GVF News 1 May 2015






Oil Price Low and Contracting Exploration Budgets Impact on Mission Critical Solutions Investment but New Fields & Seismic Surveys Offer Potential for Solutions Market Entrants



Friday, 1 May 2015


London & Aberdeen  The 24th event in the GVF-EMP Oil & Gas Communications series, and the eighth programme for the European oil & gas patch, opens for two days of dialogue – set against the background of the continuing oil price low, and related market factors – on 12th May 2015.


Held in association with: Telenor Satellite BroadcastingSESIntelsatWinegardAdvantech WirelessSpeedCastComtech EF DataHughesGilat Satellite NetworksOnlime GroupC-COM Satellite Systems, and NTS Technology Partners, the event has (at time of writing) attracted the participation of some 40 organisations, with additional registrations occurring on a daily basis.


GVF Oil & Gas Communications – The Aberdeen Meeting 2015: Big Oil, Big Data – The Arctic, Atlantic Margin & North Sea (www.uk-emp.co.uk/current-events/o-g-comms-aberdeen-2015/)will take place at the Marriott Hotel, Dyce, Aberdeen, and will feature an agenda which will strongly reference current North Sea oil market conditions – conditions offering mixed near-term prospects for communications solution providers.


Whilst the North Sea offers plenty of oil still to be recovered – some 10bn barrels of known reserves lie beneath the sea on the UK continental shelf and as many as 24bn barrels may be available for extraction – it is now being found in smaller batches, that are less attractive to large companies which have big exploration budgets and need large finds to justify new spending, parameters affecting smaller exploration and production (E&P) companies to a much lesser degree.


Martin Jarrold, Chief of International Programme Development with GVF, and chairman of The Aberdeen Meeting, commented, “While the low price of crude has resulted in a decline of new business in the patch, discoveries like the Marconi/Vorlich field in the Central North Sea are positive developments for the oil companies and the communications solution industry, as were both the recent tax reductions for companies operating old North Sea oil fields, and government investment in new seismic surveys in the more remote areas of the North Sea, measures intended to boost production by 15% by the end of the decade.”


Added Paul Stahl, Executive Director of EMP, “Indeed, the Department of Energy and Climate Change has noted that whilst sharp reductions in oil prices are very challenging for companies active in the North Sea, there is little evidence of new projects being cancelled or deferred in reaction to lower oil prices.”


With these trends as backdrop, The Aberdeen Meeting 2015 agenda will include discussion of the following topics (with further themes to be added prior to the event):

  • High Throughput Satellites and Oil & Gas ‘Big Data’
  • The Wireless World of the Oil & Gas E&P Environment
  • Smarter Solutions for an Unknown Future
  • Compromise: The Art of Choosing Appropriate Antenna Technologies
  • Maintaining Oil & Gas and Mining Communications Continuity When Disaster Strikes
  • Advanced Oil & Gas ICT: High Demand Communications for Crew Welfare, Crew Safety, and Crew Training Applications
  • The Remote Application of Robust Auto-Deploy Antenna Technology for Oil & Gas
  • Development, Deployment & Return on Investment: Advanced Networking Communications Infrastructures & Value-Added Services to Realise Deep Water Reserves
  • Radio Frequency Interference in the Oil & Gas Space: Industry Prevention & Mitigation Strategies
  • In a World of ‘Big Data’… Why Compromise?
  • ‘Big Data’ Networking Solution Innovations for Cloud-over-Satellite in E&P
  • The Bandwidth, Traffic & Throughput Optimization Imperative for Oil & Gas E&P: The Physical Layer, Adaptive Coding & Modulation, WAN Optimization
  • Oil & Gas IT Infrastructure: Communications Links, Networks, Regulation & Cyber Security
  • The Role of Satcoms in Automated & Remote Controlled Drilling Operations
  • Oil & Gas E&P and the SOTM Environment

Speakers in the event programme will include the following, in order of first appearance (with others to be confirmed shortly):

  • Mike Manson, Sales Manager, Oil and Gas, Telenor Satellite Broadcasting
  • Fred Morris, Vice President, Product Marketing, Comtech EF Data
  • Simon Gatty-Saunt, Regional Vice President, Europe Data & Global Mobility Services, SES
  • Aaron Whiteway, Pre-Sales Engineer, Hughes
  • Andrew Lucas, Chief Technology Officer, Harris CapRock Communications
  • Mark Lambert, Managing Director, EMEA & Vice President Sales & Marketing, Advantech Wireless
  • Rory Eddings, Director, International Sales, Winegard
  • Paul Ziegler, Chief Executive Officer, Onlime Group
  • Bill Green, Global Account Director, Hermes Datacomms (Speedcast Group)
  • Sion Judah, Field Communication Services Coordinator – Europe, Baker Hughes
  • Yair Maor, Senior Director of Sales, Gilat
  • Martin Reason, Director of Maritime Sales, Europe, SpeedCast
  • Speaker Name & Job Title (tbc), Intelsat
  • Drew Klein, Director of Business Development, C-COM Satellite Systems
  • John MaGuire, Enterprise Director, NTS Technology Partners
  • Alvaro Sanchez, Sales Manager, Satellite Monitoring Systems, Integrasys
  • Tim Webb, Director, Sales, Energy, O3b Networks
  • Nicholas Daly, Managing Director, Eutelsat UK
  • Volker Jarsch, Product & Solution Management, ND SatCom
  • Brendan O’Mahony, Director, Market Access and Licensing, Access Partnership
  • Carl Novello, Vice President, Product Management, Intellian Technologies
  • Martin Jarrold, Chief, International Programme Development, GVF

Delegate registrations for The Aberdeen Meeting remain open. Please contact Paul Stahl at EMP (paul.stahl@uk-emp.co.uk).

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