At the start of what will be a busy but productive week for all attending Offshore Europe, it is an ideal time to offer a warm welcome on behalf of Aberdeen City Council to delegates from near and far.
The challenges the energy industry has faced are clear, but this week is a positive demonstration of the resilience in the sector and the opportunities ahead. We should all celebrate the spirit of enterprise which provided the foundation for the city’s success and will be so crucial to its continued prosperity in the future.
As ever, innovation will be at the forefront of Offshore Europe and I look forward to learning more about the developments that are shaping the next chapter in the story of oil, gas and renewables.
My diary includes events with delegates from Brazil and Norway, which will give a good insight into the global picture and where Aberdeen sits within that.
Aberdeen City Council has been clear about the importance we place on the role of the energy industry in the wider regional economic strategy. Whilst we are intent on diversification, embracing tourism and life sciences amongst others, we are determined to ensure the oil and gas supply chain remains anchored to the city and the expertise we have become renowned for continues to grow and evolve.
Offshore Europe is a platform to show that commitment and I’m enthusiastic about having the chance to fly the flag for Aberdeen in my new role as co-leader of the Council.
We have a positive story to tell about a vibrant, forward thinking outlook for our city – both in terms of the investment being made in physical infrastructure but also about the plans in the pipeline to enhance our digital infrastructure and improve connectivity, all part of the drive to ensure we lead from the front in a global business arena.
Of course, the fact this will be the last Offshore Europe in the current venue before we switch to the new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre is an example of the progress being made in transforming the facilities in the city. Delegates will see for themselves the buildings taking shape and will be able to look forward to returning in 2019 to a world class complex.
In many ways it will be the end of an era, but I’m sure everyone is as excited as I am about the beginning of a new one. There is much to look forward to.
Councillor Douglas Lumsden