Speaker Lineup Unveiled for Subsea 08

An impressive lineup of heavy-weight speakers from multi-national energy companies and SMEs to academia will take to the stand at Subsea UK's annual flagship event, Subsea 08, this month.

Tom Botts, executive vice-president Europe, Shell International will open the conference which kicks off on 13 February at Aberdeen's Exhibition and Conference Centre and this year focuses on the sector's future.

David Cairns, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State to the Scotland Office, will formally open this year's Subsea 08 exhibition on 14 February at the AECC, Aberdeen.

David has a keen interest in the oil and gas sector and is a member of the oil and gas industries PILOT project. He is aware of the importance of the industry to the economy of the UK and is a regular visitor to oil and gas industry exhibitions including Offshore Europe and ONS. He also attended the launch of the UK Energy Technology Marketing Strategy with Lord Jones the Minister of State for Trade and Investment, in Glasgow in December 2007.

David will deliver the opening address at this year's Subsea event and will then tour the exhibition and meet exhibiting companies.

The speaker lineup also includes Keith Williams BP, Robin Davies Subsea 7, Peter Blake Chevron, Tom Erik Dahl Aker Kvaerner, Eammon McGennis Helix.

Subsea 08 is being sponsored by E. ON Ruhrgas and will, for the first time, run over two days instead of the usual one to meet demand from the industry.

Established in 2004 by industry body, Subsea UK, the event has become Europe's largest single event focusing on the rapidly growing subsea sector.

Subsea UK chief executive David Pridden said: "This is a great line-up of industry speakers and we are confident of delivering a thought-provoking conference which will be examining and debating what the future holds and how potential changes in the market could impact on businesses."

The exhibition is a true showcase of British innovation and technology. Over 90 exhibitors will be displaying their latest products and services throughout the two days with over 1,000 visitors from the UK and abroad expected to attend. UKTI will also be bringing key supply chain decision makers to the event from Brazil, Mexico, the United States, India and Nigeria as part of an inward mission.

The conference entitled, A View to the Future, is being sponsored by CSL. Managing director Mark Gillespie said: "CSL is delighted to be sponsoring the conference for the second year in succession as it continues to attract local and international speakers of an exceptionally high caliber and an audience from across the broad subsea spectrum.

"Like many other companies in the subsea sector, CSL is experiencing significant international growth, and Subsea 08 is a great platform for sharing knowledge and gaining a better understanding of how to maximize opportunities and create a sustainable future for the subsea industry, both in the UK and overseas."

On the evening of the 13th, the sector will celebrate its success with an awards ceremony at a dinner sponsored by Acergy. The Subsea 08 Business Awards will recognize the hard work of both organizations and individuals involved in all aspects of the subsea industry. The categories are Subsea Company of the Year, Best Newcomer to the Subsea Industry, Best Young Personality of the Year and Greatest Individual Contribution to the Subsea Industry.