Subsea Expo — Conference & Events

11-13 February 2020

P&J Live, Aberdeen

Conference & Events

The Conference will discuss a wide range of subjects from 70+ experts in their field. With the theme of “New Perspectives“, exploiting the Blue Economy, energy transition and cross-sector collaboration to capitalise on emerging opportunities will all be major threads of discussion at the conference, and much more.

The outline Conference schedule is available below.

  • You are invited to register for this event from 07:30 here

    The programme will include presentations focussing on Asia, Australia, India, Brazil and Mauritania

    To date we have been informed that Commercial Officers from the following markets will be attending: Azerbaijan, Brazil, Kuwait, Mauritania, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Senegal.  They will speak about opportunities in their markets.  There will also be representatives from the CCUS, Hydrogen and Energy Efficiency Team and UK Export Finance in attendance.  You can book a 1-2-1 interview with the representatives via our website here.

    • Biography

      Blair joined SDI in Singapore in 2016. He is responsible for developing trade opportunities for Scottish companies in addition to facilitating inward investment projects into Scotland within the energy sector across SE Asia and Australia.
      Prior to this, Blair worked in Myanmar for a local energy company where he led their Business Development department. This compromised of creating an Oil & Gas services division, developing 3 Oil & Gas Production Sharing Contracts amongst other renewable energy interests.
      He began his career working in Shell as a consultant Data Manager in the UK, and as a Geologist in the Republic of Georgia working on gold mine and hydro dam projects.
      He Holds a BSc in Petroleum Geology from the University of Aberdeen and an MSc in Project Management from the Robert Gordon University.

      Blair was recognised by the UN World Energy Council in 2016 as a Future Energy Leader.

    • Biography

      Ketan Pednekar works as a Trade Specialist, Energy, Oil & Gas for Scottish Development International and is based in Mumbai. He has more than 20 years of varied experience in operations, projects and business development in Indian Energy sector. His experience includes project and operations of refinery, petroleum marketing, pipeline marketing, consulting and certification business in Indian Offshore Oil & Gas sector and is a member of SPE. He has also worked in Ports facilitating trade and development of LNG project for a port. He represents SDI in various Energy events in India and promotes Scottish companies in the Indian Energy Sector.

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      Alistair brings a wealth of experience in the international finance arena covering disciplines such as International Trade, International Cash Management and Global Custody Services. Alistair’s experience was gained throughout more than 25 years with a range of UK and Global institutions in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London.

      A short spell as an Account Manager and Senior Development Manager at Highlands and Islands Enterprise broadened Alistair’s experience working with a range of businesses in a public sector setting.

      Alistair’s role as an Export Finance Manager within UK Export Finance draws on his experience, from both the private and public sector, of financing business growth through international trade. As the UK Government’s Export Credit Agency, UKEF was established to ensure that no valid export fails for lack of finance or insurance. Alistair’s role therefore includes providing solutions to facilitate bank support for export contracts, such as contract bonds and working capital, as well as export insurance and facilitating finance for overseas buyers of UK products and services.

    • Biography

      Flavia is Business Development Manager for DIT in Brazil focused on developing contacts in the Oil & Gas and Petrochemicals sectors, conducting market researches and identifying opportunities for UK companies in these sectors. Flavia´s main role is to develop and maintain a network of contacts in both sectors in order to assist UK companies in their efforts of doing business in Brazil. Flavia has been working with the major players in Brazil in both sectors to identify their critical demands and match with the capabilities of the suppliers from the UK. Apart from that, Flavia organises events in the UK and in Brazil, and organises Trade Missions to and from the UK. Flavia has a degree in Languages (English / Portuguese) and an Executive post-graduation degree in Oil & Gas.

    • Biography

      Mohamed Mahmoud Abdellahi is DIT Country Director in Mauritania, focussed on Oil and Gas sector in the Country.

      Before joining the DIT team, Mohamed worked for Regulation Authority of Mauritania as Head of Department before entering the private sector as sales and marketing manager of a mining company.

      Mohamed Mahmoud holds a Bachelor in Electrical and Computer Engineering. In 2015, He was selected as a Chevening scholar where He studied a master degree in International Business in the UK. He is fluent in Arabic and French.

  • What the Future Holds for the Subsea Industry

    The overall theme for this year’s event is “New Perspectives”, as the road ahead for the subsea sector is not as straight forward as it has been in the past.

