MEMBER NEWS: Subsea Expo 2021 Confirmed for February 2021 as Call for Papers Opens

August 7, 2020
MEMBER NEWS: Subsea Expo 2021 Confirmed for February 2021 as Call for Papers Opens

Europe’s largest underwater engineering event, Subsea Expo, is shaping up to what could be the sector’s first post-pandemic, large scale event where delegates will be able to meet and network in person.

More than a third of the exhibition floor space has already been booked for Subsea UK’s annual three-day exhibition, conference and awards dinner.

Approaching its 16th year, the show will be held for a second time at Aberdeen’s P&J Live venue from 23rd February. Earlier this year, 185 companies exhibited with visitor numbers in excess of 6,600.

The 2021 event will focus on the resilience being demonstrated by organisations as they emerge from the double impact of coronavirus and the low oil price and accelerate their energy transition strategies by embracing a green recovery to support a lower carbon future.

Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK, said: “The economic repercussions of the global pandemic have pushed companies to revaluate priorities and pivot their capabilities to safeguard their future. As well as examining their own sustainability credentials to support the race to net-zero, firms are redirecting their technologies and expertise towards the growing renewables market and the wider Blue Economy.

“As the offshore energy industry extends its reach into offshore wind, hydrogen and the development of carbon capture, utilisation and storage, sharing knowledge and identifying opportunities will be key to future success. Subsea Expo 2021 offers a platform for companies to find out about opportunities in new and emerging markets, showcase their capabilities to existing and potential customers and network with their peers.”

The call for speakers has officially opened with presentations being sought for four key themes: net-zero and energy transition; the digital age – speed and efficiency; subsea production systems and pipelines; and offshore renewables.

The deadline for submitting abstracts to present at Subsea Expo is 9th October.

Entries for the Subsea UK Awards will also be accepted up to this date.

Details about the award categories, booking exhibition space and sponsorship opportunities are available on the Subsea Expo website:

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AREG is the original energy transition organisation, working on behalf of members to empower the energy supply chain and champion its expertise. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to find out more about membership.

AREG has played an important role in the growth of Scotland’s renewable energy sector, engaging the supply chain and developing the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. However, we are only at the very beginning of the transition that AREG was established to both lead and support so there are still opportunities for companies to get into the constantly evolving renewables supply chain. We look forward to continuing our work together as renewables builds on its place as Scotland’s main source of power, and as we seek to deliver real change in the crucial areas of heat and transport.

Scottish Renewables

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with AREG since its formation. The recent progress in the developments of offshore wind projects by Equinor and Vattenfall are as a result of the work of the group over many years. The north-east is known as the oil and gas capital of Europe. At the Chamber, we believe the region must evolve its position to being recognised as the energy capital. Whilst hydrocarbons will continue to be essential in driving our economy for years to come, the generation of renewable resources will play an increasingly important role in providing cost-effective power, innovative development and economic growth.

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce

The enthusiasm and dedication of the early group that would become AREG was fundamental in us choosing to launch All-Energy in Aberdeen. The first tiny show was held in 2001, and AREG’s Chairman at the time, Jeremy Cresswell, played such an active role that I often describe him in terms such as All-Energy’s ‘midwife’. All-Energy is now the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference in terms of number of attendees, space booked, and number of exhibiting companies. As AREG became firmly established, their presence and support for the event grew spectacularly over the years. We thank them most sincerely for their invaluable input.


Vattenfall has forged a strong working relationship with AREG through the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. AREG has worked tirelessly on behalf of the North East and it can take enormous credit for the growth of sustainable energy in the region and the path it has cleared for the region to capture further investment.


Aberdeen City and Shire is emerging as a key location for renewables by successfully transferring its world-class oil and gas expertise into the sector and AREG has done much to advance this through a broad range of initiatives. It has acted as a catalyst in driving further investment in the local economy by engaging with companies, Government, public bodies and existing projects and we have been pleased to support their efforts. Scottish Enterprise will continue to engage with AREG as we increase Scotland’s use of renewable energy.

Scottish Enterprise