Senior BP man among speaker lineup for major Tyneside energy conference

The first speakers for March 2015's Energy: A Balanced Future conference have been announced

Paul Appleby, Head of Energy Economics at BP
Paul Appleby, Head of Energy Economics at BP

A senior BP executive will lead the roster of speakers for a global conference hosted on Tyneside.

Energy: A Balanced Future is being organised by NOF Energy, the business development organisation for the oil, gas, nuclear, offshore and renewables sectors.

Paul Appleby, BP’s head of Energy Economics will take to the stage on March 11 at Sage Gateshead, to lead a panel of speakers who will discuss the need for a balanced energy mix.

Mr Appleby leads the analysis of long term energy market developments for BP, and will give his views on the future of the energy sector.

He said: “The conference is a key date that is attracting decision-makers from across the sector. I am looking forward to meeting some of them to discuss the issues we are facing.

“I’ll be covering the long term outlook for global energy, focussing on oil and gas but including all the primary fuels. This will be based on our BP Energy Outlook – the next edition will be published in February, so it will be relatively fresh for this conference.”

Joining Mr Appleby in a line-up of speakers from some of the biggest names in the sector will be Jon Gluyas of Durham Energy Institute, Nigel Lees of Wood Group PSN, Brent Cheshire of Dong Energy, Keith Parker of The Nuclear Industry Association (NIA), Jeffrey Blair of the Greater Houston Partnership, Kurt Foreman of Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and NOF Energy chairman Paul Charlton.

The conference, which is supported by platinum sponsors Invest North East England and gold sponsors, Draeger, Teesside University and Arefco Special Products, will also host a large exhibition, where 70-energy related companies will showcase skills, products and services offered to the global energy sector.

Caroline Lofthouse, business development manager at NOF Energy, said: “Energy: A Balanced Future is a major influence on a vibrant sector and this is reflected in the standard of experts it is attracting.

“It means delegates will be getting the most cutting-edge opinions and guidance from the people who are shaping the future of our industry.”

To register as a delegate or to book exhibition space visit www.energyabalancedfuture.com or contact Kristie Leng on +44(0) 191 384 6464 orkleng@nofenergy.co.uk.

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