Subsea Expo to turn spotlight on technology

For the first time, Subsea UK’s annual conference and exhibition, which takes place from 11 to 13 February, will provide a platform for organisations to introduce, discuss and demonstrate their latest innovations.

Subsea UK says that new technologies and how their implementation can boost or support oil and gas exploration production will be brought to the fore at this year’s Subsea Expo.

The Spotlight on Technology session that takes place during the event’s final day will provide essential updates on new ways of thinking and give insights into improved processes and efficiencies, Subsea UK says in the press release.

Chaired by Dr Gordon Drummond, project director for NSRI (National Subsea Research Initiative), the session will give a dozen companies ten minutes in the spotlight to outline their innovation and potential applications.

Selected by a panel of subsea experts, the companies being invited to present are: WITTENSTEIN, C-Kore Systems, Nautronix, PhotoSynergy,Tritech International, OneSubsea, Airborne Oil & Gas, Ocean Power Technologies, MMT UK, Aker Solutions and Matrix.

According to the press release, the presentations will cover subjects such as increasing shareholder value with subsea electric actuation systems; technical and safety advances in communications for saturation diving; and  field-proven techniques in target identification and tracking using sonar technologies

Dr Gordon Drummond said: “In the current low oil price environment, innovation and technology will be more important than ever in driving efficiencies and developing effective solutions to the challenges the industry presently faces, particularly in the North Sea. 

“We have some outstanding presentations featuring exciting breakthroughs in processes that could make a real difference to the industry in subsea buoyancy, umbilical systems, subsea sampling, pipeline inspection and safety. The session covers a wide cross section of the industry and I expect it to appeal to many people attending Subsea Expo.”

Subsea UK says that the largest ever attendance at Subsea Expo is anticipated this year and over 200 companies are scheduled to exhibit during the conference despite the current challenges facing the industry due to the sharp drop in oil prices.

The main topics to be explored are maximising global opportunities, key projects around the world, the marine renewables market, standardisation and optimisation, pipelines, ROV and inspection and technology and R&D.

Following last year’s extension of the conference to three days, the 2015 event will maintain the same format with the final day offering an opportunity to engage with the next generation of subsea engineers, project managers and technicians.

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