EXPERTS will discuss the future of underwater operations in the North Sea at an industry conference next month.

Subsea UK is hosting the session at the Aberdeen Offshore Europe event, which will highlight how innovation can extend the life of oil fields and maximise economic recovery from the UK Continental Shelf.

Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK, will chair the session which takes place from 10am to 12pm in the Late Life and Decommission Zone Theatre on Friday, September 6.

Industry experts will talk about the latest innovations in remote operations and interventions and smart subsea technology. Speakers will include Paul Slorach of EC-OG, Julian Richards of 3D at STATS Group, Moya Cahill of PanGeo Subsea, Romain Cambault of Baker Hughes and Donald Horsfall of Expro, among others.

Gordon said: “Decommissioning is the final stage in the life of any offshore production project, and before this takes place it is vital, for companies and the longevity of the UKCS, that the full potential is realised from the field.

“A key part of this is the management of subsea systems in late life, and recent years has seen the emergence of new technology which has the potential to extend the life of fields and maximise reserves from pools which were previously uneconomical.

“Due to the maturity of North Sea, the UKCS is leading the way globally in life extension and our session at Offshore Europe presents an opportunity to hear from the companies at the forefront of developing innovative technology and operations which have the capacity to extend the life of fields and maximise economic recovery.”

Simon Marshall, the conference’s exhibition director, described the session as an “excellent addition” to the weekend.

“This high level of discussion into how companies can maximise economic recovery is precisely what we were looking to encourage with the growth of this section of the programme,” he said.

Subsea UK will be at Offshore Europe, taking place from September 3-6, with its pavilion at Stand 1J50.

To book a place at the discussion on September 6 visit