Letter from the Conference Co-Chairs
The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the 2018 Oilfield Corrosion Programme Committee would like to invite you to submit your paper proposals for the eighth SPE International Oilfield Corrosion Conference and Exhibition, which will take place on 18-19 June in Aberdeen.
Despite tentative signs of recovery, the Oil & Gas industry continues to undergo a painful adjustment to tough economic conditions, as companies look to consolidate and build upon the cost efficiency gains that followed the collapse of the oil price. While producing assets and life extension projects will continue to provide operational and maintenance opportunities, the business has also seen an unprecedented number of mergers and acquisitions, with companies readjusting to an unpredictable market and aligning their complementary products and services to offer a more integrated and broader portfolio of solutions that increase innovation, improve execution and reduce costs. At the same time, decommissioning activities have shown exceptional growth and are forecast to accelerate further in the future.
The wide spectrum of requirements for effective corrosion management throughout an asset’s lifecycle presents both familiar and new challenges to be addressed. To this end, the 2018 theme for the conference is Asset Integrity Management in an Age of Uncertainty. The committee invites technical papers around this theme from industry professionals and academics worldwide.
Following the success of the 2012, 2014 and 2016 events, the conference format will offer a combination of formal paper presentations and workshops. The morning sessions will allow for the presentation of new projects, technologies, challenges, and issues, while the afternoon discussion sessions will give attendees the opportunity to debate and review a range of key industry topics.
The event programme will allow for ample meeting and networking opportunities for all participants, including at the official conference dinner and the exhibition, which will be open on all conference days. Attendees typically include academics and industry experts, as well as professionals in operator and service companies.
During the conference, poster sessions will support the presentation of research work and technical project summaries, aimed in particular at graduate and postgraduate activities and junior industry professionals. Posters will be judged during the conference, with the best one being awarded the poster prize during the wrap-up session. SPE is also pleased to be able to offer corrosion management training courses in conjunction with the conference.
The committee cordially invites you to the 2018 SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Oilfield Corrosion and looks forward to seeing you in Aberdeen.
Eugenia Marinou, Lloyd's Register
Valdir de Souza, Independent