ADIPEC – what’s next after the world’s biggest oil show?

With over 2,200 exhibiting companies within 23 country pavilions, over 1,000 guest speakers and an audience of more than 145,000 there is no question that the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) is now the world’s largest energy event.

Leading figures from the global industry will be in attendance – along with key government dignitaries – over the four-day event from November 11-14: it has highly magnetic qualities, particularly for UK firms looking to diversify into new international markets.

Technology and Knowledge at Offshore Europe Provide Opportunities for International Expansion

By Graham Berry, specialist business consultant

It’s always an exciting time in Aberdeen when Offshore Europe is in town – and this year was even more so, with it being the first time the event was held at the city’s new exhibition centre, P&J Live. Word from all delegates is that the new venue and transportation links were excellent, and it really felt like it revitalised the event.

SUT event focuses on the economics of umbilical and cable installation

By Adrian Phillips, chairman Society for Underwater Technology Middle East

Exploration and production budgets in the Middle East have been squeezed in recent years, but new data suggests that energy firms in the region are ready to increase their offshore spending once again.

With oil, gas and petrochemical projects valued at an estimated USD $211bn currently ongoing – and USD$242bn in the planning stage – it is a highly prospective market for companies involved in subsea activities.

BCVs: Advantages, Success, Risks and Mitigation

By Hugh Fraser, managing partner

Welcome to my weekly article outlining HFI’s new approach to helping businesses establish a presence in Abu Dhabi through our innovative Bridgehead Cluster Ventures (BCV). This week I am discussing the advantages of the model, the key risks and how these will be mitigated against.

BCVs: Participating Companies and Roles

By Hugh Fraser, managing partner

Welcome to my weekly article outlining HFI’s new approach to helping businesses establish a presence in Abu Dhabi through our innovative Bridgehead Cluster Ventures (BCV). This week I am discussing participating companies, and the roles of local partners, general managers and HFI.

How will a BCV work in practice?

By Hugh Fraser, managing partner

Welcome to my weekly article outlining HFI’s new approach to helping businesses establish a presence in Abu Dhabi through our innovative Bridgehead Cluster Ventures (BCV). This week, I am discussing how BCVs will operate in practice.

Bridgehead Cluster Ventures – A New Model for Successful Expansion in the Middle East

By Hugh Fraser, managing partner

Welcome to the first in my new weekly series examining a new and innovative project being pioneered by HFI – the bridgehead cluster venture (BCV). Just as the name suggests, BCV is about bringing business together and collectively working towards success.

New Technologies to the Fore at Well Abandonment Symposium

By Graham Berry, specialist business consultant

Permanent well abandonment consists of cutting the production string around 10 to 15 feet below the seabed. If that doesn’t sound difficult enough, there are also environmental and legislative factors to consider: each well abandonment must have three barriers in place to ensure the well won’t leak in perpetuity.

In perpetuity is a long time; it literally means forever. So, it stands to reason that researchers will continue to look for new alternatives to the industry-standard concrete plugs that are used around the world today.

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