    The plenary session starts at 10.00am on Tuesday 11th Feb 2020 and concludes by midday where there are approximately 250 to 300 delegates in attendance.

    There will be an opening welcome from Neil Gordon, CEO, Subsea UK followed by an address from the invited keynote speaker.

    This will be followed by a market outlook presentation from industry analysts Wood Mackenzie, leading into a panel session discussion made up of leaders from Offshore Renewables, O&G, CCUS, Hydrogen and Defence focusing on: Energy Transition and Cross-Sector Collaboration.

    • Abstract

      Through a challenging few years, the subsea industry has adapted and evolved. Mhairidh will present Wood Mackenzie’s latest insights on the current and future conditions for the subsea market – both locally and globally. She will talk about the new ways of working that are important for the industry’s success, and introduce the size of the prize emerging in the offshore wind market.

      Biography

      Mhairidh leads Wood Mackenzie’s global research on the subsea market. She works with upstream operators, investors and service companies, providing expertise and strategic analysis on offshore activity, costs and supply/demand dynamics.
      Mhairidh previously spent four years as an expert in Wood Mackenzie’s North Sea research team. She joined Wood Mackenzie after six years in the subsea industry.
      At roles with Tier 1 and 2 subsea contractors, she was responsible for leading tenders, establishing Frame Agreements, and commercialising new technologies

    • Biography

      Nigel is Chief Executive of the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA), and has been in this role for 8 years. SHFCA is now recognised as one of the most proactive hydrogen & fuel cell industry associations in Europe. SHFCA has over 80 members mostly in Scotland and UK but an increasing number of members from overseas, with many overseas members now involved in Scottish project activities.

      Scotland is one of the leading locations in Europe for deployment of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell into developing low carbon energy systems. Highlights include the expanding hydrogen bus fleet in Aberdeen and the Acorn project at St Fergus, hydrogen vehicles in Fife and plans for a 100% hydrogen demonstration network, and innovative projects in the Western Isles. The Orkney Islands are widely seen as exemplar clean energy islands, and are host to an increasing portfolio of hydrogen projects with an estimated value of £65M. The Orkney projects include the FCH-JU supported BIGHIT, the H2020 supported HySeas III development of the world’s first ocean-going roll-on-roll-off hydrogen ferry, Surf ‘n’ Turf, HyDime, ITEG, ReFLEX, as well as the iconic HyFlyer and HySpirits projects.

    • Biography

      Andrew is Chief Executive of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, a technology and innovation centre supporting businesses to accelerate the design, deployment and commercialisation of renewable energy technology. The Catapult provides deep technical expertise alongside large scale plant test capabilities.

      He was previously at ScottishPower where he was responsible for energy policy and regulation in the renewables business.
      He sits on the Scottish Government’s Energy Advisory Board, is a past Chair of Renewable UK and Scottish Renewables and has led a number of reports for Government, including the Cost Reduction Task Force for Offshore Wind in 2012.

    • Biography

      As Director of Sustainability within OGUK, Michael Tholen seeks to Help the UK’s oil and gas industry manage the Energy Transition and achieve a “net-zero” carbon goal by 2050. In this role he works closely with industry to reduce their own emissions from exploration and production activities and supports the development and deployment of Carbon Capture and Storage and hydrogen to reduce the carbon impact from the use of oil and gas. His team is responsible for managing industry’s relationship with the UK, and Scottish Government and the EU on energy, carbon policy, economics and fiscal matters and he was previously head of Upstream Policy within OGUK,. He formerly worked for Shell for 20 years, in the UK and internationally, in a variety of engineering and commercial roles. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a regular commentator on the energy scene.

    • Biography

      David Wotherspoon was born in Oban, Scotland, UK and is the Head of Innovation at the UK defence Solution Centre (UKDSC) and is responsible for the identification and scoping of thematic innovation opportunities aligned with the UKDSC’s core capability pillars. After enlisting in the Corps of Royal Engineers in 1985, he trained as a mechanical engineer and military diving supervisor and saw active service in Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, and Afghanistan. David retired from the British Army and enlisted in the Australian Defence Force in January 2007, where he served as a development officer in the Special Operations Command (SOCOMD). During this period, he project-managed a number of technically challenging innovative projects in support of military operations.

