Following the innovation wave

Published:  23 August, 2019

SPE Offshore Europe Preview

SPE Offshore Europe is recognised by offshore E&P professionals as Europe’s leading E&P event. Attending will ensure you are up to date with the most significant technologies and are able to connect with a global network of 36,000+ attendees.

SPE Offshore Europe 2019 will take place from 3-6 September at the new £333million P&J Live, under the theme: ‘Breakthrough to Excellence – Our licence to operate’. Visitors will be able to engage directly with technical experts from more than 900+ suppliers on the exhibition floor, from international market leaders to new technology companies, to source and compare effective solutions.

Expand your technical knowledge with exceptional insight and best practice in the industry’s largest free to-attend Conference. Produced in association with SPE, four days of cutting-edge content will ensure you and your company stay informed and competitive.

New venue

P&J Live is Scotland's brand new, state-of-the-art events venue, and the new home of SPE Offshore Europe from this year. The new venue project is delivered by Aberdeen City Council in partnership with Henry Boot Developments and includes a new 12,500 capacity arena, 48.000 sqm of exhibition space and conferencing for up to 5000, as well as two on-site hotels with 350 bedrooms and a further 150 rooms coming shortly after opening. The venue is also extremely environmentally friendly boasting its own energy centre, which will use local renewable resources and advanced technologies to produce an energy eco-system.

 Keynote Programme

Artificial intelligence, energy diversification and the transformation of the workforce will be among the major talking points at the show. Senior international industry figures will co-chair the keynote sessions, which also include late life and decommissioning, underwater innovation, transformative technologies to lower the carbon footprint, digital security, integrated technologies, digitalisation, standardisation and finance.

Michael Borrell, SPE Offshore Europe 2019 conference chair & senior vice president, North Sea and Russia at Total, said: “Our committee is full of international oil and gas industry leaders and they have developed an excellent programme which gets to the heart of the main opportunities and challenges facing the region.”

 Plenary Speakers

Industry heavyweights will be joined by an internationally recognised leader on global climate change at the opening session at the event. The executive keynote address will be delivered by Patrick Pouyanné, president & CEO of Total. Wael Sawan, Shell’s upstream director; Doug Pferdehirt, TechnipFMC CEO; Karl Johnny Hersvik CEO of AkerBP and Hinda Gharbi, Schlumberger’s executive vice president reservoir & infrastructure will form the opening plenary panel, alongside Christiana Figueres, former UNFCCC executive secretary and Convenor of Mission 2020.

Energy Transition Hub

A new Energy Transition Hub will debut at this year’s event, with exhibition and conference space dedicated to the evolution of the oil & gas industry to a low carbon future. ABB, Aker Solutions, BHGE, BP, National Oilwell Varco, the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), Oil & Gas UK (OGUK), Total, Wood and Worley are partners in the hub.

Senior international industry figures will co-chair the keynote sessions which also includes decommissioning and late life, underwater innovation, transformative technologies to lower the carbon footprint, digital security, integrated technologies, digitalisation, standardisation and finance. The conference programme includes a three parallel stream technical conference with 75 technical papers and 12 keynote sessions.

For the first time, SPE Offshore Europe is partnering with the Financial Times on the one-day FT Oil & Gas Finance and Investment Forum which is exploring the role of finance in the industry. Sir Ian Wood will give the opening keynote on 4 September, taking to the stage with senior leaders from operators including BP, Equinor, Lundin Petroleum, Neptune Energy, Repsol and Siccar Point as well as representatives from the International Energy Industry (IEA), investment banks and advisers.

The first StartUp Village, organised by OGTC and social enterprise, Elevator, is sold-out with 60 start-up companies rotating every day on 16 pods. TechX has organised the theatre content which will consist of pitch battles between the start-up exhibitors.

After a successful introduction two years ago, the 2019 event will include an expanded Decommissioning Zone to include late life with a conference programme organised by Decomm North Sea, the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Society for Underwater Technology (SUT), Subsea UK and Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC).

An ENGenious Zone is being incorporated into the show after the success of the inaugural event in Aberdeen in 2018.

