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‘New perspectives’ as Subsea Expo 2020 looks beyond oil and gas

Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK at Subsea Expo 2019
Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK at Subsea Expo 2019

Next year’s Subsea Expo will be focussed on new opportunities across the underwater industry, “not just oil and gas and renewables”.

Heading into its 15th year, the flagship European conference will be themed on “New Perspectives” to exploit existing and emerging opportunities.

The event, organised by Subsea UK, is expected to be the largest ever when it takes place from February 11- 13 at the new P&J Live venue, allowing the show to grow by more than a third.

Chief executive Neil Gordon said: “This year’s theme is to encourage exhibitors and delegates to view the industry through a new lens and take a fresh approach to all our vertical markets.

“This starts with seeing ourselves not only as subsea in oil and gas, but as the underwater engineering industry, working across oil and gas, renewables, oceanology, defence and emerging sectors such as aquaculture and deep-sea mining.”

The event will assess the role of the industry amid the energy transition while also looking at how new technology can advance growth.

Organisers said it comes after Subsea Expo 2019 proved the largest to date, with 6,500 visitors.

Subsea UK has now opened a call for speakers for the 2020 conference, featuring an opening plenary and parallel technical sessions.

Mr Gordon added: “We must rise to the challenges of the net zero emissions and digitalisation to ensure a successful, sustainable and profitable future for our ingenious and world-leading supply chain.

“Next year’s Subsea Expo comes at a turning point for the oil and gas industry in terms of the energy transition, and we want to have high level conversations about how the underwater industry plays its part in the energy transition and how we become digital leaders and not followers.”

Abstracts are being invited on seven topics; Engineering Projects in the 21st Century, Underwater Robotic Technology, Subsea Tiebacks, Subsea Systems, Pipelines and Risers, Late Life Management and the Subsea Supply Chain of the Future.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, 11 October 2019.

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