Dräger’s Oil and Gas Regional Segment Manager and the Regional Sales Director of GasSecure AS have been announced as keynote speakers at the Topsides UK conference and exhibition.
Dräger is headline partner of Topsides UK, Europe’s first and only annual oil and gas event focusing solely on extending the life of ageing topsides installations in the UK’s offshore sector.
The two-day event being held on the 16/17th March at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre will enable the North Sea’s leading operators of existing assets, contractors, equipment manufacturers and service companies to learn how to work together more effectively and to understand ways of safely improving production, whilst lowering the cost of capital and operations spend.
Michail Tzouvelekis, Oil and Gas Regional Segment Manager,said: “Dräger is delighted to headline the first ever Topsides UK and I am delighted to be among the first keynote speakers. It’s a great initiative for the oil and gas industry and we’re proud to be involved from the very beginning in what we hope will become a successful annual event.“
During his keynote speech, Michail will look at the oil and gas market and how cost efficiency has to be balanced with safety.
He added: “The show will give us the opportunity to talk to operators and contractors to better understand their needs and work with them on innovative total safety solutions for the future.
“Dräger provides products and services that protect, support and save lives, we have multiple sales and service centres across the UK, Norway, the Netherlands and Denmark and a dedicated oil and gas team of over 100 to assist our customers fulfil their requirements.”
Ian Mackay, Regional Sales Director of GasSecure AS, will talk about offshore project cost reduction through the use of fixed wireless gas detection systems. “The GS01 is a wireless device which offers unique features that can help to dramatically reduce project costs, something that is very attractive in this current low oil price climate.”
In the current market, few are looking at new projects except perhaps for decommissioning, and everyone is cutting back on costs. Despite this, safety never stops and exisiting oil and gas facilities need to operate safely. Equipment upgrades, expansions and additions often expose gaps in gas detection that must be filled.
Ian added: “Safety is of prime concern offshore and when it comes to detecting the presence of gas which may cause a hazard, that can never be taken away. Past events such as the Piper Alpha explosion are forever on people’s minds, so we must always keep the process safe.”
“With a wireless device, you can strip out infrastructure components such as cabling, junction boxes and cable trays. When it comes to project design, you can reduce the design hours because there are less elements to draw up, design or manage in the project, so we can demonstrate offshore cost reductions compared to a wired equivalent.”
“For the last year few years there has been talk of efficiencies in the North Sea, but now we need to see hard evidence of the deployment of the way to actually achieve those efficiencies. We really must now go ahead and deploy these methodologies and squeeze out every penny from every barrel.”
More than 60 exhibitors from across the North Sea have also been confirmed.
During the conference, headline speakers will cover topsides news, including late life extension projects, recycling of topsides facilities, TAR/turnaround, skills and new careers, cost and production efficiency and new technology.
There will be supply chain presentations provided by topsides-related contractors, service companies and equipment suppliers and installers – all focused on creating value.
Clients, suppliers and colleagues will also be able to network on a 1-2-1 basis, creating new opportunities and following up strong leads.
To find out more about Dräger in the UK visit www.draeger.com/oilgasuk