Major upstream players meet at EPOCH congress in Thessaloniki

Over 100 companies participated at the Exploration and Production Offshore Congress Hub (EPOCH) Congress, a two-day event held September 16 and 17 in Thessaloniki.

The event, a closed-door congress supported by Greek and international media and co-hosted by Hellenic Petroleum (ELPE), drew keynote speakers who covered both the business and technical sides concerning the developing markets of the Mediterranean and offshore West Africa.

Over the event’s two days, major players of the upstream industry, representing E&P companies, EPC contractors, drilling contractors, service providers & equipment manufacturers, shared their experience and views on the current situation in regions and presented solutions, cases and technologies to overcome these challenges.

Besides discussions, delegates also established new business contacts and held preliminary talks for further cooperation.

The first day of the event began with presentations highlighting new challenges, opportunities and strategies across the Mediterranean region, while the second day’s plenary session was devoted to an overview of the West African offshore region and its current performance.

The keynote speakers at EPOCH were: Dr Abdelarahim Mohamed – Board Director for Exploration & Production of National Oil Corporation of Libya; Yannis Bassias – President & CEO of Hellenic Hydrocarbon Resources Management; Kees Jongepier – VP Exploration of Aker Energy AS; Chijioke Akwukwuma – CEO of Ocean Deep Drilling ESV Nigeria Limited (ODENL); Dr. Jörg Köhli – Senior Expert – Head of Upstream Oil and Gas of European Commission; Christophe Souillart – BD Director Africa, Mediterranean and Southern Europe of Subsea 7; and Henry Okolie-Aboh – Founder & CEO of Westfield Energy Resources Limited.

EPOCH to provide virtual reality experience to its delegates

Exploration and Production Offshore Congress Hub (EPOCH) has partnered with Lloyd’s Register to give all the delegates the opportunity to experience new VR technology to be used in the Offshore industry. EPOCH is scheduled to take place in Thessaloniki from September 16 to 17.

“We chose Lloyd’s Register as our VR partner because this company is a leading global provider of engineering and technology-centric professional services,” noted Regina Chislova, the EPOCH project director. “All delegates will be able to try Virtual Reality Safety Simulator recently launched by Lloyd’s Register during the two days of the congress.”

Virtual Reality Safety Simulator was developed to help further support training and knowledge transfer in the energy industry. Through the application of the latest innovation and technology advancements, LR has built a virtual environment to help illustrate the need for a continued focus on safety and risk assessments in the industry.

The EPOCH event will include a two-day business program full of cases and updates on major offshore projects in the Mediterranean and west Africa, including exploring for hydrocarbons across the Mediterranean by Hellenic Petroleum (ELPE), Total and ExxonMobil.

Presentations have been confirmed from NOCs, EPCs, Drilling Contractors, Investors, Governmental bodies. These include ELPE, BP, Shell, ADNOC, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, Oando Energy Resources, McDermott, Saipem, TechnipFMC, Transocean, Nabors, Lebanese Petroleum Administration, European Commission, and Hellenic Hydrocarbon Resources Management.

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EPC contractors to meet at EPOCH 2019 event in Thessaloniki

EPOCH 2019, the Exploration and Production Offshore Congress Hub, an annual upstream event attracting oil companies, EPC and drilling contractors, as well as governmental bodies, is scheduled to take place September 16 and 17 in Thessaloniki.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet with key industry figures such as Eng. Francesco Cammarata, Vice President Business Development North Africa and East Mediterranean, TechnipFMC; Dr. Subrata Bhowmik, Senior Riser Analyst, McDermott; and Julien Ginestet, Lead Flowlines Engineer, Saipem.

These guests will deliver cases during the event’s business program.

Topics to be discussed include the new balance in MENA (Middle East and North Africa) to monetize gas resources; Life Extension of Offshore Structure integrating Big Data, IOT and Machine Learning; Exploration and Production Perspectives in Greece; Digitization – Software Solutions for Deepwater Production; and Drilling Expansion plans in the emerging markets.

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The congress organizer, BGS Group, organizes closed-door congresses in Europe, including AUTOMA Congress, Midstream Oil and Gas Congress and PRC Europe.

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