The Energy Industries Council (EIC), the leading trade association for UK companies that supply goods and services to the energy industries worldwide, will lead a trade delegation of 19 UK company representatives to Azerbaijan on 10-14 March.
The mission, supported by UKTI, will visit companies in the capital city of Baku with a view to establishing links and strengthening trade relationships with the Azerbaijani oil and gas industry.
The participating companies will have the opportunity to find out more about the local business environment and foster links with companies active in the market through group meetings with operators such as BP, Total and GDF Suez, and major contractors such as AMEC, KBR and CB&I.
The UK supply chain has a proven reputation for excellence, developing advanced technologies that have been refined over more than four decades of operation in the North Sea.
The EIC runs up to 16 Overseas Trade Delegations a year, giving UK companies the opportunity to explore new markets, seek out specific project opportunities and showcase their goods and services directly to key decision-makers.
Also coming up on the EIC calendar in the region are oil and gas delegations to Russia (12-17 October 2014), Kazakhstan (9-13 March 2015) and an energy delegation (Nuclear and Renewables) to Turkey on 17-21 November 2014.
UK companies have helped unlock billions of barrels of oil through project management and engineering capability; the design, manufacture and installation of advanced equipment; in conducting ground-breaking research and development; and in providing learning and skills training across the entire energy spectrum. Activity on a number of major oil and gas projects in Azerbaijan are picking up pace, offering substantial opportunities for UK companies to do business. The Caspian region’s hydrocarbon reserves are relatively untapped and located strategically for gas supply to European markets, driving growth and global interest in Azerbaijani projects across upstream, midstream and downstream sectors.
The EIC is a not-for-profit organisation with a large membership of UK-registered companies who deliver goods and services to the energy industries worldwide.
The EIC’s membership operates across the oil and gas, petrochemical, pipeline, power, nuclear and renewable industries, collectively employing over a million people and generating over £100 billion in revenues out of their UK-based operations. Based in London, the EIC has a global network of offices in Aberdeen, Billingham, Houston, Dubai and Singapore.
Companies attending the Baku mission include:
Atmos International, pipeline application software;
- BS&B Safety Systems, manufacturer of pressure relief devices;
- Control Risks, global risk consultancy;
- Foster Wheeler, engineering and construction contractor;
- Jo Bird & Co, manufacturer of lifesaving and fire safety equipment storage;
- John Bell Pipeline, distributor of piping and associated materials;
- Knowsley SK, supplier of fire safety equipment;
- Lokring Europe, manufacturer of piping joints;
- Mott MacDonald, global engineering consultancy;
- Pipe Supports, supplier of pipe supports;
- R & M Electrical, distributor of electrical equipment;
- RPV Group, stockist of valves;
- Tratos, manufacturer of electrical cables;
- Voith Turbo, manufacturer of drive and control systems; and
- NOV Wilson, distributor of pipes, fittings, flanges and valves.
Meanwhile, Energy Minister Michael Fallon is today chairing a UK Norway manufacturers’ roundtable today to boost competitiveness in securing more business in North Sea projects.
At the roundtable meeting, representatives from both the UK and Norwegian manufacturing sector will examine opportunities to work together on large offshore projects which are currently being lost to the Far East.
The Minister will attend bilateral meetings with the Norwegian Energy Minister, Mr Tord Lien, and the Norwegian Deputy Trade Minister Dilek Ayhan.
He will also meet leading energy companies at the Oslo Energy Forum, the annual oil and gas industrial leaders gathering. As well as promoting the investment opportunities available in UK energy, this meeting will help to reaffirm the strategic importance of the UK Norway energy relationship.
Norway plays a significant role in the UK’s energy mix, through gas and oil imports and investment in UK renewables. In 2012, Norway was the source of 55% of UK gas imports and 46% of oil imports, representing over one-third of our total primary energy demand.