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Investing in the future of energy

Published:  27 August, 2015

During Offshore Energy 2015 in October at Amsterdam RAI, the main focus will be what the future of the industry will look like. And especially how the latest developments and opportunities can be improved upon efficiently. ODEE reports.

2015 will be the eighth consecutive year for the Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference (OEEC), this year on 13 and 14 October and again in Amsterdam RAI. For two days more than 13,500 visitors and 650 exhibitors from over 80 different countries will look at issues surrounding the developments and changes in the gas, oil and energy industry. A mix of business leaders, buyers, investors, engineers, and other interested parties within the offshore energy sector will get the opportunity to meet each other in four large halls of the Amsterdam RAI, totalling an area of approximately 23,000 m². The recent developments in the offshore industry also deserve a range of programmes dedicated to shedding light on those subjects. “During Offshore Energy 2015, we want to update the industry on the various possibilities and innovations available”, says Femke Perlot-Hoogeveen, Offshore Energy conference manager. “This is also the reason that we have chosen the theme Investing in the future of energy”.

This year, for example, the development of new and alternative energy sources will again be explored, which could lead to great corporate opportunities. Marine energy, for instance, offers many possibilities worldwide to produce substantial amounts of renewable energy. These developments and the extensive possibilities will be discussed in one of the technical sessions.

New conference themes

One of the new conference themes this year include Well Intervention vessels. The well intervention market is expected to grow, owing both to an increasing focus on lifetime extension and a general increase in operations globally. This session, presented by Dennis Vollmar, product manager offshore, Herrenknecht vertical GmbH and Nick Wessels, marketing and sales manager, Ulstein Sea of Solutions B.V, looks at well intervention vessels best practices as well as new vessel designs and their cost reducing potential.

Another new theme during Offshore Energy 2015 is Technical Data Management. Michael Nord, principal consultant, The Fifth Business and Matthias Hartung, vice president Technical Data, Shell will examine how technical data management can lead to better informed business decisions in oil and gas, with a particular focus on offshore.

Back on the agenda is Subsea processing. It provides an alternative to production equipment located on a fixed or floating platform. This particular session will discuss the latest developments in subsea processing solutions including water removal and re-injection or disposal, boosting, gas separation and gas compression. Experts will present the viability of subsea processing for both green fields and brown fields.

The conference programme will be completed by subjects such as HTHP drilling, export control and sanctions in oil & gas, Supply Chain Optimisation and Decommissioning. Next to the Technical Sessions, OEEC offers three special Keynotes where panels from the industry discuss human resources challenges, oil and gas financials, and the industry as a whole. These Keynotes are free to attend.

Growing popularity

Since the first in 2008 the Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference (OEEC) has experienced tremendous growth annually. Because of this continuing popularity it has grown into one of the leading international events on all facets of offshore energy, located in four large halls in the RAI and including a conference which hold approximately 100 speakers, divided into 20 programmes. A large group of national and international industry professionals will present themselves in Amsterdam, which result in a growing interest amongst exhibitors and conference speakers.

The event provides an important platform to offshore companies, which gives them the opportunity to show what they have to offer to a highly international audience. Plus, networking in an environment where the major industry players are present is increasingly necessary, now that the offshore sector is faced with uncertainty.

Conference Advisory Board

For the first time OEEC has established a special Conference Advisory Board. This new advisory body is composed of a diverse group of offshore professionals who have at least ten years work experience in the offshore industry. Professionals who have a unique knowledge about how the industry works, and the possible developments. The Conference Advisory Board assists the OEEC organisation in identifying the key challenges and issues in the offshore sector. This way, the best master classes, panels, and technical sessions can be offered, and the program will be streamlined with present developments.

This year’s Conference Advisory Board consists of: Ralph Dazert, Analist, Netherlands Maritime Technology; Pascal Ferier, Director, Enersea B.V.; Joop Slager, New Ventures Manager, Wintershall Noordzee B.V.; Ruud Liem, Business Development Manager, IRO; Robert Plat, Principal Consultant Offshore, Royal IHC; Jan Prins, Director Business Development , Siemens; John Spee, Project Manager, Development Company Holland North; Guido van den Bos, Regional VP Operations Europe and Sub Saharan Africa, NOV; Nick Waterdrinker, Partner, Energising Business Group; Gert Jan Windhorst, Deputy Secretary General, NOGEPA; and Eric van Ewijk, Asset Manager, EBN. The intention is that the Conference Advisory Board members will serve for no more than two years, ensuring a regular breath of fresh air to guarantee high quality.

Guido van den Bos from NOV is looking forward to participating in the Advisory Board. His motives are clear: “I want to be an integral part of a dynamic group of experienced industry colleagues.” He has high expectations for his first year on the Board: “I expect, together with the Board, to lift the conference to an even higher level by suggesting current topics and difficulties in the industry, and to provide an effective, safe, and cost efficient solution.”

Joop Slager of Wintershall Noordzee is also happy that he can share his experience and expertise through the Advisory Board: “I am quite critical, and I think I can play a role in improving the technical content of the programme.” The new ventures manager set a number of goals he wants to achieve as a member of the board: “I want the right people at the right places, and I want to give substance to high-quality issues.”

Offshore WIND Conference 2015

The total worldwide installed wind capacity in 2014 was 7GW, which is expected to grow to as much as 140GW in 2040. The coming years will see the realisation of new projects in many new locations. Last year 35% percentage of companies attending Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference were working in the offshore wind industry.

To allow parties to obtain information on several levels of offshore energy, the annual Offshore WIND Conference (OWC) will take place a day prior to Offshore Energy 2015 at Amsterdam RAI, on Monday October 12th. The theme of year’s sixth annual Offshore WIND Conference is “Building an industry without borders”. A theme that hopes to not only exceed international borders, but also break down the barriers in legislation as well as mental barriers, discovering how people can promote the growth of the industry.

History teaches us that the oil, gas, and energy industry has always shown great resilience. Oil prices have rarely been stable for long periods of time, and it is remarkable how the industry has maintained its ability to adapt to changes and developments. In the meantime organizations must continue to focus on improvements on efficiency, strategy and operations and whether to block or divert expenditure. Offshore Energy 2015 intends to tackle these issues and provide clear answers.

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