A public-private partnership of oil, gas, and renewables supply chain companies, local government and national government enterprise quangoes have combined to hold the first Showcase Orkney event next month.
Being held on 17-18 June, this event is one of Energy North’s major promotional and informative activities as part of the Energy North Oil & Gas Taskforce.
Ian Couper, Chief Executive, Energy North – the supply chain and industry association for the North of Scotland – said: “We are delighted that BP, Dana, TAQA, Apache, and others will be amongst visiting major players from the Oil & Gas market keen to see what Orkney has to offer in supporting infrastructure and supply chain capabilities to meet the needs of the Oil & Gas industry both in the UK and beyond.
“Tours and presentations are being organised (see agenda) and there will be sufficient time for networking together with an informal dinner in Kirkwall on the night of June 17.
“Visitors will gain a valuable insight into the Infrastructure being developed in order to service the UK Oil & Gas industry in terms of ports and harbours and other facilities as well as to meet the supply chain – some of whom are already experienced and well-known in the Oil & Gas industry.”
Speakers include Cllr Steven Heddle ( Orkney Island Council), Graeme Urquhart, Group Procurement and Supply Chain Manager, Dana Petroleum), Gavin Barr, Executive director of Development and Infrastructure ,Orkney Islands Council and Glen McLellan, MD Opus. Orkney’s major benefits to the energy market include:
- Specialist and experienced Oil & Gas Contractors (incl Opus, Aquatera, Xodus, Orcades Marine, Green Marine, Roving Eye, Leask Marine, etc)
- Training and R&D facilities – Orkney College, Heriot Watt / ICIT
- Comprehensive support services – craneage, plant hire, marine services, financial and legal services
- Excellent and recently extended harbour infrastructure – 3 port strategy (Hatson, Lyness, Stromness)
- Important and relevant plans in place for developments in Scapa Flow and other sites around Orkney.
- 100 nautical miles from the West of Shetland Oil & Gas fields
The event will include a tour of the various facilities and future site development locations that bring benefits to the oil & gas industry.