SUBSEA UK will have offshore renewables squarely in its sights at its new Subsea Europe conference in London, to be staged on October 30. This is aside from its main market – offshore oil&gas.
Outgoing CEO David Pridden told Energy: “This London event, focused on the European and West African markets, will enable us to communicate our messages to a more diverse audience, such as the marine and renewable industries and the financial markets.
“It’s about time that we got to grips with the UK’s offshore wind and marine renewables businesses. With the third round of offshore wind now on the table – which will include the deeper waters of places like Dogger Bank – and the Government targets, combined with a renewed focus on security of supply, offshore renewables is finally beginning to face the challenges that the offshore oil&gas industry overcame 20 years ago.
“Offshore renewables is still a cottage industry. It will remain so unless we find a way of bringing in the expertise that has been developed over the last 30-40 years in the North Sea and gear up the scale and, consequently, generation output of the devices we are putting offshore.”
In that regard, Pridden chimed 100% with the aim of the highly successful All-Energy conference series staged in Aberdeen annually and which is the largest and most influential event of its kind currently staged in Britain.
However, the bulk of the agenda at Subsea Europe is clearly devoted to oil&gas, as is to be expected.
The line-up includes Roland Festor, MD at Total E&P UK; Malcolm Webb, CEO of Oil & Gas UK; Rune Juliussen, head of research, Pareto; Paul Tooms, head of subsea discipline at BP, and Steve Robertson, assistant director, Douglas-Westwood. Looking ahead across the wider front will be Jonathan Porritt, founding director of Forum for the Future.