New exhibition director

Simon Marshall was recently appointed as exhibition director for SPE Offshore Europe ahead of this year’s event. He will oversee the strategic direction of the exhibition as it evolves in-line with the energy transition to a low carbon future. Marshall joins from ITE Group plc where he was head of oil & gas for events focused on Russia and Central Asia. He has worked in the energy sector for more than 10 years, starting his career at Platts before launching investor summits for international energy ministries in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. He was the project and commercial lead for the World Energy Congress 2016 in Istanbul and has recently completed an MBA in International Oil & Gas Management at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) in Dundee.

 Exhibitor taster

A short representative example of some of the many key exhibitors at the event are as follows:


Aroplus is part of the DP Group which specialises in equipment for Compressed Air Filtering, Air Starters and Air Operated Pumps. The Group is a leading supplier of Diaphragm Pumps in the Europe and is a distributor for most major brands. Aroplus’s newly located Dyce office is focusing on stock of repair kits for Diaphragm Pumps, and AODD Pumps and Air Starters for immediate supply, with back up from our £multimillion stock base in Stoke on Trent. Aroplus also stocks the DropOut range of water separators. These separators are claimed to require no maintenance or spares, making them ideal for where dry air is critical.

The British Valve & Actuator Association

Formed in 1939, the British Valve & Actuator Association (BVAA) – a not-for-profit organisation – is the voice of the British valve industry, while delivering business opportunities for its members. Member companies belong to the only organisation that represents 200 British valve companies covering all the main sectors in the UK valve industry; namely manufacturers, distributors, repairers and suppliers of valves, actuators and related products and services. Membership of the BVAA gives companies a voice in shaping the industry’s future and a measurable return on investment, including business networks, new business opportunities, industry-recognised and CPD-Certified training, in-house customer events, business support services and technical expertise. This service package is only available via engagement with the BVAA. At Offshore Europe, BVAA will be promoting members’ services to valve-industry stakeholders, reminding members and non-members about the Association’s extensive range of support services and also promoting the training courses that BVAA regularly runs in the Aberdeen area.

Helipebs Controls

Helipebs Controls – an entirely British-owned company celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year – is a leading authority in cylinder and valve engineering technology. Helipebs offers a complete supply, design and manufacturing resource for today’s demanding hydraulic and pneumatic technology applications. Whether the need is to meet an existing component specification or to design a custom application solution, Helipebs combines the right level of engineering expertise with industry knowledge to offer a total in-house product capability – fast, accurate and quality-controlled. Helipebs customers worldwide have discovered there is no substitute for experience, and no need to compromise.


HellermannTyton is a manufacturer and supplier of quality products for fastening, fixing, identifying and protecting cables – with extensive experience in advising and supplying the E&P sector and wider oil & gas industry. With this being its first time exhibiting at Offshore Europe, visitors will be able to see the breadth of innovation and applications in the company’s portfolio which contains over 80,000 products. Among the products on the company’s stand will be its radio-frequency identification (RFID) range. From protecting valuable assets to protecting lives, RFID has many different industrial applications. In the oil & gas sector, everything from asset management to ensuring testing is up to date on safety equipment can be done with RFID. HellermannTyton’s heat shrinkable tubing range will also be on display.

Hydratight and Enerpac

Bolting joint integrity assurance and online pipeline repair are the themes for services and training specialist Hydratight, an Enerpac brand, at Offshore Europe 2019. In addition to featuring the latest developments in its IDMS (Integrity Data Management System) bolting software, the Hydratight stand will include details of ECITB Mechanical Joint Integrity and with On-Site Machining training. As part of its combined product and service offering for offshore operators, hydraulic tool specialist Enerpac is also presenting its range of high-performance bolting torque wrenches, hydraulic cylinders, pumps and subsea tensioning tools for subsea and topside projects. New tools on the stand will include pipeline flange alignment, spreading and cutting tools, and new LG-Series Lock Grip Pullers.


KTR UK will be exhibiting a range of ATEX- and API-certified couplings for pump & compressor applications across the oil & gas sector, alongside a range of high hydraulic components for HPU builds – including bellhousings, damping elements, level gauges and more. Visitors will also get a chance to view the company’s on- and off-line oil air blast coolers, available in both ATEX and marine versions. KTR has been manufacturing high quality products for over 60 years. Stop by to see some of the company’s latest offerings, including the Rotex SH split hub coupling, which is claimed to be able to save time and money by reducing downtime by over half.

