Subsea experts share N. Sea knowledge with Mexico’s national oil company in Aberdeen fact-finding visit

Pemex visitors enjoy a visit to a subsea supplier.  (Photo: Ross Johnston/Newsline Media)
Pemex visitors enjoy a visit to a subsea supplier on a typically sunny day in Aberdeen. (Photo: Ross Johnston, Newsline Media)

Senior staff from Mexico’s national oil company, Pemex, have visited Aberdeen on a subsea fact-finding mission.

The mission provided a comprehensive overview of the sector, covering how technology has evolved over the years to meet the demands of exploration and production companies as they move to harsher and more complex environments in order to recover the world’s oil and gas reserves.

Organised in partnership with the Department of International Trade, the five-day subsea learning event included site visits to some of the sector’s most innovative companies, including Hydrasun, Wood Group, BP and ROVOP.

The delegation experienced what it’s like to operate a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), learnt about diving operations and toured a number of subsea manufacturing plants.

They also gained an insight into the subsea industry from a UK perspective and as a global sector, looking at how subsea fields are developed, and how subsea systems are designed, installed, operated and decommissioned around the world.

A Subsea UK spokesman said: “The Pemex visit to Aberdeen to see first-hand some of the ground breaking technologies and innovations that created the subsea sector centre of excellence is an important development opportunity for the sector.

“Mexico has the potential to be one of the fastest-growing oil and gas provinces in the world and this visit to Aberdeen builds on the already close ties between our two countries. With Mexico’s energy ambitions and the UK’s wealth of experience, there are huge opportunities for collaboration.

 “The 2013 Energy Reform in Mexico’s oil and gas industry introduced some big changes as it opened its doors to international companies for the first time. This fact-finding mission has allowed us to showcase the UK’s subsea industry and demonstrate why the UK leads the way around the world in subsea technology and expertise.

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