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SPE OFFSHORE EUROPE 2017 EMBRACING NEW REALITIES: REINVENTING OUR INDUSTRY

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SPE Offshore Europe 2017 is taking place at a time when confidence levels are gradually climbing following the longest and most significant downturn the oil and gas industry has seen in decades.

Over four days, under the central theme Embracing New Realities: Reinventing our Industry, 65 free-to-attend technical presentations and a programme of business breakfasts and topical lunches, (Read More)

will provide opportunities to debate, knowledge-share and take new courses of action that will shape the future of the industry.

The 2017 conference chair, Catherine MacGregor, and her executive committee of 17 senior international industry figures, have put together a focused and hard-hitting keynote programme that will tackle the issues the industry is facing as it adjusts to the realities of the ‘new normal’.

Catherine MacGregor, who is also President, Drilling Group, Schlumberger said: “The industry’s technical and financial performance has been challenged for some time now. Learning the lessons from the most severe downturn for the past 30 years, there is no doubt that the industry must reinvent itself. The traditional industry response to market downturns, which has included halting exploration investment, decreasing development activity, pressing for price reductions throughout the supply chain, and letting talented people go, is no longer viable.”

Conference programme

The opening plenary session promises a packed hall with a top-level line-up of industry CEOs.  Ben van Beurden, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell; Bob Dudley, group chief executive of BP; Pedro Parente, CEO of Petrobras and Robin Watson, CEO of Wood Group will address the hundreds of visitors attending the opening plenary.

Eleven panel sessions will cover the gamut of topical issues that are relevant in the current climate: from people safety, big data, cyber and physical security, transformative technologies, sustainability and decommissioning to new business models for mature basins, making capital work, the talent pool, breakthroughs in supply chain effectiveness and learning from other industries.

OE & Me

SPE Offshore Europe 2017 has the strong support of leading industry figure Sir Ian Wood who kicked off a new campaign ahead of the event to encourage visitors, exhibitors and speakers to share their experiences of OE past and present. Sir Ian was the first contributor to the online hub which invites people to share their stories of Offshore Europe - what they are looking forward to at the event, what they will be speaking about or showcasing as an exhibitor.

Decommissioning

Decommissioning will be a special focus at SPE Offshore Europe 2017 with a range of expert speakers announced as part of the plenary and new Decommissioning Zone technical programme. Shell will host a keynote panel session with senior spokespeople from CNR, Chevron, Hereema Marine Contractors, Marine Scotland and the UK regulator BEIS.

As several assets in the North Sea reach the end of their lifespan, the latest cost estimate from the Oil and Gas Authority has predicted the cost of decommissioning the UKCS oil and gas infrastructure is £59.7 billion with an ambitious goal of completing this work for less than £39 billion.

In the Decommissioning Zone, an extensive line-up includes presentations hosted by Decom North Sea, ITF and The Society for Underwater Technology (SUT). Panellists offering expert insight include Stephen Hall, CEO of SUT; Pieter voor de Poorte, Subsea Decommissioning Lead, Premier Oil and Bill Cattanach OBE, Head of Supply Chain, Oil & Gas Authority.

The zone will bring together thousands of highly targeted technical, business and government industry professionals with exhibitors including Diaquip, Integrated Decom, EMAS Energy, Fairfield Energy and Petroplan Europe among those signed up. With more than 100 offshore platforms forecast for full or partial removal in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) and 1,800 wells to be plugged over the next decade, SPE recognised a need to place decommissioning high on the 2017 SPE Offshore Europe agenda.

Roger Esson, Decom North Sea CEO said: “Operators and regulators are planning for the inevitability of decommissioning and the inaugural Decommissioning Zone at SPE Offshore Europe 2017 is an important step for the sector and the wider industry to further discussions around planning, regulation and technology. Not only will this zone showcase the innovative capabilities of its exhibitors, but its comprehensive programme of conference sessions will provide knowledge and insight into the opportunities and issues arising within the sector.”

Gareth Rapley, SPE Offshore Europe exhibition director, added: “We are looking forward to showcasing the latest advances in decommissioning and the theatre in the new zone will give a platform for debating and sharing lessons learned. We expect to have more than 1,000 exhibitors throughout the event with 65 free to attend technical presentations and 11 keynote panel sessions combined with business breakfasts and topical lunches.”

Exhibition

The exhibition floor is seeing a diverse range of new companies booking space for the first time as well as the return of several of the industry’s major players.  A large international exhibitor presence will be present with national and international pavilions including Canada, Italy, Netherlands, Nigeria and USA.

Tech Trek

Also new is Tech Trek, designed to make it easier for visitors to find what’s new, more easily.  Technologies, products and solutions launched within the last 12 months are eligible.  Visitors will follow the Tech Trek logo visible on the website exhibitor list, app and catalogue and can look out for it on the stands.

Technology Zone

The Oil & Gas Technology Centre’s Technology Zone will present a series of technologies used in alternative sectors to encourage the oil and gas industry to think differently about the adoption of new products.  The Centre believes technologies such as robots, composite materials, additive manufacturing and augmented reality are all currently underutilised in offshore oil and gas, despite being part of a general industrial transformation in other industries. The Zone will bring together start-up companies and SMEs, showcasing their ideas and solutions. Also, there will be a series of short presentations followed by a Q&A session with the Technology Centre’s board and leadership team on its priorities and how to get involved.

Inspire Programme

Continuing on from the success of SPE’s Inspire Programme in 2015, a series of activities, workshops and lectures specifically focused on supporting and informing young people interested in joining the oil and gas industry or just beginning their careers will be held from Monday 4th (the afternoon before the show starts) to Friday 8th.  For younger generations, there will be introductions to the industry and the importance of STEM topics though SPE’s schools engagement programme. SPE is also working with local schools to show the opportunities within the industry and meet professionals to talk about what they do. OPITO will also be working with connecting industry to students with a tour of the exhibitions and discovering what projects the industry is working on.  For those already starting their career in engineering there will be a series of lectures, workshops and networking opportunities for University students and young professionals. They will have a chance to learn some key skills and discuss job options with experienced professionals one-to-one.  This year, SPE also hopes to inspire a wider number of people through the SPE Cares Programme by working with the Marine Conservation Society, inviting attendees to help us clean the local beaches during the conference.

Investment Workshop

This one day programme connects Oiltech’s investor members with innovative technology providers, giving entrepreneurs industry-specific advice on partner funding and providing access to funding opportunities.  On the morning of 6th September, a series of drop-in sessions will be held where industry experts will give guidance on getting technology to market in the fastest and most effective way, and offer advice and expertise around partner funding.  On the afternoon of Wednesday 6th September, a limited number of companies will be invited to one-to-one meetings to discuss investment projects with various grant, early seed and direct industry funding providers.

SPE Offshore Europe 2017 promises to be an agenda setting conference and exhibition, embracing the topics that will shape the industry for the next ten years and beyond.  As Sir Ian Wood says: “If you decide not to go there, you are actually missing on probably the biggest learning opportunity in terms of changing your business.”

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