ITF members to gather at Deep Offshore Technology to set priority challenges for 2015

The Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) will host its annual members’ meeting in Aberdeen next week where global oil and gas companies will set their priorities for funding innovation.

The members’ forum will take place at the AECC on October 13th and 14th and a number of technology developers will be given a platform at the meeting to present their new innovations directly to ITF members.

ITF will also host a technology pavilion at Deep Offshore Technology (DOT) on October 14-16 in Aberdeen, which will showcase companies developing new deep water technologies.

Dr Patrick O’ Brien, CEO of ITF 1Dr Patrick O’ Brien, CEO of ITF is set to chair the North Sea Outlook plenary session at the conference.

He said:

“Our members’ forum will be attended by industry leaders from major international oil and gas operator and service companies and so it made sense to host it around DOT, which is also of great interest to the industry. We will discuss progress finding new technologies for subsea processing and subsurface imaging and our members will set the priority challenges they want to see tackled in the year ahead.

“I also look forward to chairing the North Sea Outlook plenary session at DOT, which is bound to spark interesting debate following the findings of the Wood Review and challenges facing the industry in securing remaining reserves and the opportunities for enabling technologies.”

ITF represents its membership to bring forward collaborative funding for research and development initiatives that address shared technology challenges. It has launched over 200 joint industry projects and is involved in the new Technology Leadership Board, launched recently by the UK government-industry forum PILOT.

Aberdeenshire headquartered oil and gas blockage removal company Paradigm Flow Services is one developer that will attend ITF’s members’ meeting to speak about its Chemical Sentinel technology.

Hugh Mackenzie, technical director said:   

“As a growing company with new technologies that challenge traditional methods for removing blockages offshore, it is excellent to have the opportunity to meet with ITF members who can directly benefit from our services.

“We believe in collaboration and invest heavily in research and development in response to the industry’s needs, so this is the perfect platform to highlight the results of recent operations. We will also have a stand at DOT demonstrating our portfolio of technologies.”

Viper Subsea is one of the companies that will be exhibiting on the ITF pavilion (Q05) at DOT and has benefited from funding through ITF members.

Neil Douglas, managing director of Viper Subsea Technology Ltd, said:

“ITF has facilitated the joint industry project to develop our Subsea Electrical Integrity Monitoring System (V-IR) and we will have some of the hardware on show at the ITF pavilion at DOT. We have worked with ITF closely and formed a strong relationship and we expect to attract some key players in the industry to explore this exciting piece of technology.”


Pictured is Dr Patrick O’ Brien, CEO of ITF

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