Aramco headlines virtual edition of Energy Exports Conference

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Industry figures from around the world joined the Energy Industries Council’s flagship event, the Energy Exports Conference, conveying British Industry’s ogoing importance to the energy sector. Covering the oil & gas and renewables industries, the event saw virtual attendance from over 20 countries, with over 200 speakers partaking in 50+ webinars.

Total, ADNOC and Petronas were just some of the companies joining Aramco, for whom Talal Al-Marri, head of the Aramco Europe, addressed audiences on the final day’s industrial plenary. “Despite global challenges, the scale of Aramco’s current oil & gas operations means we still require materials, routine inspection and maintenance,” he said. “This ensures there are still plenty of opportunities for UK companies, who continue to play an important role as part of our supply chain.”

“Despite global challenges, the scale of Aramco’s current oil & gas operations means we still require materials, routine inspection and maintenance,”

Talal Al-Marri, President & CEO, Aramco Europe
Talal Al-Marri, President & CEO, Aramco Europe

Al-Marri took the opportunity to highlight company pledges regarding energy transition and how R&D was at the forefront of this pledge, with UK technologies also contributing. Technology was also the means by which Aramco Europe maintained its supply chain during the height of the pandemic – using remote techniques to continue procedures such as quality inspection. As per the 2019 edition, members of Aramco’s supply chain hosted digital meetings this time around, expediting processes such as localization, in-Kingdom facility registration and completion of Aramco’s pre-qualification process.

Stuart Broadley, CEO of the EIC, the lead organizer of the event, said: “The EIC has been resetting what is possible from large virtual events, driving collaboration, raising the bar for UK export ambition and bringing all energy players together to have the difficult discussions needed in a rapidly changing energy sector.”

Organized in partnership with Aberdeen City Council, Department for International Trade, Oil & Gas Authority, OGUK, Opportunity North East, Scottish Development International, Scottish Enterprise and UK Export Finance, the EIC’s flagship event is now in its second year after a successful inaugural event in Aberdeen last year.