OE 2019: Technical sessions highlight changing focus of North Sea operations

Sept. 9, 2019

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UKSPE Offshore Europe 2019 last week attracted more than 38,000 visitors.

The show, staged for the first time at a new venue north of Aberdeen, P&J Live, featured 950 exhibitors, including 125 first-timers from small innovators to global service companies.

Michael Borrell, senior vice president North Sea and Russia at Total and Chair of SPE Offshore Europe, said: “There’s been a really noticeable positive energy at Offshore Europe this year, in the conference presentations and on the floor of the exhibition.

“We’ve had some great debates about our future, especially about the energy transition and our license to operate. I think the energy and ideas of the conference will carry on into our work in the future.”

The conference included 12 keynote sessions and 86 technical papers.

Phil Chandler, director, Europe and Caspian events at SPE, said: “Across the conference program we have heard that the oil and gas, and renewables sectors are developing and delivering strategies responding to key challenges in terms of not only the transition, but also late life and decommissioning, decarbonization, standardization, digitization, and diversity.

“Encouraging the next generation is a crucial element of Offshore Europe and, through SPE Inspire and OPITO’s Energise Your Future program the show has also provided vital opportunities for young people to visualize the options available to them as they consider a career in this exciting industry.”

Delegates attended from a total of 119 countries, with exhibitors from 37 nations on the show floor including Singapore, China, Nigeria, Guyana, and Brazil. There were also 14 international pavilions, including Canada, the USA, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, and Italy.

Analysis showed that around 16% of visitors represented independents, national and international operating companies.