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EIC announces line-up for 2014 supply chain event

Oilfield Technology,

Many of the world’s leading operators and contractors will gather at EIC Connect Oil & Gas 2014 in Manchester, from 25 – 26 November, to identify UK capability for major oil and gas projects globally.

EIC Connect Oil & Gas 2014 will follow its successfully established format, with supply chain presentations running alongside a two-day conference and exhibition. Speakers from major companies, who operate at the frontline of the global oil and gas industry, will lead an expert conference programme to offer invaluable insight to the critical challenges and opportunities facing the supply chain today.

Global outlook

Lord Livingston, UK Minister for Trade & Investment, will lead a Plenary Session outlining the theme for the conference: ‘A 10-Year Global Outlook for UK Companies in the Oil & Gas Industry’, with Matthias Bichsel, Executive Director at Shell and Robin Watson, CEO of Wood Group PSN.

The opening session will be followed by a conference programme aimed at educating suppliers on future trends across the upstream, midstream and downstream industries.


In the Upstream session, panellists from leading North Sea operators ConocoPhillips and Premier Oil will sit alongside global contractor SNC Lavalin and Decom North Sea to tackle issues such as globalising the UK supply chain, current opportunities and challenges and their impacts on SMEs, and the emerging markets that are set to deliver the most value to the supply chain.


LNG liquefaction will be the focus of the Midstream session, in which senior executives from Shell, WorleyParsons and Interfax will consider future opportunities in Australia now that major projects are at EPC stage, the evolution of floating LNG and the role of the supply chain in liquefaction projects.


In the Downstream session, panellists from SOCAR, INEOS and Jacobs will outline their respective plans for monetising new oil and gas production, while Alan Gelder from Wood Mackenzie will discuss the potential for UK companies to get involved in overseas projects.

Question Time

EIC Connect Oil & Gas will also feature two new Question Time sessions, in which panellists and speakers from the two-day event will be invited to lead live debates on two pressing issues: Local Content and Shale Gas. The Delegate Networking Hour will also return after its successful introduction last year, offering delegates an opportunity to network with speakers and industry peers.


Commenting on the 2012 event, Peter Christie, PEI-Genesis, said: “EIC Connect Oil & Gas has been terrific for us. We have seen the right people and it really is an excellent event with 90% of people coming with the right approach and looking to do business. I also thought that the venue was ideal as well. All in all, an excellent event and we look forward to attending the next one.”

Sarah Lansdell, Head of UK & National Events at the EIC, concluded: “EIC Connect Oil & Gas 2014 is set to be another outstanding event. We have a first-class speaker line-up and the exhibitor list includes some of the most forward thinking UK suppliers. The added value conference was well received in 2012, so I am confident that this will be the best EIC Connect event yet, delivering high quality networking and significant revenue-generating opportunities across the supply chain.”

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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