SPE Offshore Europe unveils 2013 Chairman

14 Mar 2012

The Offshore Europe Partnership is delighted to announce that Malcolm Webb, Chief Executive of industry trade association Oil & Gas UK, has accepted the role of Chairman for SPE Offshore Europe 2013. SPE Offshore Europe is the largest upstream oil and gas event outside North America, and is held every two years in Europe’s energy capital of Aberdeen. Mr Webb is a widely respected and influential industry figure both in the UK and internationally, and has been Chief Executive at Oil & Gas UK since 2004. He has also played a direct role in guiding previous Offshore Europe events as a regular member of its Executive Committee.

He commented: “I am honoured to have been appointed chairman for SPE Offshore Europe 2013. This is an event where the offshore oil and gas industry’s engineers and technical specialists, along with its business leaders and government, come together to share their views, knowledge and expertise. Such a gathering will have particular importance against the backdrop of the challenges presented by the prevailing global economic climate.

“Challenges drive innovation. The offshore oil and gas industry has a deserved international reputation for excellence in engineering, manufacturing and technology allowing it to operate successfully in the mature basin of the UKCS and to export its expertise. This industry’s story is an inspiring one that needs to be shared with the next generation so that we can continue to have an industry that is dynamic, diverse and dedicated to maintaining a long-term sustainable future.”

Details on the free-to-attend conference, its overall theme and plenary, panel and technical programme sessions will be revealed later this year. Supporting the 2013 conference content will be a full programme of Topical Lunches and Breakfast Briefings.

Industry & governmental experience to contribute to Offshore Europe programme

Alain Labastie, Co-Chairman of The Offshore Europe Partnership and SPE Past President, said: “We are delighted to announce Malcolm Webb as Chairman of the 40th SPE Offshore Europe. With his vast industry and governmental experience as well as previous involvement in the event itself Malcolm is well placed to build upon on the firm foundations of the show to develop a programme of key interest and relevance to the E&P industry today.”

Justin Tadman, Managing Director of Reed Exhibitions and Co-Chairman of the Offshore Europe Partnership, said: “I welcome Mr Webb as Chairman of the SPE Offshore Europe Executive Committee for 2013. We saw exceptional growth both in the exhibition and global attendance in 2011, and introduced brand new features such as the Deep Water Zone that proved to be an outstanding success. We shall be building upon that for next year to continue to provide an unrivalled platform for the industry to meet, discuss and debate the latest issues. I am sure Mr Webb will bring his extensive industry and governmental experience to contribute to a dynamic, topical and forward-looking conference programme”.

Mr Webb was appointed Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK (then called UKOOA) in 2004, and has led the organisation through major change to make it the leading trade association for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. He is a member of PILOT, the UK Government/Industry forum which aims to secure the long-term future of the UK upstream industry. Mr Webb is also a member of the Scottish Government’s Energy Advisory Board, chairman of Common Data Access Limited (the body which facilitates access to UK geo-technical data) and a director of OPITO Strategic Limited, the industry’s skills body. Mr Webb began his oil industry career as a lawyer in 1974 and went on to work in a series of senior management roles in the international upstream and downstream oil and gas industry.

At SPE Offshore Europe 2011 there were more than 1,500 exhibiting companies and pavillions representing countries including Brazil, United States, China, Nigeria, Norway, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Austria, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Germany, France, Flanders/Belgium, the Northern Territories of Australia, Finland, Greenland and Malaysia. Major oil and gas operating companies also took part, including Shell, BP, Petrobras, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Statoil, Saudi Aramco, GDF Suez, Centrica, BG Group, DONG, Maersk, Cepsa, ENI, Petronas Carigali, Premier Oil, TAQA, Total, Addax Petroleum and INPEX.

The event is organised by The Offshore Europe Partnership, a joint venture between Reed Exhibitions Ltd. and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. SPE Offshore Europe will be held at the AECC venue from 3rd-6th September 2013. Visit www.offshore-europe.co.uk for further information.

SPE Offshore Europe fact file

  • The last conference and exhibition in 2011 achieved an all-time attendance record (31,579 unique attendees, ABC-audited) and saw the largest ever exhibition area, covering a net area of 25,288 square metres (nearly 10% bigger than in 2009). [‘Unique attendees’ - individuals who are counted only once, although visiting on more than one day.] The cumulative figure for total attendance, which counts those visiting and revisiting on more than one occasion, was 48,575, including exhibitors.
  • View ‘OETV’ interviews & broadcasts online. Just look for the OETV logo on our website. • A full biography for Malcolm Webb, including a photograph, can be downloaded via the Oil & Gas UK website (www.oilandgasuk.co.uk)

Notes For Editors:

Reed Exhibitions is the world's leading organiser of exhibitions and conferences. Reed events are held in 38 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organised by 33 fully staffed offices. (See www.reedexpo.com for more details)

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a not-for-profit professional association whose members are engaged in energy resources development and production. SPE serves more than 97,000 members from 118 countries worldwide. See www.spe.org for more details)

For further Press & Media information please contact:

Tricia Marshall
Media & PR Officer, SPE Offshore Europe
Email: offshoreeurope@triogroup.uk.com

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