North subSea operators upbeat despite current oil price gloom


Neil Gordon
Neil Gordon

Last week’s Subsea Expo was a record-breaking event with almost 9,000 recorded visits by 6,500 registered delegates in Aberdeen. Europe’s largest annual subsea exhibition and conference  broke all records this year with a 23% increase in attendees and 200 exhibitors.

Organiser Neil Gordon said: “The UK subsea market, worth almost £9 billion, has demonstrated its resilience, pioneering spirit and desire to work together to ensure that we have a strong future in the North Sea.

“The innovation and technology on show at the exhibition underlined why our supply chain is envied around the world and the interest from overseas visitors emphasised our unparalleled expertise.”

Graeme Lamont, business development manager, DNV GL Oil & Gas UK, said: “The industry can recover, and the event showed there’s a real determination to ride out the current crisis through cohesive innovation and collaboration.”

Duncan Duthie, Director, ATR Group’s UES division, said:  “Innovative technology has really been at the heart of this year’s Subsea Expo. We have relished the opportunity to exhibit and engage with the industry at such a challenging time. In hard times when our sector gets more competitive, events like this one are a brilliant opportunity for companies like us to showcase the variety of services we offer and the quality of delivery we give to our clients, which keeps us ahead of our competitors.”

Steve Ham, General Manager, The Underwater Centre, said: “One theme coming out is the willingness of companies to collaborate to produce an effective service, and that is a theme that will become even more important for us as companies pursue cost-effective solutions.”

Alasdair Cowie, Managing Director, Cortez Subsea, said: “Some very frank and honest discussions have taken place over the past few days that we think reflect how committed the subsea sector is to tackling the challenges facing the north sea oil and gas industry.

David Kerr, Managing Director, Harkand, commented: “The atmosphere this year despite the downturn was extremely positive, and the consistent message throughout the show was that the subsea industry recognises the need for efficiencies to ensure we are always delivering added value to our customers, and striving forward with new technology, services and equipment fundamental to that objective.”

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