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.

As chairman of the Society for Underwater Technology Middle East, I understand the value of sharing knowledge to address the most problematic issues that emerge in this sector.

And one issue that we have found particularly challenging is how we can improve the economics of umbilical and cable installation.

This will be the focus of a free-to-attend SUT Middle East event on Monday, September 16 at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi. The event, which will also provide an opportunity to network and learn about SUT, will feature presentations from companies that are already involved in operations here in the Middle East.

Steve Goddard of Prysmian will start the day by reviewing the associate challenges relating to submarine cable, umbilical and flexible installations. Onshore/offshore handling installation equipment will be the theme for Graeme Chalmers of Flowline Specialists, Gerard Kroese from Swan Hunter and Neil Johnson of Aquatic.

The presentations will be rounded off by Tekmar’s Ben Malone, and Steve Howlett and Dave Blake of Pipeshield. They will examine commonly used asset protection solutions to protect and stabilise subsea cable, umbilical and flowlines to reduce size and weight, as well as crossings which are a feature of a congested seabed in the Middle East.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions of speakers and it will present a real opportunity for knowledge exchange. Although the event is free, pre-registration by email is essential.