AOG a key event for the global oil and gas subsea sector in 2017

Dec 19, 2016

AOG’s importance as a leading promotor of the global subsea sector will again be on display when Australia’s largest oil and gas event is staged in Perth, Western Australia, next February.

With subsea seen a key growth area in the South East Asian region, the sector will be a major discussion point at the Australasian Oil & Gas (AOG) Exhibition & Conference (AOG) 2017.

Adding to the historic support of subsea at the 36 year old event, the organisers have developed a high-powered Subsea Forum as an essential element of AOG in 2017.

The Subsea Forum, which will be staged in a specially constructed theatre on the exhibition floor across three days, will be free of charge to all attendees with over 15 sessions across the three day program.

The new addition to the AOG program has been well received by the subsea industry.

Frode Remvik, Subsea Energy Australia (SEA) Board member and PSM Subsea general manager, says the opportunity to bring specialists together is more important than ever with the local oil and gas industry entering a mature stage after a project oriented, capital intensive period.

“The subsea industry needs to interact much more than before. We need to model ourselves on what happened in the North Sea 20 years ago where collaboration, sharing and standardisation was driven by government as well as from the industry itself,” Mr Remvik said.

“There are many projects that will be developed in Australia over the next decade and many of them will be subsea developments.

“A Subsea Forum works as a conduit for the necessary conversations and collaboration that must take place if Australia is to stay competitive.”

Tore Moe, the local Advisor with Norwegian Oil & Gas industry partners Intsok, said from the perspective of subsea technology, AOG is the main event in Australia.

“AOG is a great event for the subsea community. It has been running for a number of years now and is recognised as a leading subsea event in the region,” Mr Moe said.

Intsok will be focused on showcasing Norwegian subsea technology at AOG and the recent operational success in the North Sea – in particular subsea processing, compression and vision for the subsea factory.

“Norway is leading the world in the development, testing and implementation of Subsea technologies. The Australian offshore market is very important for Norwegian companies as most of the recent and future developments are subsea and in remote areas,” Mr Moe said.

Subsea UK chief executive Neil Gordon said AOG is an internationally significant conference for countries to meet and share their relative expertise and strengths.

“UK companies have a strong history of skill, technology and experience to meet demand for subsea expertise in the Asia Pacific region,” Mr Gordon said.

“With a string of world class Australian LNG projects making the transition from the construction to operational phase, the UK subsea sector is well positioned to help support the province in meeting its target to become the world’s leading exporter of LNG by 2018,” he said.

Subsea UK, is partnering with the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) and Subsea Energy Australia (SEA) to put together the Subsea Forum program, focusing on how the Australian subsea industry adjusts to the challenges and opportunities in the current market during the forum.

“It is the ideal place to discover the market trends, business opportunities and see the latest developments in new technologies that will be making a difference in the future of subsea.”

Other important subsea related events at AOG 2017 will include the Subsea Welcome Drinks on Tuesday night prior to the event – which is always a social highlight for delegates.

AOG organiser Diversified Communications is expecting 200 subsea professionals to attend this event to catch up with old friends, make new contacts and set the tone for what promises to be a key highlight on the 2017 subsea calendar.

The subsea sector will also be strongly represented on the exhibition floor with the regular favourite, the Subsea Zone, to feature the latest in subsea technology and thinking.

AOG 2017 will be staged at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre (PCEC) from February 22 to 24.

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