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Conference focuses on building an industry without borders

Written by Abdelmonem Achour on . Posted in Maritime news

Renewable energy plays an indispensable role in meeting rising energy demand. The 6th annual Offshore WIND Conference (OWC), which is co-located with Offshore Energy 2015, focuses on “building an industry without borders”.

If the offshore wind industry is to realise its potential growth, the industry needs to exceed borders; geographically, in legislation and mentally. More than 20 expert speakers and over 150 industry professionals will discuss how taking down barriers can lead to further industry growth from Monday 12 October 2015 at Amsterdam RAI.

The OWC program will raise questions about the national approaches to wind farm development. Business leaders representing all parts of the value chain will discuss what is needed to create an international vision and ambition for large scale offshore wind energy deployment.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS
During the conference several issues in the offshore wind industry that need international cooperation will be addressed in plenary and breakout sessions. In the opening plenary session key experts will present possible ways to look beyond borders. Jim Craig, CEO at Ampelmann Operations, will discuss the lessons to be learned from the oil & gas industry. Complemented by Martin Ars, Vattenfall, who will layout the first steps to an offshore interconnected grid and Erik Zigterman, Royal Haskoning DHV, who will elaborate on planning and development areas for offshore energy.

Before and after the networking lunch delegates can choose breakout sessions on international offshore spatial planning, Operations & Maintenance and HSE, financing and insurance, and (port) logistics. The breakout sessions feature contributions from offshore wind experts from Damen Shipyards, TNO, Outsmart Asset Management, Green Giraffe Energy Bankers, Amsterdam IJmuiden Offshore Port and Van Oord Offshore Wind Projects among others.

The plenary closing session offers a talk show style discussion on how to optimise international cooperation between various stakeholders in the offshore wind industry.

CO-LOCATED: OFFSHORE ENERGY 2015
Anyone registering for the Offshore WIND Conference receives automatic access to the Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference 2015 (OEEC), one of the leading events on all facets of offshore energy. On Tuesday and Wednesday 13 and 14 October more than 13,500 unique visitors and 650 exhibitors from over 80 different countries will dive into issues surrounding the developments and changes in the upstream oil & gas and renewable energy industry.

More than 80 speakers representing some of the biggest players in the offshore energy industry and from all around the world will headline Offshore Energy 2015: Investing in the future of energy. The event, one of the leading international conferences on all facets of offshore energy, takes place in the RAI Amsterdam, immediately following the Offshore WIND Conference.

History teaches us that the oil, gas, and energy industry has always shown great resilience. Oil prices have rarely been stable for long periods of time, and it is remarkable how the industry has maintained its ability to adapt to changes and developments. The Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference 2015 offers insight into these potential changes, tapping into and creating new ideas. And it is precisely this balance between supply and demand which is bringing more and more interested people to Amsterdam every year.

One of the new and very current themes during this event is Technical Data Management. In this session, lead by Michael Nord from Shell, we will discuss the effects of poor data quality and how improving data management can lead to reduced costs and better informed business decisions in the offshore oil and gas industry.

The show organisers are also welcoming HPHT drilling for the first time. In a technical session the developments in high-pressure, high temperature (HPHT) drilling operations will be discussed. Operators are investing in this challenging new game which is generally seen as offering new potential.

Because new and alternative energy sources could still lead to great corporate opportunities, they will again be explored in this year’s program. The planned programme focuses on the developments of marine energy and the extensive possibilities to produce substantial amounts of renewable energy.

The program will be completed by interesting subjects as well intervention vessels best practices and new vessel designs, the role of technological innovation in new business models as part of cost reductions and export control in oil & gas. Moreover Decommissioning and Subsea Processing are back on the agenda.

Next to the Technical Sessions OEEC offers three special Keynotes where panels from the industry discuss human resources challenges, oil and gas financials and the industry as a whole. These Keynotes are free to attend.

Source : maritimejournal

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Abdelmonem Achour

Abdelmonem Achour is a Tunisian maritime lawyer. He specialises in both commercial and the litigation aspects of shipping, admiralty, marine insurance, transport, logistics, international trade and marine environmental law, as well as maritime casualty response and subrogated recoveries. He heads up the practice’s Admiralty and Shipping department and is the Transport Headlight leader. He has advised a number of commodity traders and their insurers, underwriters and brokers in international trade and recovery matters. Having obtained his BA LLB at the University of Tunis, he was admitted as an Attorney around ten years ago, is the senior partner of the firm and heads up the practice’s Admiralty and Shipping department. He also obtained a post-graduate diploma in Corporate Law.

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