Lee Products

At Offshore Europe 2019, Lee Products will be launching the 12th edition of the new Lee Technical Hydraulic Handbook, which now contains all of the latest products. The company will also be exhibiting its range of miniature high-pressure hydraulic components comprising Lee Plugs, restrictors, check valves, relief valves, shuttle valves, flow controls, filter screens and piloting solenoid valves. Three recently introduced products continue to find new applications in the oil tool industry: The miniature solenoid valves are setting new standards in reducing space, weight and power consumption. These new valves incorporate the patented Lee Multiseal which eliminates the need for O rings, thus reducing machining and radically simplifying port layout by allowing two ports to be sealed on the same centreline. In addition to the familiar Lee Plug, a range of threaded plugs is available called AFO (Axial Force Only) plugs. AFO plugs are designed to be both removable and reusable and are ideally suited for offshore oil industry applications where a leak-tight, high pressure, high temperature seal is required. The plugs are available in sizes from .190 to .750" with UNF threads and a range made from MP35N to comply with NACE standard MRO175 is also available. A further development of the AFO plug now incorporates an O ring for additional sealing, thus providing dual sealing. This plug is primarily designed to safely vent high pressure gas or oil from a tool. Details will also be available of a similar new NACE-compliant AFO plug with dual back up rings which can withstand much higher pressures in the open condition and can thus be used for pressure equalisation functions, typically found in Blow Out Preventers and other devices.

MP Filtri

MP Filtri will be showcasing a wide range of contamination monitoring and hydraulic filtration products designed for the offshore oil & gas sector. The company will be putting the spotlight on its new LPA3 portable particle counter, created to deliver a comprehensive hydraulic health check in the field. Weighing in at just 10kg, the unit is perfectly portable, features a high-resolution 10.1” touchscreen display, high-speed sample times, a simple to master yet sophisticated software that ensures pro-active maintenance and live trend analysis. Measuring and displaying all major international standard formats, the LPA3 can stores up to 4000 test results and works all day on a single battery charge. Other products include: a comprehensive choice of high-pressure and stainless-steel filters, an Inline contamination monitor for hazardous zones, and new clogging indicators.


This will be the first time Nero will be showcasing its products at Offshore Europe and will be promoting the company as the sole UK distributor of Fd-Lok instrumentation fittings. FD-Lok is a manufacturer of twin ferrule compression, pipe fittings, high pressure ball valves, instrumentation fittings and various high- and low-pressure instrumentation valves. Nero products are widely used in many fluid systems for industries which include oil & gas, chemical, petrochemical, power, shipbuilding, machinery and analytical instrumentation. The appointment as the official distributors enables Nero to better serve customers with the range of products available and also the confidence in knowing Nero has the support and backing of FD-Lok.

Pall Corporation

Pall is a global designer and supplier of a wide range of filtration and separation technologies to eliminate solid and liquid contaminants from fluids including particulate filters for gas and liquid service, liquid/gas coalescers and liquid/liquid coalescers. New for 2019, the company will showcase its high-performance particulate and extended portfolio of coalescer filters, fluid cleanliness monitoring systems, rental and retrofit services and hydraulic and lube filtration. Pall’s team of filtration experts will be on stand to provide advice and solutions for your most challenging fluid related problems.

 Parker Hannifin

Parker Hannifin, the motion and control technologies solutions provider, will be demonstrating its latest products and system solutions that help drive increased productivity and profitability in the oil & gas industry at this year’s Offshore Europe. With many decades of experience and materials science expertise, Parker’s solutions are optimised for the corrosive environments and harsh conditions typical of applications within the sector. Parker offers close to 1 million products with a focus on innovation, strength, reliability, lightweight construction and cost-effectiveness being a common thread throughout the range. Among the many exhibits to be featured at Offshore Europe will be Parker’s Blowout Preventer (BOP) hose system. This technology is certified to withstand fire, heat and pressure in safety critical applications and is a vital part of exploration and drilling equipment in the very demanding oil & gas market. Optimum performance with the highest safety is the main operating criteria. BOP hoses use the highest quality compounds, such as ParLock FA35 – these are all manufactured in Europe. The assembly process of the components guarantees customers a high degree of flexibility and easy installation on site. In addition, Parker’s High Pressure Collapse Resistant (HCR) hose, specifically designed to serve the oil & gas market in subsea hydraulics, will also be on display.

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