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Minister opening Subsea 09 show

Minister  opening Subsea 09 show
Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy will welcome subsea industry leaders and delegates when Subsea 09 opens in Aberdeen next month.

Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy will welcome subsea industry leaders and delegates when Subsea 09 opens in Aberdeen next month.

He is to join international speakers lined up to take part in industry body Subsea UK’s flagship event on Wednesday, February 11, and Thursday, February 12.

The keynote presentation, focusing on exploiting the potential of the North Sea, will come from Gilles Halle, developments and planning manager for business development at Total E&P UK.

Representatives of a UK Trade and Industry inward mission from Brazil, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Libya, Kazakhstan and Russia will also be in attendance and available for one-to-one sessions centred on harnessing the UK’s technology, services and expertise in other key subsea provinces around the globe.

Subsea UK chief executive, Alistair Birnie, said: “It is an honour to have Mr Murphy formally open our 2009 event and join a high-profile line-up of speakers exploring how the use of innovative technology and cross-industry collaboration is helping to exploit the potential of the UK continental shelf (UKCS) in terms of both developing new oil and gas accumulations and maximising recovery from existing fields.

“Thirty eight billion barrels of oil and gas have been extracted from beneath UK waters since production began. Recent estimates show that, while UK production is now in decline, 25billion barrels remain to be extracted – many from smaller and more technically challenging reserves.

“We need to consider different ways of exploiting these resources and look at both the experiences from other parts of the world and the emerging technologies that have been developed for deepwater or challenging field conditions in order to best exploit the potential the UKCS has to offer.”

Featuring technology and the latest innovations and services from more than 100 exhibitors, this year’s exhibition and conference is expected to attract about 2,000 delegates.

Subsea 09, which is held at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, is sponsored by Triton Group.

The Subsea UK business awards dinner, sponsored by Technip, is taking place on February 11 to recognise the hard work of organisations and individuals involved in all aspects of the industry.

Decommissioning on the UK continental shelf will be under the spotlight at an event in Aberdeen later this month.

Law firm Maclay Murray and Spens has brought together a panel of experts to explore the commercial opportunities, risks and challenges in a market forecast to be worth £20billion.

About 450 North Sea offshore structures are expected to be decommissioned over the coming years, and an increasing number of firms are looking to the decommissioning market for alternative revenue streams and long-term growth.

The free seminar, in the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, at Pitfodels, from 8.30am-11am on Wednesday, January 21, will be led by Uisdean Vass, head of the firm’s oil and gas unit.

Anyone wishing to attend should call Calley Kempson on 0131 228 7062 or e-mail events@mms.co.uk

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