      More recently, after retirement from the Australian Defence Force in 2011 (Reservist until 2014), David became the operations director and program manager for the successful DEEPSEA CHALLENGE expedition designing, manufacturing and operating a bespoke manned submersible that operated at 11000msw. Further David was the program manager for the design, manufacture and operations of the 4500m Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Subastian, a successful modular freeflying ROV that is in operations with the Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI), before joining UKDSC, David was the senior program manager at Saildrone , an Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) fleet operating in the Bering Sea and East Coast of the USA.

    • Biography

      Tim qualified as a Mechanical Engineer in 1980 from Coventry Technical College having served a Technical apprenticeship in the Automotive Industry. With more than 30 years of experience in the International Offshore Oil and Gas Industry Tim has been a strong supporter of the supply chain and has been responsible for a number of initiatives aimed at creating greater collaboration opportunities, enhanced technical delivery whilst maintaining robust commercial delivery. He has been responsible for opening a number of overseas offices bringing vital local content whilst delivering strong revenues to its parent companies.

      Tim has during his career held a variety of commercial roles specialising in Subsea engineering, construction and most notably flexible and rigid pipelines. He has held a number of senior roles, including Vice President Commercial for Technip in Houston, Managing Director of Bibby Offshore in the UK, MD of Stolt Offshore (Acergy) Group CEO at Rotech, COO of Reef Subsea and Commercial Director of Ashtead Technology.

      Tim joined Oceaneering in 2016, and now works for Boskalis Subsea Services as Global Business Development and Strategy Director. He has been involved with Subsea UK from its inception, finally joining the board in 2007 bringing a diverse knowledge of not only the UK but international Oil & Gas markets.

    • Abstract

      Traditional downline TDR testing has many well-known disadvantages, including unwieldy operation, attenuated signals and unwanted reflections, which limit their usefulness. The fast and automated C-Kore Subsea TDR tests directly into cables, which allows detection of near-end faults and tiny discontinuities. Examples of real-world data will be presented to show what is now possible.

      Biography

      Greg is General Manager of C-Kore. He has an engineering background, with a master’s in electronic engineering from York, where he graduated top of his year, and an MBA with distinction from Warwick. He has been with C-Kore since its foundation and personally developed the Cable Monitor from first prototype to production. Presently he oversees the team and makes sure C-Kore fulfils customer needs.

    • Abstract

      In 2019, Irish Sea Contractors launched AERSUB, a modular in-situ subsea power cable repair system designed to operate in up to 200m water depths to repair any type of cable while negating the need for lifting the product to the deck of a ship for repair. AERSUB opens the market for cable repairs to a broader set of vessels while improving actual repair time and reducing costs by more than 50%.

      Biography

      Alex is Commercial Director for Irish Sea Contractors and General Manager for Searchwise, a local subsidiary. Alex has been involved in the development, planning and construction of renewable energy projects since 2005 with a focus on the subsea cable industry since 2011. He has an MBA, a confused heritage and is well-known in the offshore renewables and subsea cables industry.

    • Abstract

      The oil & gas market was established long before the more recent boom in offshore wind. Whilst the downturn in oil & gas has led to a dip in the number of opportunities for work, the emergence of this new market has opened doors for many to take the skills and experience of operations within oil & gas, into offshore renewables.

      Biography

      Alister has nine years of professional experience in the subsea construction industry. This has involved providing project management & engineering solutions in renewables, power and O&G sectors.

      Projects have included export and array cable installation in offshore windfarms (both floating and fixed foundations), replacement of island interconnector cables and an umbilical installation.

    • Abstract

      A case study of the unrivalled pre-lay plough technology demonstrates its capability to operate in more challenging seabeds consisting of boulders, boulder clays and glacial tills. The simultaneous boulder clearance and single pass trenching ability of this new innovation is designed to reduce time, bring down the cost of trenching operations and deliver an earlier return on investment.

      Biography

      Before joining Global Offshore in 2018, Rob was part of the Tendering department at Subsea 7 i-Tech working on a variety of life of field and drill-rig support tenders.

      Rob also has extensive subsea burial experience working within Helix Canyon Offshore, both tendering and managing a number of subsea trenching projects in the oil and gas, renewables and electrification markets.

