On behalf of Aberdeen City Council, it is a pleasure to welcome exhibitors and delegates to Offshore Europe 2019 this week.
It is an event that has become part of the fabric of the region, an important date on the calendar not only for those directly involved in the energy industry but for so many business sectors and individuals from all walks of life.
There is an unmistakable buzz around the city throughout Offshore Europe week as tens of thousands of exhibitors and delegates descend on the city from near and far. All are assured of a warm Aberdeen welcome.
Familiar faces and old friends will be greeted with unfamiliar sights and new experiences when they arrive in Aberdeen this week. Much has changed since the 2017 show, a great deal has been achieved.
Most notably Offshore Europe will have the honour of being the first major event hosted at P&J Live, a world class facility that we’re incredibly proud of. The Council’s investment has created the largest new entertainment venue in Europe and it is a game-changer for the city.
Delegates will benefit from the enhanced transport links which are part of the ongoing transformation, with the city bypass a construction site when the show was last held, and when venturing into the city centre will see huge strides being made – Broad Street redeveloped and a hive of activity, the Music Hall restored to its former glory and the finishing touches being made at the redeveloped Aberdeen Art Gallery.
Importantly for our guests from the energy sector, there is also a momentum building in economic terms. Since 2017 the Aberdeen City Region Deal has moved up several gears and is delivering on its aims – the Oil and Gas Technology Centre being particularly relevant, supporting and driving growth and innovation in the sector in a way that is unique.
Our regional economic strategy has a focus on diversification – but it also recognises the important role the energy sector has to play in a vibrant future for Aberdeen. Just as the city is evolving, so too is the industries which have been pivotal in the success enjoyed over decades.
Offshore Europe is sure to bring exciting announcements and new opportunities, a week to savour for the city and our visitors.
Cllr Jenny Laing and Cllr Douglas Lumsden