FARMINGTON — The 2014 Four Corners Oil and Gas conference is ready to launch and it is set to break attendance records.

"This is going to be the biggest conference we ever had," said Karen Ortega, chair of the conference committee.

More than 2,200 people from throughout the United States and Canada are expected to attend this year's conference, which kicks off Wednesday.

Throughout the two days at McGee Park, participants will have the opportunity to taken in more than 20 different presentations covering subjects that include water reuse, the latest on San Juan Basin Mancos shale oil exploration and production, and policy updates that impact oil and gas production.

A sign for the Four Corners Oil and Gas Conference is shown on Tuesday at McGee Park in Farmington.
A sign for the Four Corners Oil and Gas Conference is shown on Tuesday at McGee Park in Farmington. (Megan Farmer / The Daily Times)

Ortega said the committee has been planning this year's conference for the last two years, starting shortly after the last conference ended.

The first conference was held in 1994 to help local companies understand changing policies and regulations and inform them about new technology. Ortega said that still is the conference's primary focus.

"Policies are ever changing," she said.

This year, more than 400 vendors are expected to showcase their products and provide information for participants.

One of the largest booths belongs to Emerson Network Power. The company has displays set up for wireless monitoring, oil separation technology and other products designed to fill the needs of the oil and gas industry.

Shawn Ward is the regional manager for the Dallas-based Vinson Process Controls, which represents Emerson Process Management.

Ward said his company helps with wireless technology for oil wells. He added that wireless is a relatively new approach to managing oil field equipment.

"It's just starting," he said.

He noted that his company has been participating in the conference for the last several years.

"It's an opportunity to showcase what we're capable of and what fits into the Four Corners area," he said.

Aztec Machine owner Tim Montoya, right, explains a water truck fitting to Pat Durkin, left, on Tuesday while setting up for the Four Corners Oil and Gas
Aztec Machine owner Tim Montoya, right, explains a water truck fitting to Pat Durkin, left, on Tuesday while setting up for the Four Corners Oil and Gas Conference at McGee Park in Farmington. (Megan Farmer / The Daily Times)

Local companies are showcasing their products as well.

Tim Montoya, president of Aztec Machine, Repair, Cranes and Material Handling, said the conference helps him show local companies what he can do.

His company, based in Bloomfield, repairs heavy equipment and pump motors, performs crane work, and does a host of other tasks mostly needed by the oil and gas industry.

"I've done this show since 1998," he said.

The conference has more than 50 sponsors and Ortega credits them and the community for helping it grow.

"They provide a great service to the community and the oil and gas industry," she said.

The conference will feature speakers, lunches and a reception, but registration is only open to oil and gas industry workers. If a person wants to attend and didn't pre-register, organizers said they will have to show proof of employment to be admitted.

Erny Zah is The Daily Times business editor. He can be reached at 505-564-4638.and ezah@daily-times.com. Follow him @ernyzah on Twitter.