Subsea Expo

The voice of the UK subsea industry

North Sea Innovators Bound for Perth

12 December 2012

Some of the pioneering companies and technologies driving oil and gas operations in the North Sea will be on show in Perth in February, with leading UK industry organisations set to lead delegations to the Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference (AOG),

The Energy Industries Council (EIC) will bring 23 UK companies to Australia’s largest oil and gas event to showcase new products and technology and build business connections within the Australasian market.

Chief Executive of the EIC, Ian Stokes said UK oil and gas leaders could make a significant contribution to operations in Australia’s burgeoning oil and gas industry.

"The UK energy supply chain has developed advanced products and services for oil and gas operations in the challenging waters of the North Sea. UK companies have an excellent reputation for high-end engineering and innovative technologies, many of which will be on show in the UK pavilion at AOG,” said Stokes.

"The EIC’s global online energy project database, EICDataStream, is currently tracking 172 oil and gas projects across the Australasia region, with a total potential investment value of over US$432 billion. This kind of market potential underlines the importance of AOG to the UK energy supply chain and indicates why it is a hugely popular event for members.”

Subsea UK is also returning to Perth, taking its own pavilion at the exhibition to highlight the wealth of opportunities available in the global subsea market, as well as more specific opportunities in Australasia.

"AOG offers a great platform for us to demonstrate the vital role subsea organisations will play in hydrocarbon recovery in the future, particularly as we explore further offshore in deep and ultra-deep water, as well as more challenging environments like the Arctic,” said Neil Gordon, Chief Executive, Subsea UK.

"With the majority of offshore basins underexplored, many of which have untapped hydrocarbon resources, the subsea industry has a huge role to play in exploiting these reserves.”

The Subsea UK pavilion will feature industry leaders such as BPP-TECH and Bibby Offshore, while other member companies Seatronics, Forum Energy Technologies and Bowtech will be exhibiting independently.

AOG 2013 will also play host to the largest Scottish contingent to date, with 25 companies heading to Perth as part of the Scottish Development International (SDI) delegation.

SDI’s Oil & Gas Senior Executive, Alan Henderson said AOG was a platform to demonstrate a number of innovative Scottish technologies and promote Scotland’s highly skilled oil and gas engineers, who can impart their skills and knowledge and potentially meet the labour demand in Western Australia.

"Scottish companies understand the oil and gas market in Australia and are eager and willing to partner with local companies, both in technology development and export activity, in order to realise their growth ambitions,” said Henderson.

"I fully expect that our participation at AOG 2013 will help foster ongoing relationships with both companies and stakeholders in Perth, pursue opportunities to increase the number of Scottish-based businesses trading with Australia and to attract strategic investment in Scotland’s oil and gas sector.”

Bringing together more than 480 exhibitors from across 16 countries, AOG has grown to become Australia’s largest oil and gas event and the only exhibition of its kind to attract over 15,000 visitors.

AOG 2013 will give oil and gas companies an opportunity to connect with Australasia’s oil and gas industry decision makers at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 20-22 February 2013.