Subsea UK has urged industry experts to showcase the most advanced technologies and lead discussions on the current and future subsea challenges at Subsea Expo 2018.
The announcement follows on from this year’s event when nearly 5,000 visitors from around the world met at the event in February.
Next year’s exhibition is an opportunity for those in the industry “to showcase new products, introduce different approaches and make their voice heard,” the organiser said in a statement.
Subsea Expo 2018 will run alongside the 13th annual conference, which takes place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre from 7-9. The event will examine and debate key industry topics including global markets, ROV developments, subsea innovation and offshore renewables.
Themed ‘Facing the Future’, the event will look at what must be done to reinvent the industry in a new reality and industry body Subsea UK is calling for speakers to step up to the plate and discuss how businesses are working through the challenges by being smarter, using new models for contracting and operating, through increased use of automation and new technology, as well as exporting and diversifying.
Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK, commented: “The UK is without a doubt the subsea centre of excellence on the world stage, and there remains a bounty of opportunities available across several diverse sectors and emerging markets.
“It is important that we build resilience into our sector and avoid being over dependent on oil and gas, building instead towards a diverse energy mix. This call for diversification has been largely embraced by the subsea sector but there is more work to be done, with renewables maturing steadily, and wave & tidal beginning to emerge as a real growth opportunity in the future energy mix.”
Gordon said the upcoming Subsea Expo conference seeks to explore these challenges. He said the event provides the ideal platform “to showcase the most advanced technologies and springboard them to market. I would encourage individuals and companies to submit their abstracts early as we always have a high standard of submissions”.
With over 150 exhibitors expected at Subsea 2018, the event also provides an excellent networking opportunity. The deadline for speaker submissions is 10 October 2017.