Topsides event to focus on ‘saving money safely’

A new, interactive oil and gas conference and exhibition, taking place at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on 16 and 17 March, will address safe working practices.
Topsides UK 2016 Conference and Exhibition, focusing on the late life of maturing topsides installations, is the first event of its kind in Europe and has safety and medical technology firm Dräger as its headline partner. Dräger will also be headlining the Safety Session, focusing on safe value-added approaches to operating in challenging economic times.
The ten sessions spanning the two-day conference, which is partnered by Petrofac, will include case studies from operators, tier 1 contractors and the extended supply chain. It will showcase topics such as people skills and competencies, new topsides technology which is driving efficiencies, how to win work during tough economic conditions, the benefits of investing in late-life extension projects and tackling downtime turnarounds and obsolescence.
Gavin Esslemont, Director of Xcite Media said “The operational landscape of the energy sector is evolving at a rapid pace, and with additional pressures exerted on existing personnel and infrastructure, there has never been a better time for the industry to come together to share case studies of where the industry is already working smarter without compromising safe working practices. We are extremely fortunate to be joined in the Conference by Michail Tzouvelekis from Dräger, Ann McGregor from Stork and Lawrie Campbell from International SOS, all of whom will be presenting on value-driven approaches to HSEQ and improving health performance and efficiency in a cost-cutting environment.”
Further emphasising the importance of safety within an offshore environment, the Topsides UK charity partner for 2016 is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in Scotland (RNLI), the charity that saves lives at sea. RNLI provide a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland, whilst also offering safety advice and flood rescue.

Conference organisers: (Left to right) Gavin Esslemont, Director of Xcite Media (event organisers); Michail Tzouvelekis of Dräger; and Katrina Dunbar, Topsides UK Conference Manager

For further information on Topsides UK or to register for the conference, visit or contact Mike Cramp of Xcite Media on Aberdeen (01224) 626000 or by e-mail at