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Oil and gas industry gears up for Offshore Europe 2019

By Staff Reporter

As the global climate change debate heats up and the oil and gas industry embraces a more digitalised and sustainable role in the energy transition, leaders and innovators from across the energy mix will unite at SPE Offshore Europe 2019 in Aberdeen.

Over four days, from September 3 to 6, top-level speakers, leading academics and technology transformers will converge at the new £333 million P&J Live event complex. Under the theme: Breakthrough to excellence – our licence to operate, delegates will listen, learn and be part of discussions to tackle the industry’s current challenges and promote future opportunities.

Conference chairman Michael Borrell, Total’s senior vice-president, North Sea and Russia, and SPE president Sami Alnuaim from Saudi Aramco, are expected to welcome more than 35,000 visitors and 900 exhibitors to the free-to-attend biennial exhibition and conference.

“We have a truly world-class selection of speakers at this year’s SPE Offshore Europe conference,” Mr Borrell said.

“As well as leaders from the oil and gas industry, we also have senior international figures from the climate change debate. This will allow us to have a really high-quality discussion about our licence to operate and the future of energy.”

The executive keynote address will be delivered by Patrick Pouyanné, president and chief executive officer 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 and infrastructure, will form the opening plenary panel alongside Christiana Figueres, former UNFCCC executive secretary and convener of mission 2020.

Keynote sessions include energy transition, artificial intelligence and the transformation of the workforce, as well as decommissioning and late life, underwater innovation, transformative technologies to lower the carbon footprint, digital security, integrated technologies, digitalisation, standardisation and finance.

Visitors will have the opportunity to engage directly with technical experts from more than 900 companies on the exhibition floor, and attend various technical sessions.

Alongside the main event, SPE Offshore Europe is partnering with the Financial Times to host a one-day finance-focused conference.

Sir Ian Wood will give the opening keynote address, taking to the stage with senior leaders from operators including BP, Equinor, Neptune Energy, Repsol and Siccar Point as well as representatives from the international energy industry, investment banks and advisers.

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