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Six leading industry figures to chair oil and gas conference sessions

8 May 2017

Six industry leaders representing both operator and major contractor companies will chair sessions to encourage debate and push progress on the sector’s priority issues at Oil & Gas UK’s ‘Facing the Future’ conference, sponsored by Total E&P UK Limited, at Aberdeen’s Exhibition and Conference Centre on June 6.

Stephen Marcos Jones, Oil & Gas UK’s director of business excellence, said:

“Topics at the top of the industry agenda are investment stimulation; supply chain resilience; industrial strategy; health, safety & environment; industry vision and efficiency. These are the areas which demand industry-wide attention and commitment to help us seize the exciting new opportunities that remain on the UK Continental Shelf to deliver a sustainable oil and gas sector fit for the future.

“We are delighted that our colleagues driving advances in the industry’s priority areas will be on hand to scrutinise both themselves and delegates to find solutions to current challenges as chairs of the conference sessions including:

  • Investment Stimulation – Phil Kirk, chief executive, Chrysaor
  • Industry Vision – Steve Phimister, vice president of Shell’s UK & Ireland upstream business unit
  • Industrial Strategy – Elisabeth Proust, managing director, Total E&P UK Limited
  • Health, Safety & Environment – Ray Riddoch, managing director and senior vice president Europe, Nexen Petroleum U.K. Limited
  • Efficiency, the new competitive advantage – Walter Thain, managing director, West, Engineering and Production Services, Petrofac.
  • Supply Chain Resilience – Craig Wiggins, senior vice president – Production Asset Services, East Africa Middle East, Aker Solutions

Elisabeth Proust, Managing Director of Total E&P UK said,

“This conference will be an opportunity to demonstrate the UK offshore industry’s vision for the long-term future.  Over the last three years the industry has significantly reduced its costs, demonstrated its resilience to a low price environment and is now improving its competitive edge through innovation. A positive long-term future also means a commitment to delivering clean, reliable and affordable energy for the UK. To achieve this vision, we have to mobilise our efforts across a wide spectrum from research, safety, efficient production to skills development. This year’s conference gives us the opportunity to explore together our actions to ensure a bright future.”

Mr Jones added: “In 2017 the UK oil and gas industry has demonstrated its ability to improve competitiveness through cost and efficiency gains. The conference is an ideal arena to build on this positive momentum, allowing people working across the industry to play their part in plans to secure a sustainable future for the sector in the years to come.”

Places can be booked here . In addition, exhibition and sponsorship opportunities are still available.



For further information, and for media places, please contact Lucy Gordon on 01224 577331 or [email protected] or Jennifer Phillips on 01224 5772796 or [email protected].






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