Around 3,000 attendees are expected in Aberdeen this week as the Subsea Expo conference and exhibition returns, marking the first major in-person industry event for Aberdeen since the pandemic.
Organised by the newly launched Global Underwater Hub (GUH), the free, three-day event will see subsea experts and more than 110 companies from across the UK and the globe attend Aberdeen’s P&J Live from 22-24 February.
Convened under the theme of ‘Oceans of Opportunity’, discussions will focus on how the UK’s underwater industry can capitalise on the global blue economy, as the subsea market is set to grow from £50bn to £140bn by 2035.
Minister for business, trade, tourism and enterprise, Ivan McKee MSP, will give the opening address at the plenary session alongside speakers from Royal Navy, Aker Offshore Wind, the Marine Energy Council, Salmon Scotland and GUH, highlighting opportunities in the renewables, defence and aquaculture sectors.
The second day will see Minister for just transition, employment and fair work, Richard Lochhead MSP, kick off proceedings ahead of a session on energy transition, which will also feature presentations from Crondall Energy, Havfram UK, National Subsea Centre and ORION – a clean energy project based in Shetland.
More than 6,600 delegates attended the previous Subsea Expo in 2020, one of the biggest attendances in the event’s 15-year history and one of the final industry events to take place before lockdown.
GUH chief executive Neil Gordon said the organisers have seen “a great uptake” in registrations, despite the limitations on travel as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
“This reinforces the appetite from industry to come together in person, to re-establish contacts, make new connections and showcase new technology as we look towards an incredibly exciting time for the industry,” Mr Gordon said.
“Subsea Expo has always facilitated meaningful industry discussion, valuable contacts and cross-sector collaboration through information sharing. These are needed more now than ever before.”
Winners of the Subsea UK Awards will also be announced at a prestigious ceremony at P&J Live on Wednesday, February 23. These recognise the achievements of companies and individuals helping ensure the UK maintains its reputation as a global centre of excellence in subsea.
In addition, more than 100 school pupils are expected to attend Subsea Expo on February 24, as part of the first My Energy Future LIVE event, designed to showcase the opportunities a career in energy can offer.
Formerly known as Energise Your Future, My Energy Future LIVE brings together the next generation of talent and industry experts, giving pupils the chance to explore the exciting career opportunities available across the oil and gas, hydrogen, carbon capture usage and storage and offshore wind.