Organisers of Subsea Expo 2022 are urging members of the industry to set their calendars for one of its first post-pandemic international events.
The three-day event will go ahead at the P&J Live in Aberdeen from February 22 next year after the 2021 showcase was called off due to Covid.
It will be themed on “Harnessing Opportunities in the Blue Economy”, which is estimated to be worth $3trillion by 2030.
The programme, put together by industry body Subsea UK, will include key debates on net zero, carbon capture and storage (CCS), hydrogen and smart innovation.
A call for papers has been issued with a deadline of October 29.
CEO Neil Gordon said: “Against the backdrop of a global pandemic and the acceleration of the race to net-zero, our future looks very different now than it did at the start of last year. If the recent disruption has taught us anything, it’s that we must continue to evolve and adapt to meet the challenges and capitalise on the opportunities.
“Subsea Expo provides an excellent platform for finding out more about mature and emerging markets and for making connections that can lead to cross-sector collaborations which will be key to developing solutions to the challenge in both the blue economy and the energy transition.”
Ensuring the UK’s ability to capitalise on the Blue Economy will be a driving force behind the new Global Underwater Hub (GUH), backed with £13m from the UK and Scottish Governments, due to open in the Autumn.
Mr Gordon added: “The GUH will be fully operational when Subsea Expo comes around and this will provide companies with market intelligence and insight to develop clear routes, helping them to make the right decisions about growing their business.
“As a new organisation with greater resources, we’ll be able to support more underwater businesses in getting after the opportunities in the blue economy.”