Conference chair Catherine MacGregor (photo: SPE OE 2017)
Embracing New Realities: Reinventing our Industry has been announced as the central theme for SPE Offshore Europe 2017 which will take place in Aberdeen, Scotland from 5-8 September 2017.
Conference chair Catherine MacGregor, president, Reservoir Characterization Group, Schlumberger Limited, urged the industry to think beyond cost efficiency and embrace new technologies, new types of business models and collaborations that lead to new sustainable ways of working as she launched the Call for Papers for the conference programme which will comprise more than 85 technical papers as well as keynote sessions.
“For some time now, the industry’s technical and financial performance has been challenged. Learning the lessons from the most severe downturn for the past 30 years, there is no doubt that the industry has to reinvent itself. The traditional industry response to market downturns, which has included halting exploration investment, decreasing development activity, pressing for price reductions throughout the supply chain, and letting talented people go, is no longer viable,” says MacGregor.
“With a central theme of ‘Embracing New Realities: Reinventing our Industry’ SPE Offshore Europe 2017 technical and keynote panel sessions, combined with business breakfasts and topical lunches, will provide a free-to-attend opportunity to debate, knowledge-share and take new courses of action that will shape the future of our industry.”
Abstracts are invited for peer-review on seven topics: HSE – Engaging and Training our Workforce; Emerging and New Digital Technologies; Subsea; Decommissioning; Automation; Reinvigorating Drilling and Innovation to Reduce Oil and Gas Environmental Impact. More details on the topics and how to submit an abstract before the 13 January 2017 deadline are available on the SPE Offshore Europe website.
SPE Offshore Europe has been held biennially in Aberdeen since 1973. It is the largest and technically foremost offshore E&P conference and exhibition outside North America. In 2015 the event attracted over 1,500 international exhibitors and 56,000 attendees from more than 100 countries. SPE Offshore Europe 2017 will be held at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.