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    Secretary of State for Scotland to launch Subsea 09

    News // January 9, 2009
    Scotland’s Secretary of State, the Right Honourable Jim Murphy, will welcome industry leaders and delegates when Subsea UK’s flagship event Subsea 09 opens in Aberdeen next month.
    The MP for East Renfrewshire joins a raft of international speakers lined-up to take part in the two-day event at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on February 11 and 12. The keynote presentation, focusing on exploiting the potential of the North Sea, will come from Gilles Hallé, developments and planning manager - business development, at Total E&P UK Plc.
    Representatives of the UK Trade & Industry inward mission from Brazil, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Libya, Kazakhstan and Russia will also be in attendance and available for a limited number of one-to-one sessions centred on harnessing the UK’s technology, services and expertise in other key subsea provinces around the globe.
    Subsea UK chief executive Alistair Birnie said: “It is an honour to have an individual of Mr Murphy’s calibre formally open our 2009 event and join a high profile line-up of speakers exploring how the use of innovative technology and cross-industry collaboration is helping exploit the potential of the UK Continental Shelf in terms of both developing new oil and gas accumulations and maximising recovery from existing fields.
    "Thirty eight billion barrels of oil and gas have been extracted from beneath UK waters since production began. Recent estimates show that while UK production is now in decline, 25 billion barrels remain to be extracted – many from smaller and more technically challenging reserves.
    “We need to consider different ways of exploiting these resources and look at both the experiences from other parts of the world and the emerging technologies that have been developed for deepwater or challenging field conditions in order to best exploit the potential the UKCS has to offer.”
    A self-sustaining organisation, Subsea UK was set up to harness the UK’s subsea experience and expertise. Featuring cutting-edge technology and the latest innovations and services from more than 100 exhibitors, this year’s exhibition and conference is expected to attract around 2,000 delegates to Aberdeen to hear presentations from PetroCanada, Triton Group, Subsea 7, Simmons & Co, Technip, Douglas Westwood, Expro Group, SPT Group, MCS and Schlumberger Subsea Surveillance amongst others.
    Subsea 09 is sponsored by Triton Group with the popular panel discussion this year chaired by Paul Mason, economic editor for BBC2’s flagship current affairs programme Newsnight.
    The Subsea UK Business Awards Dinner, sponsored by Technip, will take place on February 11 to recognise the hard work of both organisations and individuals involved in all aspects of the subsea industry. The categories are Best New Company, Best Young Personality of the Year, Subsea Company of the Year and Greatest Individual Contribution to the Subsea Industry.
    The black tie event, which last year attracted more than 700 business leaders and entrepreneurs from across the UK, will be hosted by television star Jon Culshaw.

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