OE & Me stories

  • Sir Ian Wood GBE

    Offshore Europe is a chance to find out what the implications of any changes in the industry will have on your business. This year Sir Ian urges the industry not to cut back on sales and marketing during a downturn and sees Offshore Europe as the ultimate opportunity to gain insight on both home and international markets. The event could be the turning point to get the industry back into a healthier period of investment over the next five to ten years.

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    Steve Swindell, Operations Director, Xodus Group

    SPE Offshore Europe inspires fond memories of Xodus Group’s beginning in 2005 when it was a launch pad for the new company. Xodus believes it continues to be an extremely important event for Aberdeen’s business community. Decommissioning projects are significant for Xodus and Steve is looking forward to the introduction of the new decommissioning zone.

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    Liz Davis-Smith, UK Business and Communications Manager, OPITO

    SPE Offshore Europe has been a central platform for OPITO’s flagship Energise Your Future event since 2009. The event allows OPITO to connect with the next generation of talent across a wide range of international companies and will continue to do so for many years to come.

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  • Hari Vamadevan, Head of UK Oil and Gas, DNV GL

    As the technical advisor to the oil and gas industry, DNV GL is a long-standing exhibitor at SPE Offshore Europe. It’s considered a vital event for the company to connect with current and new customers and showcase its capabilities to advance the safety and sustainability of business and the wider industry, both locally and globally.

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    Zoe Ogilvie, Director, BIG Partnership

    BIG has had a presence at SPE Offshore Europe since 2001 and Zoe has seen first-hand how local businesses have benefited since the late 80s. SPE Offshore Europe offers a multitude of unrivalled marketing opportunities including meeting the world oil and gas media. BIG clients attend to promote new services, technologies and to network across the supply chain.

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    Patrick O'Brien, Chief Executive, ITF

    ITF’s Chief Executive Patrick O’Brien has been attending SPE Offshore Europe since the 1990s when the North Sea was pioneering floating production and subsea systems. This year, ITF is one of the programme organisers of  the decommissioning zone and Paddy is looking forward to seeing you there.

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  • Jim Craig, CEO, Ampelmann

    Jim Craig, CEO of Ampelmann, a global leader in Walk to Work solutions, believes that SPE Offshore Europe is the main place to be for companies working in all areas of the North Sea.  He believes that the North Sea has a great future and Ampelmann will play a big part in it.   The company is exhibiting at OE2017 and using the event to showcase new products, meet clients, build profile and convey successes.

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    Jim Milne CBE, Chairman and Managing Director, Balmoral Group

    The Balmoral Group is a long-standing exhibitor and supporter of SPE Offshore Europe – the company’s ‘home exhibition’.  Jim Milne CBE, Chairman and Managing Director, appreciates the benefits that the show, one of the largest in the world, brings to the North-east economy as well as to businesses taking part.  He believes it provides the perfect environment to make contacts from around the world and ‘work hard but have fun while you’re doing it’. 

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    Erik Means, editor-in-chief, Upstream

    Upstream is an award-winning global oil and gas newspaper website with round-the-clock news coverage.  Editor-in-chief, Erik Means, has been reporting from SPE Offshore Europe since the late 1980s. He sees the event as an important gathering place for industry, particularly for the North Sea sector which attracts massive investment, even in down years.  Erik and his team will be reporting from the show again this year, covering stories as the break throughout the week.

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  • Troy Stewart, Global Service Manager, ABB

    SPE Offshore Europe is one of the most important global oil and gas events for ABB, a pioneering digital technologies provider. Troy Stewart believes it to be a motivational forum to stimulate action from the discussions. ABB will share news on the latest technology trends, the benefits of big data and collaboration, and will demonstrate how digitalisation can fast-track a more sustainable future for the sector. Troy Stewart will be moderating the keynote session: Benefits of adopting best practice from other industries.

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    Eric Doyle, Managing Director, Pipetech

    2017 has been an action-packed year for Pipetech, the independent pipe and process cleaning solutions specialist. It has appointed a new leadership team, secured several contracts and developed a novel Deep Water Cleaning System. Eric Doyle has been attending SPE Offshore Europe for more than 15 years and is looking forward to promoting the company’s ambitious growth plans to expand its global subsea and well capabilities.

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    Jenny Laing, Leader of Aberdeen City Council

    Aberdeen comes alive during SPE Offshore Europe. While taking advantage of business opportunities at the show and learning about the latest technologies and innovations, Jenny Laing is urging international delegates and visitors to experience and enjoy the sights, sounds and warm welcome that the city and surrounding areas is proud to offer.

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  • Paul de Leeuw, Director of Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Oil and Gas Institute

    Since SPE Offshore Europe 2015, the oil and industry has been through an unprecedented overhaul to survive the impact of the downturn. Paul de Leeuw believes this year’s event is a chance to come together, share the lessons learned and find solutions to the challenges ahead as the industry looks to become stronger, smarter and work more collaboratively in the future.

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    David Rennie, Head of Energy, Oil & Gas, Scottish Enterprise

    Hosted by Scottish Enterprise, the Scotland Pavilion will be the lively showground for local companies introducing and promoting their supply chain capabilities during SPE Offshore Europe. The organisation believes the event will strongly reflect the growing optimism, progress and opportunities returning to the sector.

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