ABERDEEN, UK – SPE Offshore Europe 2021 has been moved to Feb. 1-4, although the planned conference will run virtually from Sept. 7-10, 2021.
Next year’s physical event will be staged at the P&J Live venue outside Aberdeen.
Jonathan Heastie, portfolio director – Energy & Marine at RX (Reed Exhibitions), the co-organizer with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) said: “With September rapidly approaching, many health and safety uncertainties still exist around holding major indoor events of the scale of SPE Offshore Europe.
“The Offshore Europe Partnership has consulted widely across the industry including operating and service companies, SMEs and industry organizations on options for the 2021 event. The overwhelming support is to proceed with the conference program in a virtual format in September 2021, which will facilitate timely discussion pre-COP26, and to hold the face-to-face event in February 2022.”
According to Phil Chandler, director, Europe & Caspian Events at SPE said: “The September conference will be strongly focused on the energy transition and supporting the industry’s role in delivering net zero.
“With further high-level energy transition content at the face-to-face event in February 2022, SPE Offshore Europe will straddle COP26, providing a unique learning opportunity as strategies, experiences and technologies are shared.”
The virtual conference in September will include the plenary panel, keynote and technical sessions. Next February’s live event will involve a socially distanced exhibition, a new energy transition keynote conference content, an Energy Transition Zone and Theatre, Decommissioning Theatre, a TIDE (Talent Investment & Diversity) program, and networking events.
Existing exhibition space bookings for the September 2021 event will roll over to February 2022.