Subsea UK Expects Thousands to Descend in Aberdeen for Europe’s Largest Subsea Event

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Subsea 2012, which will be held over two days, will demonstrate how the subsea industry continues to be at the forefront of development in new frontiers, reaching further and going deeper than ever before.
Subsea UK’s annual conference and exhibition has attracted leading industry figures from all over the world with around 2,500 representatives from the UK, Norway, India, Malaysia, USA, Russia, Ghana, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, China and Vietnam expected to attend.
The flagship event highlights the industry’s global opportunities while celebrating innovation and excellence.
It will be held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on February 8 and 9 and boasts an impressive line-up of over 125 exhibitors.
Dave Turner, vice president of subsea production operations, global operations, BP, will kick-off this year’s conference discussing this year’s key theme of reaching further, going deeper and the challenges of this to the subsea business.
The diverse line-up of speakers will include Paul Jones, head of subsea at Chevron; Chris Bird, technical director of Centrica Energy Upstream; Luc Riviere of Total and Andrew Reid from Douglas-Westwood who will discuss the Subsea hardware market to 2015.
Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK, said: ‘This year’s conference continues the high standards we have set with industry leading speakers who will share their expertise with delegates from across the subsea industry.
‘Our aim is to ensure industry is well equipped to continue growing globally and lead the way in new frontiers.
‘The sell-out exhibition and global attendance underlines the popularity and importance of this annual subsea event.’
Fergus Ewing, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, will be attending the event on Thursday February 9 when he will meet with Mr Gordon and key delegates as well as visiting a range of exhibiting companies.
Mr Ewing said: “The oil and gas sector is of vital importance to Scotland’s economy, supporting 196,000 jobs in Scotland and generating an estimated £11.1 billion in revenue for the Treasury this year alone, and its importance will continue for many decades to come.
“The skills and knowledge developed in Scotland since the development of the North Sea, especially in the subsea sector, are a key strength to Scotland’s economy and play a vital role in our future, both in the oil and gas sector and the developing renewable energy sector, and in particular the offshore wind sector.
“I’m delighted to attend this year’s Subsea UK Event and meet with industry representatives to find out more about the exciting, innovative work which is being done in this sector.”
In addition to the conference and exhibition, Subsea UK will also host the annual subsea Business Awards dinner on February 8 at the AECC, which will be attended by over 750 people. Sponsored by Forum Energy Technologies and SETS Ltd, the sold out event will feature Mark Gallagher, former marketing director of Jordan Grand Prix, as guest speaker.

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