SPE Offshore Europe 2019 proving popular with industry

Michael Borrell, conference chair of SPE Offshore Europe 2019 and senior vice president, North Sea and Russia at Total
Michael Borrell, conference chair of SPE Offshore Europe 2019 and senior vice president, North Sea and Russia at Total

More than 80% of exhibition space for SPE Offshore Europe 2019 has been sold according to the event’s organisers when it takes place at the new £333million The Event Complex Aberdeen (TECA) for the first time.

Companies including ABB, Aker Solutions, Emerson, Schlumberger, Shell, Weatherford, Wood and Worley Parsons have already committed with a fifth of the companies to sign-up exhibiting for the first time.

SPE Offshore Europe 2019 will take place from 3-6 September 2019 and, after a successful introduction at the 2017 event, will include an expanded Decommissioning Zone that will now include late life.

Michael Borrell, conference chair of SPE Offshore Europe 2019 and senior vice president, North Sea and Russia at Total, is leading the executive committee that has developed the 2019 theme: ‘Breakthrough to Excellence – Our license to operate’.

“The world is undergoing an energy transition and the oil and gas industry will play a major role in shaping its future,” he said. “This is a tremendous responsibility for our industry and SPE Offshore Europe 2019 will show that the sector is the sustainable partner with the long-term vision for excellence that the world requires.

“The ambition of this event is to help our industry not just to showcase the best of what is happening but also to highlight that the challenges we still face offer a lifetime of opportunities. We will encourage an open, constructive and honest dialogue with all current and future stakeholders.”

The organisers are also incorporating an ENGenious Zone into SPE Offshore Europe 2019 after the success of the inaugural event in Aberdeen earlier this year. This area will highlight innovations in robotics, data analytics, automation and advanced communications ahead of the next standalone event in 2020.

The Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) and social enterprise, Elevator, will also run a start-up zone, providing exposure to the most exciting new companies in the sector.

Igor Tavares, exhibition director, SPE Offshore Europe 2019, commented: “As well as the return of several large companies after a hiatus, roughly 20% of our exhibitors are new which demonstrates real excitement amongst the industry for the event to be taking place at the new venue. It will be a complete refresh and is coinciding with the confidence we are seeing in the industry. The new hotels, improved transport links and on-site facilities are all proving popular draws for our exhibitors.”

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