Offshore Energy 2014

Mon, 15 September 2014

2014 brings the seventh edition of Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference, which will be held on 28 & 29 October 2014 at the Amsterdam RAI, the Netherlands.

Offshore Energy is claimed to be the fastest growing gathering of offshore industry professionals. Founded in 2008 with 70 exhibitors and 1,765 visitors, the exhibition has been breaking records year after year. The 6th edition of Offshore Energy on 15 & 16 October 2013 brought together some 500 exhibitors and over 8,500 visitors representing 50 nationalities.

The organisation expects that the event will continue on its path of steady growth. Offshore Energy 2014 will host between 500 and 600 exhibitors and is expected to attract over 10,000 professionals from all over the world. Both the exhibition and the extensive conference program of Offshore Energy 2014 will address the technical, operational and commercial challenges associated with industry growth.

OWIM inclusive
After experiencing mutual benefits for all participants last year, the Offshore Wind Installation and Maintenance Conference, (OWIM) will again be held simultaneously with Offshore Energy. OWIM Conference delegates have free access to the Offshore Energy Exhibition, offering additional opportunities for networking with offshore contractors, suppliers and service providers. At the same time it offers Offshore Energy participants an easy way to hear news of the latest developments in offshore wind.

With speakers including Andy Barwise (Gardline), Bert van der Velden (Boskalis Offshore), Wybran Jansen (Vattenfall), David Hodkinson (Technip) and presentations by DNV GL, Ecofys, the European Commission, Mecal and other prominent offshore wind supply chain organisations and companies the conference promises to offer valuable content. Previous conferences have brought together hundreds of offshore wind professionals.

Sessions this year focus on offshore grid developments, global business opportunities, supply chain and operational management and the latest developments in foundation design, installation and maintenance. During the grid development session, experts will discuss what is needed to connect to the onshore transmission system, to lower the costs of grid connectivity and to establish a cross-border regulatory framework. In the session on global business opportunities speakers will share their company’s experiences in China, India and several European countries. The session on supply chain management concentrates on the optimisation of processes concerning logistics and their cost reducing potential in discussion by representatives of various parts of the value chain. The ‘Future foundations’ session presents innovative concepts and designs and for foundations and foundation installation and maintenance.

Technical sessions
As always, one of the highlights of Offshore Energy promises to be a wide range of technical discussion opportunities. This year’s program, entitled ‘The future is in the water’, offers the following 7 topics:

• North Sea E&P: New game on an old playing field

• Extending asset life: Offshore maintenance services

• Subsea processing

• Regulations for ‘industrial personnel’ on board offshore service vessels

• Offshore vessels: Market update

• Developments in wave and tidal energy

• Well plugging and abandonment

Tickets for the technical sessions cost €75 per session

C-Level panels
In three high calibre panels, which the organisers term ‘C-Level Panels’ captains of industry address strategic challenges.

Panel sessions are invitation-only events for a target group of industry executives. If you have not received an invitation but would like to, please send an e-mail to Lieke Heijnis, (

The Industry Panel, sponsored by Deloitte features CEOs and COOs and addresses strategic industry issues. Continuing on the discussion thread, the 2014 Industry Panel addresses industry integration and collaboration, focusing in particular on challenges of cost-effectiveness and integrated project management.

Confirmed Panellists include:

• Pieter van Oord, CEO, Van Oord and Chairman, IRO

• Willem Brandt, Director Account Management Advisor Chief Operating Officer, Transocean

• Coby van der Linde, Director, Clingendael International Energy Programme

• Kees-jan Cordia, Managing Director, Workfox

• Horst Fischer, Vice President Siemens Industry Oil & Gas / Chemicals, Siemens

• Vincent Oomes, Partner, Deloitte

The Drilling & Dollars Panel is sponsored this year by ING and brings together financial experts from the oil and gas industry and private and public financial institutions. The inaugural D&D Panel in 2013 centred around the quest for alternative funding for oil & gas operations and services. The 2014 Panel will turn to financing trends for the oil & gas and services industry and discuss hot investment regions.

Moderated by Cornelie Goedhuis of ING Bank, Tobias Rosenbaum, regional manager Continental Europe of DNV GL Oil & Gas has already confirmed as a high profile panellist.

Skills shortages, an aging workforce and an increase in operations in remote locations underscore the need for effective resourcing. These are the subjects the Human Capital Panel, sponsored by ATP Instone Marine & Corporate Travel, seeks to address. The Human Capital Panel investigates practices for effectively planning for, sourcing, and deploying resources to deliver on business objectives. Key areas for discussion will include workforce segmentation, workforce planning, sourcing strategies and total workforce management as part of the ‘open talent economy’. At time of writing the Human Capital Panellists were yet to be confirmed.

Master Classes
The final string to Offshore Energy’s conference bow; the master classes, promise to bring together masters and young talents in the offshore oil, gas and energy industry for an informal exchange of ideas and experiences, both technical and non-technical.

These events are designed to enable delegates to learn from the Master in an interactive and informal setting, meet other young talents, develop effectiveness and include free access to the Offshore Energy Exhibition and the career pavilion. This year’s masters are to be announced soon.

By Jake Frith

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