Asia Offshore Technology Conference in Singapore

The Royal Norwegian Embassy, Innovation Norway, Norwegian Business Association of Singapore and DNV have recently held a conference concerning offshore trends, issues and opportunities in the Asia Pacific at Raffles Town Club.

The conference drew more than 200 participants from fields of engineering, operational, commercial as well as various other parts of the industry.

Hosted by MC Mr. Egil Rensvik, Science and Technology Counsellor in Innovation Norway, the conference kicked off by introductory addresses and remarks by Norwegian Ambassador to Singapore, Mr. Tormod C. Endresen and Executive Director of EDB, Mr. Lim Kok Kiang.

The event continued with a vast array of speakers from different countries, highlighting a multitude of the industry aspects. Director General Ole Anders Lindseth from the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy talked of the role of governmental policies; BW Offshore’s Mr. Thyl Kint presented explanations and solutions on the troublesome past decade of the FPSO industry; research scientist Mr. Per Kristian Norddal of Marintek, and Managing Director Mr. Johannes Eikland of Aker Solutions spoke in turn of future practices in handling ageing assets, and instruments of drilling.

Lastly, Development Manager of DNV Technology Center, Mr. Havard Brandt outlined key features of prescriptive versus a performance-oriented approach to offshore safety regimes. His presentation was appropriately followed by a panel discussion with representatives from the regulatory authorities of Norway and Southeast-Asia – discussing limits and possibilities in improving practices of safety handling in the region.

Unveiling survey on major challenges

At the conference, Mr. John Westwood, Group Chairman of Douglas-Westwood presented the specially commissioned survey “The Challenges of Offshore E&P in Asia Pacific” and its findings.

Based on interviews with 44 leading players in Asia Pacific’s offshore E&P business, the report highlights challenges facing the sector in terms of economics, regulations, operations and technology, and how these might impact activities.

For more details and presentation materials from the event, click here


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