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    Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer to speak at Subsea 07

    News // February 1, 2007
    The UK's Shadwo Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne will deliver a keynote speech at Subsea UK’s annual flagship event Subsea 07 later this month.
    The Conservative MP joins an impressive line up of speakers from multi-national companies to local SMEs at Europe’s biggest subsea conference and exhibition to be held February 8th in the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.
    This year’s theme focuses on the challenge of delivering the growing demands of the international subsea industry. The extent and key locations of the growth will be highlighted in a survey commissioned by Scottish Enterprise which will be unveiled at the event.
    The other speakers include Jennifer Craw, chief executive of Scottish Enterprise Grampian, Paul Tooms, BP’s global head of subsea, Knut Boe, senior vice-president operations for Technip in Paris, Ciaran O’Donnell, chief executive of CSL, Tore Halverson, recently promoted senior vice-president, FMC Technologies Energy Systems in Norway and Toni Wilkes, group engineering and resource development manager for Acergy in London.
    John Westwood, managing director of Douglas Westwood will reveal their latest study on the international subsea market and Steve Rogers, chief executive oil and gas, Clough Projects Pty in Perth, Australia and a speaker from Woodside will talk about the issues facing the subsea industry in Australasia.
    Subsea UK chief executive, David Pridden said: “This is a great line-up of political and industry speakers and we are confident of delivering as thought-provoking conference which will look at how we better utilize resources both now and in the future in light of the significant growth in the sector.”
    “We will also be examining the contracting strategies and working relationships needed for the future and finally the crucial issue of finding, training and retaining people,” added Mr Pridden.
    Nearly 90 exhibitors will be showcasing their technology and services throughout the day at the exhibition and over 900 visitors are expected to attend.
    The evening before the event, a networking dinner and inaugural awards ceremony will take place. The awards will recognise the hard work of both organisations and individuals involved in all aspects of the subsea industry. The categories are Subsea Company of the Year, Best Young Personality of the Year and Greatest Individual Contribution to the Subsea Industry.
    Subsea 07 is sponsored by Acteon Group Limited and CSL with support from Balmoral Offshore Engineering and Offshore Engineer magazine. The dinner is being sponsored by Acergy

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