ST Conference PreviewOffshore Energy 2013
Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference addresses the technical, operational and commercial challenges associated with growth in the offshore energy sector. To be held October 15 and 16 at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, this two-day event includes an exhibition where an expected 500 supply-chain companies will showcase their products and services. The accompanying conference will cover key topics and solutions for the offshore community.
Offshore Energy is the fastest-growing gathering of offshore industry professionals in Europe. Founded in 2008, it has broken attendance records year after year. The 2012 edition attracted 7,632 visitors from 45 countries. The number of exhibitors, visitors and conference delegates is expected to be even higher in 2013. More than 8,500 visitors, more than 900 delegates, and exhibitors, visitors and conference delegates from more than 50 countries are expected. There will be 15,000 square meters of exhibition space.
Attendees of Offshore Energy will be able to meet new customers and partners, as well as strengthen relationships with existing clients. They can also explore best practices and new developments. Whether attendees are interested in doing business in Europe, looking for European partners or promoting their global presence, Offshore Energy will help prepare them for the future.
Securing our energy future is the crosscutting theme of this year's conference. From developing innovative solutions to extend the lifetime of a gas field on the North Sea to the design of a new offshore wind access system, and from new drillships to tests with tidal energy generators, working in the offshore oil, gas and energy industry ultimately means contributing to global security of energy supplies.
The two-day conference program offers a full slate of C-level panels, technical sessions and side events, and will feature an international faculty of expert speakers. Confirmed speakers include representatives of Fugro (Leidschendam, Netherlands) and Wood Mackenzie (Edinburgh, Scotland).
Conference sessions will focus on three themes: North Sea exploration and production, next-frontier exploration and production projects, and marine renewable energy. For the first time, Offshore Energy will feature a session on East Africa. Fugro and International SOS (London, England) have confirmed their participation in the session.
Other technical session topics include: advances in wave and tidal energy, state-of-the-art vessels for the offshore industry and developments in diverless subsea interventions.
Building on the success of last year's inaugural industry panel, Offshore Energy will again offer a panel discussion bringing together C-level representatives in upstream oil and gas. Moderated by John Andrews, a consultant editor of The Economist, the panel discussion this year will focus on the future structure of and business strategies for the offshore industry, the increasing complexity and how decision makers up and down the value chain can deal with that growing complexity.
For more conference information, visit www.offshore-energy.biz/conference.
Offshore Wind Installation and Maintenance
The fourth edition of Offshore Wind Installation and Maintenance (OWIM2013) will take place on Wednesday, October 16 at the Amsterdam RAI, simultaneously with Offshore Energy. Conference topics include managing and reducing interface risks in contracting, and cost reductions in installation and operations. Confirmed speakers include representatives of Fred. Olsen United AS (Oslo, Norway), Green Giraffe Energy Bankers (Paris, France) and DNV (Høvik, Norway).
Previous OWIM conferences have brought together hundreds of offshore wind professionals and have featured speakers such as Andrew Garrad of GL Garrad Hassan (Bristol, England), Kaj Lindvig of A2SEA (Hamburg, Germany), Pieter Tavenier of Eneco (Rotterdam, Netherlands) and presentations by Vattenfall AB (Stockholm, Sweden), Typhoon Offshore (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Van Oord (Rotterdam), Ballast Nedam N.V. (Nieuwegein, Netherlands) and other prominent offshore wind supply chain companies.
Theo de Lange, business development manager of Van Oord Offshore Wind Projects bv (Gorinchem, Netherlands) will return as session chair. Ernst van Zuijlen, director of the Far and Large Offshore Wind program (FLOW) for the Dutch coast, has also confirmed as session chair for 2013.
Holding OWIM2013 at Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference should lead to mutual benefits for all participants involved. Participants in Offshore Energy have an easy way to hear news of the latest developments in offshore wind. Conversely, OWIM delegates will have the opportunity to combine their conference participation with a visit to the Offshore Energy exhibition.