Delighted organisers of the biggest energy event in the east of England today announced they were looking to make next year’s event even bigger.
About 1300 delegates attended the two-day conference and exhibition focused on the Southern North Sea (SNS) of the Energy Coast organised by the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR).
More than 40 industry leaders forecasted what was to come in oil & gas, offshore wind and nuclear in coming years and revealed opportunities for supply chain companies in their new projects from the conference stage at the Norfolk Showground.
Almost all of the more than 70 stands in the exhibition hall at SNS2018 have been booked for next year’s event, leading organisers to explore how to extend the exhibition space to include more companies.
Simon Gray, EEEGR CEO, said: “The support for the event was fantastic and it was pleasing how everyone picked up on the themes of collaboration, innovation and rejuvenation. Collaboration is really coming to the fore, which is great to see.
“Companies who exhibited want to come back next year so my team will be investigating how to extend the exhibition space to offer even more value from an event that grows in size and information imparted every year.”
Presentations at SNS2018 reflected a renewed optimism in the oil & gas sector. Oil prices are at a 42-month high, with Brent crude rising to 79.92 US dollars a barrel on Thursday, with new oil & gas projects coming on stream, to join the upbeat mood in the offshore wind and nuclear new build sectors.
The development of offshore wind could increase capacity to 50GW by 2050 and create more than 40,000 jobs and £5bn per year in exports.
Mr Gray said the involvement of speakers including Frances Morris-Jones, chair of the Oil and Gas Authority, Peter Aldous, MP for Waveney, and leading figures from EDF, Shell, Vattenfall, Scottish Power Renewables and Orsted underlined the growing importance of the SNS to the energy supply and UKplc and the prospect of unlocking regeneration and providing new projects in the region.
Ms Morris-Jones said SNS was “still an extremely important basin with a lot to play for”, but it would look very different in the future, with a rising number of offshore wind farms.
“Now is the time to consider what choices we have, what will drive those choices and who will make the decisions and how? One thing is abundantly clear – we need to work together,” she said.
Peter Aldous, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Energy Storage and the British Offshore Oil & Gas Industry All-Party Parliamentary Group, told delegates gas in the SNS was “not a sunset industry” and would continue to create highly-skilled jobs which could be taken around the world. However, considerable challenges would need to be addressed if the potential of the SNS was to be realised.
“In East Anglia, we now need to go that extra mile, he said. “We are at a crossroads. We can turn in one direction and be a reasonably successful region ambling along or we can go in another direction striving purposefully towards the goal of being a world leader in offshore energy.
“There is, of course, no choice – we need to pursue the second option.”
Mr Gray said: “Planning has already started for SNS2019, which will take place on 15-16 May next year, building on the massive positivity, energy and feedback from this year.”
More information about the event and EEEGR’s activities is available at www.eeegr.com
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Gas in the southern North Sea is certainly not a sunset industry, Peter Aldous, Waveney MP, told industry delegates at EEEGR’s SNS2018.
The southern North Sea was “still an extremely important basin with a lot to play for”, said Frances Morris Jones, chair of the Oil and Gas Authority.
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