The future is in the water

Paul Boughton

The 7th Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference will take place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, this October.

Registration for the 7th Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference has opened. On 28th and 29th October 2014 Amsterdam will again become the place to be for the international offshore community. With visitors from more than 60 different countries and demonstrable steady growth since its foundation in 2008, Offshore Energy is a must attend event for all professionals in the international offshore sector.

Taking place in the easily accessible and attractive city of Amsterdam, Offshore Energy expects to attract over 10,000 visitors from around the world. Over 500 supply chain companies will showcase their products and services. Companies such as Damen, DNV GL, Fugro, Palfinger, Bluewater Energy Services, Technip-EPG, Van Oord, Keppel Verolme, Boskalis, Ulstein, Royal IHC and Heerema have already booked their stand. More than 80 per cent of the exhibition space has already been sold.

The conference theme for this year is "The future is in the water", hinting at the increasing shift to offshore as the locus of E&P activities. The recurring technical session on North Sea exploration and production this year focuses on the changing playing field. As 'big oil' is retreating from the North Sea, more room is becoming available for smaller, independent E&P companies. The session will discuss what is being spent this year on drilling, how new players expect to deliver value and what governments of countries bordering the North Sea do to establish an attractive E&P climate.

Relevant to both the North Sea and other offshore producing regions are the sessions on offshore maintenance services and on well plugging and abandonment. Many offshore platforms in use today are exceeding their intended lifespan. For the first time, the Offshore Energy conference discusses the challenges operators face to keep the equipment running and what solutions are available to keep producing responsibly and profitably.

When the productive life of a field has definitely come to an end, a different process kicks in. Governments and regulatory agencies are informing the offshore oil and gas industry that unproductive wells must be adequately sealed to prevent potential environmental threats. In the North Sea area and Gulf of Mexico alone several thousands of wells have to be abandoned. One of the technical sessions looks at cost effective solutions for plugging and abandonment.

Subsea processing

Offshore Energy stays on top of new developments and with the session on subsea processing the conference addresses a key innovative area. Subsea processing provides an alternative to production equipment located on a fixed or floating platform. This session will discuss the latest developments in subsea processing solutions including water removal and re-injection or disposal, boosting, gas separation and gas compression.

The conference also holds three executive panels. The Industry Panel discusses issues affecting the industry as a whole and the Drilling & Dollars Panel brings together oil and gas financials.

For the second time Offshore Energy organises a Human Capital Panel, which this year focuses on leadership development and resources. The future is in the water - but harnessing offshore opportunities can only be realised by securing the future's workforce.

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Navingo BV is based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. 

Offshore West Africa 2015

Offshore West Africa returns to Nigeria on 20-22 January 2015 at The Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos.

The 19th annual conference and exhibition will provide a platform for technology exchange and new business development vital for West Africa's offshore oil and gas market.

Offshore West Africa, presented by Offshore Magazine and supported by Oil & Gas Journal, is the only conference and exhibition dedicated to the offshore oil & gas industry in the region. More than 1,500 offshore professionals and key decision makers are expected to attend the three-day event.

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