The recent SPE Offshore Europe conference provided an effective opportunity to raise NEL’s profile and to spread the news about progress on our new Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Subsea Development.
“The Conference was full of people keen to put the recent downturn behind them and there was a great deal of discussion about cost-efficiencies, new technology and new ways of working and collaborating,” says Head of Sales & Marketing Andrew Fisher. “For us, one of the key moments at the conference was when Paul Wheelhouse, MSP and Scottish Government Minister for Business and Innovation, visited our stand. We briefed the Minister on how construction is going with our CoE project.”
The CoE is designed to provide a new, best-in-class, high-pressure multiphase flow test facility, with a test range beyond anything currently available anywhere else in the world. It is focussed predominantly on the £50-billion-per-annum global subsea sector and will facilitate company-led industrial projects and product development, hands-on industry training and academic research. Construction of the CoE began in September, following a ground-breaking ceremony, and the base building is anticipated to be completed by April of next year.
The Minister’s visit was hosted by Michael Valente, CEO of TUV SUD UK’s overall business, and John Batchelor, Head of TUV SUD Industry Service Operations UK.
“The conference was a great chance for us to meet our partners and to make new contacts and discuss new opportunities,” Andrew adds. “For example, we had 88 new contacts and received almost two dozen leads which we are now in the process of following-up.”
NEL’s marketing team managed to secure inclusion within the daily exhibition update magazine to further promote the new CoE and provide an update on the build. The team also participated in Scottish Development International briefings and meetings with Global Scots, a worldwide network of business contacts that works to help Scottish companies develop, expand and thrive.
The Conference took place in Aberdeen between the 5th and 8th of September. NEL exhibited as part of the Scottish Pavilion. The central theme of the 2017 event was ‘Embracing New Realities: Reinventing our Industry’. Presentations and panel sessions addressed the multiple challenges currently facing the oil and gas industry.
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From left to right: Michael Valente, CEO of TUV SUD UK’s overall business, and John Batchelor, Head of TUV SUD Industry Service Operations UK, Paul Wheelhouse, MSP and Scottish Government Minister for Business and Innovation
Post updated from 11 October 2017
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