Senior officials to open Offshore Europe

August 15, 2013

Senior representatives of the UK and Scottish governments will address the audience at Europe’s largest oil and gas conference and exhibition, SPE Offshore Europe 2013, in Aberdeen this September.

More than 1,500 companies are exhibiting at the event, which is expected to attract around 50,000 visitors.

Scotland’s First Minister, Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP, will launch th event by giving the keynote speech to industry and civic leaders at a formal dinner in Aberdeen City’s Town House on Monday, September 2. 

A senior UK Government Minister will give the opening address to the conference plenary on Tuesday, September 3.

In a keynote session later on that same day, Lord Green, the UK minister for trade and investment, will outline the strength of British exports of oilfield goods and services.

On Wednesday 4 September: 

  • UK Energy Minister, Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, will participate in a conference session on industry progress since Macondo, as will 

  • Jan Panek from the European Commission, and  

  • The Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism in Scotland, Fergus Ewing MSP, will speak at a lunchtime event entitled ‘Women in Industry’, to be attended by the Princess Royal. 

On Thursday 5 September: 

  • Sajid Javid MP, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, will speak in a Keynote Session on offshore decommissioning and 

  • Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, will address the audience on how collaboration on new technology can help to realize the North Sea’s full potential.

On Friday 6 September: 

  • Fergus Ewing MSP will speak in a special session dedicated to skills and recruitment issues facing the industry. 

Malcolm Webb, the chairman of this year’s conference and CEO of Oil & Gas UK, said: “It is very good to see senior government leaders demonstrating their support for the industry by attending and speaking at this event, the world’s largest ‘meeting of minds’ on oil and gas outside the United States. The breadth of the government involvement reflects the importance of the oil and gas sector to our energy, technology and economic future. The UK is a recognized centre of excellence in the global offshore oil and gas industry with its central hub located in and around the City of Aberdeen. Hence it is fitting, not only that this major conference and exhibition is based here, but also that it has the support and involvement of so many leading figures from industry and government.” 

Visit www.offshore-europe.co.uk/ for full details on the conference and exhibition.



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