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Offshore Europe 2013 Looks to Next 50 Years

A record number of attendees explores an expanded exhibition space as more than 1,500 companies exhibited at the SPE Offshore Europe 2013 conference in Aberdeen in September.

SPE Offshore Europe (OE) hailed the first 5 decades of the North Sea oil and gas industry by looking forward to the next 50 years. It was a fitting theme for the biennial conference and exhibition held 3–6 September in Aberdeen as OE marked its 40th anniversary, a reminder of how the event has helped to shape the industry’s perspective almost from the first days of North Sea oil.

A plenary and 11 keynote sessions and the presentation of more than 100 technical papers and ePosters highlighted the conference, which also featured daily breakfast briefings and topical luncheons.

However, the event had a somber note. On 23 August, four offshore oil workers lost their lives when a helicopter flying them from their rig crashed off the Shetland Islands. Many of the presenters and speakers, including the Princess Royal, paid tribute to the four people and acknowledged the risks inherent in working offshore and the industry’s strong continuing commitment to safety.

Conference Chairman Malcolm Webb, chief executive of Oil & Gas UK, said that the United Kingdom oil and gas industry is the country’s greatest industrial success story in more than a hundred years and this year’s event served to underline that fact. “At the biggest Offshore Europe ever, we’ve addressed the key themes that will require industry focus to sustain activity in the UK Continental Shelf,” he said. “None of these is more important than safety.”

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Offshore Europe 2013 Looks to Next 50 Years

Joel Parshall, JPT Features Editor

01 November 2013

Volume: 65 | Issue: 11

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