Offshore Europe ‘biggest yet’

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Aberdeen City and Shire will once again host a wealth of local organisations and businesses on its eye-catching pavilion at Offshore Europe 2011.

This year’s Offshore Europe oil and gas conference and exhibition runs from September 6 to 8 at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, and will be the biggest show in the event’s history.

Over 1,500 exhibiting companies on 800 stands will be represented at the show, which covers an area of more than 43,500sq m – a 9% increase on Offshore Europe 2009.

Themed ‘Securing Safe, Smart Sustainable Supply’ the conference programme has key sessions on oil spill response and prevention; operating models; ageing infrastructure; reducing carbon emissions; national oil companies (NOC) international expansion and engagement.

Organisers are expecting major international delegations from Brazil, Nigeria and Kazakhstan among others.

Although the conference will be a day shorter than in 2009 in support of the Walker Cup golf event, indications show attendance is likely to be similar, with more than 45,000 visitors expected.

The Aberdeen City and Shire pavilion is situated in hall two at stand no 2C20 and will host 26 local companies and organisations, creating a vital business environment for the region.

This year, Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council are delighted to be working in partnership with key sponsors Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Future (ACSEF), Eastern Airways, the Federation of Small Businesses, and the Aberdeen City and Shire Hotels Association.

Lord Provost of Aberdeen Peter Stephen said: “Offshore Europe really is a unique opportunity to show the pride we have in our part in the story of North Sea oil, the innovation that exists in the region and the quality of life that makes Aberdeen a great place to invest, live and work.

“Offshore Europe is our window on the world, as the North Sea and the needs of the energy industry change, so must Aberdeen.

“We are at an interesting stage in the life of the UKCS and our city is looking at its own future within this new context.”

Aberdeen City Council Enterprise, Planning and Infrastructure Committee Convener, Councillor Kate Dean, said: “Aberdeen City Council is delighted to be working in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council hosting a large pavilion at the 2011 Offshore Europe Exhibition and Conference.

“Our Economic and Business Development Service has set out to identify opportunities for our local businesses and people that will develop goods and services that are world class and have a global reach.”

Provost of Aberdeenshire Bill Howatson said: “Aberdeenshire is well-known in the industry for hosting the largest concentration of subsea engineering expertise in Europe, and has been recognised for offering the best quality of life for residents. Offshore Europe is the perfect platform to share the energy, enthusiasm and innovation that exists in this part of Scotland.

“I hope our international guests will take the opportunity to explore Aberdeen City and Shire during their visit. We can certainly assure them of a warm welcome.”

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee Cllr Peter Argyle said: “Offshore Europe 2011 provides a fantastic opportunity to build on Aberdeen City and Shire’s reputation as a global leader in the oil and gas industry.

“With many exciting developments moving forward across the area, now is an excellent time to be looking to the future with a great deal of positivity.”

The Aberdeen City and Shire pavilion will host a number of activities during the conference, including networking opportunities for invited guests.

The launch of Aberdeen 1st and a discussion on the development opportunities in Peterhead, a key location within the Energetica corridor, are some of the key events taking place in the upstairs ACSEF business lounge.

Updates will also be provided on Scottish and Southern Energy’s plans for carbon capture and storage at Peterhead Power Station, ene rgy engineering research being undertaken by the University of Aberdeen, and progress within Energetica.

The University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University will be represented on the pavilion along with 20 other organisations based in Aberdeen City and Shire. They are:

Roustabout Energy International; RiserTec Limited; Mooring Systems Ltd; Hiretech Ltd; HRH Geology; Darcy; Aberdeen Journals Ltd; LA Recruitment Ltd; MandOS; Fifth Dimension; ABChoices Ltd – Offshore Resilience; Advanced Coating Initiative (ACI); Entiér; Alchemy Oilfield Services Ltd; Optima; Aerospace & Marine International; Thorpe Molloy Recruitment Ltd; Babcock; AMT Intercargo Ltd, and NCS Survey Ltd.

Visitors to the pavilion will also be able to pick up copies of the new Aberdeen City and Shire Business Guide, which contains over 2,300 companies listings.

Offshore Europe 2011 features 28 international pavilions, and new for this year are Brazil, Greenland, Finland, Malaysia and Australia Northern Territories. The Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection will also be exhibiting for the first time.

The exhibition also features the largest ever number of operating company exhibitors, including BP, Shell, Exxon, Total, BG, Maersk, Chevron, DONG, Centrica,Statoil, GDF Suez, Petrobras, and Petronas.