Following years of significant growth and development for the sector, industry body Subsea UK is hosting the Subsea Cables Conference in Aberdeen this week.

The event, which is the first of its kind to be held in the city, will see industry professionals from across the globe travel to the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on Tuesday, March 27.

Industry experts from the likes of 4C Offshore, Wood, Trelleborg Offshore, Helix Canyon Offshore, Osbit, Bender UK, Synaptec and the European Subsea Cables Association will be sharing knowledge and experience, as well as forecasting future market opportunities for the sector.

The conference will explore the importance of accurate data in the planning, installation and operational stages, while vessel owners will share their views on technical requirements and drivers for efficiency in the industry.

The conference comes at a time where growth in the sector is being propelled by the rapid evolution of the offshore wind industry.

The £170 million Hywind project, the world’s first floating windfarm is now operational while future projects such as the Beatrice offshore windfarm and the Moray Offshore Renewables Limited (MORL) project are set to be worth more than £5.5 billion. The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in Aberdeen Bay is also due to start generating power this summer.

Offshore wind projects have brought both opportunity and technical challenges to the subsea cable community, as they increase in scale and are developed in extreme environments. Marine power projects also must contend with strong tidal currents and short operating windows for installation and intervention.

Neil Gordon, chief executive at Subsea UK, said, "We are increasing our activity in offshore renewables to help the subsea supply chain understand and pursue opportunities in the sector. However, it’s vital that the industry understands the challenge of working together to improve efficiency, reduce costs and find smarter ways of working to increase the UK’s competitiveness in a growing global industry. Aberdeen’s world-renowned experience in subsea engineering has been developed over decades and is continuing to provide the UK with skills and expertise that are of great value as an increasing number of companies look to broaden their capability in the renewables sector.” 

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