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Biggest ever Subsea Expo dives into the ‘blue economy’

Neil Gordon
Neil Gordon

Subsea Expo 2020, set to be the biggest in the event’s 15-year history, has today announced its programme of speakers for the conference which will see 70 industry professionals take to the stage at P&J Live on 11-13 February 2020.

The three-day exhibition and conference, Subsea UK’s flagship annual event, with the theme of “New Perspectives” will focus on exploiting the Blue Economy, the energy transition and cross-sector collaboration to capitalise on emerging opportunities.

More than 6,000 people from the subsea supply chain are expected to attend the event with visitors from Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa and the Middle-east. Almost 200 exhibitors will be showcasing the latest technology and services from across the whole subsea supply chain.

The opening plenary session, chaired by Subsea UK chief executive, Neil Gordon will feature experts from a range of sectors including renewables, carbon capture and storage, hydrogen, defence and oil and gas. Mhairidh Evans, principal analyst upstream supply chain research for Wood Mackenzie will provide insights on the subsea market both locally and globally.  This will be followed by a panel discussion on the energy transition and cross-sector collaboration with Andrew Jamieson, CEO of ORE Catapult, Nigel Holmes, CEO of the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association and Mike Tholen, sustainability director of Oil & Gas UK.

The conference sessions will cover a variety of topics including; cables, inspections, marginal developments, innovation and late life extension with presentations from Wood, Shell, National Oilwell Varco, the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre, i-Tech 7, Xodus Group, Cellula Robotics and Ashtead Technology.

Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK, said: “The subsea industry which operates in offshore oil, gas and wind, renewables, marine science, defence, subsea mining and aquaculture, is uniquely placed to be at the forefront of the energy transition and to exploit the Blue Economy. We have the knowledge, the technology and the expertise to devise the solutions that will enable new projects from wave and tidal to carbon capture and storage.

“But we must be bold and brave in approaching these new markets, embracing new ways of working, new technology and digital applications. Our oil and gas heritage serves us well but it’s no longer the only path open to us and that’s why we’ve taken the theme of “New Perspectives” for Subsea Expo this year.

“As we move deeper into alternative markets, we need lateral thinking, a new narrative and ways of applying our subsea expertise to capitalise on the rich resources from our oceans. Our undoubted ingenuity will be a key enabler of the Blue Economy.”

Sponsors of Subsea Expo 2020 include Baker Hughes, Subsea 7, Viewport3, Boskalis, Simmons Energy, SMD, Viper Innovations and the Oil & Gas Authority.

Entrance to the exhibition and conference is free of charge. Pre-registration is recommended via the website –

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