North East businesses represented at Aberdeen energy event

SPE Offshore Europe 2013 got underway yesterday and features more than 1,500 companies with visitor numbers expected to exceed 50,000 by the end of the four-day gathering

UK Energy Minister Michael Fallon
UK Energy Minister Michael Fallon

North East businesses are well represented at Europe’s largest offshore energy event taking place in Aberdeen this week.

SPE Offshore Europe 2013 got underway yesterday and features more than 1,500 companies with visitor numbers expected to exceed 50,000 by the end of the four-day gathering.

Senior representatives of the UK and Scottish governments will address delegates at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond, gave the keynote speech to industry and civic leaders at the event’s formal dinner in the Aberdeen City’s Town House on Monday evening.

Today UK Energy Minister, Michael Fallon, will participate in a conference session on industry safety and tomorrow Business Secretary Vince Cable will address the audience on how collaboration on new technology can help to realize the North Sea’s full potential.

A large delegation has headed to the conference from the North East with many regional companies taking space on the NOF Energy stand.

Joanne Leng MBE, deputy chief executive of NOF Energy said: “Offshore Europe is one of the stand-out events in the energy sector calendar and attracts thousands of industry specialists and companies from around the world.

 “NOF Energy is hosting a large stand at Offshore Europe, which we are sharing with 16 of our member companies keen to engage with industry. Successful networking is vitally important for securing new business or establishing partnerships. Being able to exhibit at such a prestigious event as Offshore Europe provides our members with an ideal platform to showcase their products and services.”

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 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.”

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