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SPE Offshore Europe 2017 to embrace the challenges of the ‘new reality’

21st January 2017

SPE Offshore Europe 2017 is taking place in Aberdeen from 5th to 8th September at a time when the industry is working its way through the longest and most severe downturn in decades.

Professor Brian Cox speaking at SPE 2015
Professor Brian Cox speaking at SPE 2015

The keynote sessions will set the tone for the event which promises to embrace the topics that will shape the industry for the next ten years.

Under the central theme of ‘Embracing New Realities: Reinventing our Industry’, eleven keynote sessions will cover topics including people safety, financing, cyber and physical security, disruptive and digital technologies, learning from other industries, and automation and standardisation on supply chain costs.  Each session is being championed by a member of the conference executive committee and an authoritative line-up of inspiring speakers will be announced in early 2017.

A highly relevant new area at OE2017 will be the Decommissioning Zone which will bring together thousands of specialised technical, business and government industry professionals.

As several assets in the North Sea reach the end of their lifespan, the region is set to lead the way in decommissioning developments. Accounting for just two per cent of total UKCS expenditure in 2010, the decommissioning market is expected to grow to over 12 per cent of total expenditure in 2017.

More than 40 decommissioning technology and service providers will feature in the exhibition area and a conference theatre, sponsored by Petrofac, will host technical sessions programmed by industry associations including Decom North Sea, ITF, SUT and SPE.

Independent North Sea operator Fairfield Energy, which is in the process of decommissioning the Dunlin field, will share details of progress in a feature exhibit.  

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