Supply chain encouraged to showcase capabilities at offshore decommissioning conference

Roger Esson, chief executive of Decom North Sea
Roger Esson, chief executive of Decom North Sea

Joint organisers of the 2016 Offshore Decommissioning Conference, Decom North Sea and Oil & Gas UK, are calling on supply chain companies with decommissioning capabilities to showcase their services and products in a poster exhibition at the event.

The conference is sponsored by Aberdeen Harbour Board and takes place at the Fairmont Hotel in St Andrews on November 14 to 16.

With the aim of raising awareness of the breadth of the services, technology and expertise available in the UK market, the conference will display the posters in the Supply Chain Excellence session in support of this year’s conference theme: “The Way Forward – Delivering Decommissioning”.

Poster submissions are being invited on a wide range of topics: Performance and continual improvement; Cost Effectiveness; Safe Working Practice; Novel and Innovative Technologies; Novel Contracting Strategies/Commercial Models; Collaboration; Early Contractor Engagement and Wider Contractor Engagement.

Steven Alexander, managing director of SFF Services Ltd has first-hand experience of the benefits this poster session could bring to those who exhibit: “As providers of marine services to the offshore industry, we exhibited a poster of our decommissioning capabilities at last year’s Conference.

"By doing so, we struck up a relationship with fellow-exhibitor, Kongsberg, and have since undertaken a successful joint trial, bringing our vessels and marine knowledge together with a Kongsberg AUV.”

Roger Esson, chief executive of Decom North Sea, adds: “Based upon feedback regarding last year’s previous poster session, this opportunity to showcase expertise in poster format has been greatly appreciated by the industry.

“Not only does this session allow them to make direct contact with operators, it also provides the opportunity to understand the work undertaken by fellow members. The experience of SFF Services Ltd and Kongsberg illustrates that this has the potential to foster the collaborative, knowledge-sharing relationships that are central to a successful decommissioning industry.”

Oil & Gas UK’s upstream policy director, Mike Tholen, said: “It is vital to support the UK supply chain in developing an efficient and competitive capability so that when decommissioning is carried out it is done in the most cost-effective and environmentally responsible way.

"Through developing a UK decommissioning delivery capability now we have the potential to drive competitive advantage and scope for exporting expertise in the future.”

Entries should be made in the form of a 200-word summary to jdunbar@decomnorthsea.com by October 24. Please contact the same address for further information on poster submissions, which will be reviewed and selected by the Conference committee steering group.

Offshore Decommissioning Conference 2016 is expected to be a sell-out. For further information and to register for a place on this conference, please visit www.offshoredecommissioningconference.co.uk

The event is open to both members and non-members of DNS and Oil & Gas UK.