The subsea sector is one of the fastest growing in the oil and gas industry, and at the forefront of this is the UK subsea market, which is estimated to employ some 40,000 highly skilled workers and to be worth almost £6 billion in services and products. In fact, there are currently more than 800 companies in the region leading the way in technology, innovation, experience and knowledge. Representing this industry is Subsea UK, the body responsible for championing the UK subsea industry and acting for the entire supply chain, bringing together operators, contractors, suppliers and people in the industry.
With companies from around the world looking to the UK for guidance, assistance and inspiration it is quite right that we play host to the largest, and most successful event dedicated fully to the subsea industry – Subsea 2012. Taking place on the 8th and 9th February at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, Subsea 2012 provides the ideal forum for all involved in the subsea market, boasting an impressive conference programme featuring a large number of industry speakers and an exhibition that will play host to stands and demonstrations from companies from throughout the sector.
Subsea UK has been holding the event annually since 2004, with each occasion proving more successful than the last, and the exhibitions and conferences becoming established as the front running, largest and most dynamic and anticipated industry events each year.
According to the latest figures, this year’s event looks set to be just as successful. Aimed at addressing the current topics and themes facing the subsea sector, the overall theme of this year’s event is ‘reaching further, going deeper’, addressing the fact that as the subsea industry continues to be at the forefront of E&P development in new frontiers, going further and deeper than ever before, the subsea sector must continue its lead in R&D in order to maintain its market share. Those attending the conference in Aberdeen will be presented with an excellent opportunity to explore these challenges, discuss best practices and debate how the industry can achieve its goals.
Commencing on the morning of the 8th February this year’s conference will cover a range of ideas including offshore renewables, the latest developments in subsea and marine construction, global subsea markets, new technology, safety performance and future skills. Industry speakers on the first day include Paul Jones, head of subsea at Chevron, Chris Bird, technical director at Centrica Energy Upstream, Luc Riviere of Total and Andrew Reid of Douglas-Westwood, who will be covering topics such as Building Subsea Capability, Delivering World Class Projects and the Challenges Ahead, Oil Field Developments – Long Tie Back Concepts and Subsea Hardware Market to 2015 respectively. Alongside this will be a range of parallel sessions, again featuring industry speakers and covering a myriad of relevant themes and discussion topics.
Running alongside the conferences and seminars is the exhibition, which is always a highlight of the Subsea UK events. Covering a considerable amount of floor space and with expected visitors numbering around 3000, the exhibition promises to be an exciting event with a great atmosphere as companies from the global industry showcase innovative technologies and services that will contribute to the future of the subsea industry. The current list of exhibitors reads as a veritable who’s who of the subsea industry and includes companies such as AGR Seabed Intervention, Ansys, Aquatec Group, BP, BPP-TECH, Deepwater EU, Technip DUCO, Framo Engineering, Fugro Subsea Services, JDR Cable Systems, Kongsberg Maritime, Oceaneering and The Underwater Centre.
As well as looking to future developments, Subsea 2012 provides an excellent forum to reward some of the more successful businesses that have helped fuel the growth of the subsea sector. Subsea UK has already unveiled the shortlisted finalists for the Subsea 2012 Business Awards, which will take place at the accompanying dinner evening on the 8th February.
At the dinner, which is sponsored by Forum Energy Technologies and SETS Ltd, more than 700 leaders of companies representing the full spectrum of the UK’s capability in subsea will find out the eventual winners from a variety of categories. Shortlisted finalists thus far are:Subsea Company of the Year Award – sponsored by Brewin Dolphin
Young Emerging Talent Award – sponsored by Maxwell Drummond
- Marin Subsea
- Vector International
Innovation & Technology Award – sponsored by Simmons & Co International
- Sadie Jo Koller, AGR Seabed Intervention
- Robert Eddon, Soil Machine Dynamics
- Darren Brown, First Subsea
Global Exports Award – supported by Scottish Enterprise
- Wellstream International
- WFS Technologies
The New Enterprise Award – sponsored by Technip UK
- Specialist Subsea Services
- Bowtech Products
Subsea Safety Leadership Award – Sponsored by Stork Technical Services
- Specialist Subsea Services
- Expro Group
- The Underwater Centre
The Outstanding Contribution to the Subsea Industry Award - sponsored by Subsea UK - will be revealed and presented on the night.
From this small insight it is clear that, as usual, this year’s Subsea UK event is the must-attend occasion for everyone involved in the subsea industry. Whether visitors wish to take a look at the latest technologies and developments at the exhibition or be involved in discussions, debates and seminars during the conference programme, Subsea UK offers one of the most comprehensive overviews of the modern subsea industry and reinforces the excellent and market leading position of the UK’s subsea industry.Subsea 2012
Subsea 2012 runs from the 8th to the 9th of February at the Aberdeen Conference
and Exhibition Centre.
For further information please visit: www.subsea2012.com