A selection of the country’s most successful subsea businesses have made it on to the shortlist for the industry’s annual awards gala.
Fisher Offshore, Proserv and ROVOP are all in contention for the annual Subsea UK Awards event’s top honour, the subsea company of the year award.
Express Engineering Oil & Gas, Flowline Specialists and Tekmar Energy have been short-listed in the Global Exports Award category, while ToolTec, Ocean Installer and Cambla are vying for the New Enterprise award.
The shortlist for Simmons & Co-sponsored Innovation & Technology comprises Tracerco, Subsea Technologies and Tritech International.
Alan Muirhead from Ingen Ideas, Dale Tansley of Quick Hydraulics and John Stoddard from Proserv are short-listed for the Emerging Talent Award.
The individual who has made the most outstanding contribution to the subsea sector will be announced on the night.
More than 850 are booked to attend the awards dinner, where broadcaster and explorer Monty Halls will provide the keynote speech.
Around 6,000 delegates from across the globe are expected to attend the conference and exhibition over the three days.
Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK, said: “There have been some outstanding subsea successes in what has latterly been a challenging year for the oil and gas industry.
“British companies continue to lead the world in subsea skills and expertise and the standard of entries this year has been higher than ever, reflecting the UK’s success in this sector.
“The awards remind us just how impressive our innovation and know-how are. With intensified scrutiny on cost and value, standardisation and production optimisation, the finalists all demonstrate how they have provided innovation and added value alongside cost efficiencies to support the offshore industry in ever more challenging physical and economic environments.”
The largest-ever attendance at Subsea Expo is anticipated this year. Over 200 companies are scheduled to exhibit despite the current challenges facing the industry due to the sharp drop in oil prices.
The 2015 programme includes high-profile industry speakers delivering leadership messages at the plenary session.
The main topics to be explored are maximising global opportunities, key projects around the world, the marine renewables market, standardisation and optimisation, pipelines, ROV and inspection and technology and R&D.
Following last year’s successful extension of the conference to three days, the 2015 event will run from February 11-13, with the final day offering an opportunity to engage with the next generation of subsea engineers, project managers and technicians.
The gala event, on February 11 at the AECC, takes place on the first evening of Subsea Expo and is sponsored by Forum, Costain, Genesis and SETS.