DecomWorld: Senior BOEMRE Staff & 15 Leading Gulf of Mexico Operators Meet in Houston to Discuss Decommissioning

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Between March 14 – 16 up to 700 senior offshore industry experts will be meeting in Houston to discuss the future of offshore decommissioning activities in the Gulf of Mexico. Recent changes in regulations through the introduction of the Idle Iron NTL could see a 25% spike in activity in the region over the next 3 years’ worth $3bn.

DecomWorld: 3rd Annual Decommissioning and Abandonment Summit

This meeting is recognised as a must attend event for decommissioning professionals in an industry valued between $30 - $40bn.

The Decommissioning & Abandonment Summit is the largest gathering of senior decision makers involved in the decommissioning activities globally. Over the last 3 years 11 trade associations and regulators from across the globe have converged on Houston to discuss decommissioning regulations, processes and current projects with 6 major, 7 national and 26 independent oil companies. This meeting is recognised as a must attend event for decommissioning professionals in an industry valued between $30 - $40bn.

Operators attend the event for the high level information delivered by industry peers and recognised experts that helps them plan their decommissioning strategy. In 2011, the BOEMRE Chief of the Office of Structural & Technical Support will be updating the industry on the impacts and implications of the Idle Iron NTL. Best practice and lessons learnt will be shared by 4 major and 5 independent operators including BP, Chevron, Shell and Apache Corporation.

The conference also offers multiple technology tracts so that attendees can equip themselves with the latest technological advancements and decommissioning service offerings. These sessions are supported by an exhibition of over 50 stands. Expert consultants will also be running detailed sessions on cost, supply chain and risk analysis for decommissioning projects helping operators reduce the cost of their decommissioning projects. Focused workshops on decommissioning training and international opportunities will also be running over the three days at the summit.

The conference also has the support of three key industry groups, the Decommissioning Operators Group, the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers and the Offshore Operators Committee. The support of these groups ensures the continued attendance of senior operator representatives.

For any contractor with offshore decommissioning services the conference offers the opportunity to meet, network and develop business with every key player in this multi-billion dollar industry. With the presence of 700 senior professionals the conference provides an unrivalled opportunity to secure business for the coming offshore season and beyond. An in depth economic and activity level analysis of the market aids accurate business planning as well as the opportunity to hear what projects leading operators have planned.

The Decommissioning & Abandonment Summit, in its third blockbusting year, is the only forum for serious decommissioning industry professionals in the Gulf of Mexico that offers these networking and information sharing opportunities. If you’re involved in this industry you can’t afford to stay away – DecomWorld’s Conference Director, James Taylor, commented, “this is the reason the conference not only grows by more than 60% year on year - it always sells out. Operators have to deal with their decommissioning portfolios in compliance with BOEMRE regulations and it’s an unavoidable cost for them. As a result contractors see this as the business development opportunity of the year.”        

DecomWorld’s Head of Business Development, Everad MacIndoe stated “I’ve never experienced an exhibition area selling out so quickly. Demand for exposure at this year’s event has been unprecedented. We’re more than a month away from the event and there are no more spaces left for companies wishing to exhibit their services.”

The conference has received strong feedback from past delegates. BP’s Vice President for Decommissioning, Gunther Newcombe commented that the conference was an “excellent venue for meeting like-minded operators & contractors” whilst David Bowman, a Petroleum Engineer with Nexen Petroleum USA stated it’s a “great forum. Very beneficial to see how others are handling decommissioning abandonment issues.”

You can find out more about the conference by downloading the free brochure at the following link:


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