    • Abstract

      Synaptec invented the worlds first fully passive distributed sensor networks for MV and HV power systems. This unique technology is already deployed in transmission networks around Europe, helping operators by reducing outages, preventing or limiting asset damage, and minimizing O&M costs. The company has developed instrumentation, based on our patented technologies, that utilises existing optical fibres installed within all power cables to enhance protection, monitoring and control functions for distributed HV and MV assets which are often remote and inaccessible. This means we can monitor every power cable, every termination and every bay in the substation for at least 50% less space, weight and cost while delivering faster, safer and more secure response to faults.

      This unique technology is smaller, faster, longer range, completely passive, and lower cost both to install and to maintain compared with any existing instrumentation technology. One system can aggregate measurements from 50 separate locations up to 100 KM away literally at the speed of light, meaning that for the first time, every individual array cable,  export cable, and every turbine can now be electrically protected, monitored and controlled individually and remotely.

      We are able to combine protection and metering class measurements of Voltage, Current, Temperature, Strain and Vibration of ANY HV or MV conductor simultaneously from any offshore location. This results in faster automated cable fault location and response, as well as improved export cable health monitoring, power quality, and dynamic line rating in real time. Applications now being developed include remote control, and data correlation with other distributed measurement systems to predict and prevent in-service cable faults, characterise and locate electrical faults, and simplify offshore substation electrical schemes to reduce space and cost of energy generation offshore in the hundreds of millions of pounds.

       

      Synaptec recently deployed its first offshore wind farm demonstrator at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult’s Levenmouth windfarm, with support from InnovateUK.

      Biography

      Saul has 28 years of global sales and marketing leadership experience, launching disruptive new hardware, software and telecoms technologies like Bluetooth, Skype, and now DES (Distributed Electrical Sensor) networks. These networks are already delivering capital and operational cost savings of £millions to transmission operators and will benefit offshore wind over five timescales;

      Simplified busbar protection to make substations smaller during the design phase

      Improved commissioning to remedy installation faults whilst contractors are still on site

      Automating response to array cable faults to reduce outage time, risk and asset damage

      Combining real-time electrical and mechanical sensing to optimise asset use safely

      Asset life extension by predictive maintenance in one holistic asset monitoring system combing DES with other distributed sensing technologies, sold as a service for the first time.

    • Biography

      Ian MacLeod is the Wood Technical Director for Asset Performance Optimisation.  He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the IMechE.

      He has 19 years experience in integrity related services, and has previously held Technical Manager roles for an Accredited Inspection Body, and is a member of the industrial leadership panel on the ORCA (Offshore Robotics for Certification of Assets) project.

      Much of his experience and background is in the subsea arena, with a particular specialist knowledge in flexible pipe technology where he has also been the technical lead / author on the SureFlex JIP and Energy Institute Guidance.

    • Abstract

      An overview of Ashtead Technology’s views and work on permanent monitoring and data management applications. The presentation highlights examples of configurations that target specific requirements. It also shares with delegates Ashtead’s vision of the future in monitoring of subsea assets and the integration of real-world data with modelling methods to inform decisions.

      Biography

      Brett has more than 20 years experience across the oil and gas industry having worked in various technical and engineering roles for companies including Expro Group and Woodside Offshore Petroleum. Prior to joining Ashtead Technology in 2016, Brett was the CEO of HCS Control Systems.

    • Abstract

      The developments under EU H2020 funded project “RiserSure” towards a semi-automated system for in-situ inspection of flexible risers will be discussed.

      Biography

      Aman is a research fellow with London South Bank Innovation Centre (LSBIC) at TWI. She had been technical lead for Risersure Scanner development. She has extensive industrial experience on design & development of realtime control systems for mechatronic systems. Her interests include development of technologies for deployable autonomous robotic systems for various industries including oil & gas.

    • Abstract

      Subsea inspection is a critical step in managing the integrity of offshore assets. With many assets operating considerably beyond their design life, IRM (Inspection, Repair and Maintenance) is a challenge that all operators face.

      Hear from leading subsea robotics specialists, ROVOP, who have supported IRM activities in both the renewables and oil and gas sectors since the company was founded in 2011.

      ROVOP will present on the current status of subsea inspection, the primary challenges faced by operators and duty holders and look at what the future may hold for subsea inspection:

      • Will autonomous vehicles and remote working ever completely replace offshore inspection personnel?
      • Does the nature of IRM activities mean that there will always be a requirement for trained inspection personnel to be deployed offshore?
      • What does this mean for operators and service providers?

