Aberdeen City and Shire prepares for Offshore Europe

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Aberdeen City and Shire will once again host a wealth of local organisations and businesses on its eye-catching pavilion at Offshore Europe 2011.

This year’s Offshore Europe oil and gas conference and exhibition runs from September 6-8 at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, and will be the biggest show in the event’s history.

More than 1,500 exhibiting companies on 800 stands will be represented at the show, which covers an area of more than 43,500sq m – a 9% increase on Offshore Europe 2009.

Themed ‘Securing Safe, Smart Sustainable Supply’ the conference programme has key sessions on oil spill response and prevention; operating models; ageing infrastructure; reducing carbon emissions; national oil companies (NOC) international expansion and engagement.

Organisers are expecting major international delegations from Brazil, Nigeria and Kazakhstan among others.

Although the conference will be a day shorter than in 2009 in support of the Walker Cup golf event, indications show attendance is likely to be similar, with more than 45,000 visitors expected.

The Aberdeen City and Shire pavilion is situated in hall two at stand no 2C20 and will host 26 local companies and organisations, creating a vital business environment for the region.

This year, Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council are delighted to be working in partnership with key sponsors Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Future (ACSEF), Eastern Airways, the Federation of Small Businesses, and the Aberdeen City and Shire Hotels Association.

Lord Provost of Aberdeen Peter Stephen said: “Offshore Europe really is a unique opportunity to show the pride we have in our part in the story of North Sea oil, the innovation that exists in the region and the quality of life that makes Aberdeen a great place to invest, live and work.

“Offshore Europe is our window on the world, as the North Sea and the needs of the energy industry change, so must Aberdeen. We are at an interesting stage in the life of the UKCS and our city is looking at its own future within this new context.”

Aberdeen City Council Enterprise, Planning and Infrastructure Committee Convener Councillor Kate Dean said: “Aberdeen City Council is delighted to be working in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council hosting a large pavilion at the 2011 Offshore Europe Exhibition and Conference.

“Our Economic and Business Development Service has set out to identify opportunities for our local businesses and people that will develop goods and services that are world class and have a global reach.”

Provost of Aberdeenshire Bill Howatson said: “Aberdeenshire is well-known in the industry for hosting the largest concentration of subsea engineering expertise in Europe, and has been recognised for offering the best quality of life for residents.

“Offshore Europe is the perfect platform to share the energy, enthusiasm and innovation that exists in this part of Scotland.

“I hope our international guests will take the opportunity to explore Aberdeen City and Shire during their visit. We can certainly assure them of a warm welcome.”

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee Cllr Peter Argyle said: “Offshore Europe 2011 provides a fantastic opportunity to build on Aberdeen City and Shire’s reputation as a global leader in the oil and gas industry.”