work that will be generated by onshore gas extraction.”

Based in Durham City, NOF Energy offers business development support, advice and guidance for supply chain companies in the energy sector.

The organisation, which has over 450 members across the UK, also provides access to business opportunities and project updates, while facilitating introductions between its members, prospective clients and partners, both in domestic markets and internationally.

It likewise acts as a gateway to the UK supply chain for international companies, who can benefit from quality products and services sourced from the UK.

The addition of the new global partner follows a visit by NOF to Oklahoma and Louisiana earlier this year, in which representatives met with Government departments, shale gas operators and supply chain companies.

While there, the delegation was given an overview of the US shale gas industry by representatives from the Oklahoma City University Energy Management Faculty and the North Louisiana Economic Partnership.

In addition, tours of a shale gas production site were held, meetings were arranged with shale gas industry executives, and delegates were shown firsthand the impact shale gas operations have made at the Caddo-Bossier Port in Louisiana.

Rafferty added: “There are a lot of companies operating in the energy sector that have the skills, products and services that are transferable into the shale gas market.

“More than 60% of members who responded to our annual survey expressed an interest in shale gas, so it is imperative NOF Energy harnesses expertise and knowledge to help prepare our membership for the opportunities that will arise from this emerging source of energy.

“Each new Global Partner that joins NOF Energy’s network adds a vital extra depth and dimension to the services, awareness and information that we are able to offer.”

Roy H. Williams, president and chief executive of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, said: “This partnership with NOF Energy will help forge a close connection between the supply chain in the UK and those involved in the energy industry - and in particular the shale gas industry - within our state.”

NOF Energy recently appointed a number of new board members as well as a new chairman.

Paul Charlton, who is chief executive of PDL Solutions (Europe) Ltd, succeeded Graham Payne in February, saying at the time: “I am looking forward to helping drive NOF Energy’s future strategy,”

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