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Subsea UK Announces Speaker Line-up for Flagship Event

12 January 2011

An impressive line-up of the UK's leading subsea industry figures will take to the podium at this year's Subsea 2011 conference on Wednesday 9 February.

Europe's largest conference and exhibition for the subsea industry which takes place on the 9 and 10 February 2011 at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre will focus on the theme of Global Connections.

Frank Bee, head of subsea at Shell, Ross Kinnear, head of subsea at BP and Colin Welsh, chief executive officer at Simmons & Company International will kick-off the conference proceedings with a look to the future of the sector and how its prosperity can be secured.

Sponsored by Shell, the conference will cover a wide range of topics including major global projects, health, safety and environmental issues, innovation, operating strategies and legislation, skills development, recruitment and retentions, integrity, reliability and obsolescence.

Other speakers will include Halfdan Knudesn, head of fast track projects in development and production Norway for Statoil; Mark Rae, senior market analyst at ODS Petrodata; Bill Donaldson, Scotland/North England Manager of Quest Offshore Resources; Jim Britton, chief executive officer of Deepwater EU; Steven Rossiter, senior engineer with BPP-TECH, Mark Stone, head of integrity support services at Sonomatic; Ron Cookson, managing director of Technip UK Ltd; Paul Simons, sales director at Subsea 7 and Mark McAllister of OSPRAG who will examine the UKCS response to Macondo.

In a session on opportunities in alternative energy, Ian Innes, project manager at SSE Renewables will be joined by James Young, technical director at JDR Cables and Stephen Auld, managing director of Coda Octopus.

Leading the discussion on 'Decommissioning' will be Decom North Sea's chief executive Brian Nixon, Jason Tisdall, managing director of Fugro GRL and Proserv Offshore's decommissioning manager, Kenny Anderson along with Stuart Wordsworth of Interact Projects and Simon Davies of Veolia.

Alistair Birnie, Subsea UK chief executive, said:
'Every year we set out to deliver a thought-provoking, stimulating conference which covers the key areas on which we need to concentrate in order to see the subsea sector flourish.

'This year we have an array of high profile, experienced and passionate speakers whose expertise, knowledge and pragmatic approach will benefit all delegates from across the supply chain. The parallel session will allow for smaller groups to debate the issues facing the sector in a more meaningful way.'

Alongside the conference, Subsea UK will host the fifth annual subsea awards dinner to celebrate the excellence, innovation and outstanding achievements generated across the sector. Sponsored by Forum Energy Technologies, the sell-out dinner will feature keynote speaker Lord Digby Jones and recognise the achievements of individuals and companies of all sizes to an audience of over 700 people.

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