      Biography

      Andy began his career in digital imaging in 1996 before spending 5 years as Project Manager with a national digitisation charity (SCRAN).

      Andy completed his MSc in Electronic Information Management in 2007 whilst working in a technology and knowledge management role with the Robert Gordon University.

      In 2008 Andy moved to the oil and gas industry, initially within a knowledge management role with Subsea 7, but quickly transferring to inspection where he worked his way up from inspection technologist to inspection coordinator, running inspection campaigns both onshore and offshore with divers and ROVs.

      Since then, Andy has worked with Bibby Offshore, Harkand and M2 Subsea running inspection departments, before joining ROVOP in late 2019 to establish an inspection capability and service delivery function.

       

      Dan started his career in 2003, with CP services provider Subspection and has worked in Subsea Inspection throughout the world since then. With 13 years offshore experience, he worked on a variety of diver and ROV projects, managing numerous inspection scopes for execution contractors and client operators, in both oil/gas and renewables sectors.

      Moving to a fully onshore role in January 2016, he became the head of the Inspection department at Bibby Offshore (now Rever) in Aberdeen, delivering both pipeline and structural inspection services for a variety of operators. He has now moved to ROVOP, to help develop their inspection services offering.

    • Abstract

      TSC have developed a new Over Marine Growth (OMG) subsea array probe capable of inspecting through coatings of up to 8mm. The probe is optimised to work in a range of geometries allowing inspection of welds in acute angles and on flat plates. The objective is to significantly reduce the cleaning requirement for ACFM inspection whist maintaining detection sensitivity for small defects.

      Biography

      Mike has been working with TSC since 2016 developing robotic tooling for subsea ACFM inspection projects. He is deployed all over the world on offshore jobs to conduct remote inspection of nodal joints by ROV. Prior to working at TSC he designed Formula race cars and studied at Swansea University where he obtained Masters and PhD degrees in Engineering.

    • Abstract

      The historical process of inspecting a subsea asset is no longer fit for purpose. We need a robust and holistic approach to inspection that will give us more data from which to make clearer, safer decisions and make more accurate measurements. As such 3D reconstructions of underwater assets is currently a hot topic; and the Comex ORUS3D system is at the cutting edge of this technology.

      Biography

      Jonathan Morvan, Comex Innovation Business Developer has over 10 years’ experience in the underwater industry as he joined Comex in 2008. Starting as a surveyor, ROV pilot and professional diver, he quickly became a project manager on numerous projects. He is now in charge of the wordwide business development of the ORUS3D system services provided by the Comex Innovation team of experts.

    • Abstract

      This presentation will provide user accounts of how the system is performing in its current state and the next steps on the roadmap to commercial deployment. The talk will also cover the next stages of the programme, which will include detail on the further development of the ROV launch and recovery capability.

      Biography

      Responsible for bringing L3Harris’ Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) solutions to market for survey and offshore energy applications. James has over 10 years’ experience in business development and project management, drawing on core engineering skills and experience from a range of other industries.

    • Abstract

      With the aid of HD cameras, the ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) and the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) have greatly accelerated our ability to make 3D inspections of previously inaccessible environments.

      Biography

      Arnauld Dumont is a surveyor expert engineer and has been working for more than twenty-five years in the field of 3D measurement by Photogrammetry and Laser Technologies in various industries (Oil & Gas, Nuclear, Aerospace, Civil Engineering).
      He founded DimEye in Los Angeles back in 2009 with the goal of focusing on applications into inaccessible environments.

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      Unlock marginal and stranded reserves in deep or shallow waters, far away from existing infrastructure.

      This solution provides a re-deployable subsea storage and export system in combination with either a Mobile Offshore Production Unit (MOPU), a fixed platform or a minimal floating facility. Integrated into a single system, this encompasses all necessary components to reduce both CAPEX and OPEX.

      Biography

      Kristian has a degree in Structural Engineering from Oslo Metropolitan University, and prior to that he received a diploma in Shipping. Kristian has 15 years in the industry, with the last 8 years working with Subsea Production Systems. Kristian is currently serving as a Commercial Operations Manager within the Subsea Products branch of NOV.

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